Claremont Primary and Nursery School

A Brighter Future for Everyone

Fun Thursdays

Box Modelling


Grab some recycling, especially boxes, bottles,tubes and pots. You might also need some scissors, sellotape and glue! It's great for our imagination and creativity to try box modelling, as well as shape, space and measure. Just thinking of ideas and how to see them through is fun. We can discover how to attach and join materials together and which materials work best together. 


Here are some ideas of things you could make!


      A castle                           A town


A dragon               A guitar                           A rocket


Send us a picture of your finished model!


Use things from around the house to make your own hoopla game. I made the hoops by cutting them out from cereal boxes. You could ask a grown up to help you with this if it is a bit tricky. I used a bowl to draw around to get my circle shape. I then found some bottles and other tubs from the kitchen cupboard as targets and had a go at throwing my hoops! How many hoops can you get over a target?


You could keep a score board and make a tally for each target you hit or play with someone else in your house to see who gets the most points!



You could also use paper plates and cardboard tubes!

Remember to recycle all your used cardboard when you have finished playing!

Umbrella Challenge 

Yesterday we had some brilliant umbrella designs for our Writing Wednesday challenge. But what would you use to make your umbrella? Which materials would work best? It is really important our umbrella is waterproof - it stops us getting wet. Here is a fun activity to try to help you decide which material will work best.


Step 1 - Grab a small toy ( a small plastic toy works well) so they can test your umbrella material.



Step 2 - Find some materials from around your house that you could test - paper (old magazine or newspaper), a sponge, a small piece of foil, a plastic carton from the recycling, a piece of cling film, something made from fabric like an old duster.



Step 3 - Find a container to out some water inside, that you can easily pour from, such as a small jug, cup or watering can. This will be your rain!



Step 4 - Put your small toy on something which is OK to get wet...maybe on a table or in the sink or bath. Hold one of your materials over the toys head to be the 'umbrella'. Carefully trickle some 'rain' from your jug or cup over the top. Is it waterproof? Did your toy get wet or stay dry?


Step 5 - Repeat for each material. Which one would be the best to sue for your umbrella? You could even make a table to record your results.



   ABC Treasure Hunt  

Our Fun Thursday activity this week is a treasure hunt. This means we are going to find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet as quickly as you can!


Step 1 - Write down the alphabet on a sheet of paper, leaving space to record a tick or a word next to each letter.


Step 2 - Challenge yourself to find complete your hunt in a certain time. For example 5 minutes, 8 minutes, 10 minutes. Ask a grown up to time you or if you have a stop watch or timer you can set yourself, try that.


Step 3 - Start with any letter you like and find something that begins with that letter. Or try it the opposite way around and find something then tick off the letter it begins with. Collect all your items together.




Did you find an object for every letter? Did you do it in your challenge time? How long did it take you?



Shadow Drawing

This is a great activity for today as it's going to be lovely and sunny! The sunshine means we can see our shadows outside and it is also easy to make shadows using other objects that we might want to draw. For your shadow drawing you just need some paper, a pencil or pen and an object you would like to draw. You could also try drawing the shadow of something that is already outside like a plant or you could make shapes with your hand to draw around.


Here are some ideas of what you could draw - 



Here is a video explaining why we see shadows...

And here is a great video with some clips of light and shadows...

Lock down Hand Prints!

Lot's of us have been missing coming to school and doing some of the things we usually enjoy during lock down. Although there are some things that we miss and look forward to doing again, it has meant that we have spent lots of time with our families which we wouldn't usually get to do. I thought this activity was a nice way for us to remember the time we have spent with our families recently.





They also make a nice gift for someone you perhaps haven't seen for a while. 

Here's how to make your hand prints...


I hope you enjoy this activity. Send us a photo of your finished hand prints!


It's Fun Thusday! Could you try one of these fun activities at home? Will you decide to make a cress head, pasta necklace, sort your toys by colour or make a small world with your toys? All of these fun ideas I found on Mrs Buck's Instagram page, "kids_quarantine_activities" please follow her if you'd like to see more!

It's Fun Thusday! Could you try one of these fun activities at home? Playing outdoors with water, shadow drawing, using flowers or leaves in Play-dough. Or Turn a table upside down, wrap clingfilm around the legs and then paint onto it. Please send us some photos if you try any of these activities and your teachers can post them onto Dojo. That way your friends can see you having fun!



It’s Magic week this week for Fun Thursday


This week we’re challenging you to become wizards and witches by making your own magic wand and magic potions.



Magic Wands


You will need


String/ribbon/wool/pipe cleaners

Leaves/ flowers/feathers





First find a nice long strong stick and make it smooth.

Next choose the  flowers, leaves and feathers you want to attached to your wand.

Then use different coloured  ribbons/string/pipe cleaners to attach your decoration. (you may need a grown up to help you to tie the knots)


Finally use your magic wand to cast some magic spells.



We used:


Tap three times, and spin around

Touch your wand onto the ground

Wave it high wave it low

Alakazam and away we go!


Abracadabra Alakazoom,

Lets fly off on our magic brrom.


Magic magic everywhere,

wave your wands into the air!

Make my mummy disappear

And turn her into a dear.


Magic Potions


You will need:





Food colouring






First add flowers and leaves to your bowl.

Next add some herbs.

Then add water and food colouring.

Finally pour your mixture into your potion bottle and give it a magic shake.

Don’t forget to name your potion and write a label.



Even better, write your recipe down so your friends can have a go at making your potion.


Witches Waterfall Potion



You will need



Washing up liquid

Food colouring

Bicarbonate of soda





First fill a small jar half full of vinegar.

Next, add a teaspoon of food colouring (you can add glitter too).

Then squeeze in a little bit of washing up liquid.

Finally add bicarbonate of soda and stir.



Witches Waterfall Potion

Still image for this video
Try this bubbling concoction at home

Obstacle Course

Have a go at making your own obstacle course. You can make it as simple or as tricky as you want it to be. You could make it in your garden for you and your family , or draw it out side your house like Mrs Cooper for your neighbours to join in.


We had lots of fun planning and designing our obstacle course on paper before we went outside. You can have a go at doing some of the writing by yourself or ask a grown up to help.


Why not see who can do the obstacle course the fastest and use a timer to see who is the winner, or to see if you can beat your time.


Have fun and don't forget to share your pictures by email or on Class Dojo.




Ice Ornaments

Ice Ornaments



Mrs Cooper made some ice ornaments today, here's how you can make your own.



First collect together some different shaped pots or moulds that can go in the freezer.


Next, fill the pots with leaves, flowers, and twigs.

Then add a small amount of water to each pot, just covering the contents.


After that add a piece of string, wool, or ribbon to the water leaving one end submerged and one end free.



Finally put the pots into the freezer and remove after 1 hour.


Now hang your ornaments and watch what happends to them in the sunshine.


 If you don't want to hang your ornaments, maybe you could but them on a plate and watch what happens to them. What happens if you sprinkle one with salt?


Don't forget to send us your pictures.


Bird Feeders




Miss Turner has made bird feeders with James this week. They have hung them outside so that they can watch the birds who visit their garden. Here are all of the things you need to make your own and some instructions.


We'd love to see the pictures of your bird feeders, and any bird visitors you may have in your garden.


Bird Feeders



You will need


  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Knife or spoon for spreading the peanut butter
  • Plate or paper plate
  •  String (optional)
  1. Put a layer of birdseed onto a plate.


  1. Spread peanut butter on the outside of a toilet paper roll using a knife or spoon.


  1. Roll the toilet paper roll in the birdseed. Because of the peanut butter, the seeds will stick.


  1. Loop the string through the toilet paper roll and hang it on a tree or slip the toilet paper roll directly onto a tree branch.


  1. Observe the birds who come to feed.



Artist, Damien Hirst, has created two new artworks in response to coronavirus. One to raise money (heart). The other to raise peoples spirits (rainbow).

Can you think of something you could make to put in your window to show support for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. What images do you think might lift people's spirits during this time that we have to stay at home?

The work, Butterfly Rainbow, can be downloaded from the Damien Hirst's website for people to display in their windows as a sign of their appreciation of frontline health workers.

Can you see the motif inside the rainbow? What is it? This artist often uses this motif in his work!

I'd love to see how creative you can be! What images and motifs will you use to raise peoples spirits. Please send in pictures of your work to:

Please note!!!

By sending us photos/pictures/videos of work or of your child you give us consent to put these on to the website. We will also be pairing this with a well done message containing your child's first name. If you do not wish for this to be put on the website please make this clear in your email or message to us. 

The Great Claremont Bake Off



Mrs Copper has been baking this week and we would love you to do the same. You can bake anything you like.


How about making something scrummy from things you will probably already have in your cupboard?

Mrs Cooper made honey flapjacks


Here's the recipe


You may need






weighing scales




400g oats

200g honey/golden syrup

200g butter/spread

200g sugar (demerara)

(optional raisins, chocolate chips)


 You can talk about what each item is called and what it is used for.


Weigh out your ingredients.

 (You could practice using words such as more and less and have a go are recognising and reading the numbers on the scales.)

Put all of your ingredients into the pan.

(You could talk about what they smell, feel and taste like.)


Now watch your grown up heat it up and look at how the mixture changes.

Grease your tray

(This bit is safe and fun to do.)


Have fun squishing the mixture into the tray. Is it full? What does it feel like?

You can add dried fruit,chocolate chips, or cherries to your mixture too.

Put the tray in the oven at 180C for 15 - 20 minutes.

Don't forget to help wash up!


Enjoy your yummy treats.




We would love to see all of your baking. Don't forget to email your pictures through to us

and we can add your pictures to our page.




Mrs Turner and her little boy james have had a go at making their own musical instruments using objects they has found around the house.



Why don't you have a go at home and send us some pictures.


You may need:


empty yogurt pots

empty margarine tubs

empty bottles

cereal boxes

elastic bands


dried rice/pasta or beans

lolly sticks

Sticky tape






Using a yoghurt pot stretch a cut balloon over the top to make the skin. You could challenge yourself to make different types and sounds of drum, and even explore what happens if you fill the pot with tissues.




String instrument

Try stretching elastic bands over empty yogurt or margarine tubs. You can then explore what happens if you use bigger/smaller, thicker/thinner,  or tighter/looser bands.




Fill yogurt or margarine tubs with either sand, lentils, dried beans, paper clips, or rice. You can explore how the sound changes with the different things and also see if the different amounts or size changes the sound.



James enjoyed using his instruments to perform for his teddies.


Have fun exploring, we can't wait to see your creations!