Sherkin Activities 8th – 12th June 2020

Suggested activities for Sherkin class 8th – 12th June 2020

This week we are having a whole school virtual bake off !!

Here is my attempt at a cake.

Below you will find a recipe for making buns if you’d like to take part in this fun activity. You can of course bake anything you want.

Please forward photos to me at and I can forward them to our facebook page and also the school website

Our topic for the next few weeks will be ‘life cycles’. We will begin by exploring the life cycle of the duck, I have set the incubator at home and hopefully we will be successful in hatching out some ducklings. We will then discuss what is needed to look after the ducklings and help them grow and develop into adult ducks. We will move onto discussing the human life cycle / reproduction.

Check out these cute ducklings


Don’t forget to keep singing our daily songs – see previous weeks suggested activities. Also try to keep practicing writing your names and forming the letters of the alphabet correctly. Keep selecting reading books from Collins ‘Big Cat’ reading scheme.

Our ‘Life cycles’ topic – hatching duck eggs.

Please explore the key vocabulary needed for this topic.

Parents will you explore these words and help your student expand them into full sentences – practice writing and Lamh signs.

Parents, will you help your student write about the 3 main stages in the life cycle.

If you have the Martin Waddell’s story ‘Farmer duck’ at home please read it together.

If not, here is a digital version.

We will explore the Ogden Nash poem ‘The duck’, parents will you explain what the imagery means to your student.

To link with numeracy you should check out this book from the Collins ‘Big Cat’ reading scheme.


To continue from last weeks work, on using money in real life situations, this week I recommend setting up a pretend ‘shop’ were you can practice exchanging money for products.

Remember to use real coins when you roll play shop.

To link with our virtual bake off, can you place the following pictures in the correct sequence for baking a cake.

Hatching duck eggs topic.

Have a look at these pictures and place the pictures of hatching duck eggs in the correct sequence to explain the life cycle of the duck.

Personal care and well being:

Staysafe / RSE – I encourage parents to continue with the booklet that was posted home, this week we will explore the correct anatomical names for male and female body parts.

We will explore a poem – privates are private – link with Stay Safe / RSE.

As an introduction to the ‘human reproduction section’ we will explore the life cycle of the duck.

The male and female ducks fertilise an egg each morning, the female duck keeps her eggs safe in her nest until she has laid about 10 eggs.

Then she begins to hatch her eggs. She will sit gently and patiently on top of her eggs for about 28 days to keep them warm. She only leaves the nest for a few minutes a day to eat, drink and dampen her wings. Each day she gently turns the eggs over to help the embryos develop correctly.

After about 28 days of constant care, the baby ducklings begin to chip their way out of the eggs.

At home just as in school – I couldn’t keep a duck inside so I have set up the incubator. I carefully placed 10 duck eggs inside.

Inside each egg there is everything the baby duckling needs to develop from a fertile egg to a live duckling.

On day ten I will ‘candle’ the eggs to see how they are developing. To do this I will check each egg in a darkened room, I will hold each egg against a very bright light, this will allow me to see if the embryo is beginning to develop.

Students can you place these pictures in the correct order to explain

Being part of the community:

Whole school virtual ‘bake off’ – You are all invited to show off your baking skills, you can bake anything you want. Here is a recipe for buns that we follow in Sherkin class, so students will be familiar with the pictures used.

Baking buns

I can’t wait to see photos of all your yummy bakes – email me

The Arts:

Enjoy this lovely song from the ‘Soundabout choir’, just beautiful.

Students why not listen to this silly ‘duck song’, you may remember it from a few years ago.

Students have fun playing these listening games to identify duck and other farm animal sounds.

Physical Education:

Last week we practiced the egg / spud and spoon race. This week we will practice the ‘bean bag toss’ using rolled up socks in preparation for our ‘virtual’ sports day. Why not forward some photos to

Parents can you help students make their own bean bags from old socks. here is a gentle little song to use as warm up and cool down activities.

Once you’ve made your bean bags head out to the garden if it is dry and either set up targets using paper plates / pans or bowls. Stand behind a line and practice tossing the bean bags with accuracy.

Hopefully the weather will pick up soon.

This week we celebrate Corpus Christi on Thursday 11th June.

Corpus Christi is a festival celebrated by Roman Catholics and other Christians to proclaim the truth of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass.

During the week I watched a lovely programme on BBC ‘Richard and Jaco take on the world’ it was very inspirational.

Hopefully you enjoy completing / attempting these activities this week.

Don’t forget to email me with photos.

Take care everyone

Hopefully we will have news on the ducklings in a week or so.

Mrs. Harris