Count down to summer…

April 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Spring has sprung and summer is on its way – hip hip hooray! To get you and your class excited about the warmest season of the year, why not count down to summer with 5 of our summer themed activities:


1/ Themed Publishing Project: May Day

2/ Paint Project: Summer Clothes

3/ Simple City: The Garden Centre

4/ 2Code: Air Traffic Control

5/ Create a leaflet: A Seaside Resort


1/ Themed Publishing Project: May Day


The May Day activity provides a range of stimuli including writing prompts, sentence starters, themed photographs and clip-art. With May Day being a time of year to celebrate good weather to come, this is a great project to kick-start the summer term.


Subject: History

Key Stage 2 objective: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality


Subject: English

Key Stage 2 objective: writing about real events


2/ Paint Project: Summer Clothes

This creative activity encourages children to use texture, colour and words to paint and describe beach clothes in the first person.


Subject: Art & Design
Key Stage 1 objective: to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space


Subject: English

Key Stage 1 objective: sequencing sentences to form short narratives



3/ Simple City: The Garden Centre

Being in the garden is a big part of summer for children, which is why Simple City is a great activity for engaging the Early Years with this virtual garden adventure. Children can grow their own garden from scratch and use language and listening to stimulate play on and off the screen.

Subject: Expressive Arts and Design
Early Years objective: Express and communicate ideas and feelings in role play


Subject: Communication and Language

Early Years objective: Phonic knowledge



4/ 2Code: Air Traffic Control

The summer holidays is the perfect time of year to go away, with some children flying overseas. If so, they will love this Air Traffic Control 2Code tool, as will teachers wanting to deliver a fun and inspiring lesson that is broken down into stages. The easy to use drag and drop interface lets children instruct planes to take off, and the play mode allows children to watch their code come to life.

Subject: Computing

Key Stage 1 objective: understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions



Once children have completed the Air Traffic Control 2Code program, they can design their own holiday destination using Free Code Chimp.

Subject: Computing

Key Stage 2 objective: use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output


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5/ Create a leaflet: A Seaside Resort

This is a great activity for KS2 to use persuasive and descriptive language to promote a seaside resort of their choice. The leaflet is ready to use with a seaside themed design, including space to write and import seaside images.  Children can use the writer’s check list to make sure they include everything.

Subject: English

Key Stage 2 objective: Identifying the audience and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own

Key Stage 2 objective: organising paragraphs around a theme


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