Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Welcome to the wonderfully wet world of water!



The Wonderfully Wet World of Water

Come with us on a wonderfully wet adventure as we discover the journey of a single drop of water.

Whole School Topic

Home Learning for the week beginning

13th July 2020

The Water Cycle

Changing State


Water evaporates into the air (Evaporation)


Water vapour condenses into clouds (Condensation)


Water falls as precipitation (Precipitation)


Water returns to the sea (Collection/ Infiltration)

  • Make a poster/ illustrated diagram of everything you have found out about the water cycle
  • Take inspiration from the videos you have watched this week and make your own video explaining the water cycle


Previous Home Learning

Week beginning 6th July 2020

Monday: Great Yarmouth – Why are seasides such a popular choice for holidays?

  • Great Yarmouth: Then Vs Now

The first holiday makers made their way to Great Yarmouth for a week or two of fun on the beach in the late 1700s. That’s over 200 years ago!

Make a poster or venn diagram comparing some of the things visitors to Great Yarmouth enjoyed back then, and the sorts of things holiday makers like to do there now.

History of Seaside Reading

KS1 Seaside Past and Present

KS2 Past and Present

  • What is Punch and Judy?

One of the things seaside holiday makers have enjoyed in the past are Punch and Judy Puppet shows. Watch this clip from Grandpa In My Pocket to remind yourself of what they are.  Why not have a go at making your own puppet theatre and puppets and put on a show for your family.

  • Rides and Amusements

The wooden roller coaster at Great Yarmouth pleasure beach was built in 1932 and is the last of its kind still in use. There are no brakes on the track, the ride relies solely on one person remembering to pull the brakes at the right time. Gulp! Why not have a go at making your own rollercoaster from any kind of construction toy: lego, mobile, kinex etc.


Tuesday: Cromer- Why do seaside towns have piers?

  • Watch this video about Cromer and Cromer Pier and make a timeline of events that show how Cromer Pier began, evolved over time and became the pleasure pier it is today.
  • One of the pastimes visitors to Cromer Pier enjoy most is crabbing. Watch this video and write some instructions on how to catch a crab.
  • Henry Bloggs is the most decorated RNLI volunteer. Find out about his life and contributions to the RNLI here . Make a poster or short biography about Henry Bloggs OR make an RNLI lifeboat out of recycling.


Wednesday: West Runton- Why is the Norfolk Coast also known as the Deep History Coast?

  • West Runton is ideal for all fossil hunters
  • Draw and label some of the fossils you may find here.
  • Make a poster about the West Runton Mammoth
  • It’s important we remember to respect our coastline. Write some rules and top tips for fossil hunters to help them have a great day out without damaging the environment.
  • Fossils are formed when a plant of animal dies in a watery environment and their remains become buried over time in layers of sediment which eventually hardens into rock- sedimentary rock. Have a go at making your own edible sedimentary rock.


Thursday: Happisburgh– Why is our coastline falling into the sea?


Friday: Wells-Next-The-Sea- Why do we have beach huts?

Previous Home Learning

Week beginning 29th June 2020

Little drop drifted back out into the river which yawned wide, letting the water out into the open sea. Little Drop twirled and whirled into the vastness of the ocean…

Monday- What is an ocean?

Activity: Choose from the list below

Visit BBC Bitesize to find out

Can you name the five oceans of the world? Labelling the five oceans

Did you know it’s easier to float in the sea then it is in a swimming pool? Why is that?

What can you find out about the layers of the ocean?


Can you answer today’s BIG Questions?

Why is the ocean blue? 

Why are some oceans warm and some cold? 

Do waves only go over the top? 


Tuesday – How well do you know our oceans?

Activity: Choose an ocean and make a poster with all the facts you find out!

EYFS & KS1: Illustrate and add labels

KS2: How informative can you make it?

Where is it and which countries border it? – Draw a map!

What sort of wildlife lives in it – any endangered species? Add some animal fact files.

Is it famous for anything in particular e.g. Bermuda triangle, coral reef, trenches, shipwrecks etc? Explain what the famous attraction is and why people are interested in it.

What sort of vessels might you see on it e.g. cruise ships, carrier ships, tankers, fishing boats, sailing boats? Add pictures of these and explain what they are used for.


Wednesday – What’s special about ocean animals?

Activity: Choose 5 of your favourite ocean animals and make Top Trump cards.


Videos for research:

YR/KS1 – Octonauts – Marine iguanas

Also see episode – Colourful Coral Reefs

KS2 – Dive Galapagos (BBC)

BBC – Our Planet

BBC- Animals that live in and around a coral reef


Can you answer today’s BIG Questions?

How do fish breath? 

How do animals survive in salt water?

Why are sharks afraid of dolphins? 


Thursday- How can we protect our oceans?

Activity: Make a leaflet explaining the ways in which our oceans are under threat and make suggestions on how we can make sure they are protected from harm.


Videos for research:


Articles for research:


Can you answer today’s BIG Questions?

Why are some of the coral reefs dying? How are they being replaced?

What is the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans? How can we reduce Ocean pollution due to plastics? 


Friday- Can you apply your new knowledge?

Activity 1: Watch an ocean themed film

(Ponyo, Finding Nemo, Moana, The Little Mermaid, Shark Tale)

Activity 2: After watching your film, choose an activity from the list below: 

  • Draw a storyboard
  • Write a character description for a goody and a baddy
  • Write the next part of the story (you could write it as a script, storyboard or story)
  • Recreate a scene from the film in whatever way you like e.g. freeze frame, lego, art
  • Does your film have a moral? If so, what is it and how will you put it into practice?


Previous Home Learning

Week beginning 22nd June 2020

As Little Drop tumbled down the rushing river, the changing landscapes and wildlife were wonderful sights to behold. But the rushing river was slowing, the tumbling turned to drifting… where had little drop ended up now?

Lakes & Lochs:


What is a lake? How are they formed?

What kind of animals do you find in British lakes and lochs?

Make a diagram of a lake food chain.

History & Geography:

What can you find out about lakes in the UK?

Lake District

Lake District Power Point

EYFS & KS1 Activities:

  • Watch ‘Peter Rabbit’ – Written by Beatrix Potter who lived there.
  • Beatrix Potter lived in the Lake District and wrote many of her Peter Rabbit and friends stories there. Can you make water colour paintings of some of your favourite characters?
  • You can still visit Beatrix Potter’s house. What other activities are there to enjoy in the Lake District?

KS2 Activities:


Loch Ness

Loch Ness Monster Power Point

EYFS & KS1 Activities:

  • Watch ‘The Water Horse’ (Netflix) or ‘The Ballad of Nessie’
  • Create a wanted poster for the Loch Ness monster. How many facts can you include? How many words can you think of to describe it?

KS2 Activities:

  • Watch ‘The Water Horse’ (Netflix)
  • Pretend you are a marine biologist and create a scientific report style fact file for the Loch Ness monster.


Lakes & Lochs

History & Geography:

What can you find out about lakes from around the world?

Suggestion: The Great Lakes (USA/Canada) 

The Great Lakes Facts & Info

EYFS & KS1 Activities:

KS2 Activities:



What can you find out about Canals in the UK?.  

History & Geography

Why were canals built?

What sort of vessels used them and why? 

William Whiskerson – Canals

Look at a map of a canal as it passes through a region – what do you notice about settlements and routes? 

Find out about canals in Venice – what are they famous for?


Given that all wet water flows downhill, how does a canal help boats to travel uphill? 

Falkirk Wheel

Caen Hill Locks

Anderton Boat Lift

Peterborough Lift Lock


Make your own gondola or canal boat

Create a ‘lift’ from lego, other construction toys or recycling you may have at home. 


The Norfolk Broads:

What are the broads? How were they formed?

EYFS activity booklet –   bill_and_abby_booklet_online_final


KS1 & KS2:

Make a mindmap poster of all the facts you find out. 

History & Geography

When were they built?

By whom?

Why were they necessary?

What are they used for now? 

Find out about Wherry Boats – what were they used for? How did they travel? Are they still in use? 

What types of profession make their living on the broads – now and in the past? 

Listen to people whose lives were rooted in the broads:

Look at a map – can you identify the largest broad? How are the broads connected? 


What sort of wildlife makes its home in or around the broads? 


Find a picture of a Wherry boat that captures your imagination and make a pencil drawing – you might like to annotate it with labels etc.

Optional Extras

These learning stories are set on the broads and may help you visualise what life may have been like living on them in the past.

Episode One

Episode Two

Episode Three


Lakes, Lochs, Canals and The Broads

Choose a famous body of water you have learned about this week and design a travel brochure encouraging people to visit. You could explain how it was formed, mention the wildlife, its history and how it has affected the lives of those who live near and around it, add a map to show its location and list possible fun activities that are available to enjoy. Remember to use persuasive language to encourage people to visit. 

Week beginning 8th June 2020

As Little Drop gushed into the trickling stream, a sense of excitement caused a shiver. A new adventure, and this time the water was rushing along … but where would it take Little Drop?


Watch an episode of Earth’s Great Rivers (this episode is the Amazon, but there are also episodes for the Nile and the Mississippi available on iPlayer)

Pick a river in a country or continent that interests you e.g. Nile, Rhine, Thames, Amazon, Mississippi, Ganges, Jordan and make a fact file. You might like to include the following headings.

  • Where is the source of your river?
  • What sort of landscape does your river come from?
  • Do other rivers and streams flow into it?
  • Where does your river flow through and end up?
    • Can you map the route of your river?
  • Find out about the wildlife living in and around your river.
  • What sort of boats and vessels use your river?
    • Is it the same all along its length?
    • Has this changed over time?
  • Find 10 facts about your river (past or present)

Design and Technology


  • Read some of these poems. 


Now try to write your own poem about a river or water – you might try a shape poem, a kenning, an acrostic or another style of poetry

Religious Education

  • Choose either the river Ganges or the river Jordan. Find out about where these rivers flow, why they are culturally and religiously significant.

Art and Design

  • Can you draw a scene including your river – e.g. across the Thames?

Enjoy these images of paintings by Claude Monet –

  • Look at the colours and shapes he uses, what do you notice about reflections and landscape?
  • Use pastels, collage, watercolours or any other media you like to create your own river landscape artwork


  • Find a large bowl (e.g. washing up bowl), chopping board and a jug.
  • Use the chopping board to create a slope ending in the bowl. Gently pour water from the top of the slope and watch how it travels.
  • Refill the jug from the bowl and reuse the water.
  • Can you find a way to make the water take a different course – you are not allowed to get your hands wet!
  • What do you notice about the speed of the water?
  • What would you have to do to make the water travel faster (apart from tipping it more quickly)?
  • How else can you alter the water’s movement?
  • Can you block the water’s movement completely?
  • Take photos or draw pictures to show your investigations (there are blank storyboard frames on Twinkl).


Listen to Handel’s Water Music 

  • How does it make you feel?
  • What does it make you think of?
  • Find out about the history of this piece of music e.g. why was it composed and when?

What other ‘water’ music can you find? e.g. Bridge over Troubled Water


In the river, on the bank

Lay the rope (or ribbon) on the ground in a spacious area, and get all the players to line up along it. Be sure there’s enough space either side for players to safely jump over the rope.

Explain to the kids that the side of the rope where they’re stood is the “bank” and the other is the “river”. Then let the game begin!

When the game leader (this could be you or a designated person) calls the word “river”, the players must jump over the rope and “into the river”. When they call “bank” they must jump over the rope and back “onto the bank”. The game leader can call “river” or “bank” in any order, as many times as they wish!

If a player jumps “into the river” or “onto the bank” when they are not supposed to, they are out of the game. For added excitement, make it so that players are also eliminated if they take took long to jump. The last player remaining is the winner!

KS2 Challenge

Can you find out about the way water in rivers is used by industry and energy companies?

Think about ‘windmills’ across the Norfolk Broads area – what are these used for? You might like to start here:



  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Journey to the River Sea
  • Water Babies
  • Swallows and Amazons

Can you find any other books about rivers? Why would you recommend them to others?

The mouth of the river yawned wide, letting the water out into the open sea. Little Drop twirled and whirled into the vastness of the ocean…

Week beginning 1st June 2020

Art and Design:

Now you have chosen your little drop, imagine the first part of its journey…

A little drop dripped out of the tap and into …



Think about all the different ways you use water at home every day. Make a bubble diagram with water in the middle and all the uses you can think of e.g. cleaning your teeth, filling your water bottle.


  1. Half-fill a small container with water and add some soil – give it a good mix.
  2. Can you find a way of making this water clean again?
  3. Now the water is clean, would it be safe to drink?
  4. Show us what you did and what you discovered?
  5. Extension question: How is this knowledge used in the real world



Keep a chart of the water usage in your home over the course of a week. You might like to use this chart – Water Use Chart (RE) (Word version), or Water Use Chart (RE) (PDF version) or you could make your own. At the end of the week, look at your results. Which type of water use occurs most frequently on your chart? Which type of water use uses the most water? Are they the same or not – why?

KS2 – extend this activity by reading Lesson 3 ‘Water Use in Your Home’ and completing the activity sheets on page 8 and 9.



We are fortunate in this country that we have access to clean and running water. There are still many countries in the world without this basic necessity. The Water Aid website has lots of information or you may find your own source.

KS1 – Create a poster or information sheet showing why water is so important for life.

KS2 – Read about people who don’t have instant access to safe water. What is life like for them?

  • Write ‘a day in the life’ in role as a child who has no access to clean water in the home.
  • Create a tableau of your character carrying water –
    • What container will you use?
    • How far do you need to carry it?
    • How safe is the water?
    • What will it be used for?
    • How often do you need to collect water for your family?
    • Ask someone to take a photograph and use it to illustrate your ‘day in the life’.



We need clean water for health but also for good personal hygiene. Watch this video about why it is important to stay clean.

Choose one of the activities on this worksheet, to show us what you have learnt about keeping clean. Personal Hygiene – worksheet

The story continues…

Little drop swirled happily around and then dived down the drain …