Sunday, April 14, 2024

Teaching Ideas for Mother’s Day

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
Contributor: Sam Collins

Try out some of our teaching ideas to help your children celebrate Mother’s Day. If you have any other ideas of your own, let us know by adding a comment below!

English:

  • Download our Mother’s Day Pack for lots of ready-to-use resources, including a comprehension text and writing frames.

The Mother's Day Pack

  • Write an acrostic poem about their mother or an important woman in their life.
  • Make a collection of books and stories where mothers are characters, such as Owl Babies and Whatever Next.
  • Write a letter of appreciation to their mother or an important woman in their lives, thanking them for everything they do.
  • Write a short article about the best advice they were ever given by their mother or another woman in their family.
  • Invite female family members into school for a shared reading session, at the beginning or the end of the day.
  • Ask children to interview their mother or female family member about their lives.
  • Visit ESOL Courses for lots of vocabulary resources, perfect for EAL learners and younger children.
  • Create a comic strip with a mother or other female adult as a character.

Maths:

  • Create a budget for an event or gift for their mother or another person who takes care of them.
  • Choose a simple recipe and ask children to work out the amount of each ingredient needed to make it for more people.
  • Make a bead necklace with a repeating pattern.
  • Create a greeting card using geometric shapes.

Science:

  • Study animals that parent their young in different ways. For example, emperor penguins have just one egg at a time, which the parents look after together. Many frogs, on the other hand, lay thousands of eggs in frogspawn and do not provide any further care for their young at all. Discuss why this might be and what the advantages and disadvantages of each way are.
  • Make some chocolate cornflake cakes as a gift to demonstrate how the chocolate changes state when it is heated and cooled.
  • Create a card that uses an electrical circuit to light a bulb.
  • Try this popular experiment using flowers to demonstrate capillary action in plants.

Computing:

  • Write a design brief for a game that the family can play together.
  • Use video or presentation software to tell a story for their mother or someone else who cares for them.
  • Create a digital Mother’s Day card using an art program.

Design Technology:

  • Design and make a pop-up card. This post from Red Ted Art has lots of ideas.
  • Create a family board game.
  • Make an upcycled gift like this cardboard flower.
  • Design a product to solve a problem that parents might have, such as a mobile to help a child go to sleep.

Art:

  • Look at some art with depictions of mothers and children, such as Madame Monet and her Son. What do you notice? What Is the relationship between the mother and child?
  • Draw a sketch of their mother or someone who takes care of them.

Music:

  • Learn and sing a lullaby.
  • Compose and perform a piece of music on the theme of mothers or families.
  • Choose a composer, songwriter or musician who is a mother, and find out about their life.

Geography:

  • Talk about where in the world our families come from. Use a map of the world to show where
  • Plan a family day out. How will you get there? How will you find your way around once you are there?
  • Make a map of important places for your family, such as where your house is, and where other members of your family live.

History:

  • Research the history of Mother’s Day. Our Mother’s Day Pack has a comprehension text on the subject.
  • Compare women’s lives today with a different period in history. For example, you could watch this BBC Bitesize clip and note what jobs the women did in an Anglo-Saxon village. How is it different from the lives of women in their families today?
  • Find out about some inventions that have changed family life in the past, such as the disposable nappy, invented by Marion Donovan.
  • Research a mother goddess from mythology, such as Gaia (Greek and Roman).

Physical Education:

  • Design a fitness challenge to share with an adult at home
  • Create a dance to perform for your mother or another member of the family.

Religious Education:

Languages:

  • Learn the words for female family members in different languages.
  • Learn the word for “thank you” in different languages and use them to make a collage or word cloud.

PSHE:

  • Discuss how the adults in our family help us and how we can help them.
  • Talk about what gratitude is and how we can show it.
  • Use the Different Families, Same Love pack from Stonewall to celebrate different family structures.
  • Talk about mothers we know. Are any of the staff in our class mothers? What else do mothers and other caregivers do apart from looking after children?

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