Rainbow Resources - Primary

Created on: 17 Apr 2020 | Last modified: 16 Nov 2021

Teacher Guide

At this challenging time, the world has adopted the rainbow as the universal symbol of hope.  This flexible learning resource seeks to use the rainbow concept as a platform for learning, providing a focus on learner engagement and health and wellbeing. 

Rather than trying to adhere rigidly to a prescribed curriculum, the challenge for us all at this time is to keep children and young people engaged with learning and the idea of learning.  With this in mind, the resource aims to provide some additional suggestions to assist teachers as they continue to plan remote learning opportunities for children and young people.  

Rainbow drawing in a window

Using the theme of the rainbow, the learning and activities have been themed around different colours and broadly tailored to age and stage.  Although the suggested activities and resources have been separated into CfE levels, they can be adapted and differentiated by outcome at different stages. 

The help of older siblings could also be used to scaffold learning and provide an opportunity for older children to participate in meaningful fun activities, allowing them to consolidate previous learning, also.Teachers know the children and young people in their classes best, of course, and will select and adjust activities as they see fit to build on their pupils’ existing interests and perhaps recent prior learning.

New resources will be added on a weekly basis and posted on the EIS website on a Wednesday to help with planning the following week’s learning.  Don’t worry if you miss a week, the resources will remain on the website for use at your convenience.

Week 8

Early Levelcalm jar

  • Recap on the story of ‘The Colour Monster’. Parents may want to read the story again with the children or invite the children to tell them the story, using their own home-made monsters from last week’s resources.
  • Perhaps the children would like to make their own Calm Jar – they might want to decorate their own jars or bottles and decide what colour to make their water (using food dye or petals from flowers). Which colour will they choose?  Will it be pink? For some examples of how to make one, check out there clips - https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Calm-Down-Jar or https://www.bbc.co.uk/search?filter=bitesize&scope=bitesize&q=making+a+calm+jar
  • Why not encourage the children to create their very own special place by doing some den building. Dens are great for all sorts of things - a bit of quiet time, some imaginative play as the den becomes a magic cave or a spaceship or even just a place to snuggle up for a story!   And dens can be inside or outside.  All you need are some sheets and pegs and off you go to create a new world…  For some tips on den building, check out these websites - https://www.playfulchildhoods.wales/top-tips-for-dens-at-home or https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/10/how-to-build-a-den/
  • Why not cosy up in your den for story time? The children might enjoy exploring what Monsters, like the Colour Monster, enjoy eating.  Listen to the story, ‘Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli’ by Barbara Jean Hicks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M69VI0Hs8lo – don’t forget to join in!
  • Now that the children know what Monsters eat, are they brave enough to take the ‘Monster Eat the Rainbow Challenge’? Healthy eating means eating fruits and vegetables which are the colours of the rainbow. Can the children eat the rainbow in one week? Maybe they could take pictures of what they are eating and make a Rainbow Food Diary to share with everyone.  If they get stuck , this Monster Vlog from Milo the Monster might help -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljh3fxcTwzU

cherry blossom

First Level

  • Recap on the colour pink and their Pebble Poems from last week. This week we are going to continue with the outdoor learning theme and using natural resources.

  • Why not start the children off by looking at the trees from which they found their pink petals or flowers last week? Using their blossom and tree ID kit (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/tree-id-kids/), which type of tree is the tallest and widest they can find?

  • Can the children work out the height of the tallest tree without a tape measure, ladder or even a trampoline? Here is a fun way they can do it and all they will need is a stick and one other person from their family.  Ask the children to compare notes and see who can find the tallest tree in the land.  Maybe ask them to take a picture and send it in.

tree rings

  • As an extension activity, the children can look for trees which have been cut or blown down. By counting the rings on the trunk, can they work out the age of the tree?  For more information, this website might help - https://mocomi.com/age-of-a-tree/ They may also want to do some bark rubbing.

  • Now introduce the children to Enid Bylton’s ‘Magic Faraway Tree’. The children might like to read or listen to the book over the summer holidays. As a little taster, they could listen to an audio-clip of one chapter, where the children explore ‘The Land of Topsy Turvy’. Alternatively, the children  might want to watch this short video clip of ‘The Land of Spells’  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LEomYrVy-k

  • Ask the children what would be at the top of their Magic Faraway Tree? What sort of world would they like to find?  Invite the children to share their world with you, in any way they choose.  This might be by audio clip, a video, a dance, drawing or painting or a story.  Why not create a class novel to rival Enid Blyton’s bestseller!

  • Time to continue the magic. Last week the children had fun building their dens. Why not see if they can build a home for a woodland elf or fairy?  This website might give them some ideas to get started - http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_elf_houses.pdf

  • The children might now like to make their own magic potions, using natural resources from their garden, aprk or a local wood. What magic will their potions bring?  All they will need is a jar with some water, a stick to mix their ingredients and a magic spell!  Ideas for a spell can be found here - http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_woodland_potions.pdf or perhaps the children could make up their own rhyming spell!  For an extra touch of magic, don’t forget their wand.  Here are some tips to create a colourful wand from a wooden stick - http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_magic_wand.pdf

rainbow fudge

Second Level

  • Recap on the colour pink and how it made the children feel.

Pablo Picasso’s Rose Period

toasted marshmallows


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Rainbow drawn with Crayons