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A great first day back in the Garden School

It was fantastic having the Hedgehogs class back on Monday and especially having a full day in the Garden School. During the day we were looking at schemas in the morning; transporting and trajectory (moving items from one place to another and throwing) and in the afternoon was our literacy session with the sensory story 'Stickman'.


We had another fun session in the garden this morning exploring and investigating the different areas. We spotted a beautiful blossom tree in the garden and then made blossom tree collages this afternoon. It was lots of fun! Amy & Team Hedgehogs. 

This week in Hedgehogs

At the start of the week in Hedgehogs class we have had some:

  • great sharing of space, activities and equipment with Ishak and George in a sensory session of wet and dry.
  • Super requesting from Armaan at snack times and on the balcony (think someone might be star of the week for that)
  • a super session in the mud kitchen; chopping and mixing, digging and planting vegetables and generally having a fun time learning through play.
  • Last but not least, we have been painting, rolling, sticking and splatting lots of red colour all over Ian's picture for red nose day.

This week in Hedgehogs

We've had a super busy week with Amy, Sophie, Stella, Thea & Hazel this week. Enjoy food preparation making salad wraps, mark making with paint, investigating materials in sensory play, relaxing to music on our resonance board & time out on the slides. 1.3.21 - Amy :-)

12.3.21 - Garden School

Oh it's so muddy out there today... we've had such a fun morning splashing in puddles, climbing muddy hills and running in the squishy mud! Amy.


What a super morning we’ve had! You can tell the boys definitely remembered the different areas of our garden school from last week. They got stuck into exploring areas straight away and showed excellent recall from things they enjoyed last week. Myself, Thea & Hazel are so proud of how calmly they explored (so much so we gave them a treat snack outside!) Amy - 8.3.21

Ian Group A:

Good morning everyone and lets take a look at what we have been up to this week, we have been hand painting and printing, we have been using rollers to paint, we have looked at a sensory story about the weather and getting dirty which led to cleaning and washing and we have been looking at posting and water play; filling and pouring.


Why don't you try some of these ideas at home this week - 

  • In the bath, use cups, pots, bowls and colanders to fill and pour, use the vocabulary full, empty, pour and fill.
  • Can you find kitchen roll and toilet tubes to roll the paint in? Or a rolling pin if you are baking to squash the dough or the substance you are using.
  • Using the symbols from last week could you find items in your house to post through and into empty boxes of any shape, large or small.

Remote Learning - 1.3.21

Good Morning Everyone, I've popped some ideas below for something different this week - Edible Sensory Trays, let me know how you get on. I will email all other documents. Amy.


Well we've certainly hade a busy day today. The boys have had so much fun investigating our garden school area we are really proud of them.

They have all been very inquisitive, interested and confident in the surroundings. We got very muddy and have tired legs now! 26.2.21 - Amy.

24.2.21 - Bubble B Activity 

Hello everyone, 

Here’s an Attention Autism video for today, Amy :) 

22.2.21 - Bubble B - Ideas / Activities for home

Here's a 'What's in the box' video for you plus ideas for sensory trays for this week.

'What's in the box' is our Attention Autism session which can easily be re-created at home with a box and 3/4 items your child really likes to engage with (watch the video with your child for ideas on how we run the session). Amy :-)

12.02.21 - Amy's Group

Another super week with the boys! They've had such a fantastic half-term and have all made some brilliant progress. The team are so proud of them all.

We've enjoyed mark making to make Valentine's cards and loved exploring yet more new climbing equipment. Amy.

Ian's Group

This week we have had curious minds exploring the outside in the snow and creating amazing prints with paint using rollers and brushes. 

Armaan accepted his hand been painted and then copied a splat action by the adult to make hand prints on the paper.

Oscar loved the outside area and the dens, he would not stop exploring.

All the children loved trying to climb the 'mountain', even Bob the puppet made an attempt.

Amy's Bubble - 5.2.21

Another really busy week with the boys this week. We've enjoyed mark making with the Aquadoodle, Attention Autism Sessions, 1:1 time with our own sensory boxes, Swimming & Cooking (pizza wraps were on this weeks menu!)

Ian's bubble group remote learning

Today why not try a session out in the snow or give an 'attention autism' session a go, this is something we do lots of in class. Our favourite items to use are musical instrument shakers, bubbles, light up toys and water sprays. enjoy the fun!

Friday Fun - 29.01.21

We've been very busy in Amy's Bubble today; exploring our climbing circuit outside, baking, 1:1 time with our boxes and having lots of fun! Amy :-)

27.01.21 - Amy's Group - Our new climbing frame

We are loving our new climbing frame on the classroom balcony area - it's fab!

Ian's group 27.1.21

This week in Ian's group we have been working on The Three Little Pigs Story, we made houses, masks and enjoyed a sensory story of the big bad wolf. we have also been working on our gross motor skills in the hall with our circuit and learning to request items or food with exchange symbols.

22.01.21 - Amy's Bubble

Today we've enjoyed our 'what's in the magic box' attention Autism session where we even watched things go 'splat'. We then spent time with our own boxes with adults.

We also enjoyed baking buns - what a busy Friday!

21.01.21 - Amy's Bubble

Today we've really enjoyed our Attention Autism session and then some 1:1 time with our adults. The children were really engaged and responsive to the activities. Amy.

Ian's Group

This week in Ian's group we have been working on our YOGA skills, attention autism sessions with Bob the puppet and we have been making pizzas. Here are a few pictures of our week that you will also see on Highbury Highlights on Friday.


Good Morning everyone,

Here is today's 'What's in the box' video for you.

Also below are some sensory/messy tray ideas to keep those busy hands busy! I hope you have a great day - Amy.

14.01.21 - SNOW DAY

Hello to my bubble group. I've put together some things below for you today;

  1. What's in the box video - The children love our Attention Autism sessions in the classroom so I've recorded one for you below
  2. Sensory snow activities - ideas for outside play
  3. Sensory snow activities - bring some snow inside, ideas for indoor play

Please email me with any photos or questions - Hope you have a lovely day, Amy :-)

Hedgehogs Visit Father Christmas!

We had a wonderful visit to the Highbury Grotto this week to visit Father Christmas.

The Hedgehogs loved the decorations and all enjoyed receiving their gifts. Amy 18.12.20


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our wonderful Hedgehogs and their families :-)

We hope you have a lovely festive break!

From Amy, Ian, Thea, Stella, Sophie, Rachel, Lorraine & Hazel - Team Hedgehogs! 16.12.20

Ice Fun!

As part of our Christmas activities this week Hedgehogs loved exploring ice play. Amy 11.12.20

Star of the Week

We are so proud of Mason in Hedgehogs this week! He has been down to our fantastic bottom woodland area for the first time and was a superstar.

Investigating all over and taking a great interest in the area. Well done Mason! 4.12.20 - Amy

A week in Hedgehogs...

We've enjoyed lots of varied activities with Amy this week in class. Including; crafting, outdoor exploration, attention autism sessions plus music time on the resonance board. 27.11.20

Hedgehogs Star of the Week

27.11.20 - We are really proud of Daniel in Hedgehogs this week who has been showing fantastic concentration and perseverance with activities in class.

Here he is enjoying our books alongside time on the resonance board. Amy :)

Dig, Dig Digger - Our Sensory Story

This week with Amy Hedgehogs have really enjoyed our story 'Dig, Dig Digger!' A noisy book by Gareth Lucas.

After the story on Wednesday we enjoyed our 'What's in the box' session where we explored different vehicles that moved and made noises in different ways.

On Thursday we then used diggers to create tracks for mark making - it was really messy fun!

We are looking forward to tomorrow, we are digging with the diggers in edible sand. Amy - 19.11.20

Printing Fun!

Hedgehogs have enjoyed lots of mark making using printing techniques with Amy this week.

We had lots of amazing engagement and smiles :-) 12.11.20

Hedgehogs Star of the Week

Caiden has done some amazing work in the Therapy Room this week using symbols to request what he would like to do.

Well done Caiden!


We've had lots of fun in Hedgehogs exploring lots of sensory activities about Bonfire Night - painting, crafting & biscuit making plus decorating.

Amy :) 6.11.20


Over the last couple of weeks in hedgehog class, we have been focusing on attention and engagement. During our social communication sessions we have been seeing 'what's is the box?' which has different items, all of which do different things. We have been sitting and watching, with our peers and anticipating what item will come out of the box. We really like it when the balloon is blown up and then let go and when the shaving foam cakes splat everywhere. 

We have also been having a great time outside in the playground, garden and the mud kitchen enjoying the different autumn colours. We have been painting using leaves and branches to make autumn pictures. 


We have had another busy week in hedgehogs. We have been spending time building on relationships with our peers and the adults in class. We are beginning to accept others in our space. It has been great to see the children playing alongside each other and sharing space and tools.

Well done hedgehogs!


Welcome back

Welcome back to school everyone and welcome to Hedgehog class George. George has had a great first week with us, meeting new peers and staff and exploring his new classroom and class routine. Well done George you have been great and have settled, beautifully into our class.

We have all had a fantastic first week back. We have been happy and smiling, getting messy and having fun! We are looking forward to what this year has in store! 

Have a look at our picture to see what we have been up to this week!!

Week 12


Hello everyone, 

This week we are going to focus on numeracy and one to one correspondence. This is one of the counting principles and it is a good way of developing children's understanding of counting and matching. Have a look at the video to see how I do my one to one correspondence. Also take a look below at some other ways of engaging in one to one correspondence activities. 

Have fun and stay safe!!


Week 11

Good morning everyone, 

This week we are looking at more fine motor skills activities, involving posting and task persistence- that is a big word. It means staying focused on a task/activity until it is completed or finished and not giving up if you find it a little tricky. Keep going and see what you can achieve.

I have made my own posting boxes and bottle at home and it is really easy to do. Take a look at the video and see if you can make your own posting boxes and complete (persist with) a posting task. 

I have also added some pictures below, of different posting ideas that you might like to try??

Take care, 


Week 9 

Hi everyone, 

This week we are going to look at and think about heavy load work.

'Heavy work activities are anything that involves pushing, pulling, or lifting heavy objects or items, and they are a type of sensory activity.

The lists below provide some heavy load activities which you can do at home or out in the garden. Why don't you have a try at some of these activities? 

Week 8- 11/05/20

Hello everyone,

As we enter in to week 8 of Highbury@home i'm going to show you a very easy way of learning our set 1 of phonics sounds and a fun way to write them out and then make them disappear.

m,a,s,d,t - m,a,s,d,t

All you need is some chalk (that you have in your learning packs) and a paint brush (which you have in your learning packs), some water (from the tap) and a wall/fence/flag stones/tree or chalk board

Give it a go at home and have fun 


Week 7 


Hi everyone

This week we are looking at skills such as rolling, throwing and kicking. 

All I have done, is simple found some recycling boxes and bottles and stuck on them, pictures of animals make this activity fun and exciting. You have to roll a ball along the floor, aim at the animals and try to knock them down. Mums and dads can help with this and play along too, if someone shouts out the name of the animal can you knock that animal down?? Think about how fast or slow you will need to roll that ball to be successful! Good luck!



The video below, looks at throwing and using some of the items you received in your learning packs. This time I have attached pictures of the Numicon. When a number is called out, I will throw the ball underarm and try to knock it down. Lets see how I got on!! 

Week 6 


Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. This weeks videos are about fine motor skills. I'll show you some activities you can do with items from around the house so you can develop your fine motor skills and fine motor control.

Video 1 includes; different ways to thread, how to peel tape off a board, posting items into an egg box and pumping water out of a bottle into a cup. 

Video 2 includes; how to make a peg wheel, popping bubble wrap and scissor skills.

I hope you have a chance to try out some of the activities from the videos and have fun when you are doing them. 

Don't forget if you take any pictures or videos please send them to me at: michaela.midgley@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk 

Stay safe everyone,


20/04/20 Week 5

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well as we enter into our 5th week of Highbury @ Home. Today's video is about rice play. Playing in rice is a good sensory play idea with many different elements such as filling and emptying, making musical instruments, small world play and hiding and digging for items such as, puzzle pieces, letters or numbers. This might make literacy and numeracy a little more exciting. 

13/04/20 Week 4 

Hello everyone, 

Here's the video showing you how to make a 'magic picture'. I hope you have a fun time trying them out. 

All you need is:

  • Kitchen roll
  • Felt tip pens
  • A tray of water

Now watch the video to find out how it works..........

Hi Hedgehogs, 

Here is a little video of some of the staff that work in class with you everyday. They wanted to say hello and Happy Easter!! 

Lorraine and Helen say Hello too (they are just a little camera shy)!!

I will be posting a video on Monday of how to make a 'magic' picture. So if you are interested please have a look!!

Week 3

Hello everyone, this week we are looking at Easter crafts. In the video I will show you how to print 'Easter Eggs' using potatoes and also how to print Easter Bunnies out of cardboard tubes and paint. Below are some of my attempts for you to look at, I am sure you can do better.

It would be lovely to see your pictures and to see if you can make a sequence with your potato printing, and it would also be lovely to see your Easter Bunny pictures or cards.

You can send me your pictures to michaela.midgley@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk 

Week 2

Hello everyone, it's week 2 of Highbury @ home and this week our theme is messy/sensory mark making. I have a few ideas that I would like to share with you and I would love for you to have a go at home. You will only need a few things and hopefully you can find them in your house already. Have a look below at some of the ideas and see which ones you can have a go at:

  1. Mixing paint
  2. mark making in shaving foam
  3. making corn flour 'gloop'
  4. making moon sand!!

Check out the videos below to see how you can join in with these activities....


1.Mixing paint......

What you will need: 

  • Paint (a few different colours if possible)
  • A tray or something to mix the paint on 
  • A little bit of water
  • Food bags and sellotape (if you don't want to get too messy)

What to do:

  • Firstly you will need to put some paint in a blob on the tray e.g. yellow
  • Now put a different colour of paint in a blob on the tray e.g. green 
  • Add a little bit of water
  • Now begin to mix the two colours together

Can you think about how can you mix the paint (with your finger, hands, with a brush, with a kitchen whisk?)

What has happened to the colours? Have you made a new colour?


If you would like to do this but you don't want to get too messy, try mixing paint in a food bag.

Squeeze one colour into the bag and then a second colour into the bag. Add a little bit of water, squeeze the air out, and seal the bag with sellotape or any other tape you have (zip lock bags are great for this). This will stop the paint going everywhere. Lay the bag on the tray and begin to mix. Use your fingers and hands to mix the paint, you can make patterns and marks on the bag and push the paint around. 

Have a go and see what colours you can make.....


The next mark making activity is

2.Mark making in shaving foam...

This is really simple and easy to do, all you need is....

  • shaving foam
  • a tray or something to put it on
  • squeeze some shaving foam onto the tray
  • spread out the shaving foam using your hands
  • start mark making and have fun

Here are a few things to think about....

  1. What marks can you make in the shaving foam?
  2. What objects can you use to make marks in the shaving foam?
  3. Can you draw a picture?
  4. Can you write letters?
  5. Can you write numbers?

Our third activity is.....

3.Making cornflour 'gloop'

Again this is a very easy and fun activity. All you will need is...

  • cornflour
  • water 
  • a tray or something to put it in

Put some cornflour in the middle of a tray and add water, mix it in and watch and feel it change from flour, to 'gloop' 

Here are some things to think about when playing with the cornflour 'gloop'

  1. Can you use different tools to make marks in the 'gloop'? What about using a fork or a spoon?
  2. What happens to the 'gloop' when you try to pick it up?
  3. Do your marks stay in the 'gloop' or do they disappear?

Our fourth and final sensory mark making activity for today is....

4.Making moon sand

This is another simple and easy activity using just a few ingredients. What you will need is.....

  • plain flour (i'm sure self raising flour will work just as well??)
  • baby oil
  • a tray or something to put it in 

Put 6/8 cups of flour in the middle of the tray and add 1 cup of baby oil. Mix the flour and the baby oil together until it is all mixed in. Now you can make marks or build moon sand castles by filling up tubs and emptying them out. 


I hope you enjoy exploring the different messy/sensory mark making ideas above. Please send me any photos to michaela.midgley@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk. I would love to see what you have been up to and to see what marks you have been making.

Have fun and get messy!!!!

Stay safe everyone....


Wow it looks like Mason and his family have been busy at home this week. Mason has been keeping active on the trampoline and joining in with exercise with his Dad and his sister. Mason has also been baking chocolate cake, colour matching and using his fine motor skills to put pegs on the line. Mason has also been matching items from around his house to coloured card.

Excellent work Mason, well done, keep up the good work!!

Stay safe,


Week 1

Hello Hedgehogs!!!

This week we are focusing on Rainbows, as we are wanting to spread smiles and happiness during these uncertain times. Some people are painting rainbows, colouring rainbows and making rainbows out of fabric. Today I have been looking around my house to make a rainbow wheel out of items that match the different colours of the rainbow. I wonder if you can find items in your houses that can make up a rainbow wheel?? You will need to look for something that is RED, YELLOW, PINK, GREEN, ORANGE, PURPLE and BLUE. If you can, I would love to see your photos. You can send your pictures to the Highbury school Facebook page. 

You can watch the rainbow song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXtpjBzPMeY 

I will be updating you every week and showing you some ideas that you can do at home relating to different things.

Stay safe everyone from, 



This week has been very different but still a great, successful week for the Hedgehog team. We have been learning about farm animals. We have been learning about what they look like, what they sound like and the places they like to live. 

We have also been making sure we have been washing our hands and keeping ourselves safe especially at this time of uncertainty. Thank you to our families for keeping us safe at home too.  

Please stay safe!!!


Mini beasts..

For the past two week in Hedgehog class we have been learning about mini beasts. We have enjoyed time in garden school looking for worms, spiders, beetles and other creepy crawlies and we have spent time in class on activities such as making spiders and spider webs, rescuing insects frozen in ice and building a mini beast house for insects to live in.


Our star of the week is...… Ibraheem!


Ibraheem has been doing some fantastic work, matching objects to pictures in see and learn, tracing the letters of his name, tracing over the phase 1 phonics letters and learning their sounds.


Well done Ibraheem!