Highbury School

Lower Edge Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 3LD

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Week 7 Remote Learning for Ladybirds 

Looking at the weather forecast for this week it looks very sunny so I thought it would be fun to cool down with some water activities......


Splish splash splosh – water time

Floating and Sinking

Which objects will float on the top of the water?

Which objects will sink to the bottom?

Can you find some things to try at home?

Is the object heavy?

Is the object light?

Hold it in your hands before putting it in the water……….


In the second part of the video it shows how you can

paint with water and watch the picture disappear like magic!!!


With the sun shining we can make shadows, have a look below to what

you can do......

Today our story is called Night monkey, day monkey by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lucy Richards

With thanks to Macmillan for permission 

See if you can find the shadows in the story.....!


If it is too hot outside have fun inside counting potatoes and printing with them and other vegetables you have at home.....


Today we are looking in the garden and kitchen at 

snails and spirals

The story is Snail Trail

    By Ruth Brown 

  Have fun!

The story is called

Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks 

with kind permission from Macmillan Books  

All I need to say is 'then and now...'

Look how they have changed over the year... 

What can I say, an amazing finish to a incredible year, I cannot

believe it has flown by so quickly and the Legendary Ladybirds are

ready to spread their wings and fly to pastures new. 

The children had a wonderful time on the tea cup ride this afternoon!

Charlie and Khaos decided to watch the other children, rather than

having a go themselves!

Star of the Week

All the Ladybirds were stars this morning!

I am so proud of them all......

the progress they have made, the friendships formed, the fun they

have had through a very challenging year. 

There have been so many amazing moments!

Enjoy the video from assembly......

Happy Birthday to Charlie - it is his birthday next week, so we had

a party in class with his Ladybird friends before transition begins....

The butterflies finally flew away yesterday!!!

The children have loved watching the metamorphism of the

caterpillars, making clay caterpillars, printing circle caterpillars,

making a collage cocoon by spinning wool and creating symmetrical

butterflies with paint and a painted lady outline. 

They have also been learning the signs linked to the song....

There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle.  

Legendary Ladybirds.........

Take a look and see the video showing our talents......

Week 5 

We are soooooooooo excited to announce our new arrivals in Ladybirds

the children have been very patient and wanting to check on them for the past few of weeks!

Our tiny caterpillars grew in to big fat caterpillars, who then made

homes called cocoons and this weekend the butterflies emerged from

the cocoons. 

The children were so excited today to see them flapping in the


We tried to let them go, but they didn't want to leave (see the

video) - so we are going to try again tomorrow!

Week 4

This week has seen the Ladybirds having fun investigating dried

mashed potatoes, threading, gaining confidence in riding bikes, making

clay caterpillars, cocoons and dressing up and using critical thinking to work out which surface helps the ball roll faster!

Week 4 Star of the Week - Talal!

Well done to Talal, who loves the story of The Hungry Caterpillar.

He listened to the story and interacted with props.

He loved feeding the Hungry Caterpillar with different food! 

Week 3

What an amazing week.....

The caterpillars have made cocoons like the hungry caterpillar! 

We made mud paintings in the mud kitchen

We created natural collages in Garden School

The teddies got locked in the slide area and we needed to find them!

We did lots of jumping and climbing and balancing in PE

We pretended to be the hungry caterpillar and try some new types of

fruit - the plum wasn't too popular, but the strawberries were!!

Week 3 - Star of the Week - Charlie!

Well done to Charlie this week, who did some amazing problem solving

when he put all the shopping away in the cupboard

it was like a 3D jigsaw puzzle!

He took boxes out and rearranged them till they all fit.

Charlie you can come and put my shopping away any time!!

Well done. 

Week 2

This week the Ladybirds have been comparing the sizes of the caterpillars and noticing how they are getting bigger.

In Garden School this week everyone had to look for the missing teddies - they (10 of them) had gone for a walk and got lost!!

The Ladybirds managed to find all 10, some were in tricky spots! 

They also needed to find all the fruit for the Hungry Caterpillar in the Mud Kitchen.  

Week 2 - Star of the Week - Ronnie!

Well done Ronnie for your careful cutting making pieces of carrot into 2 eyes and working out how to make other facial features with salad items. I love the lettuce hair, and even the sad tomato mouth! He wouldn't make it have a smile!!

The Ladybirds have had a really busy few days taking part in lots of different activities. I am really proud of them all.....

listening to stories, looking at caterpillars, making salad faces or rabbits! Tasting new food types and showing a preference.

Joining in with teeth cleaning - we do this after dinner and the children are cued in by our teeth cleaning song.....

Also taking part in Attention Autism activities, looking, focusing on

the adult and taking turns. 

Well done Ladybirds you are all amazing :)

Garden School - Week 1 - Investigation

Oh my goodness......

What an amazing morning!

Ladybirds had a fabulous time.....

finding a bee, blowing dandelion clocks, climbing the mountain.. working out how to get down, listening to sounds in nature, running through the willow tunnels and finding a ladybird! 

Taking turns, working together, discussing things, investigating

independently on their own - using their senses to show preferences

following others, taking risks and finding solutions.

I could continue, but just take a look and see for yourself what fun

they all had.....

Week 1 - Star of the Week - Oskar!

This week Oskar became the teacher when we were introducing the

'Splat' in Stage 2 Attention Autism - He waited, build up the

anticipation and engaged with familiar staff and peers!

Ps. He loved the fact that his hands went purple!! 

Term 6

Ladybirds have a exciting and busy few weeks before summer

Below is the termly overview and timetable of all the different areas we will be accessing

One for parents to read and one for the children to look at with symbols we use in the classroom

***Swimming is now on Monday afternoon*** Please remember to send in kit and pads if needed - thank you 

Focus text this term....... (YouTube versions below)

I'm Hungry - Rod Campbell

The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr 

Wow - what an amazing week!

Ladybirds have been working really hard on their numeracy skills

giving 1 or lots, making sets - stopping at the total needed and

having lots of fun!

Also using critical thinking in how to get the vegetables out of the


Have a fabulous half term - please take photos of all the great

things you are doing in the sunshine.......

Khaos has been investigating shapes this week....

he used grown ups to make triangles, but they kept moving!!

Then 3 felt pens!

Ronnie listened to Dawn counting then asked for more cookies so he had lots!

Star of the Week - 6

A huge well done to Lexie and Henry for some fantastic literacy work linked to our focused text - Dear Zoo.

They sequenced the animals from the story and were able to tell me why they had to be sent back.....too big, too tall, too fierce, to grumpy..... then they matched the words to the names of the animals. Well done!! 

The Ladybirds had an amazing PE session this week

refining skills and trying out new things......

practicing balancing, running, climbing and jumping 

then trying really hard to have a go at forward rolls......

What a fabulous afternoon.......

Ladybirds and staff!!! were soooooo excited to get their waterproofs on to visit the slides in the pouring rain!

Using the big green slide, then realising that the grass was slippy too!

Charlie was eager to encourage his friends to go down the slide,

Henry mastered the skill of landing on his feet, Oskar tried to find

Sammy, but found it hard as all the grown ups were wearing yellow!!

Elijah nearly got stuck in the covered slide, but managed to wiggle

down, Lily flew down the slide super fast! 

Talal and Khaos preferred to slide down the grass and catch the drips from the leaking gutter by the roundabout!

Ladybirds have had great fun this week so far......

making swamps for dinosaurs.......

finding frogs in frogspawn (tapioca and dried parsley!!!) very realistic!!!......

throwing to a target......

making water volcanoes.......

finding out about wet and dry.....

and it is only Tuesday!!

Brush, brush, brush your teeth!!

We have been working hard on our toothbrushing skills this week

Well done every body......

Star of the Week 4 

Well done to Ronnie this week for some fantastic mark making and

naming animals from the story 'Dear Zoo' finding the odd animal out

and  remembering why they had to be sent back, by using words and

facial expressions to represent the emotions.

As you can see below Ladybirds have had a very busy week......

lots of investigating and mark making, trying new bikes, painting, finding out about different animals from our text - Dear Zoo 

and lots more........

Star of the Week 3

Well done to Elijah, he has had an amazing PE session this week.

Throwing bean bags into the correct coloured hoop, rolling a football

through the tunnel independently and matching balls to coloured


Friday cooking.......

Crumble Top Tarts!!

Everyone had fun - rolling, cutting out, squeezing, tasting, scooping and sprinkling! 

And showing preferences - jam seemed to be the favourite 

lemon curd a bit to tangy!! 

The recipe is below if you would like to try them at home.....

I cannot believe it was only a 4 day week, as we have taken part in so many activities and had so much fun, just take a look and see...........

This week we have been learning about mixing materials together....

Even with all the rain today Ladybirds had a Terrific Tuesday!

Everyone has been super busy!

Investigating in the sensory room, rolling, throwing, kicking, aiming

and catching balls....

In numeracy we have been looking at size - things that are big and

small, sorting, identifying and naming, also saying which object is the

biggest and smallest with real objects and on the interactive


Multi tasking!

Lexie has shown us how she can multi task in class....

Having a conversation with Oskar about the cops coming when he

dialled 999 and organising and teaching Elijah to complete his social

communication task, which she has seen us do!

We have a new TA in Ladybirds - thank you Lexie!!

Ladybirds have had a fantastic week just take a look and see.......

On Friday afternoons we are going to be doing cooking, looking at how ingredients change when you mix them, or if you heat them or freeze them - this week it was Banana and blueberry ice cream - we are tasting it tomorrow!! 

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.......

the ladybirds had an amazing time on the MUGA using the bikes

have a look below..........

Happy Birthday to Macsy!

We hope you had a lovely birthday on Tuesday.

Thank you for the yummy chocolate ladybird buns, everyone thought they were delicious! 

Our story for the next few weeks is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

below is a Youtube copy of the story if you don't have a paper copy at home - the children are looking at the sequence of the animals, matching pictures of the characters and remembering the adjectives describing the animals........ have fun at home!

Week 1 - Term 5

The Ladybirds have had an amazing first week back at school

we have been investigating outside, spraying water - seeing who could get the wettest (sorry about the soggy clothes!) 

listening to our story - Dear Zoo, exploring the different characters.

Taking turns in Magic bag/box activities - getting the giggles when

the foam volcanoes hit the ceiling!

We were very proud of everyone for cutting and exploring different

fruit when making fruit salad on Friday. 

Friday Fruit salad!!

Week 1 - Star of the Week - Khaos 

Khaos has been busy sorting the pasta and rice into separate sets, he

chose his own criterion for sorting the different materials, using a pincer grip to pick up the pasta, he was focused throughout and stayed on task until all the pasta was removed! Well done Khaos 

Term 5 - Welcome back!

It will be lovely to see all the Ladybirds back in class tomorrow!

I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine over the past few days

Below is the termly overview showing what the Ladybirds will be doing

in class and what you could do at home to support their learning. 

Also a timetable of the different areas the children will be accessing throughout the week. 

This half term we are going to be starting the tooth brushing

programme in class and hope you are able to continue with this at

home - below is the song/video we will be using to cue the children in

to the session. 

Happy Easter from the Ladybirds!

We have had fun egg rolling and squishing in the top garden,

making chocolate and cheese eggs and creating a collage egg for the school council competition. 

Ladybirds Easter Challenge!!

Ladybirds will be bringing home some Easter pasta tomorrow!

We are going to investigate it in class and we would love you to explore the pasta at home!


Sorting and matching shapes and colours - eggs, hatching chicks or


Counting, shaking a dice and making a set of eggs to match!

Pouring and filling different containers.....

Threading the pasta shapes.... randomly or making a pattern....

Making a collage using the pasta shapes....

and of course cooking and eating it!!!

The main thing is to have fun and take some photos to show everyone!

Happy Birthday Oskar who was 5 on Saturday!

He loved his birthday present - The book - Sam's Sandwich!

How many eggs did you collect.........??

All I can say is mud, mud, glorious mud...........!

Wow Khaos, fantastic tracing of all the letters of the alphabet!

Just a few photos to finish with..........

Have a happy weekend!

Ladybirds have had an amazing afternoon, with Magic Bag time and What's in the box?

These focused on gaining attention, joint and shared.

Anticipating actions, taking turns, sharing and most of all having fun!

With the sun shining over the past couple of days the Ladybirds have loved been outside........

Star of the Week

Well done Macsy, for fantastic engagement and communication 

investigating and initiating interactions in our sensory session. 

Happy Birthday Lexie!

Lexie had a fun time going on an Easter Rabbit hunt,

then having a party snack and presents!

She even went to bed giving her dolly a cuddle! 

I would like to welcome a new member of staff!!!

This young man decided to be our new teacher today.......!!!

Ladybird children and grown ups had an amazing time in the sensory room.....

trying on different costumes and becoming different characters, no one wanted to leave!!

Ladybirds have been enjoying the sunshine today!!

Going on a egg hunt, exploring the big Roktagon and having lots of


Just look at your super hero's in Ladybirds they have had an amazing


Red Nose Day!!

Ladybirds have had a fabulous time being superhero's, going on a nose hunt, making superhero masks, making red nose biscuits and taking funny photos!!!

It's a Bear.........!

This week we have been focusing on the bear in our story, making bear sandwiches, bear masks, matching pictures, going on a bear hunt in the sensory garden.......

Happy Mother's Day!

Elijah's Mummy was very proud this weekend, as Elijah has been practicing riding his bike at the Springhall Cycle track for the past 3 weeks and look what he achieved.......

What a super star!

Ladybirds had a fabulous time back in the pool!

Star of the Week - Well done to Khaos 

He has done some amazing sequencing using the coloured balls, taking his time to put the correct ones in the right order. 

He kept checking he was correct!

Ladybirds have had great fun going on a bear hunt today,

in the hall and in the sensory room - lots of laughs and giggles from everyone!

We even found Ronnie the bear in his cave........

We have had a fabulous first day back with the slides, sensory garden, mud kitchen and painting and printing whirling, swirling snowstorms.........

But best of all seeing all our friends!

As we are all back in class, below is a timetable of the areas the Ladybirds will access during the week -

so you'll know where we have been!!

Please can you send warm coats to wear as you will see we are spending a lot of time outside and the weather isn't too warm, we have waterproofs and wellies to keep us dry on top of own coats. 

Thank you 

Please take a look at Lily, using her problem solving skills to work out which box goes inside each other - but then she got a fit of the giggles!!

I think perseverance is the word that comes to mind.  

She made me giggle too!!

Week 3 

Even though we are all back in class I thought you might like to finish your book to go with the text we have been using 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt -

so here goes for the activities we will be doing in school as well.....

Have fun!! 

Monday - Whirling, swirling snow storm - Painting on foil 

foil, white paint, brush, cotton buds or fingers or tools. 

Tuesday - Whirling, swirling snowstorm - printing a snowstorm

(Page 5 in book)- white paint, fingers, cotton buds, cotton wool balls 

Wednesday - Whirling, swirling snowstorm - snow dough

conditioner or oil, cornflour - mix together to make mixture that resembles snow! Put in the freezer to make it more real!

Thursday - Making the different areas in the story

going under a table, over the sofa, through the door, up the stairs and under the duvet!!

Friday - A narrow, gloomy cave - making a cave with a blanket over

2 chairs or a table...

making a bear sandwich and have a picnic......

bread, banana, raisins, peanut butter or chocolate spread or cheese

spread to make a polar bear!

Term 4 - We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Resources for when listening to the story........

Grass - material to wave - tea towel, ribbons, scarf 

River/water - container to have water to splash (not too much!!)

Mud - gloop made with a couple of spoonfuls of flour, spoonful of cocoa, hot choc or gravy browning.

Forest - sticks or wooden kitchen tools to tap

Snowstorm - empty plastic bottle to blow 

Cave - making a den with blanket and chair

Blanket to cover self at the end!

Week 2 - Malleable Materials after Zoom Hello session

Monday - Thick Oozy Mud - mixing cocoa powder/gravy browning with water to make a 'paint' - use hands, fingers or a brush to make marks (Page 3 in book)

Alfie and Max having a walk through the mud, 

Squelsh, squirsh, squelsh, squirsh............

Tuesday - Thick Oozy Mud - mixing cornflour and cocoa/gravy browning to make muddy gloop to investigate, add some animals or

cars - its one of my favourite stories.....

The duck in the truck.... 

As it was such a grey day yesterday we decided to decorate rainbow ginger biscuits in class, with white chocolate, sprinkles and smarties. Bubble A really enjoyed them at snack time in the afternoon. 

Bubble B and their thick oozy mud - Squelsh, Sqursh 

Wednesday - Thick Oozy Mud - making edible mud with chocolate Angel Delight/mousse and yummy rocks, soil and stones....

Thursday - Deep Dark Forest - runny brown paint and a straw to blow the paint to make tree trunks and branches with the paint.

(Page 4 in book)

Making a forest - trees with bare branches, just like the ones outside winter time trees....

Friday - Deep Dark Forest - outlines of leaves or freehand drawings, objects with different textures, wax crayons or pencil crayons - making rubbings to make different patterns on leaves.

Below is a video showing what resources are in the pack for remote learning linked to the story....... 

Below is a timetable of Zoom sessions and what the children will be developing and learning  when they attend these mini lessons.  

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Peer Massage

Below is the song we are going to be learning over the next few weeks - you also have a

paper copy at home in your resource box

Week 1 - Malleable materials (after Hello Zoom)

Videos if you miss the Zoom or are in school. 

Monday - Grass - mixing blue and yellow paint to make green - printing grass with cardboard - (Page 1 of book)

Wow! We have had a busy bouncy day with Bubble A in class.....

lots of fun, bouncing and interacting with each other in Soft Play

Swimming was cancelled today due to the pool having a deep clean, but none of the children mentioned it! So sparkly clean for Bubble B on Friday afternoon. 

We had some big Christmas pressies to open as Santa had delivered them and they have been waiting for the children to come back, Bubble B, you can have a play with them on Thursday.......

Tuesday - Grass - printing with a fork  

Another fantastic day!

The children have really enjoyed soft play - working together, waiting and taking turns, trying out new moves, counting and listening to instructions and most of all having fun!

Charlie, Ronnie and Oskar had a giggle while playing a social communication/numeracy game

seeing who could make the tallest tower - they all cheated.......!!!!

Elijah really enjoyed his co active movement session - preferring fingers to tickle his feet,

rather than the scrunchie!

Macsy worked hard to ride his bike and they all looked very smart in their new waterproofs

to go down the slides.

Below is a little film of Day 2.........

I would like to say a big thank you to Henry, Max and Arzoo for joining us in the singing zoom this afternoon, it was great to see you. This is a fabulous opportunity for all the children and staff to see each other, so please join us......1.30pm every afternoon. 

Wednesday - Grass - making a green collage with objects from around the house then take a photo

Thursday - Water - blowing lots of blue bubbles and making a print  (Page 2 of book) 

Happy Birthday to Elijah who is 5 today!!

He loved his birthday 'cake' 

and his pressies..... he couldn't believe his eyes.......

Bubble B have had an amazing day Going on a Bear Hunt in the Mud Kitchen!!

They looked fabulous in their new waterproofs, see what you think.......

Talal had such fun in the water tray, he looks like he is going to get in!!

Henry, Lexie and Khaos look like they were just chilling in the sunshine and 

Lily was very focused when planting her cress seeds. 

It was so good to see them all on zoom this afternoon for our Singing Music Zoom, smiling,

waving and saying hello!

Have a look at what fun they all had........

Friday - Water - Shaving foam blue paint swirls

Bubble B have had another amazing day - water and thick oozy mud seem to be a theme for today, hurray for the new waterproofs!! - you look very smart, having great fun too!!

Macsy has had great fun investigating the outdoors, take a look.........

Hello Children and Parents 

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all your hard work over the past 6 weeks 

it has be amazing to see how everyone has adapted to the remote way of working. 

Below are a few photos from Week 5 zooms and activities you have been doing at home. 

On Friday morning we had great fun making Love Bug biscuits,

well done to Elijah and Becky for taking on the challenge.


Just remember to use a packet of biscuits that haven't been dropped

as the bugs on the zoom session kept falling to bits!!!

If you have a go at making them, please send me photos to join the


Week 5

Lots of love xxx

This week we are going to be creative - making things for people we love and care for. 

Valentine's Day

Sunday 14th February 

Monday - Making red dough - using heart cutters, making hearts with the dough, rolling sausages, creating shapes. Flour, red colouring, water, bowl, spoon 

Tuesday - Making jelly (packets cost 1.05 from Sainsburys) this is clear, to which you can add colours, scents, objects etc. or you can use normal flavoured jelly (this is just a bit stickier!)

Wednesday - Making coloured spaghetti - cook the spaghetti with food colouring gel and a drop of oil to stop it sticking. Once cooled use the strands to make shapes - hearts, circles, triangles, squares

Thursday - Making Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge - dark chocolate, condensed milk, butter, icing sugar

Friday - Making prints using heart shapes - cutters and tubes

Videos to follow.......


Activities linked to resource pack.....

here are just a few ideas, please feel creative and send me photos and videos of you all having fun! 

How to make the heart sun catcher and threaded heart 


Lots of fun today with red dough, Max has been making heart prints. 


Making jelly - either clear as I have done or make up a fruity one. Put small objects in the setting jelly to get out, for the children to use their problem solving skills with tweezers, spoons or fingers!

Or if your little one likes to have a nibble add sprinkles, chocolate

drops or raisins for them to pick out and develop their fine motor




Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge........

Well done Cole and his mummy, who made some over the weekend it

taste delicious!


Printing with hearts 

You have been busy this week have a look and see.........

Week 4 Remote Learning


This week we are going to investigate colours and the story of Elmer the patchwork elephant.

Over the weekend please have a look around the house to find different coloured objects – if you could take photos and send them to me that would be brilliant, as we will be having a colour game during the week using the photos 


This is the order of colours we will be investigating during the week, alongside malleable materials........   

Monday – red - making gloop 

you will need food colouring, cornflour, water, tray, spoon, tools to investigate with

Tuesday – blue - printing with shaving foam

you will need paint or food colouring, shaving  foam, tray, paper, spoon/straw to mix

Wednesday – yellow -making taste safe foam 

you will need liquid from tin of chick peas, cream of tartar, food colouring, bowl, electric whisk. 

Thursday – green - mixing paint colour change

you will need red, yellow, blue paint, paper, brushes and tools to mix and make marks

Friday – purple - mixing liquids colour change

you will need red, yellow, blue food colouring, water, clear plastic containers, tray 


Videos of methods to use when making the above activities are to follow, watch this space..........

We will be looking at colours in food........

Also thinking about our favourite colours...... What's yours?


Below is the weekly timetable of Zoom sessions, I will be sending out invites by email. We look forward to seeing you there......


With the freezing weather we have had fun with mixing colours and painting on ice, then seeing what happens when hot water hits the ice............ it made us jump!!

We will also be making cornflour gloop - a video is below if you miss the zoom session, the children love mixing the powder and coloured water together, to create the semi solid liquid, don't be tempted to add too much water and it will not work - just right is when the gloop is liquid on the tray, but when you squeeze it, it becomes semi solid! 

Below are the dotty letters outlines to use with your fingers or cotton buds and paint

Max has been busy printing with bubble wrap and red paint, well done. 


What a day!! Thank you for joining in with zoom sessions and sending your videos and photos!

Today has been blue, we made blue swirls with shaving foam and looked for objects that were blue..... Henry found blue slime/dough, Brogan a blue peacock and Max a blue ring have a look below and see what blue things Helen found!


Today we are going to make foam to explore and that is okay if you put it in your mouth!

I will be making it in the Hello zoom and there is a little video below if you miss it live!

 Happy Yellow day!!

Below are some of the yellow objects we found, can you send me your pictures.............

We made instant custard to investigate and make marks in 

pouring and filling, curved and straight marks using your finger or

tools from the kitchen, spoon, fork, whisk, chopstick...

(please don't do what I did, read the instructions .... the custard was far too runny (yellow water!!!) 


Below is a lovely activity using yellow daffodils and looking in the mirror and painting what you can see.... if you haven't got a mirror you could use the shiny side of foil, have fun!


yellow blue green 


Thank you for sending your photos of coloured objects at home, have a look and see if you can see your objects. Please send in more if you can........


This is the story of Elmer the patchwork elephant, and how he had fun playing a trick on his friends........

Colouring sheets - slide to 70% size to see whole pictures - print to colour at home.

Please let me know if you would like a paper copy sending. 

We have had a busy week 

it was so good to see so many of you in zoom sessions

and thank you for sending me you photos and videos

it is so good to see what you are doing at home........

as normally it is the other way round and we are showing you!     Have a look below at how busy you have all been......

going for walks, making coloured rice, making dough, doing DIY with daddy, joining in with Wiggles and Jiggles, counting currant buns, making snowmen, going on a shape hunt and listening to stories. 

Evie May has been having fun with her mummy and Helen T

investigating Sounds of Intent activities  

Here she is making scrunching and crunching sounds while having a


Today we have made coloured rice to investigate

Here's how we did it....

Packet of white rice - I used 40p packet

1 tube of food colouring gel 

Capful of white vinegar 

put the food colouring and vinegar in a sealable plastic bag

mix well - add rice and seal 

massage to ensure all rice is coloured - the children love doing this!

tip out onto tray to dry (takes 2/3 hours in warm place) 

keep in airtight container - keeps for a few weeks 

good for pouring and filling

mark making 

mixing colours

using tools appropriately 

developing fine motor skills 

Peer massage - making a pizza

This week we are changing the movement we do in peer massage 

Have a look at the video and have a go at home.

I'm sure we will get some good pizzas!

We will also be doing the movements in the peer massage zoom session on Wednesday.......have fun!

We will be using the same music so the children are aware of the session and are cued in. (click below for music we are using) 


Music for Pizza Peer Massage

Making dough
Malleable materials is an area of Continuous Provision that the children in Ladybirds and Squirrels love to investigate. So, I have put together a video on the Ladybird blog of some ideas you may like to try at home, using everyday materials. 
For example - Making dough 
Ingredients - Flour, water, and food colouring  
Mix water and food colouring together then add to some flour until a dough has formed
Allow your child to do the mixing if they would like! 
Alongside sensory investigation there is development of fine motor skills, mark making, using tools randomly, appropriately, experimentally, mixing materials, tasting (maybe!) showing a preference for likes and dislikes, describing the different textures, creativity and developing imagination - making models............ the list goes on.  
I look forward to hearing from you!

Week 3 - Remote Learning

Our story this week is 'Is that you Wolf' 

Sensory props for this story were sent home last week

We will be going on a shape hunt and making 2D shapes from

different household/outdoor materials, foil, string/wool, paint,

straws,leaves, sticks etc 

Making pink dough to make 3 Little pigs

Building towers for the wolf (you) to blow (knock) down!!

You could use anything......




plastic cups

Watch this space and see what Helen blows down!!

Below is the timetable of zoom sessions, invites will be coming soon.

Lets have fun making a melted snowman.... photo is below and 

resources are coming to you in a pack. We will be making him in a

zoom session.  


I found the following activities on

[email protected] 


Before children can write they need to have developed their physical skills, including gross motor (big movement), fine motor (small movements) hand-eye coordination and simply how to handle mark-making tools.

Below are five early mark-making activities using paint, that children can easily do at home to promote them developing skills they need before they are ready to write.

Have fun!

Melting snowman......

Shape Hunt

Have fun looking inside and outside for the shapes on the sheet below

It can be printed if you would like to take it with you on your search.

Please get your grown up to take photos or make a list of the objects you

find, then we can make a shape gallery on the blog. 


Please look in the [email protected] section on the blog

There is lots of information about how we teach phonics and power points of the sequence of sounds taught

Week 2 - Fantastic work everyone!

There have been lots of giggles on zoom sessions this week, splatting, making volcanoes, upside down snapping crocodiles and much more.....

We have had lots of good looking, listening and anticipating!

At home you have been busy with spellings, exploring snow at Manor

Heath park, doing mark making, reading, ordering letters of the alphabet, playing games and making biscuits...

Happy Burfday Natalie!

We hope you had a lovely day - especially splatting the 

currant buns and finishing the day with peer massage!!! 


Making biscuits....

It has been brilliant to see your Little Pig biscuits!

Please keep sending your photos and I will put them in the piggy

gallery - well done Elijah and Becky, Arzoo and Kabir and Olivia!

The video below shows how to make them if you'd like to join in with the fun!

3 Little Pigs

It was fun on Monday to read the story of 3 Little Pigs and the children using the puppets they had made at home, to join in with the story on Zoom! 

Week 1 - Helen's Remote Learning Group 

Wow, what an amazing week! 

It has been fantastic to see so many of you in the Zoom sessions.

We have had lots of fun and can't wait for next week.......

A very big thank you for sending me photos, they are all featured below...... 

On Thursday and Friday you had fun making snowmen in the cold......

Macsy and his mummy tried our recipe for indoor snow......

you can try too, see below for the instructions, only 3 ingredients


cornstarch (cornflour)


any type of oil 

The following videos and clips are linked to different Zoom sessions which take place throughout the day/week, for Helen's Remote Learning Group (or if you are in school part time)

They can be used whenever you like if your child is unable to access the Zoom sessions.

The main thing is to have some fun and enjoy. 

Below is a timetable of Zoom sessions for Helen's Remote Learning Group 

This is the story I read on the above blog, have fun reading it at home, using your little pig and wolf puppets.

This week (Tuesday) we are making simple biscuits

In lit or Num Zoom session – Pig faces for 3 little pigs story link 

It is a very simple recipe, have fun and send me some photos.....


1oz Sugar

2oz Butter/margarine

3oz flour


Mix sugar and butter then add flour


You will have a dough to roll into balls, or cut out circles if you have a cutter or you could use a plastic cup. Use extra flour if it is sticky!


Add bits for nose, ears, make eyes and a mouth


Carefully put on a baking tray (I normally use grease proof paper as well)


You can double the recipe if you want to make more or perhaps a wolf as well as the 3 little pigs


Bake for 10 mins at 180/Gas Mark 4


Cool before decorating


Red/pink food colouring

Icing sugar or white chocolate


Icing – mix few drops of water with 3/4 tbsps. icing sugar, add a drop of colour to make pink and decorate biscuits


Chocolate – melt white chocolate as normal, add a drop of food colouring and decorate biscuits

Phonics with Natalie

Hello Time  
Days of the week
What is the weather today?

Hello song
Rag and Bone
Aye, Aye

Have a look at Olivia and the Squirrels having fun taking part in Shabang songs - can you do the signs?

Wiggles and Jiggles

Below are a few of the songs that we are using in our wiggles and jiggles sessions - we had great fun filming the clips!

Olivia couldn't stop crying, from laughing!!!

Shake your wriggles out
Elephants have wrinkles
Clap your hands
Old McDonald
Just go walking
Cool down

Singing/music time

Hello song


Singing/music time

This is me


Singing/music time

1 potato, 2 potato

Singing/music time

Wake up!!

Singing/music time

Numbers 1 to 10

Singing/music time

Nice warm socks


Singing/music time



Singing/music time

Calm down

Head, shoulders, arms, hands, squeeze.......

Thank you so much for sending Christmas pictures it is so lovely to see what you have all been doing over the holidays, as you can see lots of fun!!