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Hello and welcome to the Ladybird Blog!

Week 10 - Highbury@home 5 Currant Buns

This week we are going to be counting 1 2 3 4 5 

Tilly has been helping me by singing the rhyme 

5 Currant Buns.

Have fun singing along or joining in and making your own paper buns!

 

Ladybirds - watch out for the postman on Tuesday!

Say goodnight to the sleepy animals by Ian Whybrow and Ed Eaves

With kind permission from Macmillan books

Week 9 - Highbury@home Eid 

At the moment lots of Muslim  people are celebrating Ramadan 

next week it ends and they have a big celebration called Eid Ul Fitr

If we were at school we would be having a celebration day,

so lets celebrate at home instead...... below I have shown you how to make a star and moon sensory bottle. See if you can make one, take a photo and we can make a gallery.  

Week 8 - Highbury@home Recycling and stacking 

We are continuing to use

recycled materials this week for

Stacking

making tall and short towers

George has been busy reading his book, relaxing with Lily and posing for his photo for his passport, it only took mummy 47 takes! 

 

Jacob has been doing fantastic looking at his number cards, lying them in a grid then

making a pile. He has also been reading his Mr Men books.

Our story this week is called

Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks 

with kind permission from Macmillan Books  

 

Week 7 - Highbury@home Recycling and rolling

This week we are looking at using recycled materials to create target practice for developing our throwing and rolling skills. 

 

We have had 3 very busy boys this week, having lots of fun walking, bouncing, using the home school learning resources and ideas from the blog. 

Take a peek at what they have been doing..........

Dexter has been very busy using his superdupa microphone with his sister, singing

Queen songs with accompaniment from Pixie, you are both super stars!

I hope you are enjoying the home school learning pack we sent you last week, below are a few ideas and activities using the resources you may like to try........

Here are some ideas that I know you will find fun to do with your grown-ups or brothers and sisters.

See the videos below on tips how to make some of the sensory textures.

Puffy paint 

Coloured foam (taste safe) 

School dough (taste safe)

Super slime (taste safe)

Posting - Numbers and Numicon

George has been busy helping his mummy to do her work!

Jacob has been having fun hiding under his new blanket, his grandma made him, playing Connect 4 - making patterns, matching pictures on an inset puzzle and investigating gloop and ice - Phew you have been busy Jacob!

Week 6 - Highbury@home Water fun!

Looking at the weather forecast this week it seems it is going to be sunny and warm then cloudy and rainy so it could be fun to investigate water in different ways.......... 

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……….

A big hello from all the grown ups in Ladybird class! 

Week 5 - Highbury@home Sunshine and science 

George has be having great fun cooling himself in his paddling pool!

Oh no, Ladybirds....... you won't believe what has happened to my cress head.........

it ran out of water and all the cress flopped!! 

Don't forget to water your cress head! 

With the weather getting sunny and warm I thought it would be fun to do some

investigating using the sunshine to help us find things out.  

This week 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.....!

Ice and frost in the sunshine 

Lets investigate what happens to ice and frost when it is in the sunshine......

Have fun in trying out the activities, don't forget to send me your photos so we can all see. 

 

Here are a few familiar songs for you to join in with....

see if you can copy the actions!

Hassan has been busy bouncing on his trampoline and look how his cress seeds have grown.....have yours started to grow yet Ladybirds? Please send me a photo of your cress heads, so everyone can see your super work. 

Week 3 - Highbury@home Colours and Easter

Happy Birthday Jacob! 

Hope you had a fabulous day on Saturday! 

He had great fun playing in the sand in the sunshine!

And playing a matching game - a birthday present from Esmee 

Hassan has been busy with his brothers and sisters, decorating an egg picture and planting cress seeds to make a cress egg head! Well done Hassan, fantastic work.

Don't forget to plant your cress seeds Ladybirds! please send me some pictures.... so show 

everybody what you have been doing. My cress head has started to grow look below to see.

hfarman@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk or post to the Highbury Facebook page. 

The Egg Hunt by Martha Mumford and Laura Hughes

Lets see how many eggs we can find on the Easter Bunnies egg hunt! 

You can find the story in the Story section at Highbury@home 

Hello ladybirds

Over the next 2 weeks we are looking at colours around us both inside and outside if you can. I took Alfie for a walk yesterday and we found lots of colours. Watch the clip below to see which ones. See if you can find some colours and learn the signs. 

Have fun

Helen and The Ladybird Gang xx

The story this week is Brown Bear, Brown Bear

by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

You can find it in the Story time section on Highbury@home 

Easter fun!

Can you make something from an egg box or toilet roll tube?

See below for some ideas...........

 

Week 2 - Highbury@home Spiders

George has had a busy 2 weeks, and his mummy has shared some of the fun things he has been doing......exploring outside, climbing, taking his dog for a walk and having lots of cuddles! 

 

Our Star Of The Week for Week 2 is Jacob - He has been busy at home, making gingerbread men, making patterns, sorting colours and shapes and cleaning his teeth. Wow, what a busy boy well done. 

Hello Ladybirds 

I hope you are having fun looking at all the things to make and do on the blog, getting outside either in the garden or going for a walk and listening to the stories in the story time section.

 

Below are a few ideas that you might like to try...........

Making a spider or a spiders web using recycled materials 

You also might like to make a spider using natural resources from outside, a pine cone, twigs, leaves or flowers have fun collecting your bits and bobs.

Please remember to take some photos and send them to me hfarman@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk or send the photos to our Highbury facebook page. 

Below are some spidery activities that you could try.......

 

 Take care and have lots of fun 

Helen and Ladybird Gang xxx

Can you join in with Incy Wincy Spider?

Please send me your videos and pictures and we can show everyone all the fun we are having!

Friday 27.03.20

Spring has sprung near my house - look at the pictures and see what signs of Spring you can see. 

When you go outside near your house see if you can see any signs of Spring, please send some photos so we can share 

them with all our Highbury friends. 

Have a lovely weekend xx

 

Hello Ladybirds 

Yesterday in my garden I heard a very strange noise........ Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit! 

Can anyone guess what I found in my sink?

It had 4 legs

Shiny skin 

2 big eyes........

Friday 27.03.20 

Thank you George for your photos - you look like you have been having fun with your little sister!!

Hello Ladybirds 

I hope you are having fun making your rainbows to put in your window! 

Thank you Dexter for the photos of your rainbow they are fabulous xxx 

Lets see how many more rainbows we can make. 

 

 

Please remember to clean your teeth and wash your hands

Below is the link to our tooth brushing song we use in class every day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCio_xVlgQ0

Here are some photos from last week of Ladybirds keeping clean, washing their hands and cleaning their teeth. 

Lets say hello like this......! 

Below is the Ladybirds hello song mentioned in the video above, have fun waving those socks!!

Week 4 Star Of The Week 

This week there are 4 young men who have been working hard in Ladybirds, having fun with outdoor learning, George for riding a scooter so confidently, Jacob for trying to score a goal, George for washing hands thoroughly and Dexter for trying a piece of toast, which is fantastic progress from last week. 

Week 3 Star Of The Week

This week our super star is Dexter - Wow what a fantastic week, he walked the whole length of the swimming pool holding onto the rail, concentrating so hard..... and he has been communicating how he wanted to move in the spinner, fast, slow, forward or backwards - he had a fabulous time! Not only all the above he has been investigating messy malleable materials, not something Dexter is too keen on, but he was very brave and squeezed my hand covered in semolina, then decided to flick it all over me!!! The cool hair style in courtesy of buttered toast! Well done Dexter. 

Week 2 Star Of The Week 

This week our star is Sahil - He has been amazing at communicating what he wanted........ to be pulled along in a trug! He tapped my hand to indicate he wanted to move again..... he thought it was great fun!! I needed a cup of tea afterwards!! Well done Sahil. 

Nice Warm Socks!!!

Everyone had great fun choosing a sock to wear for our winter song 'Nice Warm Socks' 

Trying hard to put them on themselves.

Investigation, curiosity and critical thinking were key skills been used in week 1 to try out new equipment, seeing how things work and making models. 

Number Time 

This week we focused on numbers and pouring and filling, thinking about emptying containers, pouring carefully and our rhyme was 5 Little Ducks. 

Week 1 - Pancake Investigation 

This week had everyone having fun with real and pretend pancakes, cooking, printing, investigating and tasting!

Week 1 Star Of The Week

This week our super star is George for keeping his glasses on in focused sessions. He started just keeping them on for a couple of seconds, now he is keeping them on for over half an hour - what a star. 

 

Week 6 

Here are a few photos from the end of the term, George tried his hardest to fit into the big bucket, his flexibility was amazing!

Daniel our music teacher popped in to see us and the boys were intrigued by the vibrations of the trumpet and wanted to have a blow!

Hassan found a key and wanted to lock the door of the classroom - he was focused and spent a long time aligning the key to fit it in the lock, which he did. With a little help he locked the door - saying 'Oh no!' 

Dexter was happy to say hello to his friends in our hello session and Sahil and Jacob had great fun looking in mirrors. 

Week 6 

Wow...... what a week and it is only Tuesday!! 

Matching numbers and one to one correspondence in maths, trying new textures in sensory investigation, using pegs, sorting pompoms choosing own criteria.......following an obstacle course with friends in soft play.........working out how fasteners work using critical thinking, using a pincer grip to pick up sprinkles from tacky back!! We like make things challenging! And we even had time to catch the hail in outdoor learning!! Phew!! Only three days left!

Week 6 - Tooth Brushing

We have introduced all the Ladybirds to tooth brushing programme this week, with a new song, investigation of brushes and trying the toothpaste. As you can see from the photos everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. We will be continuing with tooth brushing as a daily routine in class, to allow the children to become familiar with the resources and at ease with cleaning their teeth.  

Week 5 - The Gingerbread Man 

Everyone had fun with the Gingerbread Man! 

Mark making and decorating with spices....... Investigating the ingredients needed to make GMB, using all our senses, especially smell, taste and touch......... making dough and biscuits.......making life size GBM.......listening to the story, joining in with key words and refrains, either verbally or with a switch......matching the characters and sequencing their appearance in the story.......and of course tasting GBM!!

Week 5 Star Of The Week

This week our super star is George. He has shown fantastic problem solving skills and used critical thinking when working out how to keep his tyre balanced and rolling on the balcony. Well done George. 

Week 4 Star Of The Week

Well done to Jacob for his fantastic gross motor movement in PE, climbing, balancing, crawling and jumping. He was a super star!

Chinese New Year Celebration Day 

Everyone had a fantastic day today working with peers from different classes and in different rooms. There was lots of investigating, a sensory story about Chinese New Year, Kung Fu, tasting different Chinese flavours and an assembly to start off the whole day.As you can see there are some funny faces been pulled when new tastes were been tried!! I am so proud of the Ladybirds for travelling so sensibly around all the different areas in school. 

Week 4 

Critical thinking is been tested this week in using a range of cause and effect resources and objects that work with a switch. The children have been working out how to make the cushion vibrate today. Jacob was a little unsure at first, then through trial and error he extended the time of the vibrations, by holding down the switch. First with his hand then his arm so he could lie his head on the cushion. Well done Jacob. 

Week 3 Star Of The Week 

This week our super star is Corbin for some fantastic independent work in sensory circuits - every morning Corbin goes to sensory circuits when he has got off the bus. He is now working at each work station independently. Well done Corbin. 

Mark Making - Week 3 

Everyone had fun making marks with a variety of objects..... including a melon baller, car, toothbrush and star cutter, mixing different shades of blue paint together. The focus was to independently make vertical, horizontal and circular marks. There were lots of horizontal and vertical marks made with the car driving up and down the paper!!

The mood was blue last week in Ladybirds - blue dough, blue frozen gloop and blue ice. The children had to think of ways to get the animals out of the frozen gloop, they used critical thinking.......some tried using their hands, some their teeth and some used tools. George was a little uncertain, then after watching his peers and some props from an adult he decided to investigate.  

Wibble Wobble Jelly!! - Week 3

The children had great fun investigating the jelly with all their senses - taste was the most popular!

Dexter was a little uncertain about the texture, but joined in with patting and poking the jelly when it was a funny game. George and Hassan decided to use tools to cut up the jelly, they chose to cut it very carefully with a knife. 

Week 2 Star Of The Week

This week our super star is Arzoo for fantastic work with using her angled spoon for eating her dinner independently, she only needed a little help to load it, she was amazing. Well done Arzoo.  

Yellow 

Yellow is the colour we are exploring this week - the children had great fun investigating the different properties of custard powder, semolina - especially Arzoo when she made it wet and gloopy it even covered her glasses! Hassan carefully cut his yellow paper to stick on his sunshine. Dexter made marks in the yellow dough and George decided to continue with the activity by taking the tray and putting it on his knee to investigate as the table was already been used, well done George, very resourceful. Some children decided to hide objects in the polenta, looking carefully to ensure it was totally covered. 

Week 1 Star Of The Week 

Well done to Hassan for some fantastic phonic work this week, he has been matching Set 1.1 words from RWI the reading programme we use in school. What a super star!

Welcome back and a Happy New Year for 2020!

It has been a very busy first week back to school and the children have been fantastic with settling back into the daily routines. 

Stay and Play - Winter Wonderland - Week 7

Everyone had a fantastic time, making snowstorms, decorating biscuits, making snow dough and chilling out in the winter wonderland experience in the sensory room. 

Week 6 Star Of The Week 

Jacob was our Super Star this week - for having lots of fun in malleable materials and also matching pictures in the See and Learn programme we use in school for extending the children's vocabulary

Week 5 

We are having a very sensory week investigating ice changing from a solid to a liquid and making gloop, mixing a powder into a semi solid state. The Ladybirds have clear preferences as to the textures they like and dislike and let the adults know! they used a range of tools to try and smash the ice cubes, George was so strong he broke the potato masher! 

Week 4 Star Of The Week 

This week it is Dexter who is our super star.

When investigating the ice cubes Dexter was able to describe how they felt on his fingers and toes!

He said the ice felt wet and cold. Well done Dexter for using fantastic describing words. 

Week 4

This week Sahil has done some super sorting using pegs, he transferred the pegs from one board to another by sorting them, all the white ones first. He used critical thinking to find the holes and make his own pattern. Well done Sahil. 

Week 4 - 26.11.19

Today we have had a fabulous day celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, taking part in cosmic yoga and investigating light and dark in the sensory room. Finishing the day with doughnuts at snack time!   

Week 3 Star Of The Week 

This week it is Corbin who is our super star for recognizing his photo on the smartboard in our communication session, he is fantastic at recognizing his peers and has started this week to identify himself. 

Week 3 - Busy Fingers 21.11.19

This week Ladybirds have been focusing on developing fine motor skills, using a range of materials, tools and equipment. 

In communication the children have been identifying their photo from a selection on the smart board or recognizing their initial name from a choice of 3.  

Week 2 Star Of The Week 

This week our super star is a super swimmer - Arzoo is enjoying going in the pool and moving around in the water. She is anticipating the activity and responding positively, gaining confidence every session.

Week 1 Star Of The Week 

This week our super star is Hassan for problem solving when using scissors and making a choice to make his task easier. Hassan tried different types of easy grip pincer scissors to cut the pieces of paper. He tested them by squeezing the handles together and chose the pair that didn't need to be squeezed very hard. Well done for working out a solution. 

Term 2 - Week 1 

Ladybirds have had a busy 3 days back after the half term, we have investigated how to turn on battery operated light sources, had a 'bonfire,' splashed in puddles and made firework star biscuits. 

Term 2 Overview for Ladybird Class 

Week 8 Star Of The Week 

This week our super star is George for Pumpkin investigation....whole, cut, seeds and cooked. He used all his senses to explore the different textures.  

The Great Ladybird Bake off!! 

Cooking Fun!

We have had great fun in week 8 making bat and pumpkin biscuits, then decorating them with chocolate and sprinkles. All the children joined in with mixing the flour, sugar and butter in their own bowl, some with a spoon and some with their fingers! Investigating how the materials changed when combined together. Rolling and stamping were the next stage then cooking. Thank you George for helping with the washing up. 

Decoration stage......

The children showed their preferences for touching and tasting the liquid chocolate...... some hated it but the majority loved the taste and texture! The sprinkles were a big hit alongside licking their spoons clean. 

Week 8

The children have been busy this week with lots of spooky activities and investigations. Pumpkins and coloured rice were a key feature! The Halloween rice was a big hit alongside the cut pumpkins, but we only had one taker for touching the cooked version.

24.10.19

Everyone looked fantastic in their spooky costumes, even sharing their headgear. Thank you Corbin!

Week 7 

Harvest Celebration Day - All the class took part in different activities linked to harvest time, joining in with different classes and travelling to different areas in school. It was great fun for everyone. 

Week 7 Star Of The Week

Our super star this week was Sahil for joining in with his peers and his interactions with adults in the classroom. He also tried really hard to ride his bike. Well done.

Happy Birthday to you!

George had a lovely time celebrating his birthday in week 6 

10.10.19

Week 6 Star Of The Week 

Our super star this week is George who is fantastic at tidying up. Once he hears our 'Tidy up' song he will stop what he is doing and help to tidy away the continuous provision resources. 

10.10.19

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo is our book for the next couple of weeks everyone has enjoyed looking at the pictures, listening to the story, naming the animals and making their sounds and matching animals to pictures and identifying animals from a verbal cue. The puppy got the most cuddles!

Week 5 Star Of The Week

This week our super star is Dexter for some fantastic walking and making new friends in Ladybird class. 

04.10.19

Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

This week we have been busy playing with dinosaurs in 'mud and gloop.' 

All the children enjoyed collecting plants and garden bits in their buckets for the dinosaurs back in class. 

We even collected a bug, Hassan wasn't too sure though! 

After all the mud the dinosaurs were scrubbed clean. 

 

Week 4 Star Of The Week 

We were so proud of everyone in Ladybirds when they visited the fire engine they were all Super Stars this week!

27.09.19

Fire! Fire!

Ladybirds have loved investigating the coloured rice this week, especially with the fire engines. Then printing with fiery colours using a range of tools, they especially liked the rubber ball as it felt very slimy! 

On Thursday morning everyone was very excited to see the fire engine in the playground. We sat inside and looked at all the equipment the firemen use. 

 

It was very noisy when the sirens went off - everyone jumped!! 

Week 3 Star Of The Week

Is a young man who loved pretending to be George from Peppa Pig in the mud kitchen..........jumping in all the muddy puddles!

19.09.19

We have been music makers over the past couple of days making lots of different sounds with household objects, so they may try this at home!

18.09.19

On Wednesday everyone had great fun investigating the mud kitchen, mixing vegetable stew, tasting herbs and lettuce, transporting the crockery and splashing in muddy puddles! 

13.09.19

Friday chill out time in the sensory room! 

Relaxation was the theme after a busy week!

12.09.19

We decided it would be fun to walk and make roller prints at the same time, it took a lot of concentration doing everything together and not bumping into our friends coming the other way!

19.09.19

Hello and welcome, The Ladybirds have landed!

We have had a very busy 3 weeks.......Settling into routines and exploring new areas in and outside school. 

These have included the mud kitchen, Bouncy Bodies, swimming pool, the hall and sensory room. 

Ladybirds have been making friends and working together and learning new skills. 

We hope you enjoy our photo gallery!