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Monkey Class Blog

It is great to hear and see updates of the children, so please keep in contact over the period of school closure by emailing: swright@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk

Stay safe everyone!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

WEEKLY Blog 8

Hello everyone, it's Monday so time for our new theme this week!

 

This week our theme is: 

 

Dinosaurs Display Banner (SB2059) - SparkleBox

Dinosaurs would have to walk through lots of MUD, so we're going to make our own edible mud to play with! We're also going to look at creating dinosaur footprints from our mud!

As part of our theme this week, I have also uploaded a Dinosaur Themed Story to our 'Story Time' section of the website, have a look and enjoy this weeks activities!

 

STORY TIME >>> https://www.highburyschool.co.uk/parent-and-carer/home-schooling/story-time

 

Have a ROAR-some week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

Here are two different recipes for sensory mud...

Use your mud to play, experience different senses, making 'footprints' after your dinosaurs have played in the mud, or practice good hygiene by 'cleaning' whatever objects you use in the mud.
(This is also great for fine motor skills, use different brushes to clean your dinosaurs/animals e.g. toothbrushes, sponges etc.) 

BE PREPARED- THIS CAN GET MESSY! 

Below are lots of Dinosaur themed learning skills, ranging from basic counting skills, shape identifying and letter formation. There are also some dinosaur colouring sheets and some ideas for using your play-dough at home! If you are unsure of how to use these resources, please get in touch and I will be happy to explain.

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 Dinosaur Dot to Dot.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Number Formation Booklet.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Number Matching.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Number Tracing.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Peg Counting.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Pencil Control.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Themed Maths Booklet.pdfDownload
 Numbers to 30 on Dinosaur footprints.pdfDownload
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Enjoy watching and singing along with these videos about dinosaurs!

BONUS BLOG- EID celebrations

Eid-al-fitr (the celebration of the end of Ramadan) will be coming up on the 23rd - 24th May! We would usually celebrate this in school as part of learning about other communities. Eid is celebrated within the Muslim faith, why not plan some of your activities around learning about this different culture?

 

Make some repeating patterns by using recycled toilet rolls to create a moon and star:

27 Best EYFS EID images | Ramadan activities, Ramadan crafts, Eid

Have a go at making some Eid biscuits:

Make your own Ramadan moon and star from paper plates:

WEEkly blog 7

Hi everybody! It's a new week and time for another video...

This week our theme is: Fruit

We're going to look at different types of fruit and how you can make your own edible fruit paint!

There are so many more ideas below of how you can use your new home learning packs to link with our topic of fruit too.

Have a wonderful fruity week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

Here is the recipe for sensory fruit paint:

Use the flashcards and word mat, to name real life fruit, play matching games or work on your fruit vocabulary:

Fruit Shop!

Cartoon Fruit Shop Stall Stock Illustrations – 545 Cartoon Fruit ...

Open up your own fruit shop and practice using money to buy your favourite fruit!

Have a go at making your own fruit smoothies!

Use your numbers and numicon to help add up these fruity sums! 

Numicon guide for parents | Oxford Owl

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Enjoy some fruity colouring, why not even use your fruity paint to colour in the fruits- can you choose the right colour for each fruit?

Let's finish with some stories and songs all about fruit:

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Hello everyone! You are all still working so hard, which is fantastic!

 

This week, we are going to look at: Helping at Home

 

I'm going to show you how to make a sandwich, just one of the things you can do to help at home! Enjoy watching the video and look below for some more ideas...

I can't wait to hear all about your learning this week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher 

I hoped you enjoyed watching me make a sandwich!

Here are the symbols I used in the video, for you to use at home, maybe you can order and select them at the right point in the video, or use them to make your own sandwich!

What sandwich would you choose to make?
Does your Mummy or Daddy have a favourite?

See if you can put these symbols in the right order to make a cheese or jam sandwich!

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Do you know what belongs where in your home?
Try and sort these objects into the correct room using the pages below:

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Look at all the other things you can learn to do around the house!
Why not play a matching game with these symbols?

You can even use the symbols to create your own chart of what you have been helping with! 

Here are some fun videos showing us how to tidy up or help at home:
(Including the 'clean up' song we love to use in class!)

Weekly blog 5

Hi again everyone, it's Monday and time for a new theme this week, it has been great seeing all your work from last week. I know you are all doing so well at home!

This week's theme is: Things we can find in nature 

I'll be going on a special 'spring' time walk, to see what I can find and showing you how you can use these natural materials. I wonder things you will find outside on a walk? You could even search in your garden! Watch the video and look for some exciting activities below.

Have a wonderful week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

More activity ideas for the week:

  • Order a group of items you have found from biggest to smallest, or count out each type of object. Which has the most? Did you find the most rocks or flowers? Which is the longest stick, which is the shortest?

  • Practice forming the first letter of your name using some rocks or pebbles. Maybe some of you can write your whole name or even every letter in the alphabet with the things you find!
    An alphabet | Forest school activities, Forest school, Land art

  • Have a go at making some 'leaf rubbings' using wax crayons. What colours and patterns can you create? Which is your favourite leaf that you found? Are they all the same or are the different?
    Leaf Rubbings craft
  • Create a 'nature' face from the objects you have found, using a plate for your face. What will you use for your mouth, nose, eyes, hair?


     
  • Use your number skills, to count out and match the same amount of objects. Here is William showing us how we did it in Monkeys class! 

  • Get creative and make your own 'special soup'! Collect leaves, petals, seeds and grass from outside and mix them together into a small bowl of water. Use scissors to shred the ingredients, crush them using spoons and mixers, and experiment with textures and colours.

     

    toddlers making fairy soup

     

  • Use the things you have collected to play a matching game with these symbols I have made, match the symbols or match the real objects to the symbols:


  • Go on a scavenger hunt! Cut out or draw pictures of things to find in the garden/on a walk – head outside and use the pictures as a scavenger hunt list. Cross them off as you find them and see which is hardest to spot.

  • Make some sensory shakers using the things you can find! What do they look like, how do they sound?

    Rain stick sensory bottles

  • Get creative and make your own 'nature' paintbrushes. What patterns can you make? How do they feel?

    How to make nature paint brushes.  An easy outdoor process art activity for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, eyfs. A summer and spring projec
  • Make 'nature' ice and use your senses to explore- can you break it up? Can you melt it?


  • Use you counting skills to play 'I Spy' and solve some adding sums
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Here are some nature related songs for you:

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Weekly blog 4

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Easter time with your family, it's been great to see what you've been up to at home! Now, it's time for some more home-learning.

This week's theme is: Prepositions (in, on, under) 

Enjoy watching the video and have a look below for more teaching tips, ideas and activities to accompany our theme of prepositions.

Have a wonderful week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

Here is a link to the story which is interactive, so you can break it down and use it again at your own pace:
 https://prezi.com/iptydtmtoowo/where-is-the-green-sheep-by-mem-fox/

Introduce sensory elements to the story to help those with sensory processing: 

When reading this in school, we would use sensory element to help some children interact more with the story. These are some things you can do at home with your story:

  • Use a water spray (empty spray bottle) for 'bath' 'wave' and 'rain' sheep. Children can select these sheep for a sensory reward, or even choose to spray someone else when on this sheep. Use an umbrella to protect from the spray for 'rain sheep'.
  • Use sunglasses for 'sun sheep'.
  • Use a parachute, a large piece of material that you can move 'up and down' together for 'up' and 'down' sheep.
  • Use music/instruments for 'band' sheep.
  • Use a fan/hairdryer for 'wind' sheep. 
  • Swings and slides can be used if you have them in the garden for 'swing' and 'slide' sheep. 
  • Bring down a duvet/pillow for 'bed' sheep. 

Why not play a matching game, can you match the sheep to the ones in the story?
Use the images below:

You could even do a super challenge and match only the words to the right sheep like this!

More activity ideas for the week:

Create your own green sheep! 

  • Create your own sheep using things you have at home, you could make this one using old toilet rolls!


 

You can use lots of different techniques to develop fine motor skills when you make your green sheep, here are a few ideas:

 

  • Use green material to cut up and stick to make a green sheep collage                                            
  • Use cotton wool dipped in green food dye to add a sensory element to your green sheep
  • Make your green sheep out of Playdough- roll, squeeze, shape!
  • Use ear buds or your finger to make repeating patterns on your green sheep
  • Dab inside the green sheep using pom poms or cotton wool
  • Use real objects that you can collect on a walk (grass, leaves etc.) to make a sensory green sheep collage
  • Use car tracks of green paint to 'roll over' your green sheep (like below) 

     

Use your green sheep (or my template) to go on a treasure hunt

 Place your chosen sheep around the house, who can find the sheep first? Can you hide the sheep for you family to find? When you have found your sheep, can you say where the green sheep was 'hiding' using your preposition words or symbols?

 

Maybe you could even make this into a sentence:

The sheep is ______ the _______.

I know some of you will enjoy doing this and even typing up your finished sentences!

The Green Sheep Prepositions

Use the story of the green sheep to help with your prepositions, this PowerPoint is a great teaching tool. Use the PowerPoint, along with the flashcards below, can you match them to the right preposition? You can also use the flashcards to move your sheep into different positions, or match them to the symbols I have created. 

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Preposition symbols

You can use these preposition symbols for lots of things...

  • Use household objects- when asked 'Where is the _______?' Can you find the right symbol?
  • Create sentences using your symbols and the green sheep in the story.
  • Play preposition bingo! Show a preposition using an object/pick the right card to win a prize.
  • Preposition 'Name and Match'- First begin by showing 1 card, then asking for the matching symbol. Slowly then become more independent at matching. When you are confident at matching, try to find a preposition when asked e.g. 'Find under' 

Play 'I Spy' with the Green Sheep...

Colour match using the sheep from the story and paper plates!

 

Here are some songs to help you with your prepositions:

Now, where is that green sheep?!

 

Hello everyone! It's Easter weekend coming up, here are some Easter-themed activities to keep you busy over the Easter period, these include some matching activities, letter formation practice, Easter baking recipes, art activities and some colouring sheets. I've also included some Easter linked stories and songs to keep you all entertained.

 

I hope you all have a lovely Easter!

Sam 
Monkey's Class Teacher

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Why not design and create your own colourful Easter Eggs?

                                     

Here is a template you can use:


Happy Birthday Charlie and Ted!

See & Learn (Part 2)

I hope you're all finding the See & Learn resources I uploaded successful... Here is the second set for those who are ready to move on. If not, please keep on going with the previous set below! (For anyone who missed the original post, scroll down and search for 'See & Learn' to watch a video on how to use this learning tool. 

Happy Learning!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

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 See & Learn Set 1 (Part 2).pdfDownload
 See & Learn Set 2 (Part 2).pdfDownload
 See & Learn Set 3 (Part 1) .pdfDownload
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Words for Set 1 (Part 2)

 apple, keys, bag, dog, bird, brushing, nose, cow, socks, flower, phone, pig, brush, sheep

Words for Set 2 (Part 2)

 soap, throwing, trousers, boat, hot, light, box, bread, balloon, train, bike, ear, kissing, star, clapping, yoghurt

Words for Set 3 (Part 1)

giraffe, boy, sand, climbing, finger, egg, cake, fork, milk, best, door, grandpa, gloves, man, plate, clean, brother, grandma

WEEKly blog 3

Hello everybody, another week and time for another video post!

It was great to see how you are all getting on at home, I loved seeing your hard work making sentences and hearing about all the great actions you have been doing!

 

This week our theme is going to be:  TAKING AWAY 

Enjoy watching the video and have a look below for more teaching tips, ideas and activities to accompany our theme of subtraction.

 

Have a wonderful week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

If you want to carry on with our 'froggy' theme, here are the printables I used for my video!

Or how about creating your own frogs to help with your counting this week?

Counting backwards:

The first step towards subtracting is to count backwards. How far can you count backwards from? 3? 5? 10? Make it exciting by having a reward when you reach the end of the countdown- a rocket blasting off, a favourite toy, bubbles, or even a tickle! 

How about using songs to help you count backwards? Here are some videos to get you started, can you make some props to play along with the song? Some of our favourites in class have been knocking '10 green bottles' off the wall, using shaving foam to 'splat' 5 currant buns in the shop and bouncing monkeys off the bed using some stretchy material.

How about listening to some stories that include counting backwards?

Here are some ready-made worksheets to help you practice your taking away! 
(Just click on 'download' to open them on your computer)

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 Dinosaur Subtraction.pdfDownload
 Under the Sea Subtraction.pdfDownload
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More activity ideas for the week:

  • Why not open up your own 'sweet' shop? Take away some sweets, how many are left? 
  • Make your own pizzeria! How many slices are sold? How many are left now? How many slices have you eaten?
  • Use the subtraction flash cards to solve sums using whatever objects you can find! Sweets, counters, beads, rolled play dough, buttons. (Counting with physical objects really helps secure knowledge of subtraction)
  • Make your own bowling alley! Use a ball and plastic cups, or how about those empty toilet rolls... how many can you knock over? How many are left? 
  • Subtraction Splat! Use playdough, shaving foam or anything 'splatable' to count backwards or take-away. Count backwards as each shape is 'splatted', how many shapes are left?
  • Balloon pop! Count backwards to anticipate popping a balloon, or use lots of balloons to help with subtraction. Why not 'hide' them and see how many are left to help with a subtraction sum?
  • Make your own 'helping hands'- Bend them over finger by finger to help you answer subtraction sums.

 

 

  • Tower subtraction race! Find a friend and build two towers of the same size. Each person can roll a dice, then takeaway that many bricks. The first person to reach the ground wins. Make it even more exciting by using two of your favourite characters, who will reach the floor first? I like the idea of Batman Vs Superman!

These LEGO math games with Batman and Superman are sure to please any super hero lover. Practice comparing numbers, addition, and subtraction.

 

READY TO START YOUR WORK THIS WEEK? ... 3, 2, 1, GO!

Weekly blog 2

Hello everyone, I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying lots of fun activities at home! It has been great to see your fantastic work from last week, please keep taking those photos and keeping in touch- it is a pleasure to see every single update!

 

This week our theme is going to be: ACTIONS

Have a watch of the video and please see below for more ideas and resources to accompany this week's theme. I can't wait to see what you get up to!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

EXCITING LINK FROM THE VIDEO!

Click to see LIVE animals at Edinburgh Zoo >>>>> https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/

Here are some examples of questions you can ask:

Who is it?

What is the panda doing?

What is the tiger doing?

Is the penguin sitting or walking? 

I would love to see the sentences that you can make this week including actions, here are some symbols to get you started:

If you need any more symbols making, please just send me an email: swright@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk

Here are some more action-based ideas for you this week:

  • Play 'Simon Says'- What actions can you think of to instruct people to do?
  • Have an 'action' competition- Do you have someone at home to play with? Have a competition to see who can do the most... jumps, hops, claps.
  • Numeracy-  How many balls in total can you throw into a basket? Count the amount of jumps you can do in 30 seconds. Chop up some fruit, how many pieces are you eating how many are left?
  • Following instructions- Can you follow actions to make a sandwich, bake some buns, make a drink? Listen carefully to an adult to choose the right action (mixing, pouring, stirring, mashing etc.) 
  • Messy play- Messy play can encourage children to follow simple actions by an adult modelling a movement and child copying, this sensory based activity can also be really engaging for some children. Here are some ideas for messy play activities: 

Add hair gel and small animals to a large tray
Cover the table with cling film, the paint on top
Mix cornflour water and sand together to make quick sand
Shaving foam and hair gel
Trays of ice cubes – use paint to paint the ice cubes
Cornflour and water to make gloop 

  • Make an obstacle course- Use your garden, or house to make an obstacle course to complete. This could have many different actions including: rolling, jumping, throwing, ducking, pushing, walking, skipping etc. If you have tape, get creative and make your own track. Have a look at the video below for some ideas!  DISCLAIMER-PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, SUPERVISE CHILDREN AND KEEP SAFE!

Here are some stories that link to action and movement- which is your favourite?

Here are some great action songs to follow and get you up and moving, can you follow the actions correctly?

Classroom Routines 

Routines are so important to our daily life at Highbury School, they help children have a better understanding of their school day and provide some comfort and security as to what is ahead. Here are a few things you can incorporate at home that are specific to Monkey's class:

Morning: In the morning we start by choosing an instrument and playing or singing along to our 'Good Morning Song'. Afterwards, we use a 'choose it' game, to recognise our own name/picture 'Where is _______?' Maybe you can play this with everyone in your family?  We then look at the days of the week and choose what day today is, putting it on our timetable. I will also then guide the children through our activities today by using symbols and also placing these on the timetable. (For symbols to use at home, please see 'Highbury @ Home' to personalise to your home routine.) 

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we sing along to our 'Hello' song, to signify that it is now the afternoon- again playing along with our chosen instrument. We then again find our names from the board and answer 'How are you?'. Some children may choose from 'happy' 'sad' or 'angry' symbols. Others may be able to answer the question verbally. 

 

Here are the symbols we use to answer 'How are you?'

If you don't have any instruments at home, don't worry! Here's some exciting ideas of how you can make your own from household objects:

As always, keep in touch and let me know how you get on!

 Sam

Monkey's Class Teacher

See & Learn

See & Learn is an important part of our Highbury curriculum, it is a key tool in developing pupil's language and reading, speech and memory!

Below, I have included a video giving more information and some practical examples of how to deliver this with your children at home. I have also uploaded 2 documents which include packs of photos used in each set- currently I have Set 1 (Part 1) and Set 2 (Part 1) to keep you going! (So as not to overwhelm you at this stage, more will be uploaded in the future). If you know your child is further on than Set 1 & 2, please use this as an opportunity to recap. 

See & Learn follows 4 different learning activities:

  1. Looking at pictures- This stage begins to teach the meaning of new words and helps children to pay attention, engaging in a learning activity for a short period of time.
  2. Matching pictures- Matching encourages your child to look more closely at the pictures introduced in the first activity, learning to distinguish between them.
  3. Selecting pictures- Children will now learn to understand the spoken word by linking them with the correct pictures.
  4. Naming pictures- This provides an opportunity for your child to practise saying the correct word for each picture. 

See & Learn Set 1 (Part 1)

Words to accompany images:

walking, chair, duck, bricks, washing, cup, car, spoon, cat, hair, bath, hat, fish, eyes, daddy, biscuit, dolly, sitting, crying, banana, table, drinking, drink, sleeping, baby, mummy, book, coat, shoes, bed, eating, ball, teddy, mouth

See & learn set 2 (part 1)

Words to accompany images:

boots, monkey, wet, up, down, house, tree, garden, little, big, playing, dress, dirty, teeth, cutting, dinner, running, aeroplane, rabbit, bubbles, horse

Whilst See & Learn was initially aimed at children with Down's Syndrome, we have found it a beneficial learning tool for all pupils' development.
For extra information on this learning package please visit: https://www.seeandlearn.org/en-gb/

Happy learning!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher 

WEEKLY BLOG 1

Hello everyone! Here is the first of my weekly video updates...

This week we are going to focus on colour, specifically the colours in a rainbow! In a time of uncertainty, at Highbury we want to spread as much positivity as possible, what better than a rainbow to light the way... I can't wait to see what you all get up to this week!

Sam
Monkey's Class Teacher

 

P.S. If you have any completed work/activities/videos you’ve done at home linked to our theme and would like to share them, please email me at swright@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk or send a post to the school’s Facebook page and we can mention it in our weekly showcase!

 

 

Here is a link to a rainbow colour template that children can fill in- what can you use to colour in? Felt tips, play dough, counters? Be as creative as you like!

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5953-the-rainbow-colours-colouring-sheet

Below is another link to some colour flashcards, these are all free to download!

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2413-colour-names-on-splats

 

Feel free to use the symbol below, which is featured in the video:

 

Here is a list of some more activities you can get up to this week:

  • Why not go on a 'colour hunt' around your house? How many objects of a certain colour can you find? Which colour has the most? Use your numeracy skills to find the colour on the most objects. 
  • Look in your garden- what colour flowers can you see? Can you try to draw/paint your favourite flower? Can you match the colour of the flower to the colour on the flashcards?
  • Colour snap- create your own snap game/pairs game. Print 2 copies off of the colour flashcards, who can find the most pairs? Or who can win a game of snap?
  • Create your own coloured play dough to experiment with- what movements can you do with the playdough? Can you roll it, squeeze it, can you even make shapes/animals with it? What colour playdough did you make? (Here is a simple recipe for play dough) https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe
  • STORY-TIME: The Mixed Up Chameleon- Here is a link to watch the story of 'The Mixed Up Chameleon- what colours does he turn? What is your favourite colour? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrmZeXf7ScU

 

 

There are also many great colour songs out there to engage children in this topic, why not play/dance/sing-along with the whole family?



Here are a couple of my favourites:

Here are some arts and craft ideas:

  • Create a 3D rainbow using glue and different coloured card!
  • Create a large rainbow collage with anything you can find!
  • Use cars and paint to do some colour matching or create some fancy patterns!

Fancy having a go at colour mixing, without the mess?! Use plastic wallets or sandwich bags!

What colours can you make?

If you are colour mixing, here is a lovely story we have previously looked at in class, we used this to create our own city-scape full of printed people in different colours! Maybe you could make your own too?

In the meantime, should you need any extra resources for your children, I would highly recommend Twinkl. There have a range of ideas from practical activities to resource worksheets and are currently offering free access to their website. All you need to do it go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and create an account using the offer code: 'PARENTSTWINKLHELPS'

Friday 20th March 2020

* Star of the Week! *

Congratulations to Charlie S who has been awarded Star of the Week for his excellent concentration during continuous provision activities. Charlie has been working independently for longer periods of times, and following instructions from adults really well!

Great job Charlie :)