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It has been a rollercoaster of a year Monkeys, we have learnt so much, we have made some fantastic friendships and we have all grown so much!


All the staff in Monkeys will miss you all, we hope you continue to thrive and continue to be as wonderful as you are. GOOD LUCK in your new classes, love from all of the Monkeys Team.

Here are two final videos for you to enjoy, our 'Sports Week' video and our 'End of Year' Video:

Sports week (at home)

We are so sad that we can't be part of the whole school activities for sports week this week, but never mind... We are going to make our own fun 'sporting' events online this week instead! Have a go at each new daily challenge, take some photos or videos of you being active, but most importantly... HAVE FUN!

If you have any videos or photos of your child, please send them to [email protected] -

We would love to see them!

Activities for you to try at home this week:

Here is your timer for the activities this week... Can you count backwards to 0?

Day 1 Challenge:

Day 2 challenge:

Day 3 challenge:

day 4 challenge:

Count with an adult how many you score and record your results below!

Here are some great stories that link to our sports week:

02.07.2021- Week 4 Highlights

Another lovely week in Monkey class...

We have been looking at what jobs we would like to do when we grow up and have loved dressing up and doing some role-play in class! We have continued to explore shapes and have been making repeating patterns using our shapes.

Enjoy our video below!

25.06.2021- WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS

We have had another great week in Monkeys!

In Numeracy, we have been exploring shapes, looking at their properties and finding them in the world around us! We have been exploring how to tidy up and recycle in Science, as well as looking at what activities make us happy in our Literacy sessions.

Enjoy our video!

18.06.2021- week 2 highlights

The monkeys have been working hard again this week, using money to buy things from the shop and explore our new, COOLcoin vortex machine! We have also been exploring our features more, looking at parts of our face in detail and seeing if we can choose our favourite!

Have a look at our hard work below...

11.06.2021- Week 1 highlights

Welcome back everyone!

We have had such a lovely week seeing everybody again, all the children were so happy to be back with their fellow monkeys! This week we have introduced looking and exploring money, reading our new book 'The Things I love About Me'. We have been listening and guessing 'who' with our classmates, by only listening to the first sound of our names! We have also been exploring 'our house' and looking at the different types of furniture that belong in different rooms.


Have a look at our wonderful video of our hard work this week...

28.05.2021- Week 6 HIghlights

We have had a fantastic week in Monkeys class, we have explored time further looking at clocks and how to tell the time. We have made our own story book based on Bear's adventures and we had lots of fun in out food therapy session exploring different types of potatoes.

On behalf of all of the Monkeys staff, we hope you have a lovely holiday and we will see you for the last term of the year on the 7th June!

21.05.2021- Week 5 Highlights

This week has seen us hunting the potato monster in Garden school, continuing to look at 'time' to help us understand our daily routine and doing lots and lots of investigation in our provision areas!

Well done Monkeys!

Eid Mubarak to our pupils in Monkeys Class, we hope you have a wonderful celebration with your families!

 Isolated Calligraphy Of Happy Eid Mubarak | Seni islami, Kartu, Dekorasi  ramadhan

14.05.2021- Week 4 Highlights

In Monkeys this week, we have been sequencing times of the day, building on our independence skills by getting dressed and completing science activities to experiment with things being full or empty! We have also been looking at 'Where' locations around school... I hope that bear hasn't been hiding again!

07.05.2021 - Star of the Week!

This week, our Star of the Week is Arzoo! Arzoo has just been amazing at helping with her hoisting and rolling during certain times of the school day! This was a little scary at first for Arzoo but now she absolutely LOVES it now! She will tell us all when to go up and when to go down! 



30.04.2021- WEEK 2 Highlights

We have had another great week in Monkeys class- We have explored our story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' further, re-creating the story and making our very own bear cave! We started to look at the adjectives that describe the 'where' locations in the story and did some fantastic matching and describing!

Then... the bear in the story had stolen our snack!!
We had to go to garden school, using our map reading skills to locate where the bear had taken our snack- the children did such good jobs and luckily we got our snack back!

In numeracy, we have explored the seasons, looking at objects that represent each season and ordering them. This week, we have also created our very own 'rolling toys' to explore the movement of rolling. 

23.04.2021- Week 1 Highlights

Welcome to another term, we have been so busy already this week- it's clear the holiday rest has paid off!! We have started our new topic of 'Where?' in Literacy and started by exploring the book, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', in Numeracy we have been recapping 'Time' and Days of the Week, we did this by looking at the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and what fruit he ate on which days. 

We have also loved exploring our first immersive day in garden school, we went on our very own 'BEAR HUNT'.

Have a look at our video to see the super work!

01.04.2021- Week 6 Highlights!

We have had a lovely week doing lots of fun Easter activities, we have also been looking at recognising the days of the week and whether we are at home or at school on these days and have loved exploring garden tools, then taking them outside and using them correctly!

We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday- love from the Monkeys Class

26.03.2021- WEEK 5 HIGHLIGHTS!

This week the monkeys have been very busy... we have been exploring the bread (like the Little Red Hen in the story) and have done so well at following instructions! We have learnt how to be independent and make our own toast, as well as following a recipe to make bread rolls! We have started to look at time in Numeracy- looking at our daily routines and being able to say what happens before and after. We continued to look at plants in our Science work and enjoyed going on a plant hunt around school and re-creating the plants we found...


What a busy week- enjoy our video!

19.03.2021- Week 4 highlights!

We have had a lovely week looking at following ACTIONS! We have been doing some great listening to adults in class and following instructions from our peers. We have also been looking at more fruit and vegetables, sorting between the different items and making our own fruit kebabs. Great job cheeky monkeys!

12.03.2021- WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS!

This week, we have started to look at 'what doing' action words from our story... We have done some 'planting' 'cutting' 'baking' 'slicing' and 'carrying'. We loved using the play-dough in partners to practice the actions along with the story. We have also been investigating different fruits and vegetables, deciding if we like them or if we don't. We have had such a wonderful week with our busy brains, watch our video and see how busy we have been!

05.03.2021- Week 2 Highlights!

We have had an amazing week showing some great team-work skills! We have planted our own sunflowers, sequenced our story and worked on some more number work!
What a fab week Monkeys!

01.03.2021- The Little Red Hen Focused Activities

We have loved starting to explore our story of the 'The Little Red Hen', here are some themed activities that you could download and have a go at doing at home:

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Have a read of our story again together here:

Why not watch a video of the story together at home:

26.02.2021- Week 1 Highlights!

WOW! What a fantastic week, it has been so nice to see everyone and all the children have settled back into routines so well... This week we have loved exploring our story of 'The Little Red Hen', we have been doing some work to match the characters and locate them in the story, some of us have even been learning some new describing words for the characters! We started our plant topic by going on a sensory walk and looking at different elements plants needed to grow, as well as expressing our preferences when we explored different types of flowers!

A great week- well done everyone!

22.02.2021 - Spring 2

This term, we are looking at our topic of "Grow Your Own". We are going to be looking at planting our own seeds, the different types of fruit and vegetables and where they come from. In literacy, our focus will be the story of "The Little Red Hen", we'll also be looking at some basic counting principles in numeracy and moving on to looking at 'time'.


We look forward to all the exciting activities we will be doing with your children this half term. Keep an eye on the blog on Mondays for some activity ideas linked to our theme and check back on a Friday to see photos of all our hard work! 

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12.02.2012 THEME LESSON- Animals on the farm

Today, my friend Daisy is helping me find some symbols in a sensory tray, what animals can you see? Can you help me spell them?

W/C 08.02.2021 - Let's look at animals! 

This week we are taking a trip to the farm to see what animals we can find... I will also have some special help this week from my friend, Daisy the cow!

The Puppet Company - Puppet Buddies - Cow Hand Puppet: The Puppet ...


Have a look at Sam's timetable for the week:

Have a fantastic-animal filled week, I can't wait to see all your wonderful work!
Please send me lots of pictures of your wonderful work.

Here are some worksheets to help you complete the above activities, start with the easy ones and if you want a challenge, move up a level! Just click on the file to download them!


 EASY & MEDIUM- Farm animal counting.pdfDownload
 EASY- Dominoes Matching.pdfDownload
 EASY- Farm animal colouring.pdfDownload
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 MEDIUM- Animal Maths Activity Book.pdfDownload
 MEDIUM- Mother and baby animals.pdfDownload
 MEDIUM- What noise does the animal make.pdfDownload
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 HARD- Animal Literacy Activity Book.pdfDownload
 HARD- Spelling Animals.pdfDownload
 HARD- Where do animals live.pdfDownload
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Mother's and their young
 Do you know which baby belongs to which mum? See if you can complete this tricky jigsaw puzzle!

Sheep herding

 Play a fun game and try and herd all the 'sheep' (white balloons) back into their pen. Make it harder by using a fly swatter!


Nice and clean!

Animals on the farm can get very muddy... can you make your own sensory mud (recipe below) to play with your farm animals, then give them a nice warm bath to get them clean! Be creative by using different tools to clean with- paintbrushes, toothbrushes, sponges, watering cans etc.

Here are some of my favourite songs and stories about animals:

W/C 08.02.2021 THIS Week's stories

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05.02.2021 THEME LESSON - repeating patterns

Today's session is all about making repeating patterns with music, see if you can follow along... If you don't have instruments, be creative! (Bang a pan to make a drum, use rice in a bottle to make a shaker!) Have a look at the symbols below and see if you can make your own repeating patterns and rhythms!

Happy playing!

W/C 01.02.2021 - Let's make some music!

This week we are looking at making music! Take a look at the timetable for Sam's theme sessions this week:


Don't worry if you don't have any instruments....we can make our own! Have a look below and see if you can make your own instrument and see what sounds you can make!


Can you make lots of noise? Can you go fast or slow? 

There's lots more activity ideas below for you to have a go at this week!

Don't forget... Send in pictures of your instruments and show us what fab musicians you are!


Here is the sensory story that I will be using in Monday's session to help us make an instrument:

 Sensory Story- Making an Instrument.pdfDownload
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W/C 01.02.2021 -  This week's stories

This week's story-time contains 2 stories for you to enjoy:

'No-bot by Paul Linnet and Sun Hendra' Read by Tamara

'Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts' Read by Sam

(There are also some dinosaur themed activities below to link to this story!)dinousaur

 Build a shape dinosaur.pdfDownload
 Dinosaur Colouring.pdfDownload
 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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Today's lesson is working on another independence skill: Making a sandwich.

You can adapt this by making toast, asking people what their favourite sandwiches are, or even tasting new things! This activity is really good for developing your fine motor skills as well, as you spread the fillings onto your sandwich!

Enjoy making (and eating) your sandwiches!

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!

 Cheese sandwich.pdfDownload
 Jam sandwich.pdfDownload
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W/C 25.01.2021 - Let's learn to look after ourselves! 

This week we are going to look at how we can be INDEPENDENT, which means we are going to see how we can look after ourselves and others!

Here is our timetable for the Zoom lesson's with Sam:



For Monday's session I will be reading a sensory story... but, what is a sensory story?


Here are the props you will need for our sensory story, as well as the script I will be using so you can repeat this throughout the week if you wish (just click on the file to open them).

 Good day, good night symbols.pdfDownload
 Good day, Good night- Sensory Story .pdfDownload
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Below are some more activities on this week's theme that you could learn to do with an adult, or see if you can begin to do it on your own...


 Don't forget to send some photos and videos for us to see just how independent you are! 

 Teeth brushing.pdfDownload
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Have a look at these pin boards for some ideas for this week's theme:


This week we have 2 stories for you:

'Owl Babies by Martin Waddell'- Read by Caroline
(This links to our week's theme, explore your bedtime routine and things you might hear at night...)


'Where the Wild Things Are' Read by Sam

21.01.2021- THEME LESSON: My Family

Today's lesson is following the story 'My Family Tree'.

Do you know who is in your family?

Can you learn some new signs for your family members as you look at some photographs? 

Could you even make a family tree?

Below are also some symbols and another social story to help you with your work, happy learning!


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W/C 18.01.2021 - It's all about me! 

Hello everybody!

This week we are looking at our bodies and learning lots of things about ourselves!

Here is the timetable for all the great things you'll be doing on Zoom with Sam this week:

The first lesson of the week is in the video below- 'This is Me':


Here is what you will need for the story, but please feel free to change and adapt it to the materials you have at home (I have in my video!):

Here are some ideas for how you can adapt your activities:

Have a look at the different activities below and see how many you can complete... See if you can find all the different parts of your body, or even have a go at cooking with your grown-ups! We have also included some activities for you to download and song of our favourite songs!

Don't forget... send us the photos and videos of all your hard work with your grown-ups! 

 body bingo.pdfDownload
 Body part cards.pdfDownload
 family symbols.pdfDownload
 my face bingo.pdfDownload
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This week's story-time contains 2 stories for you to enjoy:

'Dirty Bertie by David Roberts '- Read by Caroline

'1 mole, digging a hole by Julia Donaldson'Read by Tamara


Hello everyone,

Today's lesson is on 'Estimating' or guessing... Use your household objects, or items such as pasta, cubes, marbles, place them in a clear container and... SHAKE! Can you estimate how many are in there before counting them out to check?! 



W/c 11.01.21- Basic Number Concepts

It's number week...


Hello Spider-Monkeys!


This week we are going to be focusing on numbers! Have a look at some of the cards below and see if you can complete any of the activities at home... See if you can think of the different songs you can sing using numbers and see what things you can find at home to use. You'll also see the timetable for the different things we will be covering in numeracy this week on our Zoom sessions.


Don't forget to send in your photos and videos of all your hard work! 


Happy learning! 

Have a look at the pinterest board below for some ideas of how to learn basic number concepts at home:

w/c 11.1.21 This week's stories...

This week's story-time contains 2 stories for you to enjoy:

'The Blue Abyss (A Sensory Story)'- Read by Sam

'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'Read by Katie

Please also see below for some activities you can do relating to the stories...

 Colouring sheet.pdfDownload
 Colouring sheets.pdfDownload
 Playdough mats.pdfDownload
 Useful Links(1).docxDownload
 Useful Links.docxDownload
 We_re Going on a Bear Hunt crib sheet.docxDownload
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Today our story is 'Where is the Green Sheep?' 


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. 

Here is a link to the story which is interactive, so you can break it down and use it again at your own pace:

 Sheep preposition cards.pdfDownload
 Where is the green sheep powerpoint.pptxDownload
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 Colouring sheet.pdfDownload
 Make a wand.pdfDownload
 Room on the Broom crib sheet.docxDownload
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Monkey Class Blog

18.12.20- Merry Christmas & a Happy new year!

Wow, I can't believe it's Christmas already! Our monkeys have worked so hard since September and we have seen them grow so much! We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas-time with your families and we wish you the best of luck for 2021 (let's hope it's a good one!) For now... I will leave you with our fabulous Monkeys who are 'Rockin' around the Christmas Tree'!

See you all in January!

...and here are a few photos of us enjoying ourselves at 'Songs Around the Tree'- we loved the hot chocolate!


We have been feeling very festive this week in Monkeys Class! We have looked looking at our story of the Snowman and practicing for our Christmas performance... we can't wait for you to see it!


This week we have been developing our relationships and have been doing some great team-work with our friends! We have been following instructions to wrap presents, counting how many presents were on the wall and singing as we pushed them off- oops! We have also been looking more at number and going on a number present hunt...

13.11.20- Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new term at Highbury School, we have enjoyed doing lots of things this week and everyone has come back very excited to see their peers and engage in learning! We have started to look at 'BIG' and 'small', as well as lots of different actions... we're hoping to start writing sentences when we have learnt all our action words! We have also loved working together in partners to do lots of different activities to develop our social skills with each other.


Well it has been such an exciting half-term for us in Monkey Class! We have had so much fun and loved EVERY MINUTE! We have had a spooky week this week... we have looked at shapes and enjoyed our sensory story- 'Room on the Broom'. We have enjoyed making our our potions, finding creepy crawlies in different textures and we have certainly loved dressing up! Have a wonderful half-term everyone, love from Monkeys class staff!


This week we have looked at 'Harvest'. We Harvested our own potatoes, washed them and enjoyed making and trying some wedges. We also started to look at Autumn and we absolutely loved watching the autumns leaves fly through the air with the parachute!


We have loved looking at our new theme of transport this week... We have looked at different types of transport, different ways of moving and we even got on our very own class bus!
Great work monkeys!


This week we have been learning all about our bodies! We can name parts of our face and label our bodies, we even enjoyed making some pizza faces! Monkeys have worked together so well this week, we are developing our relationships by sharing and working together. Well done Monkeys!


We have had so much fun this week looking at ourselves and our family... we have made faces from materials we collected in garden school, we also found out all about our families in monkeys class! We loved exploring the sound-box for the first time and even did some monkey related numeracy!


Another lovely week in Monkeys class...

We have be doing lots of monkey based activities, as well as recognising ourselves and our classmates. We have followed instructions well to make play-dough and have been learning to follow instructions by 'starting and stopping'!


Wow! What a fantastic first week we have had in Monkeys class, we have enjoyed getting to know one another and make new friends, we have loved learning all the areas that we like to use! It looks like we're going to have a fantastic year ahead...

MONKEYS CLASS 2020 - 2021

Hello everybody, welcome to the class blog... We are so excited for a new year at Highbury School!

Please check in with us on Friday for our weekly updates, we can't wait to get started!

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Weekly blog 10

Hello everyone!

Wow, I can't believe we have reached our 10th blog! It has been so wonderful to see how well you are working at home, but also the fantastic relationships you are developing with your families. We are all missing you very much and hopefully it won't be too long until we can see each other again!


This week our theme is: Counting with Numicon

Counting Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock


Have a wonderful week!

Monkeys Class Teacher

Use your numicon with play-doh!

play dough and Numicon

Use marbles to help you count!

Numicon activities and ideas #Numicon #Numiconactivities #finemotorskills #finemotoractivities #ideasforfinemotorskills #ideasfornumicon #eyfs


Bake some numicon biscuits! (I think I might know who'll enjoy this one...)

Numicon Biscuits | Here Come the Girls


Here are some fun games you can pay online that help with counting and simple addition:


Use your numicon to build shapes and create pictures:

 Numicon Castle.pdfDownload
 Numicon City.pdfDownload
 Numicon Pirate Ship.pdfDownload
 Numicon Rocket.pdfDownload
 Numicon Snail.pdfDownload
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Here is a lovely book that helps with counting to 10: 

(Please see the download of the book below, as well as some accompanying resources)

 Hide-a-saurus matching number cards.pdfDownload
 hide-a-saurus ppt.pptxDownload
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Enjoy some counting songs:

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Hello again, I hope everybody had a lovely half-term!

This week we are taking a trip to the farm to see what animals we can find... I have also had some special help this week from my friend, Daisy the cow!

The Puppet Company - Puppet Buddies - Cow Hand Puppet: The Puppet ...

Have a fantastic-farmy week, I can't wait to see all your wonderful work!

Monkey's Class Teacher

Farmyard activities:

  • Can you name and match all the farm animals? How many do you know? Can you spell the names of the animals like in my video?

  • Create your own sensory 'feely' box- Use small animals, close your eyes can you guess what it is? Can you match it to the correct picture card?
  • Mother's and their young- Do you know which baby belongs to which mum? See if you can complete this tricky jigsaw puzzle!

  • Sheep herding- Play a fun game and try and herd all the 'sheep' (white balloons) back into their pen. Make it harder by using a fly swatter!
  • Nice and clean! Animals on the farm can get very muddy... maybe you can use your sensory mud recipe from last week to play with your farm animals, then give them a nice warm bath to get them clean! (Be creative by using different tools to clean with- paintbrushes, toothbrushes, sponges, watering cans etc.)

  • Feed the farm animals! The animals are hungry, help to feed them by choosing the right card and counting the correct scoops, label some old tins with farm animal pictures and choose a number. Great for developing counting and fine motor skills!

    "Cow"abunga! 15 Farm Preschool Activities | Turner Tots
  • Salt letter formation- Practice your writing skills by using salt to form letters based on Farmyard vocabulary!

  • Shaving foam sheep- Based on the nursery rhyme 'Little Bo Peep' hide numbered sheep in a tray of shaving foam. Use different tools to find the sheep, can you find the sheep in order (smallest to biggest), counting backwards etc. Find 2 sheep and add the numbers together! 

    Adventures of Adam Little Bo Peeps Lost SheepAdventures of Adam Finding sheep in shaving foam









Here are some more farm related activities for you to download:

 Farm animal counting.pdfDownload
 Farm animals cut and colour.pdfDownload
 Mothers and their young.pdfDownload
 Where do they liveDownload
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Here are some songs and stories relating to our theme of the week:

(I've included 'A Squash and a Squeeze' one of our favourites in Monkey Class!)


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!

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.) 


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.

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!

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

 Fruit Addition to 10.pdfDownload
 Fruit addition to 20.pdfDownload
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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!

Monkey's Class Teacher 

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!

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
 I Spy Checklist.pdfDownload
 I Spy.pdfDownload
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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!

Monkey's Class Teacher

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. 

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!

Monkey's Class Teacher

 easter biscuit recipe sheets.docxDownload
 easter nest recipe sheets.docxDownload
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Why not design and create your own colourful Easter Eggs?


Here is a template you can use:

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!

Monkey's Class Teacher

 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!

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)

 Colouring Butterfly Subtraction.pdfDownload
 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.



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!

Monkey's Class Teacher


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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: [email protected]

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!


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!

Monkey's Class Teacher 


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!

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 [email protected] 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!


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



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'

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