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Hi Owl watchers, it's that time of week where we all catch up on what the fledglings have been up to.

We are still looking at transport and have enjoyed a different story "Dig, Dig, Digging" by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe, both bubbles A & B have been transfixed with the song video we have watched. 

The children made the most of our time in the MUGA using the bikes and scooters to transport themselves, and Alaric proved he was a whizz on the go-cart.

We have experimented with which vehicles will go down the ramps and Adam using his fantastic problem solving skills to make the longest ramp imaginable, working out which way the tubes should be arranged for continued movement of the cars. To go on and prove that Adam's a budding scientist he took a magnifying glass out to examine the plants whilst everyone else whizzed about.

Any how here's some photos so you can judge yourself just how busy they have all been.



Hi again Owl watchers, it has been a busy old week here in Owl class.

We have been reading the book "The Journey Home from Grandpa's" by Jemima Lumley, some Owls have then used the computer to make sentences about the vehicles used in the journey, identified vehicles by colour, junk modelling of vehicles and made vehicle tracks in paint.

Enjoying the warmer weather we've been hunting in the garden to find natural materials to make pictures with.

Mark making in different materials, practising our CVC words and continuing our numeracy.

We've definitely had very busy brains.


Owls have had a super busy week, we've taken advantage of the good weather and done lots of outdoor learning and our class school leavers (sad face) have been looking at transition materials for Ravenscliffe and participated in Zoom meetings with staff there.


Hi everyone, 

Take a look at the video below to see some of the things we've been up to this week (both groups are included). I'm so proud of how well the children have settled back into the routines of school and engaged with some brilliant learning. 

15/6/2020 We're back!

Hello everyone,

Today we had lots of fun back in school! We read a sensory story and explored lots of different textures, we also spent lots of time outdoors (enjoying the lovely weather). This afternoon we learnt about how and when we wash our hands, we practised our skills using soap, water and brushes to clean our 'ice' hands. 

Highbury@Home: Week 11- Minibeasts 

Hello and welcome back to another week of Highbury@Home 

This week our theme will focus on minibeasts. Below is a selection of activities that include sensory play ideas, crafts, songs and stories you can do at home.

Challenge for this week:

Can you go on a bug hunt when you’re walking or in your garden?

  • What can you see?
  • What colour is it?
  • Is it big or small?
  • How many minibeasts did you find?
  • Can you name the minibeasts you found?
  • What can you hear? Do they make a sound?
  • Can you write their names?
  • Can you make a sentence to describe colour e.g. ‘The ladybird is red’

You can also complete some of the following:

Which minibeasts have legs? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5064-minibeasts-legs-or-no-legs-sorting-activity

Practise your cutting skills: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-1168-2d-shape-minibeasts-pictures-resource-pack

Minibeast counting: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2914-minibeasts-counting-worksheet-detailed-version

Minibeast i-spy and count game: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-1086-minibeasts-i-spy-and-count-activity

Minibeasts pencil control: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-1051-minibeast-theme-pencil-control-worksheets

Online games:

Online number and sequencing games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering


The Cautious Caterpillar https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-526203-the-cautious-caterpillar-ebook

Story time- Mad About Minibeasts!


Highbury@Home: Week 10- Transport 

Hello everyone,

Hope you had a lovely half-term and embraced the gorgeous weather! For this week’s theme I have chosen transportation. See below for some activities that you can do at home and some songs you can listen to at home!


Have a look below for some sensory and craft themed activities.

If you have any questions please contact me and make sure you send me your pictures e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk

Olivia has been showing off her skills in the kitchen. Watch the video below to see what she made for her tea!

Highbury@Home: Week 9- In the kitchen 


This weeks theme is 'in the kitchen'. 

I have lots of activities listed that you can do @ home as part of your home learning: 

  • Lay the table
  • Using knife and fork when eating
  • Washing up
  • Drying up
  • Putting dishes away
  • Sort cutlery
  • Pouring a drink
  • Make a sandwich
  • Bake and decorate!
  • Putting the shopping away- where would each item go?
  • Peel and chop vegetables
  • Ice sensory play
  • Mark making in flour/icing sugar/rice/cornflour

Below I also have included some EID themed activities that can be carried out in the kitchen as well as a document which includes verbs that support teaching in the kitchen. 

Keep emailing me your pictures! My email is: e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Highbury@Home: Week 8- Shapes 


This week I want you to do lots of learning around SHAPE. 

The following website has lots of games that involve skills such as: sorting, matching, predicting and identifying. Make sure you take a look: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/shape-position-and-movement

Below there are other activities for your @ home learning. 

Keep emailing me all your pictures: e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Name the shape quiz: 

Shape songs:

Highbury@Home: Week 7- Using our senses

Hello Wise Owls,

This week I want you all to use your senses to touch, taste, listen, smell and look! Watch the video to play 'the tray game' which involves using good looking as well as a game of 'guess the sound' which requires good listening. I'm also going to include documents that include activities you can do at home related to our theme 'using our senses'. An extra challenge this week for those of you that want to have a go: why not try or taste a new food? 

Remember I want to see what you have got up to this week, look forward to seeing the pictures (e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk)!


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Using our senses: sight, touch and smell activity ideas 

Remember to scroll through the documents to see all the activities you can do at home

Using our senses: exploring texture

Using our senses: Listening

Highbury@Home: Week 6- Fine motor skills 

Hello Wise Owls,

This week I want you all to be working on your fine motor skills! Watch the video to see me complete activities that you can do at home. I'm also going to include a list below of other activities you can complete and a document which includes: pictures, instructions and a list of what you will need!

Have a look at some of the suggested websites for some more inspiration as well as the YouTube video linked below. 

Can't wait to see what you have got up to this week, remember to email me your pictures (e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk)!


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

YouTube Fine Motor Skills video:

Highbury@Home: Week 5- All about me

Hello Wise Owls,

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter @ home and got lots of chocolate! This week the theme is 'All about me'. Watch the video to see me complete one of the suggested activities. Can you find your ears, eyes, nose, mouth and teeth? 

Have a look at some of my suggested activities and resourcing. I have covered ideas linked to literacy, numeracy, science, art and crafts as well as some music which all fit in line with our theme. 

Please keep in touch (e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk). I want to see all your wonderful work @ home. 


Wise Owl Class Teacher 


Write your own ‘All about me’ profile (see document below)

Practise writing or typing your name- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-8815-editable-name-writing-practice-activity-sheet

Sort your likes/dislikes- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-s-772-all-about-me

Can you write sentences about your likes and dislikes? E.g. “I like pizza”

Use a mirror: Can you do some intensive interaction? Can you identify your eyes, ears, nose, mouth in the mirror?

Can you make happy, sad, shocked faces?


Count your body parts: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-1285-body-part-counting

Can you find who has the biggest/smallest hand?

Can you record hair colour/eye colour?

Who is the tallest?


Can you name/label parts of the body? E.g. head, arms, hands, legs and feet. Use a picture of yourself or use the following resource: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2386-parts-of-the-body-head-and-shoulders-a4

Can you use your senses to touch, taste, smell, hear and see? What body part did you use? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-m-202-five-senses-display-posters

Senses: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-7289-our-senses-powerpoint

Art/craft activities (see below for inspiration):

Wrap/pancake faces- Can you find where to put the eyes, ears and nose?

Playdough faces

Faces in flour

Printing with our hands and feet

Paper plate self-portraits


Make noises using different parts of your body e.g. clapping, whistling and clicking

Singing: Heads, shoulders, knees and toes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuqvGiZi0qg

Craft ideas (with links to mark making, fine motor and sensory play): 

All about me profile:

Highbury@Home: Week 4- Easter 

Hello Wise Owls,

With Easter coming up this weekend I have gathered together some activities you can do at home. I've also included some Easter themed stories and songs that you can watch and join in with at home, there is also an Easter themed Yoga!

Stay safe everyone and keep in touch (e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk). I love seeing all the amazing things you are up to at home. 


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Easter activities @ home:






Easter craft ideas 

Easter Yoga

Easter songs 

Easter stories 

Highbury@Home: Week 3- Farm animals


Hello Wise Owls, 

I hope this post finds you all well. Please see the video below where I talk about our theme for the week- farm animals!

Watch the video and consider the following questions:

  • Can you name/identify the farm animals in my video?
  • Can you write the names of the animals?
  • Can you listen to the animal noises?
  • What animal is making the noise? 
  • Can you write a sentence about what you can hear?

Please email me at e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk with your wonderful work/activities as I look forward to seeing what you all get up to every week.

Below there are links to lots of differentiated work for different areas of the curriculum. I have also included a powerpoint focusing on farm animals and their young which you can use to support and extend learning. 


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Resourcing/activity ideas: 


Can you do some counting? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-7466-farmer-and-duck-counting-sheet

Can you complete some addition?

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-6862-farmer-and-duck-up-to-10-addition-sheet (up to 10)

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-6863-farmer-and-duck-up-to-20-addition-sheet (up to 20)


Can you write your own sentences based on the animal sounds you can hear? e.g. ‘I hear a duck’


Can you match the farm animals? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-289782-cute-farm-animals-matching-cards

Can you write the animal names? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-e-613-farm-animals-activity-sheet

Read a story related to farm animals or watch the video of me reading ‘Farmer Duck’ on the story time section of the website.

Fine motor

Can you cut out the chick? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2546559-chick-2d-shape-activity-sheets


What noises do animals make? Can you guess the sounds? Can you make the sounds? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfTxvM5g_QA

Do you know where the farm animals live on the farm? https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-16976-where-do-different-farm-animals-live-matching-activity

Can you find and name animal young?  https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5679-mothers-and-their-young-farm-animals-matching-activity (see below for powerpoint to support this.)

Arts and crafts


Farm animal crafts (see below for some inspiration)!

Farm animal art and craft ideas: 

Powerpoint to support and extend learning of farm animals and their young. 

Can you play 'Who's my baby?' 

Listen to some animal sounds or have a sing-a-long:

Highbury@Home: Week 2- The Gingerbread Man 


Hello Wise Owls, 

I hope you are okay. This week I have decided that our theme will be based around the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'.

Again if you have any completed work/activities/videos you’ve done at home linked to our theme or anything else please email me at e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk or send a post to the school’s Facebook page and we can mention it in our weekly overview.

Below includes a video which is an 'Overview of the topic' with links to resourcing. There will also be a video of me reading the story 'The Gingerbread Man' which will include the powerpoint I used in the video. As well as this there will be a literacy (phonics) lesson linked to the theme of 'The Gingerbread Man'


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Overview of topic:

Phonics Lesson:

You can use the book to do some phonics work at home or you can read the book as part of an activity. The video demonstrates how you can teach phonics using the book at home. The sounds we use as part of Read Write Inc are also  below.  


Highbury@Home: Timetable


Hello all,

I've created below a very simple powerpoint timetable that you can follow at home as part of a routine. You can also use the symbols as a cue to reinforce what activity is next or to support transition periods at home. If you need a more personalised timetable or different symbols please contact me on my email e.woodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Highbury@Home: Sherbourne



I've created a video that includes some Sherbourne Developmental Movements which can be carried out at home in the garden or indoors. This can be used as a PE lesson as a way of trying new movement experiences.

You can find out more about Sherbourne by looking at the website linked: https://www.sherbornemovementuk.org/

Highbury@Home: Weekly check-in


Hello Wise Owls,

I love seeing all the fantastic things that you are up to at home so I have created a video to say a big well done to all of you for your brilliant work.

Highbury@Home: Week 1- The Rainbow Fish


Hello Wise Owls,

I hope you are okay. This week I have decided that our theme this week will be ‘Rainbows’ with a slight  ‘Under the Sea’ twist. Focusing on my choosen book 'The Rainbow Fish'.

Why not have a think about what animals we might find under the sea? Below I have created a powerpoint resource which looks at what we might find living ‘under the sea’.

If you have any completed work/activities/videos you’ve done at home linked to our theme or anything else please email me at ewoodworth@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk or send a post to the school’s Facebook page and we can mention it in our weekly overview.


Wise Owl Class Teacher 

Who lives under the sea?

Watch me read the story 'The Rainbow Fish': 

Title of book: The Rainbow Fish

Author: Marcus Pfister

Illustrator: Marcus Pfister

With thanks to North-South Books for permission

There are some brilliant stories linked to the ‘under water theme’ on youtube.com:

'Commotion In The Ocean' story:

As well as some songs you can listen to:

Why not think about the following:

  • What colours are the sea creatures?
  • How do they move? (watch videos on youtube.com- can you jiggle like a jellyfish? Or snap like a shark?)
  • What noise do they make?
  • Can you create a rainbow fish collage?
  • Or even your own underwater character from junk modelling materials? For example: a jellyfish or crab paper plates? (see below)
  • Why not create an ‘under the sea’ picture scene using old plastic bottle caps to create your fish? (see below)

The following links also include resources which may be relevant to this theme and include activities you might find useful at home. The website is called Twinkl, they are giving away free parent log ins to help with resourcing.

Powerpoints you can look at:

  • Under the sea, what can you see?


  • Different homes under the sea.


Activities you can print:







Last week in literacy Owls where looking at "who", "what" and "where"

Some of the Owls started by identifying what made a "who" and a "where" from symbols, photos and characters.  To then being able to answer questions on a sentence they created.

Some of us chose characters ("who"), and then an action ("what") for our characters do.

Last week our star of the week was Olivia! We just have to share this fantastic video of all the progress she has made with her reading. The Wise Owl team are super proud Olivia, well done!





10/03/2020 - Hand Hygiene

Hi All, Owls would like to share with you all the work they have been doing on "Hand Hygiene".

Please enjoy the following video and the song we've been using with the children to help them wash their hands.

05/03/2020- World book day!

What a fab fun-filled 'red' world book day. Thank you so much to everyone who brought in their favourite books to share with the class.

We've had a red themed day and explored lots of different 'red' items and sensory play.

This afternoon we had a vote for our favourite book (class favourite was 'Room on the Broom' closely followed by 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'). We read the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and made crayon puppets to go along with our book! Hope you enjoy the video. 





Both Wise Owls and Bees had a fab time on the trampoline trip. I'm not sure who had more the fun the staff or the children. What a wonderful morning!


It's that time of week Owl watchers, to let you know what the Owls have been up to. 

On that note we want to welcome the new kid Dexter to class.

Dexter has been helping Owls learn their doing words and sentence formation to answer the question "What is Dexter doing?" 


Tuesday in school it was celebration day for Chinese New Year, we all had a fab time and can't wait for the next one. Big thanks to Colette for organising.

Wise Owls had a fab time!



Hello Owl watchers, it's midweek and our little Owls have been super busy. We have been consolidating our Science "Push and Pull" in Garden School.

Then in Literacy the fledgling Owls excelled in identifying "Who?" from sound; from story character and "real" people photos and symbols; to staff describing a character in a story.  

These guys have just been super busy and super amazing. Emily will struggle to find a Star this week.


Hello fellow Owls watchers, just a quick look at all the superb exploration and work that our Owls are doing in Science.

Here are a few snaps of Owls looking for push, pull and twist around school, and looking at objects in class that push, pull or twist.