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Badger Class - Early Years

Welcome to Badger Class

 

 

Thank you so so much to those who have been in touch and sent in photos of what you have been up to at home! It is really so lovely to stay connected and to know that you are happy and staying safe. Please know that we are missing you all greatly and cannot wait until we can all be back together again one day. Please keep your photos coming and we hope that you are enjoying the lovely sunshine!

 

Kelly and the Badger Team

xxx

Dear Parents

We are very sorry we have had to close to most pupils and understand that this will be a difficult time for everyone. First and foremost, we want everybody to be safe and stay well.

 

We understand that this will be a difficult time for some children so please find the attached Social Story to read to your child to help them to cope.

 

I will also be uploading some ideas every Monday for you to do throughout the week with your child at home.

 

I would love for our class to still stay connected during this time so please feel free to send any photo’s of your child taking part in these activities to the following email for us to upload onto our class website page.

Email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

 

Remember to stay safe and enjoy the time together and we hope to see you soon.

25th May – This week’s theme is Water

 

Here are some water themed activities to try at home

 

Water Play Mark Making - You might like to paint different shapes and lines using water and a paintbrush outside. You might like to add paint to the water and explore how this changes both the colour and what the paint looks like. You can use any paint to do this, and any container you have at home to mix the paint into. You may want to try using the water paint on different textures like the ground, a piece of kitchen towel or cardboard you may have left over from food packaging. 

 

 

Wash the Dishes- A super fun maths activity is to wash a range of dishes.  You may want to count how many plates or cups you have washed. Plates and cups come in lots of different shapes and sizes so it is a great way to begin to introduce the vocabulary related to size and to begin to name some shapes. Also the perfect time to practise our filling and emptying skills, a great way to develop our gross motor control.

 

You may want to set up a washing activity with your toys at home. This could be done inside using a sink or basin or outside using any container you might have. It is a great way to give your toys a clean and also to understand the difference between clean and dirty objects. You may like to practise washing mud off a certain toy and noticing the difference when you do. If you have toy cars you could set up your very own car wash and role play having a car wash shop. This would be a really fun imaginary play opportunity.

 

           

Making Potions - You could try making potions this week too. All you need is a container or bowl, water, and whatever you can find to throw in. Using petals and leaves is a great idea as they are free and make your potion look especially magical. If you have any food colouring at home this is a great thing you could mix into the potion and discuss what happens when you do. Also if you have any special scents at home you could add these to make potion making a multi-sensory experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Splash! Useful Links and Online Learning Opportunities.

 

 

 

 

  • www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/my-story-water-squirter -This video is available on Cbeebies, it is a tutorial on how to make your very own water squirting toy. It lists all the materials you need at home to make one, these are things you may already have at home which is handy then includes a short video showing you how to make one.

 

  • www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cslw/ad/the-snail-and-the-whale -This link is to the animated version of the famous Julia Donaldson story ‘The Snail and The Whale’. This is the movie version of the story, and the story is read aloud to the movie. It is a super fun way to hear the story and is currently available of BBC I-player and can be accessed from any device.

 

The links above are for three songs about water. One is a relaxing song called ‘The Water Song’ it is perfect for when you want to have some relaxation time as it has very calming water sounds in the background. The second song is all about bath-time and splashing and is a little bit more upbeat. The final song is all about going swimming. Can you think of any other songs about water?

 

We would love to see what you get up to this week! To share your home learning with us you can email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

 

18th May – This week’s theme is Fun with Food

 

Here are some food themed activities to try at home

 

Messy Play - Encouraging messy play with food can be a great way to get your children used to new textures and try new foods. Some may prefer dry foods like cereal or wet foods like yogurt. You could even have a mixture of the two. To encourage engagement you could even put toys in the mess for your children to find and play with.

 

 

Food Face Plate- Turning food into faces can be a great way to engage your children and get them exploring new foods. You can buy special face plates, use a picture of a face under a see-through plate or help them arrange food on a plate to make a face. See if they can choose the best food for each feature.

 

          

 

 

 

 

Food Mini-Beasts -

Using celery, spreadable cheese, peanut butter, fruit and vegetables you can create caterpillars and snails with your children. See the image below to to help give you some ideas.

 

Painting with Food-

Why not try painting with fruits and vegetables by cutting them in half and using them as stamps. Lemons, oranges and potatoes are great for this.

 

 

 

 

 

Paint and Eat Waffles - Follow the link below for a great way to create colourful waffles you can eat. Your children could help your children create colourful patterns or encourage them to recall each colour you use.

 

https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2010/03/paint-and-eat-easter-waffles.html

 

 

 

 

Food Songs and Videos-

Here are some food songs and videos your children may enjoy.

 

Super Simple food songs 

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

 

Mr Tumble food signing 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dZyWQWZ-Gk

 

We would love to see what you get up to this week! To share your home learning with us you can email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

 

11th May – This week’s theme is Fun in the Garden

 

Here are some garden themed activities to try at home

 

Messy Play - The garden is great for messy sensory play. You could make mud pies or fill trays with twigs grass and other things you can find. Try hiding toys in the messy play for children to find. If your child doesn't like messy play they may like watching you scoop things up and drop them into containers. Build suspense by saying ready steady go or encouraging them to count down.

          

 

PlantingWith the weather getting nicer it is a great time to plant and water flowers with your children. They may like digging holes and planting the seeds. But if not they could water the flowers with jugs or watering cans. If you cant plant outside then you could use cups, mugs or pots to plant seeds inside.

Picking Flowers - While exploring the garden, picking wild flowers like daisies and dandelions are a great way to encourage counting.  Your child could pick them while you count or you could encourage them to count with you. Your child may also like to mix them with water to make some potions, try adding paint or food colouring to teach your child about colours or for   them to enjoy mixing together.            

 

You could also make daisy chains once you have picked some (see link below)

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-daisy-chain/

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Painting - Painting rocks found in the garden is a great art activity. Your children can use brushes or their fingers. They could make patterns or you could help them to make a mini-beast or a rainbow.

  

 

Mini-Beast Hunt - It’s a good time to go hunting for mini beasts. Looking under rocks and logs is a great way to find and show your children bugs and insects.

You can use the checklist below to give you an idea of what to keep a look out for.

Garden Songs Here are some garden themed songs your child may like to watch, sing and dance along to.

https://youtu.be/YtP0Z8xV6Z4 

 

https://youtu.be/AqchPrhezxQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ljGXMMB-g 

 

 

 

We would love to see what you get up to in the garden this week! To share your home learning with us you can email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

4th May – This week’s theme is ‘Maths

 

Here are some family themed activities to try at home

Here are some of the maths targets we have been working on at school:

Number Targets:

  • Developing an awareness of numbers through listening to number songs and rhymes
  • Showing anticipation during activities, e.g. engaging when an adult says 'ready, steady, go' or '1,2,3' before blowing bubbles
  • Paying interest as an adult models how to point and count numbers to 3 or 5
  • Showing an understanding of number names themselves and beginning to use these in their play with encouragement from an adult (these may be in a random order to start with)
  • Counting objects whilst an adult points to them
  • Beginning to recognise numerals

 

Space, Shape and Measure Targets:

  • Developing an awareness of cause and effect, e.g. knocking down a tower
  • Exploring a range of 3D shapes within the environment
  • Filling and emptying using a range of different sized containers
  • Beginning to build a tower with adult support
  • Completing inset puzzles
  • Sorting objects into categories e.g. putting all of the teddies in one pile and cars in another
  • Sorting objects by colour
  • Beginning to build simple models with adult support
  • Completing more complex puzzles
  • Sorting objects by size

 

Playdough - Playdough is a great resource for exploring counting and colour matching. Make some play dough by following the instructions below. Weigh the ingredients using cups and slowly count out the amount you need. 

Once you have made your playdough or if you have some already, your child might enjoy counting activities through imaginative play. For example, making ‘birthday cakes’ and counting out how many candles to put on top.

 

Number Hunt - On your daily walk or around your home encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment. Look out for door numbers, license plates, road signs etc. You could also practise numbers and counting by collecting objects outside and counting them. If your child is not quite at the counting stage, you can model pointing to objects and counting to 3 or 5. Alternatively, encourage your child to develop their anticipation and awareness of number by counting to 3 before blowing some bubbles.

 

 

Treasure Baskets - Create a treasure basket full of different 3D shapes and objects from around the home for your child to explore.

 

 

Your child may like to feel, tap or bang objects together as part of their exploration.

 

 

Lego and Building BlocksThere are lots of ways to explore maths using Lego. Encourage your child to colour match, count and build towers and simple models with your support. Brothers and sisters may like to help make towers and then enjoy shouting 'ready, steady, go' before encouraging their brother or sister to knock the tower down, developing an awareness of cause and effect and anticipation. 

 

Shape Printing Make different 2D shapes using objects around your home. For example, toilet roll holders, sponges, potatoes, building blocks. Clearly name the shapes for your child as they explore printing with them. “Well done, you’ve made a yellow circle!” or “Can you find a ….”

 

Sensory Play - Hiding shapes, numbers or objects in jelly, water or porridge oats is a fun way to encourage children to engage with shapes, numbers or collect items to count. Provide a range of different sized containers and tools for your child to practise scooping, filling and emptying. 

 

 

Maths Songs - Follow the link below to find a maths themed playlist for your child to listen to and engage with. Encourage your child to sing along or join in by moving their bodies or copying actions. 

Number Songs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_lgJgBbqWE

Shape Songs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2TLW0WBLow

 

We would love to see what you get up to this week! To share your home learning with us you can email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

27th April – This week’s theme is ‘Story Time

 

Here are some family themed activities to try at home

Reading stories together is a wonderful activity to do at home together ☺ Here are some activities to help bring those stories to life and help your child to practise and retell favourite stories.

 

Sensory Play - Choose a favourite story with your child and create a sensory bin to help explore and re-tell the story in different ways. You could use different items from around the house or garden and use cuddly toys or homemade pictures. 

 

 

Make a Mask - Make a mask of your favourite book character! Your child might have a favourite costume from World Book Day that they might like to dress up in too!

                             

Arts and Crafts - You and your child might want to make some different props or puppets to re-tell your story with. You could use some paper, card, wooden spoons or lolly sticks to create story characters. Your child might also like to make characters and props out of play dough too!

 

 

 

Role Play Role playing is a great way to bring a story to life! Your child might like to dress up or you could recreate parts of the story through sensory play.

For example, you could go on a ‘bear hunt’ and walk through different parts of the story!

 

 

 

 

Cooking - You could have a go at creating your own snack from your favourite story! Follow the instructions below to make your own ‘no bake’ Gruffalo Paw oat cookies ☺

Or you could prepare and try different snacks. See if you can try all the different fruit that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate! Let your child practise cutting their own fruit for snack time ☺

 

Peter Rabbit Online Colouring  - 

You might like to use your computer or iPad to colour a picture of Peter Rabbit! Follow the link below to find the game. Are you able to name the colours you are using?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/g2jhf4bnv6exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fcbeebies%2Fmakes%2Fpeter-rabbit-make-a-peter-picture%3Fcollection%3Dcreative-play-for-kids 

 

Watch Favourite Stories Online

 

Oliver Jeffers Stay at Home Stories –

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/

 

 

 

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga / Story – The Very Hungry Caterpillar –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y

 

 

 

 

We're Going On a Bear Hunt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds 

 

 

 

 

Cbeebies Bedtime Stories - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories

 

We would love to see what stories you choose this week! To share your learning with us you can email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

20th April – This week’s theme is Music

 

Here are some family themed activities to try at home

 

Make an Instrument - There are lots of things around your home that you could use to make an instrument with your child. You could use tin cans, pringle tubes, tissue boxes, elastic bands, rice, bottles etc. Below are some ideas for you to try. 

 

Using the instruments, you have made or found round the home. Play them together as a family to your favourite songs or make your own up!  

 

 

What's that sound? - Gather a range of different noisy objects or instruments from around your home. Hide the object whilst you play it and encourage your child to listen to or guess the object/instrument. Your child may just enjoy making sounds with you if guessing is a little too tricky.

 

Your child may also like the following song about guessing sounds 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVgv1EFJZHc

 

Sing and Sign - Use the following YouTube links to choose a song that you would like to sing and sign along to.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingHandsUK

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyIDg6m4gA0

 

Sing and Move - Use the following YouTube link to find an actions song playlist for you to dance along to! You might like to dress up, throw balloons around or blow some bubbles for your dance party!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oJCPcjeku8

 

I hope you have lots of fun dancing and making music together! 

13th April – This week’s theme is Family

 

Here are some family themed activities to try at home

 

Family Tree - Your child may like to paint leaves onto a tree truck using their hands to make hand prints or by using paintbrushes and sponges to make marks using green paint. Once the paint has dried, write names or encourage your child to stick family photos onto the tree.

 

Who is Missing? - Have all of the family present, get your child to turn around or close their eyes, then using a large sheet hide a family member and say “Who is missing?”. Your child may like to guess or may enjoy pulling the sheet off of the family member to see who is hidden underneath. Your child may also love a turn at being hidden themselves!

 

 

Cress/Grass Family -

You will need:

- Empty yoghurt pots or egg shells

- Cress/grass seeds.

- Cotton wool

- Marker pens/photos of the family

 

1)Draw or stick a photo of each family member onto the egg shells or pots.

2)Insert wet cotton wool inside the pots/shells.

3)Sprinkle a teaspoon of cress/grass seeds onto the wet cotton wool and press them down gently with your finger.

4)Place the cress heads in a warm, light place, like on the windowsill, and wait for your seeds to grown into tiny, delicious bushes of cress.

5)Encourage your child to notice the cress growing by showing it to them frequently and encouraging them to touch/taste it. Your child may also enjoy cutting the cress with scissors once it has grown tall enough!

 

Peppa Pig Family Colouring -Your child may like to colour in some Peppa Pig family colouring sheets found below. Encourage your child to name the characters, focusing on family names, Mummy, Daddy, Brother and Sister.

Family Hand and Foot Prints -Using paints, make hand or foot prints of the whole family on paper or a canvas to display around your home. Encourage communication by naming colours and body parts as you paint them.

 

Family Themed Stories and SongsEnjoy some time reading stories as a family. You may also like to watch some family themed stories and songs online together using the links below.

 

 

 

Guess How Much I Love You Online Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1P2u2OGA2I

 

 

Baby Shark Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w

 

Finger Family Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVh8DDpVktg

 

5 Little Ducks Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCka94jeGTk

Please email any photos of your home learning to the email below. We would love to stay in touch and see what you are getting up to!

 

Email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

6th April – This week’s theme is Easter

 

Here are some Easter themed activities to try at home

 

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests - Make some chocolate Easter egg nests by following the instructions in the link below. If your child does not like to bake, they may still enjoy watching you make the Easter egg nests and with encouragement may like to explore the different textures. As with the playdough activity last week, encourage curiosity and anticipation, using phrases such as “ready, steady, go!” or by counting to 3 before pouring or mixing ingredients.

Easter Sensory Bins - Make an Easter sensory bin by filling a container or tray with shredded paper, straw, coloured rice, pasta, porridge oats or lentils. Hide a range of available spring/Easter objects and toys in the container for your child to find and explore. Some items to hide could include toy bunnies and chicks, carrots, a range of spring flowers and cardboard, plastic or chocolate Easter eggs. Place spoons and bowls in or next to the container for your child to enjoy filling and emptying.

 

Plan an Easter Egg Hunt – Hide some cardboard, plastic or chocolate Easter eggs around your house or garden for your child to enjoy finding. Give your child a basket or container for them to enjoy filling and encourage them to count themselves or watch as you count the eggs for them.  

 

Make a Sensory Bottle – Follow the instructions below to make a spring flower sensory bottle for your child to enjoy.

Bunny BuntingCut out some rabbit silhouettes for your child to colour in. Your child may like to draw patterns on the bunnies or make marks using a range of mark making tools such as paints, crayons or pens. Next support your child to cut out the rabbits and thread or peg onto some string to display in your home. As a finishing touch, stick on some cotton wool to make a fluffy bunny tail!

Bunny actions songs Your child may love to listen or dance along to the bunny songs from the links below.

 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb9tt7LiYrc

 

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

Please email any photos of your home learning to the email below. We would love to stay in touch and see what you are getting up to!

 

Email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

30th March – This week’s theme is Rainbows

Children around the country have been completing a range of rainbow themed activities to post on social media or display in their windows as a sign of hope for one another during this time.

 

Here are some rainbow themed activities to try at home

 

Rainbow Play Dough - Make some  play dough by following the instructions below. If your child does not like to play with play dough, they may still enjoy the process of watching you make it. To encourage curiosity and anticipation, use phrases such as “ready, steady, go!” or count to 3 before pouring or mixing ingredients. Your child may like to explore the textures of each ingredient using their hands or a spoon before mixing them together.

 

 

 

 

 

                  Rainbow Mark Making - Set up some rainbow mark making activities using a range of resources you may have at home. Encourage your child to paint using rainbow colours with a paintbrush or other mark making mediums such as chalk, pens, crayons or pencils. Your child may like to paint their hands and feet using all of the colours of the rainbow and make hand prints and footprints outside or on paper. Your child may enjoy mixing coloured paint together using a tool or their hands or may like to squirt the coloured paint into different containers. Display your crafts in the window to spread some love, hope and cheer to others.

 

 

Rainbow Water/Messy Play - Make a coloured water play activity in your bathroom or garden for your child to explore. Add paint or a few drops of food colouring to some water and pour into different containers for your child to enjoy pouring and mixing. Your child may like to add foam, soap, bubbles or coloured  jelly to the water  to explore different textures. 

 

 

​​​​Makaton Rainbow Song - Encourage your child to learn the Makaton colour signs  by playing the Mr Tumble song found in the link below. Use props such as coloured balloons or toys alongside the song to support learning.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLpEGM34Fic

Please email any photos of your home learning to the email below. We would love to stay in touch and see what you are getting up to!

 

Email photos to - imagec03@klz.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                         

 

Badger Class is an Early Years/Key Stage 1 class. The teacher in Badger Class is Kelly Anderson. The teaching assistants are Robyn Davison, Jess Redman, Jordi Parsons, Kelly Henley and Colette Macfarlane.

 

We highly value providing fun, playful and holistic experiences in which our children can learn from, developing a strong foundation for their future. Please feel free to find out more about the Early Years approach and our curriculum from the document below.


 

Term 3

This term our topic is Transport. 

Term 2

This term we loved learning all about festivals and celebrations. We loved carving pumpkins and dressing up in scary costumes to celebrate Halloween. We also then loved creating sparkly firework collages and paintings and exploring a range of different light toys around bonfire night. We celebrated lots of friends birthdays in term 2 and had fun learning how to make cupcakes as well as enjoying lots of parties. Christmas was the best celebration of all and we loved decorating the classroom together and taking part in a range of Christmas themed cooking and craft activities. We especially enjoyed a visit from Santa during our fun Christmas party too!

 

Term 1

This term our topic is 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'. We are focusing on settling into our new class and getting to know one another! 

     

          

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