Welcome to Meerkat Class 2020!
Meerkat team would like to say welcome to Meerkat class! The staff in Meerkat class are called Kirsty,(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) Jodie (Thursday Friday) Danielle, Marie and Darren.
This Term our main focus is to be happy, have fun and build relationships with each other. The children have been settling into school lovely and understanding their daily routine really well. We have already had so much fun together with out Term topic...……. Dinosaurs!!
This is Monty Meerkat! every morning we tell Monty how we are feeling. We have had some lovely discussions together about our holiday news, weekend antics and what we like to do or eat! We then create our daily timetable together as a group, print it out and put it on the wall. This way children will have ownership of their learning and feel safe in the knowledge of what we are doing in the day.
We created lovely pictures of our faces!
This Term Meerkat class are learning about dinosaurs. So far... we have grouped dinosaurs into categories, counted them, answered dinosaur addition sums and created dinosaur shape pictures for out Maths work. We have created our own dinosaurs using collage and made footprint tracks. We have read many dinosaur stories and had time to play with the class dinosaurs.
This week we are creating our own dinosaur island using collage! and next week we are looking forward to a dinosaur bone hunt.... How exciting!
Have you ever tried going for a colour walk? This is a really fun and practical activity that can be done inside your home or outside in an outdoor space. It is a great opportunity to notice and name the objects you see around you. You can then begin to think about their colour. You could take the paper prompt below with you and note the different colours you see to help you remember them all when you get home. You could also just orally name the objects and colours whilst on your walk. Hopefully we will be seeing lots of blue skies this week. :)
Do you have a favourite colour?
This week the theme is 'Mud' and 'Mud Kitchens'. It is a super fun theme and hopefully one that everyone will enjoy. Making a mud area or mud kitchen may sound a bit confusing but really it is very simple and can provide hours of outdoor, or indoor fun. When learning about mud you can also begin to learn more about flowers, plants and even mini-beasts and animals. There are lots of fun practical activities in the planning notes this week, also some useful links to audio stories and a yummy recipe all about chocolate mud pies to try at home. Hopefully you will find an activity that you would like to try, however, if you find there is an activity missing from the planning or if there is a specific activity you would like to know more about please contact us via and email and we will try our best to help. Have fun!
The PDF document is a guide to creating your own mud area or kitchen at home. There are lots of great ideas on how to do this and what resources you could use to help you. There are also lots of ideas on how you could extend play when exploring mud. There is also a document that lists useful learning links all about mud, there is a story about a worm, a song about muddy puddles and also an episode on CBEEBIES all about animals playing in the mud. All of these links can be accessed either using the CBEEBIES website or YOUTUBE from any device at home. A fun challenge would be to research together which animals like to play in the mud and try and draw a picture of one of them. Have a look at this cute baby elephant in the picture below, he is having lots of fun splashing in a muddy puddle!
This weeks recipes is 'Chocolate Mud Pies'.
The recipes are really great because they allow you to be really flexible with the ingredients, and how you prepare and arrange your own mud pies.
We have added pictures of the ingredients and some of the main resources you might need to make these yummy pies.
This week you could practise your fine motor skills by colouring in these cute pictures of garden fairies. They also like to play in the mud! There are lots of different pictures to choose and they are a great template to encourage you to practise your pencil control, and use of a range of bright colours. You may want to have a go at drawing your own fairy and colouring him/her in. You could use paints, crayons or colouring pencils to enjoy this mark making task. Have fun!
There are lots of practical activities for you to try in the documents above. However it is also great to practise some written tasks too, as you never know when the rain might come and make it hard to enjoy playing outdoors in the mud. Below there are links to a pencil control worksheet, a maths game and some photographs all about mud. Hopefully you will find them useful and most importantly lots of fun. :)
Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe. This week our topic is all about WATER. The theme is 'Splash' and it encourages us all to enjoy cooling down in water, playing with water and also using water to help our plants and grass grow. Water is a really fun theme to enjoy at home as it can be enjoyed anytime. You can explore water outdoors, when washing dishes or at bath time. This is also a great time to practise drinking lots of water to stay healthy in the warm sunshine. I hope you find some of the suggested activities helpful and fun. If there is a specific activity you would like to try at home and you would like any support or suggestions with this, please feel free to send us an email and we will help in any way we can. Happy Splashing!
The following document is a list of useful online links. There are lots of amazing audio stories, movies, songs and instruction videos online that you may want to try at home. We have added a range of activities, stories, movies and songs so hopefully there will be something on the list for everyone.
It is really fun to develop our creative and mark making skills. There are lots of outdoor, practical ways to do this in the planning document but you can also practise these skills by exploring writing utensils and a range of colour when colouring in. As the theme is water this week, we have added some super cute Narwhal colouring sheets to try at home. You could use paint, pencils or crayons to make these pictures look amazing! You could also try drawing your own Narwhal, to practise drawing shapes. Have lots of fun!
As it is super sunny at the minute, it might be fun to set up a water area in your home or in an outside space. Water areas are quick to set up and quick to tidy away too. We found a set of fun challenge cards to try in your water area. Your area might be as big as a large box or as small as a bowl, the challenges can be done in any size of water container. This is a fun way to begin to understand the vocabulary associated with floating and sinking. It is also a great multi-sensory activity for everyone to enjoy.
The links below are for three activities that you may want to try at home. One is a writing activity, following a range of patterns, this is a great way to practise your fine motor control and pencil grip at home. There is also a counting challenge, although there are practical counting challenges in the document above too. This is just a written version of the activities if you wanted to give it a go. The last activity is a fun and creative activity. There are lots of cute templates to make under the sea themed puppets using split pins. Have fun and happy crafting. :) Can you think of any other creative ways to have fun with water. Look at this water area someone made for a competition, isn't it beautiful. :)
What a sunny week we are having so far! This week I have a challenge for everyone at home. Can you try and draw a sun? You could use, pencils, pens, paints or another sensory based writing method. Once you have finished your sun, could you identify any shapes you notice in your picture?
Hello, How is everyone this week? This week our theme is a really fun one. It is all about having fun with food! What a yummy topic, and one that hopefully everyone will enjoy. Preparing food is a great way to develop our independent life skills and also our fine motor skills. The ideas below have been planned to encourage these skills to develop. There are lots of really fun ideas and photographs to look at for inspiration. There are also some links to online resources which provide fun songs and games about food too. Hopefully you find an activity you would like to try at home, however, if you would like a specific activity please feel free to email me for ideas. Also if you want to invent your own recipe, please send us pictures. We'd love to see.
There are lots of amazing recipes on the 'Cbeebies' website. The website provides all the recipes in both video and written form. This is a great visual aid when preparing food as the videos will model to everyone exactly what you need to do. It is completely free to access and there are some exciting recipes on there that you may not have tried before.
Another useful link I have added is to the audio book version of 'Oliver's Vegetables'. This is a lovely story about a little boy who grows his own vegetables and learns to love eating them. It would be a great story to listen to before chopping vegetables.
There is a lovely yoga video about a banana named Betsy on the 'Cosmic Kids' channel. Yoga is a really fun way to develop gross motor skills and is a fun and energetic activity that you may want to try. The amazing bit is it can be done anywhere, inside or outside. The video is about 10 minutes long and has fun and colourful animations to make it super exciting.
This week the theme is 'Gardening'. Hopefully this outdoors theme will help the sunshine to come back and visit us all. Although the theme is gardening all of the activities could be completed in any outdoor space or even using plants in pots that are inside your home. It is a great opportunity to explore water, soil and seeds and learn about growth in a really practical way. There are also ideas for mark making on natural resources which is amazing because it is free, with less washing up! :) I hope you find an activity you would like to try at home. If you feel there is something missing from the planning or there is a specific activity you would like more of, please let me know via email and this can be sent through straight away! Have fun!
The Cbeebies website has wonderful videos with instructions for a range of craft activities. One activity that looked super fun was making your own plant pots. If you search for plant pots on the main menu there is a short video with a list of instructions on there, the video is short and a great way to introduce listening to instructions for a task. This activity is also great because it may save on buying plant pots in the future. The video is led by two children who explain how to make the plant pots and what they can be used for, so it would be interesting to introduce the theme of gardening to your child.
The 'Get Out and Grow' song on the Cbeebies website is an upbeat song which begins to name lots of tools and equipment that can be used in the garden. It is upbeat and begins to show some of the things you might use if you were a gardener. Have a listen? What do you think?
This week our theme is 'Maths'. Maths is a super fun theme because it can be both really practical and also involve games, puzzles and other toys you may already have at home. There are lots of free resources online you may want to use to practise your maths skills and also lots of fun and colourful interactive games. We have made a list of suggested activities and will attach it below. It includes a range of practical activities but also has a list of online links you may want to try too. Hopefully you will find an activity you like on the list. If you feel there is something missing or you would like a specific activity or idea please email me and I can send this to you. Have fun and keep counting!
The Cbeebies website has an amazing range of activities, shows, songs and audio books for every subject. If you search for 'Number Blocks' on the website you will find lots of really fun resources to encourage your child to develop their understanding of number and the number system. There are lots of short episodes and each one aims to develop an understanding of each number. There is also a range of fun songs to accompany the episodes. These may be fun activities for a rainy day or to follow on from some practical counting activities at home. All the resources are completely free too. There is also a section with printable worksheets and resources that you can use to further embed what you see in the episodes. It is definitely worth checking out.
Play-dough is an activity with so many benefits. Firstly following the symbol supported recipe is an amazing way to develop and practise early reading skills and the recognition of a range of useful symbols. Listening to instructions is also a fantastic way to develop listening and attention skills. Mixing and making play-dough allows the opportunity to develop gross motor control and also to learn how to use a range of utensils safely and appropriately. This week we are focusing on maths skills and play-dough is an amazing way to practise practical counting skills and also to practise making and naming a range of shapes. It is also a fun way to further embed our knowledge of colours and their names. There is a recipe below that is a super simple guide to making play-dough, you can then add any colour, scent of texture you like to make it super exciting. Sometimes it is fun to add flowers and leaves to play-dough as this makes it look a little bit magical. I hope you have fun trying this activity.
There are lots of amazing websites that provide interactive maths opportunities for children. One website we find really fun to use in class is 'Topmarks'. On this website you can search for different subjects but if you search for maths there are lots of fun games, songs and links to other websites which provide similar games and activities. There is a game called 'Teddy Numbers' where you count cakes and toys to give to Teddy. You can set the numbers as you wish and change them to higher numbers if you want an extra challenge. This game comes in lots of versions, for example there is also a ladybird counting game too.
Counting is an activity that can be done throughout each day. On the Cbeebies under their 'Maths' section there are lots of videos of children enjoying a range of maths activities at school. One of the really simple but super fun activities is counting leaves. Although the video is set in Autumn this activity could be done in Summer too as there are lots of beautiful green leaves and flowers outside at the minute. This activity could also be done using rocks, stones or anything you find outside. It may also be fun to sort and count items you may like to recycle. Such as cardboard boxes and bottle, these are big and interesting to look at so would engage children for sorting and counting tasks. If you would like to see examples of these activities just use the Cbeebies website and search 'Maths'.
This week our theme is 'Stories'. This is a really fun general theme and is perfect because you can use any book or movie you like as your inspiration for the weekly activities. This week we are encouraging everyone to listen to as many stories as they can. This can be using books, a kindle, on TV (as many of our favourite stories have animated versions) or using the cbeebies audio feature. I am also going to link websites which have lots of free audio versions of stories to choose from. It would also be fun if you could make a mask of a character from a story or have a go at drawing part of your favourite story too. Hopefully you will find an activity in the suggestions that you would love to try.
It is super fun to make masks and use them to role play your favourite stories. Making masks is a really great way to encourage mark-making, fine motor and creative skills all in one activity. The great news is you can use any cardboard you have at home to make a mask. An old cereal box, or any cardboard food packaging is perfect if you don't have paper plates to use. You can also use leaves, twigs and flowers to decorate your mask if your craft cupboard is running low. Anything and everything you can find could be used to make your mask extra exciting. I have attached some instructions below as guidance if you would like to have a look. Have fun!
If you would like to watch the movie version of 'The Gruffalo'. The full movie is available on BBC I player. The movie is a really great way to learn the story as the whole book is read aloud to a super cute animated version of the story.
If you wanted to listen to a new story, there is an amazing website called 'Storyline Online'. The website has lots of different children's stories in audio version and is a great way to listen to and learn new stories without having to buy lots of new books. The Website is easy to use and is an online library of some famous and lesser known illustrated children's stories. Have fun!
This week we are learning to make music. This theme is a really fun way to make lots of happy and cheerful sounds at home. There will be a list of suggested activities and links on how to make instruments too. I hope you find an activity that you would like to try, if you find there is something missing or you would like additional activities, please contact me via email. Keep Singing!
The next activity is a fun practical activity. The activity is making your own band with lots of different things you may have at home. This activity would require adult help as some bits could be a little bit fiddly. The video from the Cbeebies website shows you how to the make instruments, and also lists exactly what you need to make them too.
Making a water Xlophone is a super fun way to combine music and science. You will need empty bottles and water to make this instrument. You can begin to learn the words 'full', 'empty' and 'nearly full' when filling the bottles. If you do not have a selection of empty bottles available cups, jam jars and other containers would work just as well. When you have filled the cups with a range of capacities of water you can hit the container and begin to explore the different sounds you can hear. You could use food colouring to make the water a range of exciting colours, a real rainbow xlophone. There are instructions on the Cbeebies link above about how to make this exciting instrument too.
Oxbridge have a great video on their Youtube channel which teaches children the sounds of a range of different instruments. It is a great way to begin to introduce the idea that musical instruments all make different sounds. It is also a great way to visually show children what a range of instruments look like. Oxbridge also have a huge range of videos on their channel which are a really great way to learn songs, stories and new vocabulary.
This week we are learning all about families, this topic is super exciting because we can learn about human and animal families too. Every family is different so there are lots of fun activities and songs we can do to support our learning of this topic.
There will be an attached guide with a range of fun practical activities to do at home, however if you do not have resources required to do these activities there are lots of fun songs and stories available on Youtube and Cbeebies too.
Hopefully you will find an activity to try at home, if you feel there is anything missing from the activity list or if you would like specific activities for your child please let me know by emailing me.
One of the activities on the list is 'Making a Family Tree'. This a great activity to encourage mark making skills. You can draw a tree and encourage your child to colour it using either paints, crayons or pens. You can then stick the names of your family onto the tree or encourage your child to begin to write the names of their family members on the tree. You could complete a tree for your child and encourage them to begin to find their own name on the tree too. It would also be fun to use bits of green material or used green paper to collage onto the tree. Finally, you could use leaves from outside to stick onto the tree to make it look really life like.
Have you ever made a Cress Head? It is a really fun way to enjoy a practical activity and to learn about growth. If you use egg shells it is really fun to draw faces onto the eggs to make a little egg family. You could draw an animal family onto the eggs too.
I have attached instructions on how to make cress heads below, and also linked a few pictures of finished cress heads for you to have a look at. Have fun! :)
On Cbeebies there is a video all about this process of making cress heads too. It is a really fun visual way to see the instructions.
Everyone loves watching Bing, and in a springtime video on Cbeeebies Bing learns how to make 'Eggy heads' too. If you wanted to show your child what the finished cress head will look like this is a really good episode available on Cbeebies to illustrate that. Just search for 'Bing' and 'Eggy Heads' on Cbeebies.
Hello Everyone, I hope everyone is well and staying safe at this time. This week our theme is Easter, I have added lots of fun Easter Ideas to the website that you may want to try at home over the next few weeks.
If there if anything you feel is missing from the page or you would like a specific activity at this time, please contact me via email and I can arrange this.
The first activity this week is a range of fun Easter themed colouring pages. There are lots to choose from in the pack below. These can be painted, coloured or decorated with pieces of material ( whatever you have at home) .
If you do not have a printer at home to print these, it is really fun to have a go at drawing your own Easter egg and decorating it with lots of bright colours.
For additional Easter drawing and making activities the Cbeebies website has a range of activities listed in their 'Making' section.
Now that it is spring time, it is a great time to enjoy all the flowers and leaves on the trees. Have a peek out of your window, can you see any leaves and flowers? Can you hear the birds singing and tweeting in the trees?
This week the sensory activity to try at home is the sensory spring flower bottle. This is a really fun way to use old plastic bottles you have at home, and the end result is so pretty to look at.
If you do not have access to flowers, grass or leaves to make this bottle, you could use colourful pieces of paper you may have at home to create the same effect. Or if you have access to paints you could paint flowers onto your plastic bottle too.
This week our cooking activity is Easter Nest Cakes. Easter Nests are a really yummy treat to enjoy at home and really fun to make too.
There is a recipe to make these cakes listed below, I have also added an entire Easter recipe pack of fun ideas as I know some people really enjoy baking and cooking activities. Baking is a great way to try new flavours and begin to name a range of new ingredients.
I have also added a sequencing task to try after baking the cakes, however this could be done just as well verbally, by reminding your child what they did to make the cakes. Have fun and enjoy the yummy cakes!
Mark making is a super fun activity to encourage excellent writing skills and also to help improve fine motor control. In class we enjoy mark making using crayons, pencils. pens, paints and other materials such as shaving foam and sand. As it is Easter this week the mark making task we have suggested on the page is to decorate adorable Easter bunnies using bright colours. When you have decorated a few Easter bunnies you could cut them out and make them into a bunting style decoration.
I have added a few templates of bunnies to help you, however home drawn bunnies would be equally as cute! If you have any cotton wool at home you could stick a little fluffy tail on your bunny too. This would add another interesting texture to your decoration.
Easter Sensory Bins
Sensory Bins are a fun way to encourage sensory development but also to encourage a range of additional skills. You may want to make a sensory bin, using any empty container you have at home. This can be as small as a lunch box, or as big as a storage or toy box. Whatever you have available would be perfect. You can use sand, porridge oats, rice or shredded paper in the box and fill it with a range of toys and objects for your child to explore. It is a great way to encourage counting by counting the toys in the box, it is also a fun way to practise fine and gross motor skills like filling and emptying, stirring and scooping.
Easter Themes Action Songs
The final activity for the week is a range of fun Easter Songs. The songs we have chosen are really fun because they are actions songs so you can sing along and try the actions too!
All the songs suggested are available on youtube and there are links in the main document to the songs.
Hello everyone, hope you are all well.
I have attached a Social Story made with 'Communicate in Print' to help explain Coronavirus to children.
You may want to show or read it to your children to help support their understanding of why they are at home and not at school at this time.
Thank you for reading, Emma.
We are really sorry that school is closed during this time and appreciate it must be tricky for you and the children at home.
To support your child's understanding of the school closures I have uploaded a social story about staying at home.
Hopefully it will offer some help when explaining to your child why they are at home and not at school at this time.
In Meerkat Class we love exploring play-dough. We use play-dough for a range activities in class, it is a really exciting way for us to practise our fine motor skills and also a great way for us to develop our gross motor skills too. There are lots of fun play-dough videos on 'Youtube' like 'Dough Disco' which encourage us to practise rolling, pressing, pushing and pinching to strengthen our fine motor skills.
We use a range of tools and utensils when playing with play-dough. We especially love using a range of cutters and rolling pins to help us develop our motor control.
In maths we enjoy making a given number of shapes using play-dough and beginning to count them aloud to songs and rhymes.
Rainbow play-dough is a really fun way for us to learn about colours too. You can also add a lovely scent to make play-dough time a multi-sensory experience.
If you would like to have a go at making play-dough at home, I have attached a recipe below.
It is really to learn about and explore colours. Rainbows are a really exciting way to do this, as there are lots of beautiful colours in a rainbow and they are really bright to look at too.
Encourage your child to design a rainbow using paints, crayons, chalks or colouring pencils. This would be a really fun way for your child to practise their mark making skills at home. You may even want to explore paint using fingers, hands and feet in a range of colours.
It is also really fun to add paint to shaving foam to encourage a multi-sensory approach to painting. The exciting texture makes this activity really fun.
I have attached a rainbow that one child made using a paper plate and cotton wool to make fluffy clouds.
Display your rainbows in your window to spread lots of positive cheer.
Rainbow Messy Play
If you have jelly at home, try making Rainbow Jelly. You could make a range of colours and flavours and try and arrange them to make a colourful rainbow.
When you have finished making your rainbow you could squish the jelly using your hands to explore a range of exciting textures or you could taste the yummy jelly to find out your favourite flavour.
Encourage your child to learn Makaton colour signs and colour names using this song by Mr Tumble
There are lots of other fun songs to support your knowledge of Makaton signing on the cbeebies website if you wanted to learn a new song too.
Term Three- January 2020
This term we are learning about transport. It has been really exciting coming back to school after a lovely Christmas holiday and starting our new and exciting topic. This week we have been learning songs about buses and playing lots of bus themed counting games. We have also enjoyed making biscuits that look like the wheels of a bus using lots of yummy toppings.
We are looking forward to going on some lovely off-site visits this term. We plan to visit a local outdoor play area, a supermarket and another local forest park. We hope to learn lot about the world around us during this time. We will also learn about travelling on a bus.
As a class we have become very engaged with singing activities and therefore are going to learn lots of transport songs in class and attend the whole school sing and sign too. Listen out for our lovely singing at home too!
In class we are going to read a range of stories about different modes of transport, we also plan to read and explore lots of information texts too. If you have any books at home about transport it would be really amazing if you could send them in for our show and tell activity. We would love to see and hear all about them. this activity will be on a Friday afternoon.
During our mark making lessons we will be focusing on making a range of shapes, and beginning to form the letters in our own names. We really enjoy using paint and chalk during our mark making lessons.
Maths is a lesson we really enjoy and this term we are learning to sort vehicles into different groups and notice the difference between different vehicles. We will also be focusing on counting activities and shapes.
We are hoping to take some really exciting pictures of our learning over the next few weeks so please visit our page again to see pictures of our excellent learning.
Welcome to Meerkat Class. This year we have a new classroom in the main school building, so the children who were in Meerkat class have done really well at transitioning to the new room. The class teacher in Meerkat class is Emma and the other adult in the classroom are Danielle, Anna and Candice. There are seven children in Meerkat Class.
This Term ( Term 2) , some children are going swimming every week, going to Sainsbury's and also going to Brockhill Forest Park. We think it is very important to do lots of exciting learning in the local community.
This Term our topic is Festivals and celebrations. We are learning about Diwali, fireworks, Christmas and all about things people do at parties. We plan to make lots of exciting decorations and yummy food in our cooking lessons. We will make sure to send some samples home to try!
The teacher in Meerkat class is Emma. There are six teaching assistants that support the learning in Meerkat class. The teaching assistants names are Jess, Jo, Jane, Danielle, Jacob, Candice and Anna.
Meerkat class is a mixed Key Stage One class following the stepping stones curriculum. For more information about the approach please feel free to take a look at the document below.
This terms topic is Polar Animals and Polar Regions.
In literacy the book we are focusing on is 'Polar bear, polar bear what can you hear?'. We are learning about animal noises and rhyming words.
In maths we are continuing to develop our understanding of number and have a focus on measure.
Photos of our new topic to come soon!
We are learning about insects in Term Five. We have started the term learning the story of the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar.' We have enjoyed hunting for insects in the garden, planning bug houses and baking 'butterfly cupcakes'.
We are excited to build bug houses and see which insects choose to visit them.
We are also hoping to take a trip to a large forest park where we can explore and search for lots of different insects.
We will also continue searching in the school garden and in the forest school area at school.
In maths we are learning about subtraction and addition. We are using a range of fun resources to help us with our calculations.
During our creative time we are using a range of colours to print. We are using fruit and vegetables to print on paper.
We are also going to attend weekly sport sessions with the PACE team and work on getting even more fit and healthy!
We hope to upload lots of pictures of our finished bug houses soon.