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 - email@example.com
Remember to stay safe and enjoy the time together and we hope to see you soon.
25th May – This weeks theme is GARDEN
Here are some GARDEN themed activities to try at home.
Food 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 pay 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.
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.
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
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 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.
With the weather improving 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 can't plant outside then you could use cups, mugs or pots to plant seeds inside and place them on your windowsill to get sunlight.
You could use clear sandwich bags and a sheet o kitchen roll to grow seedlings in the window.
Use up vegetables you have in the fridge, regrow celery, Pineapple or even an avocado stone.
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.
You could also make daisy chains once you have picked some (see link below)
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 helping them make a mini-beast.
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.
Here are some garden themed songs the children may like to watch or sing.
Garden song - https://youtu.be/YtP0Z8xV6Z4
MR tumble – There is a worm at the bottom of the garden
Number hunt –
On your daily walk encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment. You could take pictures of them as you find them. Look out for, door numbers, license plates, road signs etc. You could also practise numbers and counting by collecting objects outside. “Can you find 5 sticks?”
If you’re not able to go out, you could make and hide numbers around the house or garden for your child to find 😊
Have fun with Lego / building blocks –
There are lots of ways to explore maths using Lego. Encourage your child to colour match, count and pattern make through their play. Here are a few ideas 😊
Shape printing –
Make different 2D shapes using objects around your home. For example, toilet roll holders, sponges, potatoes. 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 numbers or objects in jelly or water is a fun way to encourage children to engage with numbers or collect items to count 😊
Online songs and resources
Counting Songs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_lgJgBbqWE
Count and work out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVzXKfr6e8
Number Blocks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3URYULMBp0
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.
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.
You and your child could make up and create new stories using story stones as a prop. Draw different places, characters and objects and have a go at telling a new story!
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!
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!
You could have a go at creating your own snack from your favourite story!
Follow the instructions to make your own ‘no bake’ Gruffalo Paw oat cookies J
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 J
Watch favourite stories online:
Cbeebies Bedtime Stories - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories
Oliver Jeffers Stay at Home Stories –
Cosmic Kids Yoga / Story – The Very Hungry Caterpillar –
Online Colouring - Peter Rabbit
We would love to see what stories you choose this week! To share your learning with us you can email photos to - firstname.lastname@example.org J
Make an instrument
There is lots of things around your home that you could use to make an instrument. Such as tin cans, pringle tubes, tissue boxes, elastic bands, rice, bottles.
Use the resources to make instruments. Show us your work!
Below are some ideas for you to try.
Play your instrument
Using the instruments, you have made or found round the home. Play them with your family, either play along to a song you are familiar with or make one up.
What’s that sound?
If you have lots of items that can make sounds or using your device to play them.
Play various sounds and get your child to tell you what they are or show you a picture.
Example: guitar, piano, trumpet
Learning beats and clapping songs
Below are links to songs to help you learn beats or clap along.
Sing and Sign
On YouTube use the link and choose a song that you would like to sing and sign to.
Sing and Move
Using the links below there are lots of songs that you can sing along and move your body to.
Activities for WEEK 13th of April
Family Tree activity
If you have access to a printer, you can use the attached printable to help you create a family tree or create your own. Adding things like; Who is in my family? Names, are they mum, dad or sibling and maybe photos?
Who is missing?
Play a hiding game to see if they know who is hiding under the sheet. Have all the family present, get your child to turn around or close their eyes, then using a large sheet hide a family member as say “Who is missing?” and see if they guess. Maybe they would like to hide too?
Can you show us -Who is the tallest – shortest? Oldest- youngest? How many boys and girls in your family? Take photos of them lined up or make a graph.
What can you use to measure them? A toy car? A shoe? How many shoes tall are they?
You will need:
Draw you faces on your shells or pots. Make them as funny as you can. Insert wet cotton wool inside the pots/shells.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of cress seeds onto the wet cotton wool and press them down gently with your finger. 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.
Hand/Foot prints of family
Using paints, do hand or foot prints of the whole family in order or Parents and Siblings (pets if possible)
Toilet roll tube family COMPETITION
We shouldn’t be short of a toilet roll tube, so let’s create something with them? Create a toilet roll tube family.
You will need:-
Make them as creative as you can. Send me a photo and I will judge the winners.
Family themed story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1P2u2OGA2I guess how much I love you book
Family themed songs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w Baby Shark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqr46XZhtRg Finger Family
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0NHrFNZWh0 5 little monkeys
Activities for WEEK 6th of April
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
Make an Easter sensory bin
Fill 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.
Cut 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.
Bunny actions songs
Your child may love to listen or dance along to the bunny songs from the links below.
School closure Home Learning
We have found a selection of fun and engaging activities for your child to complete linked to the 'The very hungry caterpillar' story which some of you may already have at home.
Also, we are reading "you are (not)small", which helps us look at big and small objects.
We have also included a list of free websites, in addition to those listed below that can be accessed on tablets and home computers. Some of these will be familiar to the children and some of them are new. Please also continue to read with your child everyday.
The children can have a lot of fun and develop their life skills through play and exploring.
To help you keep your child active at home we have included a link to Cosmic Kids Yoga and GoNoodle (on YouTube). They have used this at school and are familiar with some of the routines.
We look forward to being able to resume normal teaching in the near future, but in the meantime we wish you and your family a safe and healthy Easter.
From your Class Teacher Meena
As part of our daily routine to help the class focus we have sensory diets to meet their needs, these are done twice a day to help them focus.
I have attached a word document with the alerting, organising and calming activities for children that I use in class, for a few different sensory needs.
A link is attached for alternative ideas if some are these are impossible to do, or you wish to change it up if they seem to lose interest.
It is important to do the tasks in the order of alerting, organising and then calming. The whole session should be no longer than 15 minutes.
Free Online Reading Books
School may be closed but reading doesn't have to stop. Renaissance our Accelerated Reader provider is providing free access to 1000's of digital books through 'MyOn' their online reading platform. The link can be found below and can be accessed through tablets, computers and smart phones.
There is also Oxford Owl for School and Home, you need to register as parents to access them.
Top marks do stories to read together, link beklow.
Keep up the great reading and have fun!
Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Your child may well be using the internet more than normal during this time of school closure so it is important that they remain safe. Please take the time to follow the link below to complete the activities from 'thinkuknow' in order to reinforce online safety.
Raccoon Class is one of the six Early Years classes at our school and 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
Class Teacher: Meena
Teaching Assistants: Charlotte, Darren, Chloe, Zara and Marie
This terms topic is 'Spring' where we will look at the changing in the season, such as plants growing, baby animals being born and Easter celebrations.
Our literacy/numeracy focus will be on the The Very Hungry Caterpillar - with this story in mind we will look at the life cycle of a Butterfly and in our Forest School sessions, we will do activities that include things such as building a bug hotel, fat ball for birds to feed on and going on a mini beast adventure. We can use this book to count colours, fruits and day of the week and look at different colours. It also gives us opportunity to get the class trying different food types.
Our offsite learning this term will be at:-
Our topic focus this term will be transport. Looking at different types of transport and the importance of vehicles in our community.
Literacy focus 'Going on a Bear Hunt'. In our Forest School sessions and offsite learning we will see what obstacles get in our way to find our Bear.
Offsite learning opportunities:-
This term we will look at Festivals and Celebrations. The class will be getting involved in cooking festive treats, making snow globes and winter themed art and having the opportunity to decorate the class very own Christmas Tree.
This term's topic is 'Knowing me, Knowing you' and it will help the children focus on learning about themselves, their family, hygiene, diversity and more.