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Wednesday 27th May 2020

 

Good morning, 

We hope you are all staying healthy and happy.

 

Today Mrs Cunliffe thought you might like to try these activities:

 

some water balloon painting https://www.raisingdragons.com/water-balloon-painting-age-2/

Water Balloon Painting

 

or designing your own t-shirt using sandpaper and crayons https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/bp-make-tshirt-transfer

 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 26th May 2020

 

Good morning, we hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

 

Today you might like to try these activities:

 

This fine motor activity pack https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-s-225-fine-motor-activities-resource-pack 

preview of Fine Motor Activities Resource Pack

 

Making some scented puffy paint. You could try this lemon one https://theimaginationtree.com/lemon-scented-puffy-paint-recipe/ and then try some of the other types. 

Lemon puffy paint

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

Friday 22nd May 2020

 

Good morning,

 

Today you might like to make some frozen ice paints, when they are ready you can use them to create some artwork, you could even do this in the garden if it is warm and dry https://theimaginationtree.com/frozen-ice-paints-summer-art-activity/

 

The weather is going to be windy over the next few days so maybe you would like to try making a kite. You could try one like this https://youtu.be/mc3AUuuj9_I or have a look yourself and see which one you like the best. You could then take it out to see if you can make it fly. 

 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 20th May 2020

 

Good Morning, 

 

Today you might like to make some lavender cloud dough https://theimaginationtree.com/lavender-scented-cloud-dough-recipe/

Lavender scented cloud dough recipe for calming sensory play

 

Maybe you would like to try these name 5 challenge cards https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-1142-name-5-things-challenge-cards

Name 5 Things Challenge Cards

 

You could try making some animal vegetables like this one! https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/Activities/activities/whacky-animal-vegetables

Whacky animal vegetables!

 

Have a good day, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 19th May 2020

 

Good Morning, 

 

Today you might like to try:

 

this guessing game https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-s-892-what-am-i-guessing-game-cards-household-objects

  What Am I? Guessing Game Cards Household Objects

 

to give yourself a challenge or to challenge someone else in your house. Here are some to try https://www.unicefkidpower.org/challenges-for-kids/

 

to make some frozen dinosaur eggs https://theimaginationtree.com/frozen-dinosaur-eggs-sensory-play/

frozen-dinosaur-eggs-science-and-sensory-play

 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

 

How are you feeling today? It is important to think about how you are feeling and to talk about it with your family. 

 

You might like to try playing this emotions board game https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-253148-emotions-board-game

Emotions Board Game

Or maybe you could have a look at this feelings workbook https://hope4hurtingkids.com/resources/My-Feelings-Workbook.pdf

 

Proud-idea-Mind-Moose

 

Remember helping other people always makes you feel good!

 

Take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 18th May 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you had a good weekend. 

 

Today is International Museum Day. Maybe you would like to take a virtual tour around one of the many museums in Liverpool and around the country. 

It is also National Smile Month. You could try this sorting worksheet on keeping your teeth healthy https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/roi-t-360-the-dentist-cut-and-paste-healthy-teeth-activity-sheets 

Maybe you would like to make some of these sensory spaghetti worms https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/07/14/bucket-of-colourful-spaghetti-worms-sensory-play/

Bucket of Fun Spaghetti Worms for Sensory Play

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 15th May 2020

 

Good morning, we hope you are feeling happy and healthy today.

 

Liverpool Museum has a My Home is a museum project which you might like to get involved in. Why not have a look https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/my-home-my-museum

 

You might like to practice your cutting skills with this Superhero themed scissor skills pack https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen/specialeducationalneeds-sen-sensory-and-physical-needs/2

Superhero Themed Scissor Skills Pack - superhero, themed, scissor skills, pack, fine, motor

 

Maybe you would like to try this Rice and Ice sensory activity https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/07/19/rice-and-ice-sensory-activity/

Rice and Ice Sensory Play -learn about rhyming words, absorption and colour mixing.

 

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 14th May 2020

 

Good morning, we hope you had a good day yesterday.

 

Today you might like to try:

these motor skill activity cards https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-51980-fine-motor-skills-activity-cards 

Fine Motor Skills Activity Cards

or you could make some rainbow rice https://www.learning4kids.net/2012/01/29/rainbow-rice-bags-sensory-play/

 

Take care, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 13th May 2020

 

Good morning,

 

Here are some activities you might like to try today

These name 5 things challenge cards https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-1142-name-5-things-challenge-cards

Name 5 Things Challenge Cards

 

Or maybe you would like to try making this homemade rubbery goop https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/08/30/homemade-rubbery-goop-recipe/

How to make homemade rubbery goop recipe for sensory play opportunities

 

You could find your favourite book and read it with somebody in your house or play one of the games on the Book Trust website https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

 

Have fun and keep busy,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

Tuesday 12th May 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you had a good day yesterday. 

 

You might like to try one of these activities today

This listen and do activity pack https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-s-4399-listen-and-do-activity-pack 

Listen and Do Activity Pack

 

or this minibeast description card matching activity 

* NEW *  Minibeast Description Cards Matching Activity

 

Have fun and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

Monday 11th May 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend. 

 

Mrs Cunliffe has been busy. She has found this website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets which includes home activity worksheets to help you to stay safe online.

 

She also thought that you might like to try this activity at home https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/around-the-house-scavenger-hunt-t-sc-2549922 

 

You might like to try some of these maths games https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/24483.html 

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 8th May 2020

 

Good Morning,

It is May Bank Holiday and VE Day 2020 today.

 

You might like to try some of these spring craft activities https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-18368-spring-craft-activity-pack 

Spring Craft Activity Pack

Or maybe decorate some VE Day bunting to hang up in your house or garden https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548139-union-jack-template-display-bunting 

 

Mrs Cunliffe also thought you might like to try this activity https://www.730sagestreet.com/spell-your-name-workout/ 

  

Have a fun and safe Bank Holiday weekend,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 7th May 2020

 

Good Morning,

 

Knowsley Safari Park have a home learning hub https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/explore/home-school-safari/ where you can learn lots of information about animals and their habitats. 

 

You could write about your favourite animal and draw a picture or even make a model of an animal using recycled boxes, tubs and tubes. 

 

Maybe you could try this animal pattern worksheet https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-11674-safari-complete-the-pattern-worksheet 

Safari Complete the Pattern Worksheet

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 6th May 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you are all staying safe and busy.

 

Today you might like to make a shadow puppet show https://youtu.be/-hL28SkHf1g you could add characters from your favourite story. 

 

Maybe you could try playing this pizza fraction game https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tg-ga-92-pizza-fractions-game

 

You could try some role play. Here are some masks from the Three Little Pigs story https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-514-the-three-little-pigs-role-play-masks

Maybe you could think of a different ending to the story. 

 

Have a good day, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 5th May 2020

 

Good Morning, it looks like another lovely day today.

 

Did you read your favourite book yesterday? If you did, maybe you could do a book review https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-m-1556-childrens-book-week-book-review-template

 

If you have the Gingerbread Man story you could read it with someone at home, if not you could listen to it https://youtu.be/H0uV6nWxO-w 

You could then use these cards to sequence the story https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/cfe-l-526309-gingerbread-man-story-sequencing-cut-and-stick- 

 

How about making a book mark. You could make one of your own or decorate one of these https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=bookmarks+to+colour

 

Have a good day and stay safe, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 4th May 2020

 

We hope that you had a fun and safe weekend.

 

This week is Children's Book Week 2020. Maybe you could find your favourite book or story and read it with someone you live with.

 

You could try this activity pack based on the Hungry caterpillar story 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack Ages 3-7

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/daily-reading-the-very-hungry-caterpillar-activity-pack-ages-3-7-t-e-2550229

 

Mrs Cunliffe thought you might enjoy some lego challenge cards. Here are some you might like to try https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/lego-challenge-cards-11217327 or maybe you could make a character or setting from your favourite book using lego. 

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 
 
 
 

Friday 1st May 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you have had a good week.

 

Today is Space Day 2020 and Mrs Cunliffe thought that you might like to try some of these space themed activities https://www.busythings.co.uk/blog/space-themed-activities/

 

You could write about the things that you would take if you went into space https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-15488-what-would-i-take-to-space-rocket-writing-frame 

 

Maybe also try these space themed mindfulness colouring sheets 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-26681-space-themed-mindfulness-colouring-sheets

 

 

Have a good weekend and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 30th April 2020

 

Good Morning, it's the last day of April today.

 

It looks like another rainy day so a good day for playing games. Maybe you could try this one to practise number bonds https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/T-GO-01-number-bonds-1-to-10

 

KS1 Jungle Maths: Number Bonds to 10 Game

 

You could also find a game to play on Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

 

Or you could try making a game. There are lots of ideas on Twinkl. Here are some ideas for fishing games https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-2966-fishing-numbers-game-to-20 or https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/letter-names-and-sounds-fishing-game-za-hl-88

 

preview of Letter Names And Sounds Fishing Game             preview of Fishing Numbers Game to 20

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 29th April 2020

 

Good morning, it looks like it's going to be another rainy day.

 

You might like to measure how much rain falls today. Here is an idea for making a rain gauge http://www.kidpointz.com/kids-activities/science-activities/view/measuring-rainfall/index.html or you could use some of these suggestions for a rainy day https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-c-674-rainy-day-outdoor-play-ideas

 

Today is International Dance Day so maybe you could do some dancing to your favourite songs or use these cards to make up your own dance routine https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/create-a-dance-routine-snap-cards-cfe-pe-68 

 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

Tuesday 28th April 2020

 

Good morning,

 

Did you access any of the virtual tours available from Liverpool Museums yesterday? If you did, maybe you could write about what you saw or draw some pictures.

 

I found this salt dough family handprint activity. Salt dough is quick is easy to make so why not have a go https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/04/salt-dough-family-handprint.html

 

Did you find lots of things on your gratitute scavenger hunt? You could find a box to put them all in and decorate it to make it special. You could add different things to your box if you wanted to. 

 

You can also find daily letters and sounds lessons on you tube which look fun and are very important to help you to practice your phonics  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw 

 

Keep busy and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 27th April 2020

 

Good morning, we hope you had a good weekend.

Even though the sunny weather has gone, there are still lots of activities you can try at home.

There are different virtual tours available from Liverpool Museums https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/virtual-tours

Maybe you could do some baking. You could look for your own receipe or try one of these https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-5-easy-bakes-kids

You could do this gratitude scavenger hunt. It will keep you busy and make you feel better at the same time!

 

Have fun and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 24th April  2020

 

What a lovely sunny week it has been. Why not end the week with a treat. Mrs Cunliffe has found a receipe for homemade ice cream in a bag. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup - half and half milk and cream

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp sugar

3 cups of ice

1/3 cup of kosher or rock salt

large zip top bag

small zip top bag

Sprinkles, chocolate sauce, fruit

 

HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG:

Place the ice and salt in the large bag and set aside.

in the smaller bag mix together milk, cream, vanilla and sugar. Make sure the bag is tightly sealed.

Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag. Do not empty the contents of the smaller bag into the big bag. Shake the bags for about 5 minutes until your milk is solid. 

Make sure you use gloves as the bag gets very cold.

You can add sprinkles, chocolate sauce or fruit if you want to.

Enjoy your homemade ice cream!

 

If you have some stones in your garden you might like to try painting them. All you need is some paint, a paintbrush and some stones. You can paint as many stones as you can find and if you have a garden, you can decorate your garden with them. Here are some ideas https://youtu.be/RbLRgiinT70 

 

Have a good weekend and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Good morning, we hope you had a good day yesterday.

 

Today is St Georges Day and Mrs Cunliffe found a game she thought you might like to play https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27403-st-georges-day-board-game

 

You could make your own miniture garden like this one using things that you find in your house and garden. You can add whatever you want, you could even add some of your toys

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/resources/activity/design-a-miniature-garden

 

Have you been finding ways to be kind to the people in your house? There are lots of people who help us, maybe you could make some thank you messages. You could stick one on your bin for the people who collect your rubbish or on your door for the person who delivers your letters. You could even make one to give to the adult in your house who goes shopping to say thank you to the people who work in the shops. 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good morning,

Today is Earth Day 2020. Maybe you could think of some ideas of how you could help the insects and animals in your garden. I like to feed the birds. A little blackbird was hopping around looking for worms yesterday.

Did you do a minibeast hunt? Did you find any worms? If you did, maybe you would like to make a wormery like the one we made in the Sunshine Room https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Activity/Mini-wormery

Or you might want to make a bird feeder. Here are some ideas for making bird feeders out of recycled materials https://youtu.be/sKIyeeCBL-w 

 

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

Tuesday 21st April 2020

It's another lovely sunny morning. We hope you had an enjoyable and busy day yesterday. 

 

Mrs Cunliffe thought that you might like to make a handprint suncatcher https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/handprint-suncatcher/

Handprint Suncatcher Craft

Maybe you could hang it in your window. 

 

If you have a garden, you could go on a minibeast hunt and complete this minibeast hunt checklist https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/T-T-019-Minibeast-hunt-sheet

 

We should always try to be kind but it is especially important while we are spending lots of time with our families. Try to think of at least one kind thing that you can do or say everyday. Being kind to somebody always makes them feel better!

 

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

Monday 20th April 2020

 

Good Morning,

 

We hope you had a good Easter and that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. 

Have you been staying active over Easter? The London Marathon have set a 2.6 challenge which you and your family might like to join in with. Maybe you could think of something that you could do 26 times or for 2.6 minutes. This could be something that you find tricky or something that you have not tried before. You could set yourself this challenge every day this week!

On Wednesday it is Earth Day 2020. I thought that we could suggest some Earth Day activities to help to keep you busy this week.

It looks like a another lovely sunny day but it is also windy. Maybe you would like to make a pin wheel for your garden. You could make more than one and see which spins the most or which is the fastest. Here is an example of how to make one https://youtu.be/C0Rugzrpgv8 

You could make a recycled garden picture like this one using recycled items from your house. 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely Easter.

We will be back on Monday 20th April 2020. Stay safe and well,

 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

Tuesday 7th April 2020

 

It looks like another sunny day outside. If you have a garden, maybe you could do some activities outside.

 

You could try painting a hard boiled egg outside in your garden

You could make an egg shaped sun catcher for a window in your house. Here are some ideas https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/easter-egg-suncatcher

You could take a virtual tour with Liverpool Museum https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ where we are sure you would find lots of interesting things to see and do 

 

Enjoy your day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

 

 

 

Monday 6th April 2020

 

Good morning,

 

We hope you had a good weekend and that you and your family are staying safe and well. It is nearly Easter so we thought that we would include some Easter activities this week for you to try. 

 

You could make an Easter bunny out of paper like this one https://youtu.be/7zL_EQkqrmg

Or try making an Easter basket https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-c-254499-easter-themed-basket-craft to put eggs in. Maybe you could make it into an Easter present for someone in your family. 

Or you could try an Easter wordsearch https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-9466-easter-wordsearch

 

 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Hello everyone, we have reached the end of another week. We hope you and your families are all safe and well. Although it is important to stay active it is also just as important to have some time to relax and to be quiet.

 

Maybe you could try out Cosmic Kids Yoga on You tube https://youtu.be/Fz0tZNq1pm8 

 

There is lots of mindfulness colouring to choose from. Here are some spring ones https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-26046-spring-mindfulness-colouring  and Easter ones to start with https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-26544-easter-egg-mindfulness-colouring-sheets 

 

Remember to be kind and helpful when you can to all the people you live with. Maybe you could tell your family what you like most about them.

 

Have a good day and enjoy your weekend,

Take care,

 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

 

Good morning everyone,

 

We hope you had a good day yesterday. The weather looks much better this morning, maybe you could spend some time out in your garden if you have one. I have noticed a lot of birds in my garden and lots of them have been collecting sticks to build nests. 

 

You could make a bird feeder for the birds in your garden, here are some ideas https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/bird-feeder / https://youtu.be/zkJMyMvidf4 

 

It is important to think about good things that happen. You could make a special book to write in. Maybe at the end of each day you could write in or draw a picture of the best thing that has happened today. You could do this everyday and at the end of each week you could look back to remind yourself of all the good times you have had. 

 

Enjoy your day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe.

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st April 2020

 

Good morning,

We hope you had a good day yesterday and kept yourself busy! It looks like a rainy morning.

 

Maybe you could make a weather chart and check the weather each day. If you made a calendar yesterday you could put them together so you can change them at the same time. 

 

You could make a game which your whole family could play. There are some ideas on Activity Village or you try and make one yourself https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-your-own-games 

 

Remember it is important to stay active. You could find a timer like this one https://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/ and time yourself doing different activities. Maybe you could start with how many jumps you can do in one minute. You could have a competition with your family to see who can do the most. 

 

Have fun and take care,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

Tuesday 31st March 2020

 

Hello everybody, how are you today?

 

It is the last day of March which means that tomorrow is the first day of April.

 

Maybe you could make a daily calendar for your house. You could include the date, month, year and the season just like our calendar in the Sunshine Room. 

 

You could look for some ideas to make a tasty snack for yourself and your family. If you find some receipes you can practice following the instructions. There are some ideas on Twinkl.

 

Number Fun Live with Dave Godfrey is on you tube daily between 10 - 10.30, maybe you could give it a try https://youtu.be/L0cTahpDy1E 

 

Have fun and we will be back tomorrow,

Take care of yourself and your family,

 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

 

 

Monday 30th March 2020

 

Good Morning, we hope you have been keeping busy during the weekend and that you and your family are well and happy.

It is Monday 30th March 2020 so maybe you could look for the days of the week song and join in with the song for today https://youtu.be/HvtZFnILvmY and the months of the year song https://youtu.be/-d3jkbP1xc8 

We know how much you all enjoy making models out of boxes, tubes and pots so Mrs Cunliffe thought that you might like to try this activity using old milk bottles to make an Elmer the Elephant https://youtu.be/eub7Pe6DZIc

Don't forget to practice counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. Maybe you could try this while walking up and down stairs

Have a good day,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe. 

 

 

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Hello Everyone, 

We miss you all and look forward to seeing you back at school safe and well very soon. We hope you have had a good week and have kept yourselves very busy. Your class teachers have been busy finding lots of work for you to do. It is very important that you continue to learn while we are not in school. We thought that we could give you some extra ideas to stay active when you have finished your school work or when you just need a break. 

 

You could make your own visual timetable so that you and your family know what is happening throughout the day.

Remember to get as much exercise as you can. You can access Joe Wicks or Cosmic Kids on You tube or you could look for your own exercise routine with an adult at home.

Why not make a reading den (inside or out in your garden). You could keep some of your favourite books in there or even use a torch if it is dark and if you have one at home.  Here are some ideas for you and your family https://youtu.be/Ia6YVtFLdOc 

 

Fun fact of the day -

A croccodile cannot stick its tongue out!

 

Chester Zoo are having a live virtual day today Friday 27th March 2020 10am - 4.30pm. 

 

Stay safe and have a good weekend, 

Miss Harvey and Mrs Cunliffe

 

Welcome to the Sunshine Room at Blueberry Park.

 

Miss Harvey is the room leader and Mrs Cunliffe is also based in the room.

The team are guided and supported on a daily basis by Miss Glover, our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Key Stage 1 Leader, alongside the KS1 teachers, Miss Williams, Mrs Woods, Miss Smith and Miss Kane. 

 

The Sunshine Room is a well resourced continuous provision/nurture style setting for a small group of children which will help to support their transition into their classes. The amount of time that children spend in the Sunshine Room is dependent on their needs, with progress being regularly reviewed.

 

Whilst learning in the Sunshine Room, the children will participate in activities that are similar to those in their mainstream class to support later reintegration. Activities are planned by their teachers and tailored to the children's individual needs. The room is a cheerful, calm and safe space which is designed to be low stimulation in nature to prevent sensory overload. 

 

In the Sunshine Room we provide the children with planned opportunities which encourage sharing, turn taking and co-operative play. Conversation, communication and social interaction are promoted and modelled by the adults in the room. It is a place where the children can develop their confidence, independence and communication skills in a small group setting. 

 

In the Sunshine Room, the children have their own personalised visual timetable. They do lots of Maths, English, Science, phonics, child initiated play, messy play,  cookery, reading and music as well as other exciting activities. The children also enjoy keeping active with P.E. and Wake and Shake. They have daily Snack and Chat which is a great time to share news, ask questions and build positive relationships. 

 

The Sunshine Room also contains a Calm Corner, Black Out den, Sensory Space, Messy Play, water and sand areas. 

We have been settling into our new room and routines this week.

We have been making paintings similar to the artist Piet Mondrian. We used primary and made secondary colours to decorate them.

We made some yummy teddy bear biscuits as we have been reading We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

This week we have been looking at The Naughty bus story and we have experienced different activities around this story. In Numeracy, we added people onto the bus and took people off the bus. We have also had beans in our tuft spot for the children to push the bus and cars around in it. For Literacy, we did a cutting and sticking activity labelling the bus. 

We have made beautiful butterfly pictures and we have mixed different colours together in our tuft spot, with the cars, to see what colours we can make.

Our cookery activity was fruit kebabs that as you can see, went down well. 

Here are some activities we have enjoyed this week.

This week in Maths we have been looking at more and less and matching the amount to the correct number. In Literacy we have been looking at the Dogger story, so we have made a lost toy poster and we have put the pictures from the story into the correct sequence. We have been using the xylophones in Music to keep the rhythm of songs from the Charanga website. The children have been enjoying our funky finger activities by using the tweezers to put pom poms into the numbered tubs, putting pegs on the houses, threading and nuts and bolts. Our Artist this week is Mark Rothko and as you can see the children have done a brilliant job of blending the colours. The Chia seeds were our sensory activity this week and they went down a treat, even the staff had a try. All the children are doing well with the pencil control worksheets and we will keep encouraging the children with this activity. Cookery this week was white chocolate rice krispie cakes and they were delicious. 

This week we have been using counters for different Maths activities like connect 4 and matching the amount to the number. We have also been playing dominoes, we counted the dots to see if they matched. We used the transport objects to see which one was first, second and third. In Literacy we have been looking at the story of The Tiger who came to tea. We have made face masks, wrote some invitations to invite someone to come to tea and we have drawn what we like for tea and what our teachers like for tea. In Art we have made pictures similar to Artist Paul Klee using different shapes. Our Sensory activity was cloud dough this week and the children really enjoyed it. In music, the children chose an instrument  and then we followed the rhythm. Our cookery activity this week was to make sandwiches to coincide with the Tiger who came to tea story, the children chose whether they wanted to make jam or cheese sandwiches and really enjoyed eating them up.  

In Maths this week we have been looking at 1 more and 1 less, we have also been working out number facts of 10 in different ways, using Numicon and sharing out people. We have been looking at patterns using the interactive board and counters. In Literacy we have been focusing on rhymes and poems. We also went on a windy walk to see what we could hear, see and feel. In Art and craft we used leaves we found on our windy walk to do leaf printing and sticking them on to pictures.  In cookery this week, we made apple crumble. The children had a little try but preferred the cream that we put with it.

During Maths this week we have been looking at different number bonds and the different ways we can use them. We enjoyed doing active Maths this week which was looking for different amounts of objects placed around the room in baskets. In Literacy we have been doing activities based around rhyming words, we read The little acorn story and sequenced pages from the story. We have also been working hard on our letter formation by doing CVC frames. We have been looking at our special box, we brought in things from home that we would put into our special box and talked about them. Our sensory play has been sand foam which all the children enjoyed. In Art we have been making pictures that are similar to Wassily Kandinsky's art. As we have been looking at Circles in art and we made scones in cookery. They were a great success as the children ate them up and took the rest home!

Its the last week of half term and the children have all been working hard. In Maths we have been using different ways to make sums. We have used part, part, whole worksheets to work out sums using one part of the sum to work out the other part. During Literacy we have matched up Autumn words to pictures, completed an Alphabet story worksheet, used the interactive board to put words in alphabetical order and matched up letters to their sound. We have had a pumpkin for sensory activity which was very enjoyable and we have done lots of craft activities this week, some were based around halloween. We enjoyed taking part in the reading breakfast with our families. In Music this week we listened to a piece of music by the composer Gustav Holst called Mars. We then used our drums to beat in time with the music, beating quietly when the music was quiet and loud when the music was loud. In cookery we made pumpkin biscuits that we decorated and took home to eat.

This week in Maths we have been using different methods to do takeaway sums. We used counters, part- part-whole models, and writing the sums out. In Literacy we drew our own fireworks and used words to describe how they move, what noises they make and what we would call our own firework. We have also been looking at fiction and non fiction books and thinking about how they are different. We have focused on hedgehogs this week. We read a fiction story and a non-fiction book about hedgehogs. Then we followed instructions to make a hedgehog house and found a quiet, sheltered place in our playground to put it. We hope that a hedgehog will use the house to hibernate in over Winter. We also went into the Reception classroom to tell the adults and children about our hedgehog house. In Music we listened to three different marching songs and played the instruments along with them. We discussed which songs were fast and which songs were slow. For one of the songs, we joined in with the actions and marched around the classroom. In Art we made pictures using different shaped blocks. These pictures were inspired by the artist Paul Klee. In Cookery we made Hedgehog biscuits and once they had cooled down, we decorated them with chocolate spikes. 

In Maths we had a choice of counters, numicon and a number lines to help us work our sums. We then had to decide which one we preferred to use. Our focus has been on adding and take away this week. In Literacy we wrote a letter to Miss Honey asking her to bring Alfie the school dog to the class so we could find out information about him. We learnt our first song for our Christmas play this week. In music we sang some number songs and played along with musical instruments. We had a dinosaur smelly swamp in class this week which we really enjoyed, we gave the dinosaurs a lovely bath in the swamp. We made leaves in Art by using different coloured cellophane and have put them up on our window. We made pizza this week in cookery starting with making the dough, then we spread the tomato sauce and cheese on top. They were delicious. 

We have been looking at our teen numbers this week, so we started off with Active Maths by putting the numbers up to 20 in the correct order. We then used the Numicon and the base 10 cubes to make different teen numbers. In Literacy we played a listening game, we then made a book about Alfie the dog which included information about the things we would need to look after a dog. We used coloured spaghetti for our sensory activity, using tweezers to pick it up and place into pots. We made some Christmas decorations to place on our Christmas tree using homemade ingredients which the children enjoyed rolling out and cutting into Christmas shapes. We will paint them this week. In Cookery we made Banana oat cakes. The children helped to measure out the ingredients and to mix it all together before it went into the oven to cook. 

We have been very busy during February and March. In Maths we have had a lot of fun lessons during active maths. We have also been learning about halves, quarters measuring and time. We really enjoyed maths day. We got dressed up and joined in with different maths games and activities. In English we have been following instructions and rhyming. We used instructions to make a jam sandwich chocolate shapes, paper lantern and a bookmark. In our tuft spot we were practising our cutting skills, chopping up salad and vegetables. We also enjoyed playing with the farm animals in the tuft spot, playing in the frog pond and washing the cars in the car wash. On Shrove Tuesday, our pancakes were delicious and we had a choice of fillings, lemon and sugar or jam! We have been busy looking at different minibeasts and digging up worms for our wormery.

www.twinkl.co.uk are doing a free month for parents during March. There are plenty of activities that you can do on there from science experiments to maths activities. Please go on and have a look.

1. How do I sign up for the free month?
Step 1: Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Step 2: Enter the code you have received, or CVDTWINKLHELPS if you have not yet been given a code
Step 3: Share the offer code and website link with anyone who could benefit

We will invite parents in on a termly basis to join the children for Messy Play. We will let you know the date nearer the time. 

 

If you would like to find out more about the Sunshine Room, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Miss Glover our SENCo.