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New Year Lockdown – Home Learning

Week Commencing 25th January 2021

This week we will be thinking about the popular story ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and sharing some activities related to this book, as well as some other favourite activities 

Timetable – PDF  

Zoom sessions 

We will email you the zoom links you will need.  

  • Monday Story Time 10am – We will be sharing The Gingerbread Man. Come along to share the story and if you can please bring along some ginger to smell or playdough to squeeze, something to represent the dog (a furry teddy, some dog food to smell), something to represent the cat (a bell or whiskers on a brush), something to be the chicken (feather or your own chicken noise!) and some water to feel. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these things, we would still love for you to join us to enjoy listening to the story.   
  • Wednesday Story Massage 1.30pm  
  • Friday Good news and sing-a-long 1.30pm 

 

Story  

Share the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ with Mrs Skillington. 

The Gingerbread Man Story video – YouTube 

Or enjoy listening to these song and story versions  

Melody https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/melody-gingerbread-man 

Pancake Manor: https://youtu.be/SXHPAwMrg4A 

Early Years Emily: https://youtu.be/65dEHYsxTGc  

Rocking Dan Teaching Man: https://youtu.be/h9hleutsw2c  

The Learning Station: https://youtu.be/DpsE6pTSBts  

Art  

Mix a selection of different spices into some poster paint. You could try ginger, cinnamon, cumin or nutmeg. Explore your paint and try and make your own marks you could also dip your gingerbread cookie cutters into the paint and print onto plain paper to create some artistic gingerbread delights. We’ve also added an edible paint recipe to the website. 

Edible paint recipe – PDF 

Get physical 

Remember to have time each day to focus on your individual physical activities to keep strong and healthy at home, be this standing, moving independently on the floor or going for a walk.  

You could also try some focused time using your feet this week.  

Kicking whilst laying: https://youtu.be/z7RdnEiZncU  (This-is-PE-SEND-Kicking-1.pdf (youthsporttrust.org)) 

Kicking whilst seated: https://youtu.be/kpm46N4-_ec (This-is-PE-SEND-Kicking-2.pdf (youthsporttrust.org) 

Music  

This week we will continue thinking about loud and quiet with a session from the Oak National Academy.  

https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/creative-arts/access-points/earlydevelopment/lessons/responding-to-music-changes-and-transitions-6gwp6c   

You will need: 

  • An instrument that you can play yourself, like bells, foil, a pan and spoon 
  • Something to make a loud sound with, like a drum or box 
  • Something that feels soft;likefeathers or fabric  

And if you have them: 

  • A red and a green light or fabric 
  • A switch that you can record on to 

 Music Links you will need: 

Loud  – Ride f the Valkyries by Wagner Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyrieshttps://youtu.be/7AlEvy0fJto  

Quiet – Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: Sarabande composed by J S Bach Yo-Yo Ma – Bach Cello Suite No 5 in C Minorhttps://youtu.be/oHBBl4uuVfA  

Sensology  

Song https://youtu.be/iA1uLc1uEbI  

Listen to the Sensology song before creating a gingerbread man sensory bag. Start by drawing a gingerbread man outline onto a plastic ziplock bag. Add some hair gel or washing up liquid and some gingerbread ‘accessories’ e.g. googly eyes, buttons, raisins, chocolate chips, small pipe cleaner lips and a pom pom nose. Be creative and add anything you like! Once your bag is full of all the ‘accessories’ you can think of, remember to zip it up and tape it closed. These can be played with at a table or taped to the window for some vertical play 

Stop and Go  

Try some of our class favourites to dance and control this week.  Put on your music, pause it at intervals and wait for communication of ‘more’. Wait for vocalising, facial expressions, body language or signing, then start the music and dance again as soon as they have asked for more. What is your favourite song or dance move? 

Up town Funk: https://youtu.be/OPf0YbXqDm0  

We like to move it move it: https://youtu.be/hdcTmpvDO0I  

Happy: https://youtu.be/ZbZSe6N_BXs  

Gangnam style: https://youtu.be/9bZkp7q19f0 

Song time  

Share some of the action songs we will be listening to this half term. Do you recognise them? Can you anticipate the next action when we pause?  

Row your boat: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rafox-9P3r8&t=39s 

Incy Wincy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_6fwkxtp4bw  

Happy and you know it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=71hqRT9U0wg 

Sleeping bunnies: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V9J_DqEwZdc 

Play 

Create a gingerbread man sensory tray – use flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cookie cutters, rolling pins and more to create a space for children to explore and create.  

Make a play dough gingerbread man and explore rolling, patting squashing and squeezing, just like Mrs Skillington does in the story. Can you move your own hands or feet in your dough? You could make it wet and sticky or dry and firm. Which do you prefer?  

Pretend to be the gingerbread boy or girl and play chase – can your grown up catch you as you “run, run as fast as you can”Try repeating this and see if your child anticipates the ‘catch’ or tickle. Use ‘ready, steady….’ to build up the anticipation.  

Create a life sized gingerbread boy or girl – have an adult draw around you as you lie down on the floor. Fill squeezy bottles (empty washing up liquid bottles, hand wash or moisturiser tubes) or icing bags (zip lock bags with a small hold cut into the end) with paint to add the ‘icing’ to your creation.  

Try to cross the river like the gingerbread man – Enjoy playing in the water with your hands and your feet! You could try puddle jumping or explore things that float. You could even use some food colouring to turn the water blue!  

Week Commencing 18th January 2021

This week we will be thinking about the popular story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and sharing some activities related to this book, as well as some other favourite activities 

Timetable – PDF

Zoom sessions 

We will email you the zoom links you will need.  

  • Monday Story Time 10am – We will be sharing The Three Little Pigs. Come along to share the story and if you can please bring along something hot (such as a water bottle), some water, something to ‘huff and puff’ with (such as a fanhairdryer or piece of paper), a paintbrush, some straw (maybe shredded paper), sticks and a brick (or something heavy). But, don’t worry if you don’t have any of these things, we would still love for you to join us to enjoy listening to the story.   
  • Wednesday Story Massage 1.30pm  
  • Friday Good news and sing-a-long 1.30pm 

 

Story  

Share the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ with Mrs Jones. 

The Three Little Pigs Story video – YouTube

Or enjoy listening to Mr Tumble tell the story 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08lc7jz/mr-tumble-tales-the-three-little-pigs 

 

Art  

Collect sticks, straw, stones and any other natural materials on your daily walk. Explore what they feel and smell like before using them to make marks in your own paint. Maybe you could combine this with our cookery session this week and make your own paint. 

Puffy paint – PDF

 

Physibods  

Try Physibods, a music and body awareness session. Find somewhere comfortable to lay down and show us what you can you do with your body. 

https://youtu.be/7TmvZ7AYMpM  

 

Cooking  

Make microwave puffy paint with Mrs. Jones (an edible paint recipe!) We’re going to investigate the textures and explore mark making in pinks or greys to represent the characters from the story. We have included some of the character masks for you to use. You could even combine this with the art session and explore mark making with natural materials at the same time.  

Cooking video – YouTube

Masks – PDF

 

Music  

Make some noise with Mrs Skillington. Your grownups will need to be quiet and then loud so you can hear the different sounds. Bring along some household items you can make some noise with and then spend some time after this video to explore making your own sounds. Try different items to see which you prefer.    

 Music video – PDF

  

 Sensology

 Song https://youtu.be/iA1uLc1uEbI  

Listen to the Sensology song before creating a lego or duplo bricks sensory bottle together. If you don’t have bricks or glitter, you can choose something else to put in your bottle or even try it with cooking oilExplore some different items before you choose which to use and add them. They should be good to look at once in your bottle, especially if you turn the lights down and use a torch.  

Sensory bottle – PDF

 

Song time  

Share some of the action songs we will be listening to this half term. Do you recognise them? Can you anticipate the next action when we pause?  

Row your boat
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rafox-9P3r8&t=39s 

Incy Wincy:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_6fwkxtp4bw 

Happy and you know it:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=71hqRT9U0wg 

Sleeping bunnies:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V9J_DqEwZdc 

 

Stop and Go  

Put on your favourite music, pause it at intervals and wait for communication of ‘more’. Wait for vocalising, facial expressions, body language or signing, then start the music and dance again as soon as they have asked for more. What is your favourite song or dance move? 

 

Why not try the loud and quiet song from music. We like this one in school. https://youtu.be/htobTBlCvUU  

Week Commencing 11th January 2021

This week we will be thinking about the popular story ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and sharing some activities related to this book, as well as some other favourite activities 

Timetable  

Zoom sessions 

We will email you the zoom links you will need.  

  • Monday Story Time 10am – We will be sharing ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’. Come along to share the story and if you can please bring something warm (like heated porridge or hot water bottle), something cold (like ice), oats or cereal, something hard (like a wooden chopping board), something squashy (like cushion or playdough), a piece of kitchen foil, something tickley, and a blanket)    
  • Wednesday Story Massage 1.30pm  
  • Friday Good news and sing-a-long 1.30pm 

 

Story  

Share the story of with ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’ Mrs Skillington. 

Goldilocks Story video – Youtube

Or enjoy listening to Mr Bloom tell the story 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/goldilocks-three-bears 

 

Art  

Experiment mixing different textures into paint to see what effect each one creates. Combine different kitchen ingredients (salt, flour, porridge oats) with poster paint and glue. This will make wonderfully tactile pictures to explore together when they are dry.  

 

Physibods  

Try Physibods, a music and body awareness session. Find somewhere comfortable to lay down and show us what you can you do with your body. 

https://youtu.be/7TmvZ7AYMpM  

  

Cooking  

Make porridge with Mrs Jones. What will you add to yours to make it yummy? Syrup, marmite, fruit, ketchup?! Choose a few ingredients to explore together. Do you like the dry porridge oats or the sticky porridge? Do you prefer the feeling of hot or cold?  

 Cooking video – Youtube 

 

Music  

Make some noise with Mrs Skillington. Will your favourite be the loud or quite bear? Bring along some household items you can make some noise with.   

Music video – Youtube

 

Sensology  

Song – Youtube

Listen to the Sensology song before exploring wet and dry porridge oats. This can be enjoyed hot or cold.   

Also try creating a hard/soft sensory basket to explore: this could include pompoms, cotton wool, fleece, wooden bricks, metal spoons, lolly sticks 

 

Song time  

Share some of the action songs we will be listening to this half term. Do you recognise them? Can you anticipate the next action when we pause?  

Row your boat – Youtube

Incy Wincy – Youtube

Happy and you know it- Youtube 

Sleeping bunnies – Youtube

 Or enjoy..   

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-when-goldilocks-went-to-the-house-of-the-bears/zbkrf4j  

 

Stop and Go  

Put on your favourite music, pause it at intervals and wait for communication of ‘more’. Wait for vocalising, facial expressions, body language or signing, then start the music and dance again as soon as they have asked for more. What is your favourite song or dance move?  

Week Commencing 6th January 2021

This week we will be thinking about the popular story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and sharing some activities related to this book, as well as some other favourite activities.

Story

Share the story of We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ with Mrs Jones.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Video

Zoom sessions

We will email you a timetable for the week, including the zoom links you will need.

  • Wednesday Stop and Go – Please come prepared to dance! We will be playing some of our favourite songs. Can you help to start the music again when it is stopped?
  • Thursday Hello – Mrs Jones is looking forward to seeing you and saying hello. If you have something green and something that smells minty please bring it along.
  • Friday Story Time – We will be sharing ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. If you can please bring some fabric to waft for the grass, something sticky (maybe wet coffee or cocoa) for the mud, something cold from your freezer for the snow, some water to feel for the river, some sticks or leaves for the forest , a blanket and your favourite teddy bear.

Playdough

Make your own mud playdough and enjoy singing along to the playdough song together. Have time to move and feel this independently as well as being supported to feel it move on your hand or body in different ways. I like when its squashed on my arm, what about you?

Remember to give yourself lots of time to feel and explore the ingredients individually and move your hands on your own. A shallow tray will help you to do this. You could even add some herbs to make it smelly. Which ingredients do you like or not like? Let us know on evidence for learning.

Play dough recipe – PDF

Play dough song: Movement Song – PDF

Cooking

Have a go at making your own Mud Mug Cake. Feel, smell and taste the ingredients if you can before mixing them together and seeing how they change. The flour is dry and the oil is wet. Do you like them both? Try hard to ask for some more if you like the taste or feel of some of these.

 

All you need is 4 spoons of self raising flour, 4 spoons of sugar, 3 spoons of oil, 3 spoons of milk, 1 egg and 2 spoons of chocolate powder.

Sensology

Song: Sensology1.pdf (ashlea.notts.sch.uk)

Listen to the Sensology song before exploring some of your favourite things from around your house. Share what your favourites are on Evidence for Learning or over an email.

Look around your house and find:

  • Something you like to touch
  • Something you like to taste
  • Something you like to smell
  • Something you like to look at

 

Song time

Share some of the action songs we will be listening to this half term.

Row your boat:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rafox-9P3r8&t=39s

 

Incy Wincy:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_6fwkxtp4bw

 

Happy and you know it:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=71hqRT9U0wg

 

Sleeping bunnies:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V9J_DqEwZdc

Hello everyone. We hope you have all been well and that you have all managed to settle into a good routine, juggling family life, home schooling and working from home.

We want to support you as much as possible during this difficult time so will be adding activities for you to do below and sending each of you personal challenges on the Evidence for Learning portal, which are related to your IEPs.

We know that your days will all look different at home so please find a good routine that suits you and your family, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves, but try to get some fresh air each day, work towards your IEPs daily where possible, keep active continuing with any physio activities you have and try some of the below activities when you can.

We will update this page regularly however it is beneficial to have repetition with many of these activities so there may only be a few new weekly uploads. You could share the same story each week and do sensology daily for example to look for greater exploration or increased anticipation, understanding and communication.

It has been wonderful to see what some of you have been up to at home, please keep the emails and portal photos/videos coming and we will reply to you personally. Also let us know whether you would be happy for these to be uploaded to our class page as a celebration of their learning.

We will continue to be in touch weekly now that Easter is over, but please get in touch via email if you need us before and we will do our best to help with anything.

 

Repeated activities/songs you could try daily or each week

Hello song:

You could do this as a family, how will you all say hello? We like high fives and hugs in class Rowan as well as our Ayup and Hello switches.

Singing hello!

How will you say Hello?


Sensology:

Wake up some of your senses – Sensology.pdf

Eyes       Nose       Tongue       Ears       Hands


Topic songs/nursery or number rhymes:

Give opportunities to choose, either waiting for facial expressions for preferred songs, choosing between objects e.g. toy boat (row row) or teddy (round and round the garden) or by selecting photos or symbols.
Song List
Song Photos To Choose From


Get Physical:

Do your daily physio, try yoga, go for a walk or see how many bounces you can do on the trampoline!! Have fun 🙂


Stop and Go:

Put on your favourite music, pause it at intervals and wait for communication of ‘more’. Wait for vocalising, facial expressions, body language or use the symbol board, then start the music and dance again as soon as they have asked for more. What is your favourite song or dance move? Here are a few of our class favourites.
Stop & Go Symbols Board

Let It Go

Farmer Rock Anthem

Happy


Tac Pac:

Tac Pac draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour session of sensory communication.

To access Tac Pac: Set 5 for free for 3 months please go to https://tacpac.co.uk/product/set-5 and at the checkout add the code 8Q7A3TXS.

There are short video clips to support you to use TacPac and music to go along with each section. Their Facebook page is also updated regularly with short help videos designed especially for parents.


Play:

Most importantly stay safe and have fun together. Choose different activities you can do together from our play idea sheets.
Home play and learning ideas – PMLD group
Home play and learning ideas – active group

Resources and Videos

Week 1 and 2:

Home pack Info sent home
Garden Scavenger
Recipes for early years
50 things – Activity list
Easter egg basket template

Week Commencing 20th April 2020

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.

Share our class welcome song.

Listen to ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. Enjoy the rhythm of the music, you can dance, feeling it on body or play along with different instruments or items you have at home. Have you got a ball you could bounce on as you are listening? Or what about laying on the floor and feeling the beat being patted around your body.

Remember the music goes from quiet and slow and gets louder and Louder and LOUDER…

The class have really enjoyed this song, especially when we have used our voices to say ‘quiet’ and ‘louder’ along with different instruments. Try a different instrument or movement each time you listen, which do you prefer?

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Music Intro

Music Symbol Board


Story: A Shark In the Park – Video

Week Beginning 4th May 2020


Music:

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.
Share our class welcome song.
Listen to ‘Rosie’ together. This song has a strong beat which is great to either feel on your body or listen to with two stones or sticks being banged together. How about going on a walk to find some stones or sticks before you do music.
You could move in different ways in music today, what will you do? Why not try being patted on two alternating body parts, do you know where the pat will go next?

“Rosie” ( African American Work Song) – Production Version


Story

Walking Through The Jungle

Week commencing 11th May 2020

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.

Share our class welcome song.
Welcome Song – Video

Warm your body up to ‘shake it out’. Have some help to move or have deep pressure through your body parts and get ready for playing your instruments
Shake It Out – Video

Enjoy listening and joining in with our copy me song. Make your own sounds with any instrument or object you have in the house. You can investigate which sounds you like and choose your favourite before we sing.
Copy Me – Video

Listen to shake and stop and control when we start shaking again by making your own sounds.
Shake And Stop – Video

Story
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Video

Share some of the foods during or after the story. Which are your favourites to smell or taste? Can you ask for more by reaching, turning towards them, smiling, using your switch, eyes, symbols or words?

Week commencing 18th May 2020

Parachute songs

I thought we would share some of our parachute songs this week. This is a great opportunity to encourage communication, be that anticipating what is going to happen, choosing the song, showing likes or dislikes or letting others know that they want more. Some of you may even want to focus on using the words ‘slow’, ‘fast’, ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the guided language board below.

If you have more than one person to help with your ‘parachute’ that’s great but don’t worry if not as using a thin sheet can be easy to do on your own and create the same effect. Grab a big blanket, sheet or duvet and lets go. You can share a song along with me and then do it on our own so you can leave an appropriate amount of time for pauses and communication.
Guided language board – PDF


Shake and stop
Use big pauses and only start again when your child has told you. This may be by looking, reaching or using their voice.
Shake and stop song – Video


Tickle / cuddle
Get ready to tickle and cuddle. Do this more than once and look for the anticipation of the tickle or cuddle.
Tickle and cuddle song – Video


What shall we do with our big blanket?
Sung to ‘what shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ what is your favourite? Fast?, slow? Up and down?
What shall we do with our big blanket song – Video


Its oh so quiet song
Listen and move your blanket along to the music. Slow and quietly to start with and faster movements and louder singing as the music speeds up. This song gives a few opportunities for fast and slow throughout the music.
It’s Oh So Quiet – Video

Or choose your own favourite song. Let us know what song you have enjoyed!

Story
Listen to the story of Rabbits nap. You could join in with some of the loud noises. You could use saucepan lids, wooden spoons or just bang your hands on the table. You could even use a pillow and blanket at the end to pretend to snooze like rabbit.
Rabbits nap – Video


Number rhymes
I have shared a rhyme of 3 little ducks for you and your children to join in with. Remember you can change it up a bit and add other characters if you don’t have ducks. This is a great opportunity to see how your children respond to rhymes. Do they like the actions? what do they do in the pauses? Are they attempting to join in and take a duck away?
Three little ducks intro – Video
Three little ducks – Video

Week commencing 1st June 2020

Story

The Scary Monster – gather some objects from around your home to help make this a sensory story. All you need is a wet cloth, a bowl and spoon, a glass of milk and a blanket or towel. Have some fun pretending to cook and be a scary monster.
The Scary Monster – Video


Mug Cake

Mug cake – Have fun making your own mug cake, you can taste and smell some of the ingredients before getting your bowl and mixing them all together. All you need is 4 spoons of self raising flour, 4 spoons of sugar, 3 spoons of 0il, 3 spoons of milk, 1 egg and 2 spoons of chocolate powder. Once it is made enjoy sharing it with your family just like Pip and Posy in the story.
Mug Cake – Video

Song

3 little men – Get creative with some toilet rolls and make some aliens for our song. Join in with that pause and woosh. Make sure to repeat so your child can anticipate the woosh.
3 little men in a flying saucer – Video

Week beginning 8th June 2020

Story

Each time the repeating line of ‘squash and squeeze’ is said you can feel yourself being squashed or even squash something you have in your house, like a cushion or soft ball. How about trying some of the animals sounds too.
A squash and a Squeeze – Video


Slime making

Have fun making your own slime, you can taste and smell some of the ingredients before getting your bowl and mixing them all together.

Once it is made enjoy moving your hands or feet in it to explore what it feels like. How about trying to squash, squeeze and pull your slime.


Edible

Chocolate Goo 1 – PDF
Chocolate Goo 2 -PDF

You will need condensed milk, chocolate sauce and cornflour

Sticky Icky – Tasty Slime 1 – PDF
Sticky Icky – Tasty Slime 2 – PDF

You will need Marshmallows, cornflour and icing sugar

Bear Necessities 1 – PDF
Bear Necessities 2 – PDF

You will need gummy bears or similar sweets, cornflour and icing sugar


Non-edible

Stretchy Slime 1 – PDF
Stretchy Slime 2 – PDF

You will need PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring or paint and eyewash containing boric acid or sodium borate.

Fluffy Slime 1 – PDF
Fluffy Slime 2 – PDF

You will need shaving foam, PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring or paint and eyewash containing boric acid or sodium borate.


Song

If your happy and you know it – Video

I let to – Video

With help, warm your hands up with a song and your slime or any other dough you have. Then you’ll be more ready to have a go on your own.

Week Beginning 15th June 2020

Timetable – PDF


Story

Share ‘The Blue Abyss’ story together. Use the music as gentle background music as it includes sound effects and try adding some of the props to make it sensory if you have any around the house.

The blue abyss (sensory story) – PDF

Blue Abyss music and sound effects – Video

  • Props you may have around the house
  • Sand or grains from the kitchen cupboard
  • Some shells or stones
  • Bubble wrap or polystyrene
  • Strips of plastic carrier bag in water or for you to dangle
  • Bubbles (you can make these with soap, water and your hand or our hand made bubble blower below)
  • Strips of cooked lasagne/old spinach or anything that’s slimy in you water bowl

Bubbles

Don’t have any bubbles? Don’t worry, make bubbles with some soap and your hand or our homemade bubble blowers. You can even try taping a sock over the end of your bottle to make a huge bubble snake… wow  

Bubbles – Video


Songs

Enjoy sharing a few of our water songs this week, watch the video or explore your water tray or spray whist listening.

It’s raining, it’s pouring – Video

Singing in the rain – Video

Rain, rain go away – Video

Itsy Bitsy Spider – Video


Music and massage

This is all about communication, what your child is saying to you, what are you saying to them – focus on this and build a sensory vocabulary.

You can’t go wrong – follow the beat, that is the only rule!

You will need:

  • A scarf or piece of fabric 
  • chop stick/spatula or smooth stick
  • A squeezy bottle for puffing air out of  
  • Wrapping paper for scrunching or a scouring pad  
  • Massage oil or cream

Music and Massage – PDF

Week beginning 22nd June 2020 – Nature art

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castel and learn how to sign “Nature” and “art”
Sign of the week: Nature – PDF


Story

Share the story together. You could choose the one read by Miss Evan from pine, the Makaton sign version or the German version read by Mrs Douglas´ husband. You could also try to tap a rhythm on your knees as you read the story. Have a go at making some of the Bear hunt sensory bags and bottles and use them as part of the story.

Bear Hunt – Video Read by Miss Evans

Bear hunt in German – Video Read by Mrs Douglas´ husband.

Bear hunt with Makaton sign – Video

Props

Have a go at making some of your own sensory props to go along with the story. You will need 5 clear food bags or bottles and something from each of the sections below.

Bear hunt sensory bags and bottles – PDF

Things you could use.

Grass – grass from the garden, straw, paper strips. Pasta to make a nice sound

Snowstorm – cotton wool, flour, cornflour, icing sugar or shredded paper. Rice to make a nice rain sound.

Forest – sticks, wooden chips.

River – water, blue food colouring, bubble bath, blue water and veg oil mixed.

Mud – soil from garden, gravy granules.

Cave – a nice big blanket.

Bear – a teddy bear but any soft toy with eyes nose and hear would do.


Songs

Enjoy sharing a few of our number songs this week, watch the videos and sing along with the rhymes.

Number songs and rhymes – PDF


Music and massage

Nature sounds and bird song waterfall – Video

Beautiful relaxing music and bird song – Video

This is all about relaxing and connecting. Listen to the soothing sounds of nature (use links below)while massaging your child’s hands and feet. Pause at points to see if your child indicates they want more. Take note of how they show they want more or do they show they have had enough.

You will need:

Massage or cream or vegetable oil.

A comfortable place to sit or lay down and a blanket to snuggle under.


Music

Story of flowers animation – Video

Story of flowers 2 – Video

Watch or listen to story of flowers video on the web page. Try stretching your arms up high and growing like a plant. Maybe you could tap out the rhythm of the music on your childs body you’re your fingers.


Cooking

Sensory Strawberry cheesecake – PDF

This recipe is cooked by an adult while your child explores the ingredients as you go through. The whole family can then enjoy the taste.

Explore each ingredient as you go, taste, smell touch them. With each different ingredient give your child time to explore. Look for your child requesting more or showing likes and dislikes. Encourage then to use both hands. It could get messy but that’s part of the fun so be sure to wear an apron or old clothes.

Week beginning 29th June 2020 – Me, Myself and I

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign “Mirror” and “Photograph”.
Me, Myself and I – Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Skillington read ‘Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff’.

Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff – Video

If you like, you can explore some of the sensory elements of the story as we go along (pausing the video to give yourself more time) or choice some to investigate for longer at the end of our story.

Parents: as well as creating visual and auditory effects that will be interesting to look at and to request more of, give lots of opportunities for free exploration so your child can discover what items are and what they can do themselves.

Sensory items you could use:

Scales and fins: Something slimy like cooked lasagna sheets, or something shiny

Fluffy stuff: cotton wool

Soapy suds: Bubbles or soap bar

Water: in a spray or shallow tray

Lolly pops: a sweet or taste of sugar

Cobwebs: String, thread, wool or a piece of silk fabric

Needles: A stick or chopstick, but not too sharp!

Flowers: Flower or perfume

Twigs and leaves

Feathers: or a soft piece of fabric

Metal: try 2 metal objects that will sound good banged together

Skin and bones: A mirror


Songs

Here are some body and action songs to enjoy this week.

This is me – Video

If our happy and you know it – Video

Shake it out – Video


What I like – Sensology

This week is all about Me, Myself and I.

Look around your house and find:

  • something you like to touch
  • something you like to taste or smell and
  • something you like the sound of

Listen to the “Sensology” and “I have a body” song before exploring your favorite things. Share what your favorites are on Evidence for Learning or over an email.

Sensology – PDF


Playdough

One of my favourite things to make with you at school is playdough. Enjoy making some at home with your family and add your favourite smells from the kitchen.

Playdough – PDF


Music

This week enjoy a wonderful music session with Jessie’s Fund. You don’t need anything to join in but if you have got something to drum (box, drum, tub) and something to shake you can all join in with the music.

Jessie’s Fund: Music Session – Video

Week beginning 6th July 2020 – Food

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week
Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign “food” and “cook”.
Sign of the week -Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Douglas read ‘Grandad pot’.

Grandad pot – Video

If you like, you can explore some of the sensory elements of the story as we go along (pausing the video to give yourself more time) or choice some to investigate for longer at the end of our story.

Parents: give lots of opportunities for free exploration so your child can discover what items are and what they smell, feel and taste like. Give time to see what they can do themselves.

Sensory items you could use:

Jelly

Bread and bananas

Cake, flour or dough mixture.

Sausage or other meat like ham, chicken.

Ice cream or ice cubes.

Some toys or teddies.


Songs

Here are some food songs to enjoy this week.

Cauliflower fluffy – video

Food glorious food – video

Patacake – video

do you like broccoli ice cream – video


What I like – Sensology

This week is all about Food .

Look around your house and find:

  • Some food you like to touch
  • Some food you like to taste
  • Some food you like to smell

Listen to the Sensology and I have a body song before exploring your favourite things. Share what your favourites are on Evidence for Learning or over an email.

Sensology – PDF

Chocolate crispy cakes

Look in the cupboards to see what you can find to make these simple cakes.

Take time to explore, touch, taste and smell each ingredient, before mixing it in. If there is some spare cereal it’s a great opportunity to work on hand skills. Crushing or moving the cereal around the bowl or tray or working on picking small pieces up to eat.

Chocolate Crispy Cakes – PDF


Music

This week enjoy a wonderful music session with Jessie’s Fund. You don’t need anything to join in but if you have got something to drum (box, drum, tub) something to shake (rice or pasta in a tub) and a light scarf or fabric you can all join in with the music.

Jessie’s Fund – Video


Music and Massage

Relax and have a massage on your hands and feet while listening to the familiar music we play in school.

Music And Massage – Video


Play

Get out the old clothes and aprons or even go outside in the garden for this one as it could be messy.

Prepare some of the foods below in shallow trays or bowls. Encourage your child to smell, taste (where appropriate) and touch the food. Give them lots of time to explore and find out about each food.

You may want to explore several food in one session or just stick with one. For those children who are motivated by specific objects you could try hiding things like cars or bricks in the food for them to find.

But most of all have fun, get messy and be silly.

Sensory food suggestions:

  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Jelly
  • Cornflour and water
  • Dry flour and then add water to make dough
  • Butter
  • Tined beans or spaghetti
  • Dry pasta
  • Dry rice.
  • Sliced bread
  • Dry gravy granules or mixed with water
  • Banana or other ripe fruit.

Or any left over vegetables.

Week beginning 13th July 2020 – Food

This week is about enjoying activities together, with people in your house and any friends you may now be seeing.

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign ‘family, friends, fun, together and hug’.
Family & Friends – Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Skillington read ‘Meet the Parents’ or try the ‘Friendship poem’ story massage.
Meet the Parents – Video
Friendship poem story Massage – Video


Songs

Here are some songs to enjoy this week.

Singing Walrus – Friends Song – Video

Toy Story: You’ve got a Friend in me – Video

KIDZ BOP Friends – Video

You ain’t never had a friend like me – Video

We’re all in this together – Video

I love you – Video

The more we get together – Video

Baby shark – Video


Music

This week make some music with Soundabout.

You will need something to shake (maraca, bottle with rice, pan etc) or drum (drums, pan, box etc), something metal (keys, pan, bells etc) and something that makes a breeze (a fan, a piece of paper etc).


Get physical

Try Physibods, a music and body awareness session. Find somewhere comfortable to lay down and show us what you can you do with your body?
Physibods – Video


Play

Play with your favourite game or toy and take turns with someone in your family.

What is your favourite thing at home?

Can you ask for more when you want another go?

Can you choose your favourite from 2 or more different items?


Cooking

Help to get a meal ready with your family. Prepare some of the foods in a shallow tray or bowl. Smell, taste (where appropriate) and touch the food. Give lots of time to explore and find out about each different food.

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