Acorns Class Staff
|Miss L. Green||Class Teacher|
|Mrs M. Raynes||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs S. Shaw||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs A. Fahim||Teaching Assistant|
|Miss L. Price||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs J. Davies||Teaching Assistant (2 days a week)|
|Mr A. Trudgeon||Teaching Assistant|
This half term (normally in school):
PE - Caterpillars - Monday PM and Butterflies - Tuesday PM
Forest School - Butterflies - Tuesday AM
Outdoor Learning - Caterpillars - Monday PM
Cookery - Caterpillars - Tuesday PM
We will be visiting Jumparooz on Thursday mornings.
Welcome to Summer Term 2!
Hello everyone! We hope you are all keeping safe and well and staying home! We are now into our 3rd (and final) Half Term of not being at school!
Please, please do not worry or stress yourselves trying to do constant work and activities with the children. This is such a difficult and confusing time for us all, especially the children, and the most important thing is for everyone to stay healthy, physically and mentally!
If you get stressed and feel anxious the children will pick up on this and this could cause lots of worry for our children.
We of course will continue to send lots of activity ideas and information via Twitter and the Website, but the main thing I would suggest is for you to enjoy this time with your children! Have lots of fun indoors, playing together, reading stories, watching tv and movies, going for walks (where safe and possible), doing jigsaws, singing songs and dancing, building dens, baking and cooking and just generally spending time together!
It is very difficult to replicate a lot of the learning we do in school as the vast majority, as you know, is very practical, hands on and resource reliant. We are aware that the children do not learn through worksheet style. So please just do your best! https://twitter.com/HawthornsAcorns
If you would like a 'Home Learning Pack', consisting of printed off worksheets/activities, please let us know via email and this can be arranged for you to collect from school or be posted.
Summer Term 2 Topic
Our topic for this half term is Seaside and Summertime! Normally, at the end of this topic we would take a trip to the seaside as a class :( . Of course, this unfortunately won't be possible! But you could always bring the seaside to you, with all our activity ideas. And, if it is safe to do so, maybe you could take a day trip to a local beach!
I would also encourage everyone to think about the children's and your own well-being, life skills and focus on living and learning at home during a Pandemic.
I will offer different ideas for activities linked to this topic where possible! Of course, due to the nature and style of our learning at school being hands on and practical we understand that not all activities and learning around this topic will be possible, so we will be giving you other general ideas of fun things you can do at home to keep you busy!
These will be via Twitter and this website, so where possible, please check both sites! https://twitter.com/HawthornsAcorns
Seaside and Summertime!
- Sandcastle Cheesecakes!
- We're off to the Seaside - A sensory adventure box!
- Under the Sea Yoga Adventures!
- Beach Cupcakes!
- Mini Seaside Dioramas!
- Paper Plate Octopus!
- Egg Box Whale Craft!
- Cupcake Case Crabs!
- Ocean Sensory Writing Tray!
- Sand Slime!
- Celery Stamping Rainbow Fish!
- Printable Ocean Activity Booklet!
Being at home for long periods of time is the perfect time to practice our life skills, including:
- Dressing and Undressing
- Brushing our teeth
- Washing our hands
- Zipping up our own coats
- Putting on and fastening our own shoes
- Going to the toilet independently (if possible!)
- Using a knife and fork and cutting up our own food
- Drinking from a cup (if possible)
Here is a visual version of our daily timetable and routine! In case this is something you would like to try and follow at home where possible! Activities is our child initiated learning, including, construction, water, sand, sensory play, mark making, paints, iPads, small world, role play, crafts, junk modelling, play dough and books.
Literacy and fine motor are taught through child initiated continuous provision style learning but more focused on literacy (phonics, letters, mark making, reading, etc.), and fine motor (threading, mark making, inset jigsaws, peg boards, etc.). Your child will have specific targets on their recent PLP but I will share some ideas below to incorporate other learning as well! (ctrl and click to open following links) Mark Making Ideas , Phonics Ideas , Fine Motor Ideas
Activities to Develop Grasp and Fine Motor Skills
- Building Blocks
- Pegboard Activities
- Lacing and Threading Activities
- Using Tweezers or Tongs to pick up small objects
- Craft Activities - collages, paper mache, gluing and cutting
- Family Games - Jenga, Kerplunk, Operation, Tumbling Monkeys
- Lego, Duplo, K'Nex and other construction toys
- Keyboard activities (computer/iPad/Piano)
- Finger Painting
- Dressing up, using clothes with buttons, press studs, zips and shoelaces
- Playing with playdough
- Mixing ingredients and helping during cooking
Activities to Develop a Tripod Grasp
- Placing clothes pegs around the edge of a container
- Fill a medicine dropper/turkey baster with paint and water and drop onto paper
- Playing with a squirt gun or squirt bottles with a trigger action. Drawing on a brick wall/floor with chalk and then using a squirter and water to remove the chalk marks
- Posting coins into a box with a slot in the lid
- During craft activities, use stickers or mini stamper. holding with the thumb, index and middle fingers only
- Popping bubble wrap
- Placing pegs in and out of a pegboard
- Making paperclip chains
- Playdough modelling
- Use felt tips and crayons that are thicker and shorter. Very short crayons cannot be held with whole hand grasp
Developing Copying Skills
- Copy patterns using building blocks, coins, buttons, pegboards, etc.
- Copy basic shapes and patterns using playdough, drawing in sand and using pipecleaners
- Tracing activities
Developing Copying of Pre-Writing Shapes - Use the shapes below for the following activities
- Walk along a rope, string, or taped line
- Follow the leader in different shapes
- Making your own body look like the different shapes
- Finger painting with shaving foam, paint, cornflour and water
- Sand drawing with sticks, fingers, rakes, spades or even feet
- Make the shapes out of pipe cleaners or string
- Water painting on a brick wall using a paintbrush or a squirter bottle
- Tracing with stencils using finger paints, marker pens or crayons
- Join the stars/stickers to make the shapes
- Drawing in the air with a ribbon stick or wand
- Games with matching the different shapes
- Use an upright chalkboard or paper pinned to a wall
Communication and Language Development
- Making puppets out of old socks, sticks, cardboard to support retelling of a story
- Read and reread familiar stories to develop vocabulary
- Encourage your child to tell their favourite toy a story
- Record a video of your child reading and play it back to them
- Read stories with repeated refrains (regularly recurring phrase or verse), such as, traditional tales or Julia Donaldson books
- I Spy Games - e.g. something that is red, something that is r, e, d (using letter sounds)
- Make a musical band - use saucepans and spoons
- Sing nursery rhymes and act them out
Mathematics is taught through child initiated continuous provision style learning but more focused on numbers (recognition, sequencing, addition and subtraction, etc.) and shape, space and measure (colours, shapes, sorting, etc.). Your child will have specific targets on their recent PLP but I will share some ideas below to incorporate other learning as well!
Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Fahim will change their recipes for the children on a weekly basis, however, the focus will be on the skills the children are learning. This includes; Mixing, Cutting, Whisking, etc.
Change for Life Food Scanner - Ever wondered how much sugar is in your fave cola or salt is in your sauce? Find out with the new Food Scanner app!
Change for Life Smart Recipes - The FREE Smart Recipe app from Change4Life is an easy way of helping you and your family eat tasty, healthier meals the whole family will love.
Forest School/Outdoor Learning!
Forest School and Outdoor Learning are ran by Mr McMahon and Mrs Cotterall. The focus is on getting the children outside and into nature! During this time they will enjoy exploring, loose parts play, small world and imaginative play, cooking, etc. Check out their Twitter page https://twitter.com/HT_forest for some ideas!
Relaxation and Sensory Time!
Sensory time and Relaxation could be anything the children find enjoyable and relaxing, e.g. colouring, yoga, lying on a beanbag, calming videos/music, etc.
The Worrinots App (Home Edition) - Let children off-load their worries with The Worrinots app in the comfort of their own home. Parents/carers will need to use the Wotnot companion app to be able to monitor your child’s concerns.
Breathe, think, Do with Sesame - This is a resource app for you to share with your child to help teach skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Establish a routine - make some visual cards with your child to represent these, e.g. breakfast time, exercise time, cooking time, bedtime, etc.
- Snack time - preparing food, pouring own drink, washing up
- Talking to friends/family - via FaceTime, Skype, on the phone, writing letters/drawing pictures and post to neighbours
- Jobs to help with at home - dusting, hoovering, tidying up your toys, gardening, washing the windows/cars/bikes/scooters
- Sharing a family meal
- Quiet time - to rest and relax
PE is of course all about getting the children moving! https://twitter.com/Hawthorns_PE have shared lots of good websites for this already!
Change for Life - 10 Minute Disney Shake Up Games
Cosmic Yoga App - Fun yoga and mindfulness videos for kids aged 3 to 9, presented by Jaime. (free 14 day trial)
Cosmic Yoga You Tube - The YouTube channel has a selection of videos from the Cosmic Yoga App
Change for Life A - Z of sports and activities - a list of different sports/ activities that children maybe interested in having a go at
- Choosing your outfit for the day and trying to get dressed independently
- Dancing - play musical statues, musical bumps, dance contest
- Obstacle Course - indoors or outdoors - use cushions, masking tape, anything you can find
- Jumping games
- Large paper - create marks to music, create a road for toy cars, draw a village
- Bubble blowing
- Building Blocks
- Ball games - throw and catch, football, aiming at targets, skittles (use plastic bottles or cans from the kitchen)
- Water painting outside
Starblazers is a weekly occurrence in school! It happens on a Friday Afternoon! The children work hard all week to earn their 4 stars daily, if they are well behaved and kind to their friends and staff they earn their stars! Then on a Friday they get to choose from 4 clubs:
(Fit Fun - Bikes/Scooters/Play Equipment outdoors or PE indoors, iPads, Cartoon Club and Activity Club - Toys and Activities to play with).
This is something you could do at home to encourage good behaviour! You could also let staff know what of anything you're very proud of your child for as we do Achiever of the Week on a Friday also! If you let us know we can make a certificate for them like they would receive at school!
Magic Box and Attention Autism!
Magic Box and Attention Autism will be harder to do at home but if you have any exciting toys already at home, ones that flash, spin, make noise etc. Or balloons and things like that, and a box you could make your own version of this!
An overview of Magic Box - you have a box full of exciting toys. The children sit in front of you and only you can touch the box and the toys, the song is “what’s in the magic box today? Let’s have a look and bring it out to play. Will it be big? Or will it be small? There might be nothing in there at all!”
Then you knock on the box 3 times and encourage the children to do the same, make sure you count out loud!
Then you get one toy out at a time, your voice should be really excited and enthusiastic when you say what the toy is, e.g. “WOW a balloon!!” “Blow it up” and then encourage the children to copy what you’ve said.
Then you want to let the balloon go so you say, “let it go” and again encourage the children to copy you. Then you would say, “ready, steady...” and wait for the children to say “go” and then you let it go.
Keep talking to the children throughout the whole thing and interaction between yourselves and the children is the main goal!
Gina Davies Facebook Page - If you have access to Facebook this group is fantastic and so helpful for Attention Autism ideas if this is something you would like to try at home! She will be posting videos to explain it over the coming days!
- Listening walk - compare busy with quiet (e.g. walking in a park/field or near the road), listen out for things you can hear (nature, birds, wind, etc.)
- Create a nature diary - collect items you find on a walk/in the garden and stick them into a paper diary
- Nature treasure hunt - use an empty egg box to collect items - use them for sorting, storytelling, making faces or own creations
- Flower crowns - stick natural objects to a piece of paper
- Bird watching
- Make a den
- Make a nest
- Magic Wands - elastic bands to tie natural items to a stick
- Potion or perfume making - petals, water, mud, bowls, spoons - explore!
- Make a fairy garden or an animal home
- Make a rain collector - measure the rainfall
- Go puddle jumping!
- Stick hunt - collect sticks, compare size, length, width, what will they become?
- Climb trees
- Bug Hunt - What can you find?
- Build a fort
- Take a bath with toys
- Play Hide and Seek
- Colour a Picture
- Read a book
- Blow and pop bubbles
- Make an imaginary shop
- Wash toys in the sink
- Throw balls into a basket
- Stuffed toy tea parties
- Play 'Simon Says'
- Have a picnic
- Do a Kids Yoga video
- Pretend to be different animals
- Sort fruits and vegetables
- Organise your sock drawer (Matching activity)
- Have toy car races
Apps and Websites
Reading - Oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ (free for parents to join)
Reading - https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks - Access 330+ free KS1 ebooks from our primary reading programme
Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:
Phonics - phonicsplay.co.uk (username: march20 password:home)
Fine Motor - YouTube - Shonette Bason-Wood (Dough Disco) Great for Fine Motor development!
Phonics/Reading - Meet the Alphablocks - Meet the Alphablocks, get to know your alphabet and letter sounds and sing along to the Alphablocks song.
Fine Motor/Writing - Writing Wizard - Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace letters, numbers, and words through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation.
Phonics - ABC star - ABC Kids is a free phonics and alphabet teaching app that makes learning fun for children, from toddlers all the way to preschoolers and kindergartners
Phonics - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw : Letters and Sounds for Home and School (Videos of Phonics)
Fine Motor/Reading - Draw and Tell - Storytelling for kids
Fine Motor - Finger paint - Use your fingers to draw great art! Shake to erase and start over again. Touch on red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple to change the color of the paint.
Fine Motor - Letter School - The #1 alphabet tracing and words spelling app for toddlers & pre-schoolers. Recommended and used by parents, teachers, and occupational therapists!
Reading - Epic! - An online bank of reading books that you can read/listen to/watch! I have created an account for the class, I will post the code below for you to join! Class Code: zwz4084
Meet the Numberblocks - This free introductory app introduces the child to the Numberblocks and helps develop their counting skills.
nrich.maths.org/13373 - EYFS at home Maths learning activity ideas
nrich.maths.org/13372 - EYFS at home Maths learning activity ideas
nrich.maths.org/13371 - EYFS at home Maths learning activity ideas
ncetm.org.uk/resources/52060 - Numberblocks related maths work
Go Explore from CBeebies - Go Explore is packed with fun CBeebies games and videos based on the early years curriculum to help get kids ready for school.
Playtime Island from CBeebies - All the games in CBeebies Playtime Island meet specific needs of children and their parents or carers, with a focus on bonding, learning, discovery and self-expression.