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Welcome to the Iris Class page.


While the school is closed you can check here for;

  • activities that you can do at home with your children.
  • fun ideas
  • news and updates. 


Activities will link to subjects, topic and life skills. Please take pictures of any work your child does, no matter how small. You can then email them to;


You can also use this email address to keep in contact with the Class staff; ask us any questions or just give us an update on how your child is doing. 


For now though check out -  

Makaton fun with the wonderful Singing Hands.

Starting from Monday 30th March they will be on daily at 10.30am, Monday to Friday, on Youtube or Facebook.

So tune in!


Sending you all warm wishes

Sam and the Iris Class team.



This term our Topic has been all around the book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Below you will find ideas for activities you can do at home, some of which link to the story and others which are just great for children to work on. Pick which ones you would like to do with your child. You do not have to do all of them! Please TAKE PICTURES and email them to us!



  • Read the story; The Very Hungry Caterpillar, if you have it at home.
  • Read any books! Try to find a book that has lots of repetition, actions and excitement to it. In class we really enjoy repeating a story over and over again so that we can begin to understand it and anticipate what is going to happen next. Incorporate lots of actions, signs and maybe even props to help engage us and keep us focused. Stories we have been enjoying at school recently include: Rosie's Walk, Farmer Duck, Room on a Broom and Tiddler.
  • If you have Facebook look up ‘The Story Massage Programme’. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm they will be doing a live massage story that you can show on your iPad or computer and do with your child. We do a weekly story massage in Iris Class and the children really enjoy it.


Fine motor/handwriting/art

  • Make Silky soft playdoh.

You will need: 8 table spoons of plain flour, 2 table spoons table salt, 60ml warm water, food colouring, and 1 table spoon of vegetable oil



  1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
  2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
  3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, flexible dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
  4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh


For lots more sensory playdoh ideas and recipes take a look at the twinkl website

Free access can be acquired using the offer code: twinklhelps


  • Make a play dough  caterpillar



  • Whisking: Grab a bowl of water, add soap, and let your child whisk until they make lots of bubbles!


  • Pegs: Take a shoe box and attach pegs around the edge. Children have to take them off and put them inside the box.



Or attach pegs to a piece of card and children have to take them off and out them in a container.


  • Make caterpillars from egg cartons.


  • Fingerprint caterpillars


  • Place small items in an ice cube tray. Link with maths by counting the objects out loud for your child to hear.



  • Fill a sandwich bag with porridge. Make as you would normally with water but add food colouring. Once cooled enough put in a sandwich bag and seal well. Encourage children to make marks in the porridge.



  • Sing number rhymes. 5 little ducks, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught  fish alive, 5 little men in a flying saucer, and any you can think of!
  • See the word document; Maths Massages songs.
  • Filling and emptying. Give your children different sized containers and then either water, sand, cereal, or anything else you can think of. The children can explore filling the different containers and emptying them. If you give them cereal they can work on filling their tummies too!
  • Opening and closing containers. Give your child lots of different containers they can open and close. Put their favourite toys in them and encourage them to problem solve to get them put by working out how to open it!
  • Matching socks! Link with PSHE. When dressing; put one sock on them and then ask your child to find the one that goes with it from a choice of 2.
  • Cook spaghetti and dye it green with food colouring. Once cooled place it in a container and hide objects in it. The children need to find the objects and place them in a second container.
  • Hide and seek with favourite toys! Start by hiding your child’s favourite toys in front of them but under a piece of material. They have to remove the material independently to take their toy back. Be animated “Wow you found it under the material!” After a couple of times start to hide it around the room and place it in different places; on, in, under, behind. It doesn’t matter if your child sees where it went.

  • Put hair gel and 2 different colour buttons in a sandwich bag. Draw two circles on the front of the bag which match the colours of the buttons. Encourage the children to move the buttons to the correct circles. This will need to be done by hand over hand at first.



  • Watch the story “The very hungry caterpillar” on your computer.


  • Or any other stories by Eric Carle


  • Watch videos of Julia Donaldson Stories


  • Watch “We’re going a bear hunt”. Act out some of the actions.


  • Listen to number rhymes.


  • If your child needs help with their vision, our friend Kate from the Visual Impairment team, has given us some apps you might be able to try. Here are the links and what they are for:


This has lists of apps suitable for visually impaired children.


This website is also useful for ideas of keeping little ones with VI busy during their time at home.


Attention Activities

Our children love the attention activities we do on a weekly basis. I fyou would like to see what they are like and try them at home visit the website of the creator who has lots of amazing ideas!


PSHE/Life Skills

  • All the children in the class use or are practising to use spoons to eat their dinners. Every meal time encourage them to eat using their spoon. Help them with the scoop action if needed.


  • Matching cutlery. Using a cutlery holder and plastic or children’s cutlery, place pictures of a knife, fork and spoon in the different sections and then encourage your child to place them in the correct section. This will need to be hand over hand support at first and practised regularly.


  • Cooking: Make something delicious at home that your child can help with. Can they choose ingredients to add from two? Alternatively see some cooking ideas below.


  • Make fruit salads using the fruit from the story so that the children explore the fruit and practice their cutting skills. Link to Maths: filling their bowls.







  • The class love sandwiches! Make some at home with any fillings you have. Let your child choose what they want and practice their spreading skills!
  • Make a pizza.


  • Washing up. If they have used it they should clean it! Encourage them to take their washing up to the bowl as well, especially after meal times.


  • Practice their dressing and undressing skills; taking their socks off, pulling their trousers up, pulling their top off of their head.


  • Encourage your children to tidy their own toys away!


Physical Education

  • If your child has a physio programme from the physiotherapists, hopefully you will have a copy at home. Complete your child’s exercises every morning.


  • See the attached document: Rhythm Kids and complete the actions with your child as you sing.


  • Ball skills: practice throwing and catching, kicking and tracking a ball.


  • Ball rolling. A turn taking game, great to encourage social skills. Everyone in the house can get involved in this.


  • Set up a circuit in your garden. In a square formation – have one edge with a line they need to walk across without stepping onto the grass, have one edge of low hurdles to jump over, one edge of cones or objects they need  to zig zag around, and one edge is just a jog.


  • Have you got a trampoline? Daily jumping sessions will be great! If not just encourage jumping on the spot.


  • Hot Potato - Have one balloon for one small group (the whole household?) and have some music playing. The aim is to keep the balloon up in the air. If it comes tap it up quickly to avoid being caught as the last person to touch the balloon once the music is stopped.


  • Balloon Volleyball - Set up a modified volleyball field with a half way line marked out. A team starts with the balloon and hits the balloon across the halfway line into the other team’s territory, just like a volleyball game. The other team needs to avoid letting the balloon touch the ground and have to get it back over the half way line. Modify the rules to suit the children and the space you are in. A good rule is to have each team have three players touch the balloon before it is hit back over the half way line


  • Balloon Blowing - Have the children try to blow a balloon from one end of the room to the other



  • Have a hand or foot massage - olive or vegetable oil you might have in the kitchen is perfect. There is a large selection of beautiful calming music on Youtube which you can play during massage.


  • If the weather is nice go outside! Set up a box with some soil and some children’s garden equipment and let them explore.


  • If you have access to an outside space, and following Government advice regarding social distancing, it is good to get outside and explore.


  1. You could collect natural objects- leaves, sticks, flowers - and create a collage.
  2. Look around your garden, see what you can find - take some photos on a camera or a tablet if you have one.
  3. Or just go for a walk and enjoy being outside; feel the wind and the sun on your face, listen to the birds. 


  • Fill a sandwich bag with shaving foam and food colouring and allow children to explore.