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Welcome to the Iris Class page.




Wow - can you believe it's July?! 

We hope you are all OK and safely enjoying the easing in lockdown measures.

We have missed seeing you all and have really enjoyed the updates we have gotten from

Mummies, Daddies and carers over the phone or email.


Below are some activities you can do at home over the summer as a family.

Have fun and enjoy the summer.


We look forward to seeing you again in September.

Sam, Lisa, Danielle and Tracy.

Activities for the summer holidays


  • Read lots of books over the summer. If it's sunny- sit outside! You could read books all about holidays, the seaside, the ocean, or travelling. Here's a few suggestions:


  1. What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside by Julia Donaldson 
  2. Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen
  3. The snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson
  4. Splash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke  (Author), Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)

  5. Whatever next! by Jill Murphy

  6. Maisy Goes on Holiday by Lucy Cousins

  7. Tilly's at home holiday by Gillian Hibbs

  8. Peppa Pig: Peppa and the Big Train

  9. Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes on Holiday

  10. Peppa Pig goes to London

  11. First Experiences Going on a Plane (Usborne First Experiences) by Anna Civardi (Author), Stephen Cartwright (Illustrator)

  12. Spot Goes on Holiday (Spot - Original Lift The Flap) by Eric Hill 

  13. Bizzy Bear Happy Holiday by Benjii Davies

  14. Mr Men on Holiday by Roger Hargreaves.


  • Here are some youtube links for some stories you might enjoy:
  1. Grandpa and thomas -
  2. Spot goes on holiday  - or
  3. Tilly's at home holiday


  • We love Barefoot books in class and they have some great songs you can watch and sing a long to on youtube:
  1. 5 little mermaids  -
  2. The wheels on the bus -
  3. A hole in the bottom of the sea -
  4. We all go travelling by -
  5. The whole world -
  6. Up up up!  -


  • Can you make a home Cinema? Rent, download or buy the children’s favourite movie, get some snacks such as popcorn and pizza at the ready, dim the lights and sit back and enjoy!


Fine motor activities can progress your child to complete tasks like buttoning or zipping their coats, fastening their shoes, turning pages in a book, or mark making/handwriting. These activities all use resources you can find in your home.


Use a colander and pipe cleaners.

Can you thread the pipe cleaners through the holes?

Can you pull the pipe cleaners out of the holes?


Use small building bricks to make a construction.

Can you push the bricks together and pull them apart?

How many bricks can you use to build a tower?

Can you select requested colours?


Use an old container and milk bottle lids for a posting activity.

Can you post the lids into the container?

How many can you post?


Use an old container and lolly pop sticks for a posting activity.

Can you pull the lolly pop sticks out of the container?

How many can you pull out?

Can you post the lolly pop stick in the holes?

How many can you post?




  • Create under the sea pictures with tinfoil instead of paper and paint. 

    You can paint sea creatures too or place pictures of the on top.



        Please use this link to make ice cream playdough. Once made encourage your child to roll, pat, pinch, and squeeze the              dough. Explore the texture of the dough, you can use a spoon to scoop and separate. This is a fun fine motor skill activity!


  • Can you make a big model?Using cardboard boxes from parcels delivered to your home, encourage your children to create some big junk models. 
  • Can you do a jigsaw? Lots of you love to try different jigsaw puzzles in school, perhaps on a rainy day at home you could have a go at one at home.

  • See the word document; Maths Massages songs.
  • Have a picnic and make sure you have the correct number of cups, plates, cakes etc!
  • Match shoes to make pairs.


  • Cooking allows your child to experience different textures, tastes and smells. It’s a great way to get your child involved with everyday life skills. Whilst at home you can get your children involved in cooking.  Here are some useful tips:
  1. Promote good hygiene before beginning cooking such as cleaning tables and washing hands.
  2. Talk about the different textures and smells of the ingredients.
  3. Allow them to explore the food items through taste, touch and smell.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Expose your child to different temperatures of ingredients, with parental supervision (e.g. make sure the ingredients are not too hot.)
  6. Now the best part! Allow your child to taste the product.
  7. Cleaning up time! Allow your child to help with washing the dishes. Give your child a sponge/cloth and encourage them to clean those dishes.
  • Prepare food for a picnic; make sandwiches.
  • Make biscuits


  • Can you plan a day trip? Now that lockdown has eased a little perhaps you could travel a little further afield and plan a day trip to one of your favourite places to go as a family. 
  • Can you do some gardening? If you have a garden, allow your child to help you with the weeding, or planting new seeds to grow vegetables. If you don't have a garden, there are some seeds that will grow quite quickly on a windowsill e.g. cress


  • Can you go swimming? Swimming pools are due to be open over the holiday, take a trip to the local pool for a dip if you are able.
  • Keep doing your physio programme from the physiotherapists; complete daily.
  • See the attached document: Rhythm Kids and complete the actions with your child as you sing.
  • Have you got a trampoline? Daily jumping sessions will be great! If not just encourage jumping on the spot.
  • Can you make an indoor obstacle course? Make it as easy or as hard as you like based on your children’s ability. Use bits of string to create a “laser maze” for them to crawl through, masking tape to mark patterns or areas on the floor that they have to navigate through or re-purpose some toys such a hula hoop or play tunnel that they have to complete as part of the trial.

  • Or an outdoor obstacle course.





  • Remember that the wonderful Singing Hands is on daily at 10.30am, Monday to Friday, on Youtube or Facebook.
  • The book we would be focusing on if we were at school together is:


Faster Faster Little Red Train by Benedict Blathwayt


  1. You can read this together on youtube using the link above or use the powerpoint version below. 
  2. You could tap out the story on your dining table creating the rhythm a train.
  3. Set out chairs in a line and read the story while acting it out. You can be the characters from the story; getting on and off.


  • You can also read lots of other train related stories such as Thomas the tank engine, Terrific Trains,  and others. I have copied some links to youtube versions.


  • Create a train using your dining room chairs and go on a train journey. Where will you go? Create a space in the garden to visit. For example put out sand and water and a blanket to create a trip to the beach. When it's time to go remember to catch the train back! Don't forget you need a train ticket for the journey. The template is attached at the bottom.


  • If your child is being particularly vocal or making noises with their hands or feet; copy them! See what their reaction is. Keep copying them for short sessions of 2-5 minutes or longer if they/you wish! We do this in school a lot. It's called 'Intensive Interaction'. 


Fine motor/handwriting/art

  • Put on some relaxing music, turn the lights down low and give your child a hand massage.
  • Have a bowl or tray with sand, shaving foam, or other things and hide objects for your children to find and place in a separate bowl. 
  • Make a play dough  train.
  • Colour in pictures of trains.

  • If you have a train toy; dip the wheels in paint and run the train round a piece of paper to create train tracks.



  • Make a postcard. Draw the picture on the front, colour in and mark make a message on the back. I have added a template.


  • Use sponges to create a train and fingertips to add wheels and smoke for a steam train



  • Create a train out of 'junk'



  • If you have an iPad download paint apps and let your child draw on them. You can screenshot their work to save it and email it to me!​​​​​​​
  • Here are some shoe box activities you can create at home.





  • See the word document; Maths Massages songs.
  • If you have a train set add carriages and count how many carriages there on.
  • Look at full and empty; give your children several containers and then water, cereal, pasta (anything really). Get them to fill and empty the containers. Tell them which is which: that container is full... that container is empty.
  • Count how many flowers there are in your garden or when out for a walk.
  • Have a tea party and make sure you have the correct number of cups, plates, cakes etc!
  • Sorting socks by colour; children match their socks. 
  • Match shoes to make pairs.
  • Sort between two different objects e.g. shoes and socks, spoons and forks, cars and wooden bricks. 
  • Make sandwiches and cut them in 2 and then 4. Count how many sections there are.


PSHE/Life Skills

  • Make fruit salads. Children choose the fruit they want in it.
  • 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!
  • Make a family book: create a collage/painting of themselves as a cover for their family book, add pictures of the family in. 
  • When on your walks, practise crossing the road. 


Physical Education

  • Now that the Government have changed some of the lockdown rules; go for more walks and short visits to the park. Remember to still keep a safe distance from others.
  • Checkout the dance page in the class pages.
  • 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 rolling. A turn taking game, great to encourage social skills. Everyone in the house can get involved in this.
  • Have you got a trampoline? Daily jumping sessions will be great! If not just encourage jumping on the spot.
  • Try these exercise videos on Youtube



  • Print out pictures of different rooms in your house. Show your child each photo and see if they can find the room you have shown them.
  • Hide a toy in a different room; show the children the picture of the room; do they go to the correct room to find the toy?



  • Check out these two Youtube videos. They have some lovely sensory  ideas you can try at home.



  • Have a picnic on the carpet or in the garden in the sunshine.

  • Blow bubbles; or remember you can make your own by using a whisk, a bowl of water, and some washing up liquid.
  • Make sand foam: Add 3 cups of sand to the tray. Gradually add the shaving cream and combine using hands. Add more shaving cream until desired consistency is made.
  • Make coloured ice cubes and let children explore on a hot day.
  • Make up a tray of cornflour. Add drops of food colour and let your children get the hands in.
  • Make musical instruments.


  1. You can make shakers out of bottles by pouring different things like pasta, cereal or seeds inot different bottles and securing the lids tightly.
  2. You can make guitars by cutting a hole in a shoe box or using an empty tissue box and wrapping elastic bands around it.
  3. Or make a drum using taping several pringle tins together. Secure thelids so they cant be taken off and lost and use wooden spoons as drumsticks. 

Here's some that other people have made.