Good morning, everyone!
Clover Class have recommended a fantastic shortbread recipe that they followed last week. There are only 3 ingredients and you can make these by hand if you don't have a food mixer, and make small balls and squash them flat by hand if you don't have a rolling pin or cutters.
The children loved adding their favourite smell to the recipe out of a choice of 3 and rolling the dough with help and choosing the cutters. Ideas for different flavours are in the recipe.
Wishing you a merry Christmas!
Moonflower Class Team
Christmas Shortbread Recipe
Useful Phone Numbers
Please find below a list of Phone numbers that you may find useful.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Childcare Disability Team (Respite)
Community Nursing Team
0333 405 0085
Continence Clinic (24hr answerphone)
Edwin Lobo Centre, Redgrave Gardens
0333 405 0087
Speech & Language Therapy
Wheelchair Repairs (Millbrook)
- The Edwin Lobo Centre has 2 numbers - the 700300 number redirects you to the 0333 number where messages are taken and redirected to the appropriate service e.g. physio.
Moonflower - January 2022
Moonflower Class Home P.E. Activities
Balloon Keep It Up - Everyone has a balloon and has to try to keep balloon in the air as long as possible. This can be made more difficult by having children only use one hand or using a body part or having both hands behind their back.
Hot Potato - Have one balloon between yourself and your child and have some music playing. The aim for the children is to keep the balloon up in the air, but to tap it up quickly to avoid being caught as the last child to touch the balloon once music is stopped. You could change this game to make the children ‘freeze when the music stops’ and hope the balloon doesn’t fall down on them (children are not allowed to move even if the balloon is coming their way). Add more balloons to the game
Balloon Finger Balancing - Have your child try to balance a balloon on their finger for as long as possible
Balloon Volleyball - this can be played with just two of you, in your front room for example. 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 Basketball Shooting - Have basket, a ring or bucket somewhere and have your child line up trying to ‘shoot’ their balloon into the designated goal
Balloon Blowing - Have your child try to blow a balloon from one end of the room to the other
Balloon Race - Have teams - the aim is to get the team from one point to another as quickly as possible. The first player in each team blows their team’s balloon. Where ever the balloon lands, the next person moves to that spot and tries to blow the balloon a little further. Where that balloon lands is where the next person starts. This keeps going until a team can get past the designated finish spot. This game could be done by tapping the balloon with hand, or kicking with foot
Setting up an outdoor circuit with hoops/hurdles/cones – set up a square formation – one edge is hurdles, one edge is hoops to jump over, one edge is cones to zig zag around, one edge is just a jog
Gymnastics stations – Set up various stations such as hoops, rhythmic ribbons, balls, beam, vaults, low bar or high bar, long mat for floor sequences, skipping ropes, balancing area. Make sure you set this up considering safety/age groups/numbers
Aerobic exercise stations – Have stations with basic aerobic type exercises such as leg curls, high knees, star jumps, scissor jumps, jump squats, lunges
Body Balance Awareness stations – Make up cards showing different body poses/balances and help your child move around the room, attempting the various poses. Could have more than one on each task card (i.e. have four on each card). Have some partner balances.
Hoops stations – Have station doing hula hoops, station walking the dog with hoop, station spinning hoops on arms or legs, station skipping with hoops, station spinning hoops on the ground, station rolling hoops or station throwing hoop and catching. Could also have stations that partners can move through together (i.e. throwing hoops to a partner, rolling hoops to a partner)
Skipping rope stations – Have stations with various skipping rope skills
Football stations– Stations can be done in pairs and can involve trapping, kicking, heading and using opposite leg. Can also involve dribbling the football around cones or to designated areas
Moonflower Class Computing Ideas
Activities for tablets
- Doodle Maths
- Mouse Maze (good for fine motor work)
- ‘Cut the rope’ (good for fine motor work)
- Awesome Xylophone
- iTrace - Handwriting for Kids
- Writing Wizard – Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words
- Tozzle -Toddler’s favourite puzzle
Computer based activity
- The ‘Purple Mash’ programme is available to use at home and has some great educational games particularly in the Mini Mash section. To access this load up Chrome and then put Purple Mash into the search engine. You can register as a parent. Purple Mash are providing a free service at the moment.
Links to Useful Websites
Copy and paste these into the search bar
- Great resource website called Twinkl this link shows resources for children specifically on the autistic spectrum but could be used with most:
- ‘Clap it’ song by Bari Koral – This is an action song that the children use every day, they love it, this would be a great way to start the day and incorporate some exercise:
- The wiggles – there are lots of clips on youtube and they tend to be educational so if the children are on phones and tablets more try some of these:
Videos to support Remote Learning
Home Learning - Math and Life skills
Making a cake or sandwich
Get together and prepare a picnic. What will you make? Sandwiches and cakes?
When you have made your lunch, allow the children to pack each item into containers or food bags and place them into your basket.
When your cakes are cooking or cooling, go on a search for the items you will need for your picnic and set it all up in the garden.
(Symbols provided below for cooking and to search for each item within the home.)
Number Rhymes - 5 little ducks - CP.mp4
Additional P.E. activities to be completed at home
Please follow the link below, for some wonderful PE resources and activities, that will support remote learning for all children in Moonflower class.