It has been so hot and now so cold, come on weather its July. We hope you are all ok. We continue to enjoy talking to families by phone but do miss seeing the children in school. With school continuing again for some of the children at LZW, we thought we would share some of the activities we would be doing in school. Hope you are able to do some of them. We would love to see pictures of your children and what activities you are keeping them busy with. You could send pictures of the children at home during this period. Please ask us, if you have any queries too. Our email address is email@example.com (You will need to enter this address)
Lets get cooking - shall we choose face or feet biscuits (same recipe), can you decorate too
Feet shaped biscuits
150g plain flour
100g chilled butter
1 small orange
50g caster sugar
Foot shaped cutter
Heat oven to 170 c / 325 f
Art: feet shaped biscuits
Can you smell the orange. Can you feel the ingredients, messy but great fun!!! Some of you might like to taste them too. Do you know your teachers enjoy the cooking lessons nearly as much as you do.
Do you like dressing up. Have you a super hero or princess outfit at home. Maybe you have a fireman hat or something else. What do you look like in the mirror. Does anyone in your house wear a hat, would they let you try it on. How about older siblings clothes, they are usually too big. How about putting on Mums shoes. You can feel the textures, take photographs. Look at the colours, on July 6th we can dress up in
to celebrate NHS's 72 birthday. Lots of us have and are helped by the work done by the National Health Service and this gives an opportunity to
CELEBRATE - NHS 72 YEARS OLD
Whether you are at home or school join in. Take some pictures if you do and send them to us. We would love to see you dressed up.
Music, music, music
I can move my body!
Can I find my head, hands, feet, what about my nose?
We are sharing some songs to listen to, move to and find find your body parts. Where are your hands, where is your head. You can look for other songs:-
I got a body, a very busy body
Peter pointer, peter pointer
Clap, stamp, slap, click
If you are happy and you know it
What other songs can you find about your body, also how it moves
Paper bag/plate faces
Can you make a paper face using either a paper bag, paper plate or a piece of paper. You could make a human face or an animal from our class story. What can you use? Look at our pictures for ideas. It is possible to use felt pens or crayons only, or you can be as creative as you want.
Lots of colours or just one, painting can be surprising. Making marks on paper with an assortment of tools or using your hands, fingers or feet. Its possible to make some equipment with household objects. You can use your hand and arm to make a giraffe. Look at the pictures for some ideas.
Its literacy this week and in our story about Gerald the Giraffe we hear about him trying to dance various sorts of dance but not being able to do it. Then he showed his friends his own special way of dancing. We have included some songs for you to dance to. Like Gerald we all have our own way of moving and dancing. Can you invite your Mums and Dads, brothers and sisters to join in. At school we have some fun moving with a parachute in Physical development. There are lots of other sorts of dance music you can listen to on You tube.
Giraffe's cant dance
Our story is all about Gerald the giraffe. Look at all the different ways the animals move. the lions did a tango, the chimps a cha-cha. What other forms of dancing can you find. "We all can dance," he said, when we find music that we love. What music do you love to listen and dance/move to.
All our faces are different. Do you have a mirror at home you can look in. Is it a big or small mirror. What do you see when you look into it. Can you see your face. Can you see your hair, your eyes, your mouth. How many noses do you have. If you have a torch shine it into the mirror can you see its reflection. Can you ask someone put their finger on your nose etc. whilst you are looking in the mirror. Who else can you see, does teddys face appear when you hold him infront. Could someone give you a gentle face massage.
I look in the mirror
and what do I see?
A pair of eyes
looks back at me.
A nose, two ears, two eyebrows too
Two lips, and teeth, to say
"I love you"
I look in the mirror
and what do I see
I look in the mirror
and I see ME
Oranges, Apples, Guava, Pineapple, Mango etc. - Who likes fruit
Do you go shopping with Mum, Dad or anyone else. In our work about our world we shall be looking at the world as we see it once we leave home. At the moment some of us wont be joining in with shopping activities. but normally you might. What fruit and vegetables do you like to smell, feel, eat or look at. What amazing colours and textures.
Some resources on You tube are:-
Fruit song for kids - The Singing Walrus
Fruits in English for kids - Baby Nenes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Illuminated films
Some of you like the taste of fruit, what about fruit smoothies
What do we need
Chopping board, fruit and knife (great care needs to be taken with this tool)
Use a juicer or food processor.
Can you help to make this?
You can look, feel, smell, taste (if able to), both the original fruit and the finished smoothie.
What we eat whether by eating or through tummy tubes are essential to keep us healthy and help us grow.
Which fruits do you like best?
Do you have play foods, shop toys like tills and shopping baskets?
In school we have a variety of these and some of you enjoy playing with them. Sometimes we can walk from school to Stopsley village and visit the Greengrocer. We might buy some fruit and come back to school and make a fruit smoothie.
Do you have a physio programme, are you using it at home. Some of you will have these and we hope you are using them at home. It has been great to hear from some parents that their children are benefiting from time in the standing frame, opportunities for walking, doing stretches specific to individual children. Keep going, they really do make a difference!
Paper plate faces
Do you like collage, feeling sensory items, making pictures etc. In school some of us love messy activities. Feeling paper, sand, sawdust, rice, fabric etc. etc. If you have items at home and glue why not make a paper face with a paper plate. You can choose what you make it from. What would you use for hair - wool, pasta, noodles etc. What could you use for eyes - paper shapes, buttons, fabric etc. What could you use for a mouth - paper shapes, pens, etc. Can you explore the items you use, reach with your hands, hold them against the cheek. Get an adult to drop items such as rice slowly into a bowl and listen with your ears.
In class we have some toy fire engines, fire stations etc and some of the children love to play with these. They make noises and so do we. Do any of you have fire engines at home to play with. Hope you enjoy the story. There are other links to look for on You Tube:-
Rosie and Jim 811 - Flashing fire engines (Wildbrain-kids videos)
Neenaw - The little fire engine (Deano Yipadee the singing author)
So lets have some fun with playdough....
! cup of salt
3 cups of plain flour (if you can get it!)
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
! cup of water
food colouring (optional)
Mix together the dry ingredients, then add oil. Gradually add some water and a small amount of food colouring. Knead together to improve the texture.
So whats next:- You can possibly squeeze it, squash it, roll it, smack it with a flat hand, push fingers into it, pound it with a fist shape, etc. etc.
In school we do an activity called Dough disco, "Google" it to find out more. Lots of the children in school love this activity. Music is played and a series of actions then take place with the playdough.
We love our songs in Willow Class. We often sing and do action rhymes, this can be rythm kids where we exercise to some nursery rhymes and songs. One of the songs we like is..
Head, shoulders, knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders,knees and toes
When we sing this we point to the body parts. We sing it over and over getting faster and faster as we go.
Here is another song about body parts from You tube
SENSORY STORIES AND SENSORY MASSAGES ABOUT COVID can be found on http://www.mainspringarts.org.uk/strings-and-things-sensory-stories
Today 8th May is VE Day, the day the country celebrated the end of the second world war. There were lots of street parties and some people will during Lockdown, be celebrating in their front gardens whilst still observing the rules of social distancing. This year marks 75 years ago and should have hosted many celebrations to mark this event in history. It will still be a day to remember for many.
The music of this period is distinctive and a couple of resources of music on You tube are: -
CBBC - WW11 V E Day song
VE Day songs - swinginkatz
Do your children like songs.... A few more that we suggest listening too are also found on You tube
My Body - ABCmouse.com
I am special - Shemrock
I am special - Pinkfong songs
Do your children have favourates they like to listen to, send us an email and let us know. It would be great to share them. How do you know which they like, how do they respond.
Rainbows are special at present. Children are sometimes colouring them in, printing them and placing them in their windows. This helps to encourage us all in this difficult time. A couple of songs that you might like to listen to, again on You tube are:-
I can sing a rainbow - BBC Teach
Colours song - The Learning Station
Can your children explore colour, make a rainbow or print one out and place it in your window. Could you create a coloured collage (doesn't have to be a rainbow) or explore the feel of different fabrics - possibly bright colours like red and yellow. Your rainbow or coloured collage could make someone smile to see it.
Children - do you like a massage?
Colours of the Rainbow is a massage from Rainbow massage, you can find a link on
A collection of songs about animals can be found on You tube - Super simple songs. The collection is called Our favorite animals songs for kids. It has numbers, animal sounds, songs with movements. Suitable for some siblings too.
How about making your own instruments and play along to your favourite song:
Helpful Computer Resources to explore
Signing Hands 10.30am Monday to Friday (also available on You Tube)
The Story Massage Programme - 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday on Facebook
Visual Impairment resources on the computer
Cooking up a treat
Cooking time is a great hit with the children in willow class. They are encouraged to explore the ingredients and some are able to taste them and the finished item too. We very much use all our senses for this where possible. Taste, smell, looking, tasting and listening . We also use switches to enable the children to mix together ingredients. There are lots of recipes online. Some of the ones we would have included are
Pizza faces (variety of vegetables, fruit)
Roti faces (variety of vegetables, fruit)
Use the hand cleaning afterwards to include a water play activity. Possibly add bubbles or use items to pour.
Physio and Physical Exercise
Hopefully you are able to enjoy short periods of time away from home, although of course not everyone can. The weather has been great but it may change this week, but dont stop going out if you can. The experience of feeling rain, the wind and a drop in temperature, the warmth of the sunshine, are all learning experiences.
If you have equipment at home like standing frames, walkers etc. do use them. Have you an exercise programme given by therapists, do use them, they do make a difference.
Please look under News and Events - Covid 19 to find telephone numbers of additional services usually available to you. Do ring if you have any issues with equipment etc.
Coronavirus - Covid19
Do look at class pages for Daisy and Poppy too, for further ideas and information.
Continue to take very good care of yourselves and follow Government guidelines.
We hope this helps a little.
Mary, Kelsey, Sachna, Fiona and Colsumma (Willow staff)