Welcome to Zebra Class!
Week beginning 30th March 2020
I hope you are all well and enjoying the break.
You may have seen the rainbow pictures in people's windows over the last few days. If possible could you create a brightly, coloured rainbow for your own window. You can use coloured pencils. felt tips, crayons, paints, glitter, tissue paper, or anything you have in your house to create your rainbow picture. Once you have finished could you please take a photo of your rainbow and send it to email@example.com
I can't wait to see them!
Here are some more 'rainbow' themed activities for you to complete this week.
Have fun and take care, Zebra staff!
Your first task is to listen to and join in with the 'I can sing a rainbow' song and try to copy the Makaton signs.
Your next task is to listen to 'The Rainbow Fish' story and draw your own rainbow fish.
Your final task and to keep active this week is to join in with the Go Noodle 'Awesome Rainbows' dance.
Parents/carers please join in with your child and have fun together!
Week beginning 23rd March 2020
Good morning Zebras and parents/carers.
I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable weekend!
Each week different activities will be posted for you to try with your child at home if you wish.
Firstly, here are some songs that the children join in with daily at school- 7 days of the week song and our weather song!
This term we have been learning about Dinosaurs.
It would be great if you could listen to the 'Tyrannosaurus Drip' story by Julia Donaldson (link below) and complete some of the suggested activities:
Take care and have fun with these activities!
Aimee and Zebra staff
Our teachers are Aimee Doughty and Louise Hargreaves.
Our teaching assistants are Amanda, Mel and Cheryl.
Zebra class is a class of 8 children with a variety of learning difficulties.
On our class page you will find information about what we are learning in class and the many exciting events that are coming up throughout the year. We will also use this page to share photographs and videos of your child's learning and any other special activities that occur within our class.
Mondays - Hydrotherapy
Tuesdays - Swimming
Wednesdays - Rebound
Fridays - P.E
Break up - Friday 3rd April
Return to school - Monday 20th April
Zebra Class Assembly - DINOSAURS! 18th March 2020
We had lots of fun showing the school what we had learnt about dinosaurs today. We dressed up as different types of dinosaurs and showed the children our work and special dinosaur stomp dance.
We had very loud voices and everyone had fun joining in with our song.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Zebra class have been busy planting some new flowers for our outdoor area. We filled the pots up with soil and took it in turns to place each plant in the pot. We made sure they had plenty of water and sunshine to grow!
World Book Day - 5th March 2020.
Zebra class really pulled out all of the stops for World book Day. We had a batman, Peter rabbit, a stegosaurus, Where's Wally, Newt Scamander and not one, but TWO Anna's!
We all shared our favourite book with the rest of our classmates to add to the schools' grand total of books read! We are hoping to get to 100!
Science - Frozen dinosaur eggs - 13/02/20
We decided to make some dinosaur eggs of our own. We filled up a balloon with water and food colouring and popped a special 'baby dinosaur' inside. We talked about how they felt 'squidgy' and 'soft.'
We put them in the freezer and left them overnight. We couldn't believe what had happened to them! When we touched them, they felt 'hard,' 'cold' and 'wet.'
We then pretended we were a Palaeontologist and all chipped away to get our dinosaurs out of the ice. We really enjoyed this and all compared the different species that we had hatched!
Tees-Saurus Park - 11/02/20
Today Zebra class went on the hunt for dinosaurs. We hunted high and low, climbed hills and jumped over puddles to find them. We saw a T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Diplodocus! We fed them grass, felt their big tusks and roared like a T-Rex!
Investigating fish! - 06.02.20
After reading the story of 'The Rainbow fish,' Sam from Toucan Class visited our class with different types of sea creatures.
We held cod eyes, dissected a mackerel and looked at 'Crusty' the crab. We talked about the different parts of the creatures including head, fins and scales.
The children were so brave and we even cooked and tasted swordfish. It was yummy!
Amanda made sure Crusty went back to his friends and took him back to the seaside.
Maths - Capacity
Today Zebra class investigated capacity in the water tray. We transferred green water from one container to another and talked about them being 'full,' 'half full' and 'empty.'
We worked together to show how we can transfer liquids and how it changes the capacity of the container.
It's Hatching!!!! - 29/01/2020
Just to update you all. Our dinosaur has started to break out from it's shell!
Can you guess which species it is going to be???
A special find in the Zebra Classroom!
Today we discovered an egg in our class mini dinosaur land!
We talked about how it felt and looked and also what we thought may be inside it.
Some of us thought a Stegosaurus would be inside and some thought a Tyrannosaurus would hatch from it.
We cant wait to see our new addition to the classroom!
Cheesy Dinosaur Volcanoes (23/01/2020)
To continue with our Dinosaur topic, we made cheesy dinosaur volcanoes.
We all took turns, measured out the ingredients and used all of the utensils to make our tasty volcanoes.
We hope you agree that they taste dino-licious!
SEND inclusive sports event ( 17th January 2020)
Today Zebra class went to the Seaton sports domes to join other schools in the area.
We all participated in sports including hockey, football, golf, volleyball and running. We all loved playing as a team and celebrating each others victories!
Dinosaur Display ( 22nd January 2020)
As part of our Old and New topic on Dinosaurs, we decided to display our Art and Literacy work for all to see. We looked closely at dinosaurs to describe them and decorated a stegosaurus as a team, using our fine motor skills. We discovered some amazing facts too. Did you know that some Tyrannosaurus Rex may have had feathers?
A visit from the production team of Beauty and the Beast
Today, characters from the local panto visited us for a very special performance of Beauty and the Beast. There were lots of 'boos' and 'hisses' as well as cheers in the audience. We loved it!
Christmas Nativity 2019
We all went along to St Hilda's church to perform our annual Christmas Nativity. Some of us were proud Kings and some of us were beautiful singers in the choir. It was lovely to watch and listen to, we hope you enjoyed it too.
A fantastic Christmas performance from Zebra class!
We were very proud of our wonderful performers today. They sang beautifully and were fantastic at remembering the actions. We hope you enjoyed it too. Didn't they look fantastic!?
Christmas Jumper Day! (13/12/19)
Today Zebra Class came into school in Christmas jumpers. Don't you think we all look fantastic?
D.T - Making Christmas Pudding crispy cakes (6.12.19)
We thoroughly enjoyed measuring out, mixing and decorating our Christmas puds today. They tasted as good as the looked!
Reindeer Rocks (5.12.19)
We used our rocks and shells that we collected from the seaside to make our fun 'rock 'n' roll' reindeer!
It's Christmas in the Zebra Classroom! (4/12/19)
Today, we decided to put the Christmas tree up in our classroom. We chose different coloured baubles and placed them apart to make the tree look really pretty.
A trip to Seaton Beach (3.12.19)
Today Zebra class visited Seaton Carew as part of our 'Home and Away- Seaside' topic.
We looked at the different features of the beach and compared them to when we went to the Headland. We saw some new colourful beach huts, a play area and a golf area. We enjoyed taking turns on the swings, slide and climbing equipment.
Zebra class love the outdoors, especially the Seaside!
Reading Cafe (27.11.19)
Thank you to the parents who participated in our reading cafe with their children today. We enjoyed reading the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' and taking part in themed activities. Everyone loved tasting Grannies cookies!
Children In Need 2019 (15.011.2019)
Today Zebra class really enjoyed celebrating Pudsey day. We started off the day with some Pudsey exercises and finished making our own Pudseys.
We all enjoyed dressing in spots and pyjamas and raised lots of money too.!
Cinema visit (13.11.19)
Zebra class thoroughly enjoyed watching Angry Birds 2 at the cinema today. We were all so well behaved and enjoyed laughing along with the rest of the audience!
Museum visit (12.11.19)
As part of our home and away, seaside topic, today we visited the Royal Navy Museum.
We listened to the different varieties of birds and matched them up with their sounds.
We all chose costumes to wear whilst role playing, 'at the beach now and then.'
We discovered lots about the lighthouse and really enjoyed watching how bright the light was!
We had fun playing on the boat and listening to a story in the reading area. We recalled items that we had seen when we visited the beach and pointed them out whilst we were there.
Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Washington Wetlands Centre.
Zebra class really enjoyed their visit to the Wetlands centre today!
We learnt all about habitats of different mammals, birds and plants.
We were very good at listening carefully, learning interesting facts about flamingos and otters. We were even able to feel different textures of their feathers, fur and skin. Some children were brave enough to feel a similar texture of skin to a crocodile!!!
We saw and heard lots of different types of birds and really enjoyed smelling the different plants, especially the lavender!
We finished off the day in the outdoor play area where we took it in turns on the slide and swings.
We had so much fun and hope you enjoy the photographs!
Tuesday 8th October - A visit to the beach.
As part of our home and away topic, today Zebra class visited the historic Headland on the hunt for some treasures on the beach.
We found lots of different shaped and coloured shells, built smooth sandcastles and felt the slimy seaweed. We really enjoyed listening to the sounds of the waves crashing and the noisy seagulls overhead. We even managed to get a bit of sunshine too!
After reading the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ we looked carefully at a picture of a pigs face. We looked at the colour, the shape and how many eyes a pig has. We then went to the cookery room and made our own fairy cakes and decorated them like a pig. We used pink icing for the face, icing pens to draw on a mouth, edible googly eyes and marshmallows for the nose.
Don't you think they look fantastic!!
Friday 20th September - Design Technology - Making our own gingerbread houses
After enjoying our role play with the gingerbread house in the story of Hansel and Gretel, we decided to make some mini gingerbread houses of our own!
We used our motor skills to mix and roll out the dough and used our communication skills to take it in turns and help each other.
We used our senses to describe the taste, smell and textures of the ingredients we used.
When they had cooked and cooled, we all chose our favourite coloured icing and sweets to make them look as delicious and inviting as the wicked witches house in the story.
We hope you enjoyed them too!
Thursday 19th September - Literacy role play.
Today, as part of our literacy topic, we were all involved in acting out the story of Hansel and Gretel. We listened to the story and then each chose the roles of the main characters, using phrases and actions to show what we remembered. We all had so much fun and really enjoyed pretending to eat sweets from the gingerbread house!
Wednesday 18th September - Special visitors.
Today the fire brigade visited our school and Zebra class were lucky enough to sit in the fire engine. We tried the fire hats on and even had a go at firing the water hose onto our school field.
We all loved the firefighters visiting and hearing the different noises of the sirens and the loud horn.
Tuesday 17th September - A trip to the allotments.
Today we visited the allotments to see how vegetables are grown and harvested. We pulled leeks and onions from the ground, dug in the mud and picked some beautiful juicy tomatoes and raspberries.
We all really enjoyed describing the smells, textures and tastes of the fruit and vegetables, and even got to bring some back to school!
Tuesday 10th September - Oliver's Vegetables!
In preparation for reading 'Oliver's Vegetables,' we walked together to the supermarket with a shopping list.
By taking it in turns to find ingredients in the supermarket to add to our basket, we talked about the colours, smells and textures of the vegetables. The children were fantastic at helping each other and working as a team.
We came back to school with a very full bag and can't wait to see what we are going to do with them next!
Monday 9th September - Making Zebra footprints!
To celebrate joining Zebra class, today we all had our feet painted to make our own special zebra footprints. We stuck on googly eyes and also decided to draw around our hands to make some special brightly coloured birds.
We think they make our classroom look great!
Friday 6th September - Sharing a story!
We really enjoy reading in our new class, especially with our new friends!
We all took it in turns to chose a book and shared our favourite parts of the story by using different communication methods. We have particularly been enjoying listening to the story of Hansel and Gretel.