Monkey Puzzle Blog – How to Stay Safe Online

A small group of pupils are pictured sat on the floor together, looking towards the front of the classroom, at an Interactive Board screen.

How do we take a photo on the iPads?

At the end of last week, we further consolidated our understanding of online safety when using technology and IT equipment. The Little Birds learnt how to take a photo on the iPad at small group time by snapping their friends in their World Book Day costumes.

A young boy is seen posing for a photo with his favourite storybook, whilst his friend takes the photo with an iPad tablet.

Which animals live in the jungle?

We have been finding out about wild animals and baby animals. One activity we carried out was, matching the baby animals to their grown ups. We learnt the names ‘calf’ and’ cub’ as well as what the animals were called.

A female member of staff is seen interacting with a small group of pupils on a mat in the classroom.
Two young girls are pictured sat on the floor in their classroom, reading a book together about different exotic animals.
Three young boys are shown playing with some toy Safari animals together.

We then looked at different maps and atlases to discover where some of the animals can be found. To link with this task, the children listened to cultural music from around the world. This continued to develop the children’s building blocks for Geography.

 

The children further enjoyed exploring different instruments including playing the African Cabasa, Chinese drum and African drum. This encouraged the Little Birds to enhance their expressive skills and creativity. It also developed their International Mindedness by listening to different music from around the world.

A female member of staff is seen pointing to the screen of an Interactive Board at the front of the class and talking to pupils sat on the floor in front of her.
A small group of pupils are pictured sat on a mat on the classroom floor together, playing instruments along with their teacher.
A small group of pupils are pictured sat on the floor together, looking towards the front of the classroom, at an Interactive Board screen.

We made our own animal pictures from animal-print-patterned paper. This supported our finer physical skills when cutting the materials with the scissors.

A young girl is seen smiling for the camera, whilst holding up some work she has created.
A young girl is seen smiling for the camera, whilst holding up some work she has created.
A young boy is seen smiling for the camera, whilst holding up some work he has created.
A young boy is seen smiling for the camera, whilst holding up some work he has created.

The books we looked at were all about the jungle and animals. After listening to the stories, the children were encouraged to join in with refrains as a group. This developed their communication, language and literacy skills.

  • Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
  • The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter
  • Hug by Jez Alborough
  • Barefoot Books Singalong