Willow Class

Healthy Heroes

Sian Peel (speel) on: Willow Class

What a wonderful term we are having! On warm, sunny days we are spending time learning outdoors and so we are busy making our lovely outdoor area into an extra special place to be by making mobiles and interesting yarn art. To do this we have used sticks, twigs, wool, threads, ribbons, strings and bows. You can only imagine the fine old tangles we have got ourselves into while exploring and creating with these materials! In the next week or so our fine artwork will be ready for hanging outside. Do come and have a look at it if you are visiting school at all.

We are also being ‘healthy heroes’ in line with our whole school theme and the children are enjoying getting active in our ‘I like to move it’ workout to very energetic music! We stretch balloons, squeeze dough as hard as we can, dance our fingers, roll balls and much, much more. We all need a rest afterwards!

We are looking forward to taking part in some exciting events to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. We will be making crowns to wear for a tea party and we think we can make some celebratory bunting too.

      

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Science Week

Sian Peel (speel) on: Willow Class

Willow Class have settled quickly back into their daily routine after February half-term and have adapted well to staff changes. Science Week has been part of their learning this term. The theme for the week was ‘Growing’, and the children were involved in lots of activities ranging from making their own soil to planting and watering a hyacinth bulb!!! We also sang gardening songs to the children whilst we worked together.

Our creative curriculum theme continues to be ‘Warm Houses, Cosy Homes’ and is incorporated into most lessons. The fairy-tale based on ‘The Three Little Pigs’ was chosen as our sensory story and other curriculum areas such as Art and Geography have been linked to it. In Art we are making the ‘Three Little Pigs’ houses using a variety of materials, and in Geography we are going outside to visit the different sheltered areas (houses) in the playground.  

The children have also been introduced to a new ‘Spring’ Tac Pac, which consists of many stimulating resources for them to explore and engage with. To complete our week staff have been working hard to develop their relationship with a particular child during the intensive interaction session, and it has been lovely to witness some very special moments of focused communication between child and adult.

      

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Willow's fun!

Sian Peel (speel) on: Willow Class

Willow Class has had a fantastic start to the new term. All the children have enjoyed returning after the Christmas break. This term our theme is 'Hot Houses, Cosy Homes'. In Maths we have been learning more about numbers and 3D shapes. The children have been using large 3D shapes to build houses and using a wooden house with different door numbers to see which pupil is behind each door. Next, we will be investigating capacity using individual winter activity trays. For English the pupils have very much enjoyed our sensory story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. During the story children are engaged by different sounds, textures and props. Willow Class also made their own muddy garden using frozen vegetables and chocolate sponge mix for the mud. Lots of mark making was made in the mud using rakes and spades. We continue to have a sensory story massage each Friday morning which all children actively take part and relax during the story.

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Space

Sian Peel (speel) on: Willow Class

In Willow Class, we have had a fantastic start to our new term. We have welcomed our new pupils into class; everyone has settled in so well and are enjoying all the activities and learning. Our new theme is Space. We have been learning about all the different planets and have been very creative, making space ships out of paper plates. Willow Class are going to be making all the planets and putting them on our Space display board. We have had an Alien sensory story -'The Alien Who Came to Tea'. The alien made lots of noise in the middle of the night and made his own tea. We have explored Autumn using a variety of sensory materials including sensory light experiences in the blackout tent in our classroom.

      

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Welcome back

Sian Peel (speel) on: Willow Class

We have had a lovely first week back in school. We have been settling in after such a long time off. We have put lots of activities in place to ease the transition. The children have been busy decorating their ‘Happy boxes’, choosing things that make them happy to put into the box which include favourite toys, textured materials and smells on fabrics. We are so looking forward to our new topic this term, Seasons and Celebrations.

    

    

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Class 4 Welcome Back!

Class 4 Welcome Back!

Laura Walton (lwalton) on: Class 4 Welcome Back!

In Class 4, we have had a wonderful time settling into our new class group. Our theme this term is 'Music around the World', so we have been having lots of fun travelling the world through sensory stories and exploring different music. Autumn is such a special season and we have been discovering how nature is changing through nature walks and lots of exciting activities.

               

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