Class 1 - Stingray
Term 4 Report
We returned to school after the half term break. We are starting our new topic ‘People Who Help Us’. We have had a focus on keeping and being safe as a mini theme this week and have explored making traffic light crackers and biscuits in cooking, have practised putting helmets on for using the bikes and also pretending to be pedestrians needing to cross the ‘roads’ on our playground. We also enjoyed some lovely weather this week and have been making the most of being outdoors and playing physical games such as tennis and practising our target throwing. Next week we are focusing on the police and how they help us.
This week we have turned our attention to the role of the police and how they help us. Children have had opportunities to act out the role of a police officer and have learnt a little bit about their equipment such as vehicles and dogs.
We also celebrated Shrove Tuesday/Pancake day! As part of this we made our own batter mix, following a recipe. The children used PECS to request the topping they would like and really enjoyed eating them!
Also this week we have celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The children brought in their favourite books from home and we also invited parents to come in to ‘Relax and Read’ with us in the afternoon. It was a great success and we had lots of parents coming along to read with us. The special snacks on offer were a hit too!
On Friday we had lots of opportunities to engage in communication activities using PECS for example. A lovely end to a busy week!
This week we have focused on the fire brigade! The children have enjoyed lots of opportunities to act out certain aspects of the role of a fire fighter, especially using water sprayers to ‘put out’ fires! A great way to build up our fine motor strength. We’ve explored the colours of fire through art and cooking activities.
At the end of the week we celebrated and fundraised for Red Nose Day. The class was full of red clothing and red themed activities including red playdough, red jelly excavating and decorating biscuits with red icing. We enjoyed learning and dancing to the official Red Nose Day song ‘Put a Nose on It!’.
We have explored the roles of doctors and nurses this week and have had a general theme of keeping our hearts healthy through lots of physical activities. We even setup a hospital role play which the children enjoyed bandaging up adults and peers! In cooking we practised our sandwich making skills and then cut them into heart shapes as our sandwiches for a healthy heart. We enjoyed a trip to the school garden earlier this week and lots of us were great helpers in the allotment watering the plants.
Our writing has really improved this week too with some of us writing silly sentences and many of us practising to write individual letters, especially those from our names.
We were really lucky to have a visit from the fire brigade this week. We went outdoors to look at their fire engine and we got to sit inside it! Later on in the day we were visited by two lady firefighters who talked to us about the equipment they wear. We took turns to try their uniforms on and really enjoyed it.
Also this week we have had a focus on teeth and the work of dentists. We have had fun exploring different textures of food and learning about how our teeth chew up food. We’ve played dentists in role play and have explored lots of messy play with toothpaste gloop and have practised using toothbrushes.
We have reached the final week of term and what a busy term it has been. The children have enjoyed learning a bit about the jobs of People Who Help Us.
This week we have moved our focus to World Autism Awareness Week and we have celebrated this through assemblies, wearing what we want and inviting our parents to join us for Easter arts and crafts. Also during the week we have engaged in lots of Easter themed activities such as Easter Egg Hunts!
Term 3 Report
We have settled back in to our new term and new-year really well! It’s like we’ve not been away at all! Our new topic is On The Farm. The children have enjoyed visiting the school garden each Thursday when we have a session with the forest school leader Ruth Parsons. The children were challenged to dig holes using adult spades ready for our orchard trees to be planted.
We’ve also made our own sandwich, choosing our own filling using PECs and then practising our spreading and cutting skills. Lots of children have shown interest in the alphabet and in solving simple addition problems.
This week has been a short week as the teachers had a training day on Monday. We have had a focus on money in Maths this week and the children have enjoyed exploring them through sorting, matching and ‘shop’ activities. Our role play this week has been a farm shop, linking to our topic. This week our school garden visit focused on making bird feeders using lard and bird seed which some of the children really enjoyed. We discovered some old nests in the bird boxes as Ruth took them down to mend – we found an old wasp nest, bird nest and also found a small bees nest and we could see some honeycomb that they had made! Our story this week has been Rosie’s Walk and some children have written their own versions. A busy week in Stingrays!
This week we have focused on the story of What the Ladybird Heard. We have enjoyed a police role play and making our own playdough ladybirds. We visited the garden on Thursday and helped Ruth search for birds as part of the RSPB Birdwatch. Some children also had a go at sawing discs off logs with Ruth’s special saw.
In Maths this week we have focused on using money and have we practised using coins to pay for a special snack including chocolate buttons and cookies!
Following on from our story focus we have used milk to create our own milkshakes. We used PECS to help us request a flavour powder and then we mixed it in the blender. We learnt that milk comes from cows.
Our story focus this week was The Enormous Turnip. We really enjoyed the sensory story that Tracey led. Outside we have practised using ropes to pull out an imaginary turnip, like they did in the story! Our cooking session involved us making mashed turnip. We followed a recipe and verbal instructions really well.
We have also had a focus on carrying out small jobs as part of our next steps. Some of us were able to wash up our dishes after snack.have written their own versions. A busy week in Stingrays!
On Friday this week we had a snow day at home as the school was closed!
This week we have focused on the story of Oliver’s Vegetables. We have explored vegetables outdoors in our soil digging tray and we have also used some of the vegetables in the story and made our own vegetable soup. We focused on using tools such as knives and graters with care.
This week we have also celebrated Chinese New Year and learnt about some of the animals from The Great Race story. The children had the opportunity to try noodles, prawn crackers and spring rolls. Lots of us loved the noodles! As it was the Year of the Pig we also made paper plate pigs.
Lots of us have been great helpers in the school garden to weed the raised beds. The adults were so impressed with the children who had a go at sawing and used a saw safely.
Our final week of term – it has flown by! This week our highlight was our trip to The Farm Project in Cirencester. The children really enjoyed seeing a real working farm in action. It was our first trip offsite as a whole class and the adults were SO impressed with how we managed and behaved! We were superstars. We got to see young dairy and beef calves and their mothers – we loved feeding them hay through the fences! We walked around some poly tunnels and some of us tasted lettuce and spinach. All of us had a turn at sitting in the seat of a tractor and then we walked down to visit a couple of really big pigs down in the fields! A fantastic trip and a great way to end our term!
Term 2 ReportWeek 1
We have settled back into our school routines really well after our week and a half off! We have focused on Bonfire Night and Fireworks this week. We have enjoyed making edible ‘sparklers’ using breadsticks, icing and colourful sprinkles. We’ve practised our communication using PECS to request paint colours to create our own firework paintings. The weather has been very rainy this week so there has been plenty of puddle jumping too! At the end of the week we learnt a little bit about poppies for Remembrance and we made our own poppy biscuit to take home.
Another busy week in Stingrays class. In Maths we have been exploring shape and position. We have focused on the festival of Diwali too; we have made our own diya lamps using clay, danced to music with ribbons and scarves and tried some Indian foods. On Friday we had a pyjama day to mark Children in Need. We have enjoyed Pudsey playdough, painting and fine motor challenges. In the afternoon we had popcorn and cakes in our PJ party!
This week we have focused our literacy learning around the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have practiced our skills in opening packets and containers and enjoyed lots of role play with tea parties. In Maths we have been thinking about size language and sorting objects into categories as well as developing our positional language understanding. We painted our air dry clay diya lamps for Diwali and they are looking great!
We began our week with a visit from Paul Stickland who is the author of Dinosaur Roar – we enjoyed hearing him tell us the story on the big screen in the hall. This week our story focus has been the Stick Man. The children have enjoyed lots of ‘stick’ themed activities including eating ‘stick-like’ foods and saying whether we liked or disliked them, creating our own ‘magic’ sticks and enjoying snow dough. In Maths we have been focusing on counting to match numerals, solving simple problems and developing our understanding of ordinal numbers. The weather has been very windy and rainy so we have enjoyed lots of puddle jumping too!
Our sensory story focus this week has been ‘The Snowman’. We have enjoyed retelling parts of the story, complete with flour ‘snow showers’ and we have made melting snowman biscuits. We have loved the wet weather this week and the puddles that emerged in our outdoor area. Some of the children played with boats in the puddles too! We have started our Christmas celebrations in class this week. We have been learning our Christmas carol ‘Jingle Bells’ and have been mark making in glitter!
The children performed their song ‘Jingle Bells’ at the Carols Around the Tree event, which was attended by so many of our parents. We sang and sat so well in a very busy hall! This week we have enjoyed the story ‘We’re Going on an Elf Chase’. We have worn elf hats and have found elves in our outdoor area and have loved making snowmen out of mashed potato! Some children went on a Santa and Elf Dash off-site down in Westbury and had a great time in the ‘snow’ showers getting messy! They all behaved really well and had lots of fun. Meanwhile the remaining children on site joined with Turtles for a lovely school garden session making Christmas decorations with Ruth.
Term 1 Report
We have had 6 new children join us in Stingrays this week. They have settled in so well and have been getting used to our environments and routines. We’ve enjoyed lots of messy play, singing songs, exploring instruments, painting and building. We have coped really well with new transitions on the buses and going to the hall for assembly and lunch. What a great week!
This week we have enjoyed den building outdoors. We have had a go at painting our own self-portraits and drawing with chalk outdoors. We are getting more used to our routines and the long school day! The adults are feeling really proud of us! During the week we have also had a go at some number challenges and making pizza faces! On Friday we had our first drumming session with Luke which we all enjoyed. Another busy week in Stingrays!
During week 3 the children have enjoyed a focus on the story of the Three Little Pigs – we’ve seen so much fantastic role play following on from our popular sensory story. We have also explored mark making in different media such as salt – some of us are super at writing our own names! We’ve enjoyed time outdoors even though the weather has been a bit rainy – we’ve practised our gross motor skills through lots of water painting outside.
This week we have enjoyed the sunnier weather and took a trip to visit the school garden – for the reception children this was their first visit! We learnt how to operate the water butt to fill up watering cans so that we could water the plants. We enjoyed spotting pumpkins and tomatoes! We have also had a focus on the story of The Gingerbread Man and took part in cutting out gingerbread men and then decorated them with raisins, chocolate drops and icing. We also had our first PE session of the year in the hall – the adults were very impressed with our efforts to get ourselves dressed and undressed! A very busy week in Stingrays!
We have focused on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! The children have enjoyed tasting some of the foods from the story, indicating which they liked and didn’t like. We have explored using knives to chop up fruits in the tuff tray and also used these to make our own painting using fruits to print the paint! Later in the week we enjoyed exploring conkers and rolling them down the guttering as we counted them. Our communication is improving all the time with lots of children using PECS to request with greater confidence! Super work!
We have enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival. We invited our parents to come in and join in some harvest celebrations with us. We had fun printing with apples, apple bowling and apple bobbing! We have also been learning the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and have explored this in a sensory way.
This week we have focused on self-care skills. We have had opportunities to practice bathing our toy dolls, putting on dressing up clothes and hanging them up on a washing line. We have also enjoyed teeth cleaning activities (on laminated paper!) with real toothbrushes. Over the term we have made great progress with our independence skills such as washing hands and developing our toileting. Well done!