Badgers Go Camping

This week the Little Badgers have been learning about camping. They watched an episode of Peppa Pig called “Camping” and played in a little tent in class. We put up a big tent on the grass and they had fun exploring it. They ate their snacks in the tent some days and sheltered from the hot sun inside it.

The Little Badgers had lots of fun exploring the grass bank and collecting sticks for a pretend camp fire.

The Little Badgers had fun exploring some big blocks of ice with fruit in it too. They discovered how slippery it is and how cold it feels.

Our Stars of the Week this week are Rizwanul, who has been helping to fetch the dinner trolley every day, and Manraaj, who can now to the actions to ’Wind The Bobbin Up” all the way through. Well done, stars!

Our Badgers Garden is now looking very beautiful, thanks to a donation of plants from Morrisons in Aldridge. The Little Badgers love to water the plants and look at them.

Wellbeing Day and a super week

This week has been another super one in Badgers. The weather has been good and we even had a picnic outside one afternoon. Unfortunately we didn’t get to go swimming, but we had water play in class instead. We had some lovely sensory play dough which smelled minty and went on a sensory walk through trays of grass, oats, sand, shaving foam, jelly and water!

We had fun playing on the trampoline and building a house with the giant construction material.

Our star of the week was Noah, for doing super talking!

Next week we will be learning all about camping!

Two weeks!

It’s been such a busy two weeks! The Little Badgers have been busy listening to The Train Ride, using sensory resources, swimming and learning. It was so lovely to see so many of you for our Sports Showcase. We were very proud of the Little Badgers, showing their skills of riding bikes and scooters.
Here’s a mish mash of photos from the two weeks.

This week all of the Badgers got a Star of the Week certificate as they have worked so hard all week. Well done Badgers!

The Train Ride

This week the Little Badgers have been becoming familiar with the Train Ride story and resources.

They have also been getting in the holiday mood with the hot weather and lots of sand and water play. Sarah from Rabbits class brought in a fish, so the Badgers had a look at that too. They weren’t very impressed!

Jubilee!

What a wonderful first week back we have had! The Little Badgers have loved getting ready for our Jubilee party and dressing up as royalty. They loved the Jubilee Picnic on Friday too. The whole school was outside and I think the Badgers got the best spot, on top of the decking.

We had a really busy week, but still managed to go swimming!

Next week we will be reading The Train Ride and finding out what the Little Badgers got up to at half-term, so if you haven’t sent in your photos yet, now is the time to do it!

Getting ready for the Jubilee

This week the Little Badgers spent some time getting the classroom ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They decorated bunting using pastel crayons (messy but fun). we all listened to God Save The Queen and tried to learn the Makaton signs for it. Then we looked at the Union Flag and noticed it is made up of red and white stripes on a blue background. The Little Badgers then had a go at making their own union flags by gluing red and white strips of paper on a blue card. Their interpretations were fantastic and are now on display round our classroom door.

The Little Badgers also made some red, white and blue play dough and had fun playing with it.

Our star of the week this week was Gabriel, who has coped admirably with some major changes o his routine, including two appointments.. Well done, Gabriel!

After the half-term break we will be celebrating the Jubilee for three days, then continuing with our ”Holidays” topic. Don’t forget to send in your photos of your Little Badger enjoying their holiday for our classroom display board. You can send them to the school Postbox email address. Don’t worry if you haven’t been away- holidays at home are fun too and we’d love to display your photos.

Hopefully we will be swimming too so remember to send in kits on the first Wednesday!

What A Wonderful World!

This week the Badgers have been doing lots of work towards our corridor display which is based on the song ”What A Wonderful World” which we are learning for the Summerfest. They have painted and collaged trees and a lovely rainbow. they have also done lots of planting in Badgers Garden and some of the photos will go on the display.

The Badgers also enjoyed listening to our story and using the story resources, using the go-karts, using ipads, exploring water and practising skills like drinking from an open cup and using cutlery, dressing and using the bathroom more independently.

Noah’s family and Haseeb’s family have been busy making 50th birthday cards for Oakwood- thank you, they are beautiful. And our Star of the Week was Manraaj for lovely work this week and for learning to prompt an adult to sing ”Wind The Bobbin Up”.

Garden Centre Visit and painting clouds

As you may know, Badger Class have a little garden on the small playground. They have planted flowers and broad beans already and it’s looking quite nice. Gwen wrote to all the local garden centres asking for donations and we had a reply from Wheats on the Chester Road. They kindly donated us some seeds, pots and three big bags of compost. On Wednesday, we took a delegation of Little Badgers to the garden centre to collect the donations. They had a lovely time looking round and found some ducks. It’s the first time we have been anywhere other than the Forest since before Lockdown, so it was lovely to go out. Hopefully we will be able to go again with another small group before too long.

We have already used some of the compost to plant potatoes in and some sunflower seeds (the slugs ate the last ones). I will post some photos of that activity next week.

Earlier in the week the Little Badgers had fun painting fluffy white clouds on blue paper for a display board in the corridor.

The Little Badgers also had fun this week finding out about the weather as you may have noticed by the bags of soggy clothes they brought home! They got caught on the playground in a downpour and got very wet. Some of them also got muddy because they love to experiment with the mud. We apologise for the mix-ups with shoes and socks! It can be very difficult if things are not named. We always try our best to send the children home dry and comfortable. If you want to send in wellies and waterproofs for wet play, that would be great, but please make sure they are named.

Eid and Bank Holiday

Happy Eid! and Happy Bank Holiday! Thank you for sending in photos for our classroom display- it’s starting to look very summery in Badger Class. Even though it was a short week, the Little Badges had lots of fun. They explored the ingredients used to make Eid Rice Pudding (kheer, but without nuts). They used glue and tissue paper to decorate pictures for the display and had fun in PE and on the playground.

Our Star of the Week this week was Anmol, who has been noticing a lot more of what’s going on in the class and responding to it. He’s also being trying very hard in PE, working at climbing and descending steps and walking along benches. Well done, Anmol!

Let’s Go On Holiday!

Hello and welcome to the summer term in Badger Class! our main topic is Let’s Go On Holiday and the Badgers have got off to a flying start. They read a new book called Teddy Takes A Tumble which is about a little boy who forgets to strap his teddy into his car seat. When his mum has to brake suddenly, Teddy falls onto the floor. Fortunately he is ok, but a bis shocked. Of course, the moral of the story is to make sure you do up your seat belt in the car! The Little Badgers had fun strapping Teddy into his car seat and a few of them surprised us as they were very good at this!

They also watched a video of an aeroplane taking off and landing and all pretended they were on the plane, going on holiday.

The Little Badgers also started to get ready for Eid by watching and singing along to Eid songs on You Tube and making an Eid card, which you should have found in their bags. Eid is on Monday and Tuesday, so if your Little Badger will still be celebrating with family on Tuesday, just let us know.

The Badgers had two PE lessons this week, as they are not swimming this half-term. They had great fun using the apparatus and following an obstacle course. They also had fun exercising outside and playing games of ”follow the leader”.

Our Star of the Week this week was Rizwanul, who has been making lots of efforts with receptive and expressive communication, including using PECS, making vocalisations and following verbal instructions. Well done, Rizwanul!

Next week, we will continue to explore the theme of holidays so it would be great if you could let us know what your Little Badger has been up to over he Bank Holiday weekend and if possible send in a photo. You can email it to postbox@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk or print it off and pop it in their diary bag.