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.

Easter

Happy Easter, everyone!

This week the Badgers have watched the Easter story on the big screen and done lots of lovely Easter activities. They made their Easter bonnets and had a parade around the classroom and did an Easter Egg hunt around school. They had such fun!

The Little Badgers have done lots of other activities this week too, including using Numicon and number jigsaws.

And our Star of the Week was Haseeb, for learning to zip up his coat all by himself!

It’s been a fantastic half-term and we can’t wait to get back on 25th April to see what the Little Badgers will learn to do next! Our topic will be Let’s Go On Holiday!

Holi

Last week we found out about the Hindu festival of Holi which is about celebrating the colours of spring.The children did an experiment with skittles and water and used lots of colours to make patterns.

The children also explored and planted some spring flowers which we have put in our little garden.

our Star of the Week was Harrison for good participation in Attention Autism sessions.

Spring Sunshine and Mother’s Day

Last week the weather was beautiful and the Little Badgers were able to spend lots of time outside, riding the go-karts, playing in the sun and exploring.

They also had a super swimming session, exploring more of the pool, floating on their backs and using the toys. Morgan got Star of the Week for his super swimming and increased independence with dressing after swimming. Well done, Morgan!

We hope you liked the Mother’s Day card which your child brought home. They were all very co-operative when having their hands drawn round and loved painting the card and using the glue to put them together.

The Little Badgers also did some lovely counting work, had fun with sensory resources and improved their skills with finding their own photos during registration. Well done, Badgers!

Outside Play and Red Nose Day

This week we have had some beautiful weather and the Little Badgers have been able to play outside a bit more. This coincided with all our bikes and go-karts being mended so the Badgers had fun giving them all a test drive.

The Little Badgers also continued to find out about Earth And Space. This week they made planets from play dough and made some moon rock cakes. Some of the cakes didn’t get as far as the children had a lovely time making and tasting them.

Because swimming was cancelled, we had an extra hall session. We also started to get ready for spring by planting some broad bean seeds. The Little Badgers loved exploring the compost and adding water to it.

Today was Red Nose Day and some staff and children wore red. We watched Red Nose Day songs on the big screen and danced along.

The weather forecast for the weekend looks great. We hope you all have a super weekend .

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blastoff!

This week we launched our Earth and Space topic by listening to the Rocket Ride song from Barefoot Books and reading a book called ”On The Launchpad.” We introduced the children to a lovely rocket toy compete with astronauts and a space buggy and some of them have begun to play imaginatively with it. The children also made some lovely rocket pictures with their handprints and made a paper plate space helmet with their own photo inside, so that they look like space men.

The Little Badgers have done lots of sensory exploration this week, including experimenting with cornflour, jelly and water. They also had lots of fun in the swimming pool and in PE. Attention Autism is also going well, with more Little Badgers focusing for longer.

Our Star of the Week this week was Noah, who has been interacting really well with his peers this week, playing with them and encouraging them to play with him. Well done, Noah!

Book Week-Animal Antics

This week the Little Badgers have been very busy with Book Week activities.

They made their own animals from furry patterned paper, some of them using the scissors themselves with very close supervision.

They made animal biscuits and played with animals in the tuff pit.

They read their books from home and drew animal pictures.

we have had a new relaxation area by our classroom door which is lovely if the children need a few minute’s peace and quiet.

And the children have been maling ptogress with Attention Autism too, taking turns to do an activity. more children are taking part now.

And finally, this week we had two Stars of the Week as we didn’t have one before half-term. Gabriel has been improving his social skills with peers and adults and Mohamad has made super progress with toilet training. Well done, Badgers!