Summer’s here!

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Hi everyone!

We hope all our Bumblebee families are having a great time at home. Our ever changing weather certainly keeps us on our toes, but we have had plenty of sunshine so hopefully you have been able to get out, and perhaps meet up with family members in gardens and parks.

The Bumblebees’ team are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Summer term topic, which is “Flowers and Insects”. There will be an abundance of creativity in this topic, sourced from sensory, imaginative and art resources. We will of course continue to work on communication, physical and personal independence targets.

Our first text will be ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. There are quite a few resources available online. We are going to show the children the story and there are also songs relating to the book, or just caterpillars. You might like to have a look at these and enjoy them with your child.

See you soon

Bumblebees Team 🐝🐝🐝

Happy Easter!

From the whole Bumblebees Team, we want to wish you all a lovely Easter!

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We’ve had such fun over the last few weeks, enjoying lots of Easter arts & crafts, sensory play and even making Easter nests.

Below are some of the things we’ve been getting up to in the Bumblebees Bubble.

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We’ve also enjoyed listening to lots of Easter songs and Rhymes, below are a few of our favourites.

We hope you all have a lovely, safe Easter break, filled with lots of time with loved ones.

See you in the Summer Term.

The Bumblebees Team x

Easter Is Nearly Here…

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With only 2 weeks until Easter, preparations have began within the Bumblebees Class. We’ve started listening to our favourite Easter songs, learning all about the letter ‘E’, as part of our Phonics sessions and also started some Easter Sensory Arts & Crafts.

All our Bumblebees are having so much fun, we thought you may want to join in at home as well. Below are some ways you can bring Easter to life through your child’s senses.

Some of our Bumblebees are really developing their fine motor and cutting skills. So, how about practicing at home through this ‘Create Your Own Bunny’ activity.

Our little Bumblebees are getting very skilled at matching objects, understanding the words ‘same‘ & ‘different‘.

You could try this at home using our Easter Egg matching cards?

Here are some of our favourite Easter Songs, as well as our Letter Sound ‘E’. Enjoy!

Letter Sound ‘E’ – we have visuals of the letter displayed whilst listening to this song. It nice to see the children look at the letter and sometimes pick it up whilst watching the song.

The Bumblebees Team x

Mothering Sunday

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Hello to all our Bumblebee mums. The whole Bumblebees team want to wish you all a lovely Mothering Sunday.

We have been busy celebrating the day in school through Art, Music, Sensory Play & Cooking.

Below are some activities you may wish to enjoy together, over the weekend, to really celebrate you & your wonderful children.

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Fancy cooking with your little ones this weekend? Maybe you could practice their pouring, mixing and waiting skills through baking and decorating.

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How about practicing their hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills, through colouring or marking making together?

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You may even wish to create a sensory tray for your little one, filled with…

  • Red/Pink Coloured Pasta
  • Red/Pink Coloured Rice
  • Ice Cubes (Heart shaped if you have a mould)
  • Red/Pink Pom Poms
  • Cupcake Cases
  • Shredded Pink/Red Tissue Paper
  • Water
  • Sand
  • Water Beads
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After your busy day with your Bumblebee, why not sit back and watch some of our favourite Mother’s Day Songs together.

We hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day. Enjoy the special day together.

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What a ‘Buzz’ing Week

Wow! What an amazing ‘World Book Week’ at Oakwood. Our little Bumblebees were incredible and very busy taking part in many activities based on ‘Toy Story’.

From Alien jelly sensory play to practicing our cutting skills making a Slinky Dog; we’ve been busy exploring our senses and developing our life skills. Not forgetting our ‘dressing up’ day!

We all had so much fun and below is a snapshot of some of the things we got up to…

Our Bumblebees also enjoyed taking some time out and watching some of our favourite themed videos, especially Bev’s counting song. Click below to watch

Can you sign ‘Toy Story’?

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Well done to our Bumblebees at home for also taking part in some of the activities and thank you to all parents for your continuing support.

We look forward to welcoming back all our Bumblebees this week for more fun, laughter and learning.

Take care and stay safe.

Bumblebees Team x

You’ve Got A Friend In Me!

With the fantastic news that more of our friends at Oakwood will be joining us back at school soon, we thought it was important to remind our Bumblebees of some favourite ‘cue’ songs that allow our busy bees to transition for one activity to another.

Consistency, repetition and familiarity are very important in making our little ones feel safe, secure and in control of their environment.

No matter the theme, topic or skill, our ‘cue’ songs remain the same. So, when things are different around our Bumblebees (World Book Week, Themed days, Celebrations) our ‘cue’ songs bring them back on track.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy listening to some of our ‘cue’ songs. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Good Morning Song 1: We begin our ‘Good Morning’ with a Hello song. It’s wonderful to hear some of our Bees singing the words and finding the rhythm within their movement.
Good Morning Song 2: We enjoy learning about what day it is watching our adults sign the ‘days of the week’. Can you sign any of the days?
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Good Morning Song 3: What’s the weather like today? During this song we look out of the window and talk what we can see.

A skill we are focusing on with all our Bumblebees is; following the lead of an adult; especially when tidying up. All the little ears in the classroom respond to this song.

We try and encourage our children to put away at least one toy they have been playing with.

The next one is a favourite one for us all; OUR LUNCHTIME SONG.

As soon as our bumblebees hear this one, they independently go and sit at the table and demonstrate ‘good waiting’ for their lunch.

After our bellies are nice and full and we have had a great play outside, we come back together and say ‘Good Afternoon’.

After this song, the little ones get to have ‘choosing’ time, where they get to chose, from a selection of songs, what they would like to listen to. It’s always nice to see what they pick and watch them sit and enjoy watching it.

Towards the end of the day, when the learning & fun comes to an end, we sit together and enjoy some softer, calmer, quieter songs to end the enjoyable day and say ‘Goodbye’ to our friends.

Some of our Bumblebees enjoy doing the actions to this song.
For this one we turn off the lights and enjoy the lullaby.

And then another school day has ended. A day where new memories have been made, new experiences carried out and new learning embedded.

We can’t wait to see you all very soon.

Bumblebees Team x

World Book Week

Hello Bumblebees. We hope you all had a lovely half term break!

Next week (1st March-5th March) it is World Book Week and our theme this year is ‘Toy Story’. A world full of imagination, play and fun. A bit like a normal day within the Bumblebees classroom.

Toy Story - Wikipedia

***Whether you are at home or in school, we would love for you to join in within the Toy Story fun. Below are lots of activities you can do with your little ones at home.

***We know our busy bees learn through experience, touch and feel. So, below are a few sensory activities you could also try.

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You could have a wild west themed sensory tray. Exploring the different textures, shapes, materials and colours. Tapping in to and waking up some of your senses.
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Maybe you could make some of the characters out of playdoh – focusing on your fine motor skills.
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Can you make your own Mr Potato head with food around the house?

***Fancy getting hands on and being able to eat it afterwards? Below are some Toy Story inspired recipes. DON’T FORGET your good waiting whilst the food is cooking and good sharing when taking turns in mixing the ingredients.

Can you copy an adult and stir the mixture? How about pouring some of the ingredients in to the mixing bowl?

***After all that making and baking, how about you sit back, relax and enjoy our favourite song from the movie; ‘You’ve got a friend in me’.

On Friday 5th March we will be dressing up as our favourite Toy Story Characters. You can join in too… I wonder who you will be? We can’t wait to see all your pictures sent through to postbox@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk.

Always remember it’s not about the outcome, but about the process and the fun!

Happy World Book Week! x

Valentine’s Day ❤️

On Sunday, it is Valentine’s Day, a perfect opportunity for us all to remember we have family and friends who love us, and we love them. 🥰

Here are some activities you could do at home:

Make some coloured rice or pasta with food colouring and hide in some objects to dig and find.

Float paper hearts/confetti in water. You could add bubble bath or food colouring, and use some containers for filling and pouring activities.

Crumble biscuits to make edible sand and use cake cases and moulds to make your very own valentines cakes.

Here are some of our favourite Valentine’s songs we listen to in school:

Celebration Week

This week in school, the focus is on Celebrations. We have some wonderful celebrations coming up that we will be exploring in school. Maybe our Bumblebees at home would like to explore some of these too?

Key Dates

Chinese New Year – 12/02/21

Valentine’s Day – 14/02/21

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) – 16/02/21

Chinese New Year

Xin Nian Hao and Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone who is celebrating the New Year. This year it is the year of the Ox.

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Many people, around the world, traditionally will be celebrating the New Year through good food, fireworks, traditional dance, brighten up with colour and share their wealth with family & friends.

Whether you are at home or in school, let’s join in with the celebrations.

Let’s start by listening to a song all about the New Year. Do you have a drum at home you can bang to the music? Or even a pan and spoon? Let’s make some noise and celebrate the festival.

You can even make some foil sparklers at home and shake them to the music.

I know many of our Bumblebees love cooking. Maybe you could try these Dragon Cookies? Can you help pour the ingredients and knead the dough? Can you show ‘good waiting’ whilst the cookies are baking?

Maybe you would like to explore different textures and materials, linked to the festival? How about you dye some rice? Play with noodles? And maybe even create your own sensory board.

Enjoy the festivities Bumblebees and don’t forget to send in your pictures. We love seeing what you are doing at home.

AND REMEMBER; learning isn’t always pen to paper. We learn through play, waiting, sharing and being independent.

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Stay Safe Bumblebees x

Busy Bumblebees

Hello Bumblebees!

Thank you for supporting Children’s Mental Health Week.

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We’ve had a fun filled ‘Yellow’ Day, wakening up and exploring our senses. From feeling different textures – to tasing Lemons, our little bumblebees have been brave trying new things.

And here is our lovely Bev, sharing a song all about the colour Yellow.

Can you sign Yellow?

Amongst the busy day, we made sure we took some time out to relax and tune in to how we were feeling.

Click below to listen to some of our favourite relaxation songs.

REMEMBER Bumblebees

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Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your support! x