Pancake Day 🥞

Welcome back Field Mice 🐭

We have had a busy week this week, settling back into our routines and engaging in our activities.

On Monday we celebrated Pancake Day all be it a little late. We tasted different pancake toppings including banana 🍌 strawberry 🍓 chocolate sauce 🍫 lemon 🍋 and sugar! We chose our toppings and put them on our pancake before tasting them.

During our PE lesson on Tuesday we continued to explore different ways of moving and balancing using our gym equipment. We are getting much better at engaging with each aspect of the session and all enjoyed a cool down at the end with some bubbles!

As part of our problem solving sessions this week we have been exploring capacity. We have been exploring pouring from different containers and linking these with key words such as “full” and “empty”. We all engaged brilliantly with this activity for varying lengths of time using different resources.

We have also been exploring activities in order to develop our fine motor skills as part of our continuous provision as well as during adult led tasks.

Next week we will be continuing with our Ice Worlds topic. We will start a new book called “A Dot in the Snow” where we will follow the journey of a little polar bear who meets an Eskimo in the snow.

Chinese New Year 🧧🥢

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year 🧧 we watched a video of “The Great Race” and explored the masks and animals. This year is the year of the dragon 🐉 we watched videos of dragon dances and even used our parachute to make our own dragon. We made our own dragon masks and puppets before watching videos of Chinese lanterns. We then made our own Chinese lanterns using glitter and felt tip pens to decorate.

During our cooking session this week we tasted some foods linked to our Chinese new year celebrations. We tasted noodles, egg fried rice and prawn was fantastic to taste some foods that we may not have tried before and some of them were very popular!

We have also been making some very special cards and gifts for our families as it is Valentine’s Day in our half term holiday – we hope you enjoy them! ♥️

When we return from our half term holiday we will be continuing with our Ice Worlds topic. Our focus story will be “A Dot in the Snow” and we will be continuing to learn about animals in the arctic and making lots of crafts for our class display.

We will also be celebrating pancake day when we come back as this also falls in the half term.

We hope you have a fantastic half term with lots of pancakes 🥞 and valentines 💝 fun. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 19th February.

One Day On Our Blue Planet 🌎 ❄️

This week we have continued to explore our topic “Ice Worlds”. We have listened as a group to our story and explored the sensory trays associated. We have made our own penguins and polar bears as part of our structured sessions.

In keeping with our topic we made fruit ice lollies as part of our cooking session this week. We chopped strawberries 🍓 raspberries and blueberries 🫐 before putting them into the mould and pouring in the water.

We have been using our problem solving skills this week when using the Beebots and programming them to move around the table and the arctic map.

We have been making fantastic progress with our physical development skills during both our PE and our swimming sessions this term. We have been working hard at following instructions during our PE sessions and we are engaging with adults more and more each week. It has also been fantastic to be able to access our pool this half term and we are growing in confidence in the water.

Next week we will be celebrating Chinese New Year 🧧 and preparing our Valentine’s Day gifts for our families so keep a look out for lots of lovely things coming home next week!

Penguins and Polar Bears 🐻‍❄️ 🐧

Welcome back to a new year Field Mice! What a busy start to 2024 we have had already.

We have celebrated the new year by watching the fireworks 🎆 on our screen with the lights switched. We also used party poppers to make our own fireworks whilst working closely with an adult which we really enjoyed.

We have made a great start on our new topic Ice Worlds this week, starting with reading our story One Day On Our Blue Planet – Antarctica where we met penguins, walrus’s and polar bears. We have been working hard on our engagement with a story using masks and props and we are doing really well with this.

During our PE session this week we have been exploring our gross motor skills and how we can move our bodies. Some of us needed a helping hand to keep our balance – including the adults, but we soon got the hang of it. We are getting really good now at following the routine of our PE session and we engage with each aspect more each week.

Keeping with our arctic theme we made some polar bear toast during our cooking session. We were able to practice our independence skills through spreading cream cheese onto the bread and then placing cut up banana and blueberries in the right place to make the eyes and ears. We used a picture example and looked carefully to see which bit came next.

We are incredibly proud of how well our Field Mice have settled back into school, particularly today where we all attended our dough disco and fine motor skills session. Some of us chose to develop our cutting and pencil control skills whilst others developed their fine motor skills through activities such as threading, posting and pairing nuts and bolts.

Next week we will be continuing our work linked to our topic. We will be reading more of our book and looking at how we can label and explore scenes from our story. I have popped a video of the story below if you would like to have a watch at home.

This weeks star of the week is Zoya! 🌟 Zoya tried really hard in our swimming session this week, swimming a short distance in the pool with just a float under her tummy – well done Zoya!

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and look forward to another week of arctic fun next week.

Merry Christmas Field Mice 🎄

We have had another fantastic week in Field Mice with lots of Christmas and winter themed activities.

We proudly welcomed parents into school for our craft morning on Tuesday and we are so proud of how the children coped with this session. It was so lovely to see everyone engaging and playing together!

We enjoyed our class party on Thursday where we enjoyed singing and dancing to our favourite songs and sitting down together to enjoy our party food. We all looked beautifully smart in our party clothes as you can see.

We have continued this week with our Christmas crafts and activities. Making folders to bring our creations home with us, making snow globes and much more. We hope you enjoy looking through all our creations at home.

On Wednesday we had a very special visitor into class, Santa 🎅 himself came to visit us! We all reassured him we had been very good children!

It has been a fantastic term getting to know one another and building relationships. We are so very proud of the progress our children continue to make and we look forward to seeing what the new year brings. Our first topic when we return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2024 is Ice Worlds. We are looking forward to exploring the arctic and polar worlds through lots of sensory and focussed activities.

Team Field Mice would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 🎄

What a festive week we have had! 🎄 This week we have started with our Christmas and winter themed crafts. We have made lots of lovely things which we will send home with the children next week.

During our cooking session this week we made star and snowflake biscuits. We poured, measured and mixed the ingredients to make our biscuit dough before using our cutters to cut them into a star or snowflake shape. We then used white icing and our Christmas decorations to decorate them.

We also enjoyed listening and joining in with our Christmas tree action song before decorating an interactive tree as a group on our interactive board. We then used green paint and a selection of tinsel, glitter and sequins to make our own Christmas tree hanging decoration.

As part of our sensory exploration sessions we engaged brilliantly with the light and dark resources. We used a table tent to make a dark area and observed how the different toys lit up underneath. We also used the light up cubes to make an ice world for our arctic animals.

Today was our Well-Being Day at school and we have been focussing on getting active and moving. We joined some of our Butterfly friends on our Key Stage 3 Playground to conduct our “Wellie Walk”. It was lovely to explore a new environment and interact with pupils who we don’t see very often.

It was also our Christmas Dinner day at school today! We made hats to wear to the hall for our dinner and enjoyed listening to the Christmas music in the background whilst enjoying our lunch.

We have also been exploring Christmas and Winter through our themed tuff trays throughout the week – take a look at our snowman, our Christmas tree and our ice world! These have helped to develop our fine motor, problem solving and creativity as part of our continuous provision.

Next week will be our final week of the Autumn Term. We have lots of Christmas and winter themed crafts planned for the week and of course not forgetting our Christmas Craft Morning for parents on Tuesday at 10am – we can’t wait to welcome you all into school to join in and see what fantastic progress we have made.

Emergency!

This week we have been completing our final activities linked to our People Who Help Us topic. Our text this week has been Emergency! and we have been focussing on firefighters.

We all showed fantastic engagement when listening to our story and took it in turns to use the water sprayer to put out the “fires” on our tuff tray. We showed brilliant waiting and turn taking skills during this session. We then made our own firefighter hats using different textured yellow collage materials.

During our cooking session this week we made our own fire engines using cracker bread, Oreo’s, red icing and matchmakers for the ladder. We looked closely at the example and the picture representation before trying hard to copy this ourselves.

We engaged in a sensory mark making session where we used our emergency vehicles dipped in red, yellow and orange paint to decorate our fire engine pictures.

This week we also started our Christmas festivities by getting our classroom Christmas ready! We decorated our Christmas tree and hung lights and decorations around the classroom. It was lovely to see the children engaged and taking pride of their class environment.

Next week we will be continuing with our Christmas activities and preparing for our Christmas crafting events. We can’t wait to share with you what we have we been up to.

Doctor Doctor 👩🏻‍⚕️

This week we have been continuing our work on “Doctosaurus”. We listened well to the story as a group now we are getting more familiar with the story. We then made our own stethoscopes and dinosaur doctors.

As part of our cooking session this week we used pancakes and fruit to make our own fruit dinosaurs. We used our knives to cut the fruit and looked at picture examples before arranging the fruit to make the dinosaurs.

During our PE sessions this term we have been focussing on dance and expressing ourselves to music. We have been practicing taking part in sessions which include a warm up, main activity and a cool down and we have made lots of progress with this.

Next week we will be continuing our People Who Help Us topic, focussing on emergency services. Our story next week will be Emergency! And we will be exploring fire fighters in particular.

Doctorsaurus 🦕

This week we have been reading our story “Doctorsaurus”. We enjoyed using the dinosaurs and doctors kit to act out the story together. We then made our own doctors bag, selecting the items that the Doctorsaurus might need to treat all the other dinosaurs.

During our cooking session this week we made a fruit salad. We used our knives to cut up the fruit with adult support and mixed them all together. We used pears, bananas and oranges and mixed in some orange juice. Some of us enjoyed tasting the fruit salad and some of us preferred to smell and look.

On Tuesday we were visited by the fire engine! We had chance to use the fire engines hose on the playground and we were even able to sit on the engine itself.

We visited the forest on Wednesday. It was lovely to see how it has changed through Autumn and explore the leaves on the ground and the trees. We were fantastic at exploring the forest safely and listened well to instructions.

During our problem solving sessions this week we have focussed on the number 4. We enjoyed using Ten Town to learn about the number four through song and animation. We then completed a variety of activities, exploring number composition and and number recognition.

Next week we will be continuing with our Doctorsaurus story, making our own stethoscopes and role-playing doctors. We will also continue working with our numbers 1-5 as part of more focussed number sessions.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Team Field Mice 🐭

Let’s Celebrate 🎉 🎇 🪔

Since returning to school after half term we have been having lots of fun celebrating!

Last week we celebrated bonfire night. We watched videos of fireworks on the screen and listened and watched carefully at how they crackle, bang and whiz into the sky 🎆

We used collage materials and paint to create our own bonfire pictures and enjoyed dipping our apples in chocolate and covering them in sprinkles as part of our bonfire night cooking session.

During our music session last week we spent some time commemorating Remembrance Day. Bev brought a trumpet with her to the session and we explored the sound and feel of the instrument whilst listening to The Last Post. It was fantastic to see everyone explore the instrument and investigating how it works.


Unfortunately last week we were unable to use the swimming pool at Walsall Wood Sits however we were still able to visit and make use of the rainbow soft play room. We had a fantastic time developing our gross motor skills making our way around all of the obstacles and up and down the slides.

This week has been another week of celebrations as we celebrate Diwali 🪔 and Children in Need.

We spent some time listening to experiences of those celebrating Diwali and how it is celebrated and why. Diwali is the celebration of light over darkness and we were able to Chanel our creative minds whilst creating diva lamps, Rangoli patterns and firework pictures. We particularly enjoyed watching the videos of the fireworks on our big screen. We turned off the lights and were able to experience the fireworks sounds and colours.

We were also able to taste some traditional Indian sweets. Not everyone was keen on trying the sweets however everyone looked closely and even smelt the sweets as they came around the table.

During this weeks music session we were able to explore a traditional Indian drum. We each took it in turns to make a sound on the drum, listening carefully for when our turn had finished.

Today we celebrated Children In Need. We explored the yellow play dough and made some Pudsey masks and pictures. We were able to choose which media we were to use to decorate our masks and pictures and there was a variety of choices.

Next week we will be continuing with our “People Who Help Us” topic and our story will be Doctorsaurus. We will explore how doctors and nurses help us through a variety of activities so remember to check back next week to see what we have been up to.

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We would love to hear all about what you have been up to over the weekend so please feel free to send any pictures and updates to rjones@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk. Alternatively a note in the home school communication book would be fantastic as well.