Happy Summer Holidays 😎🕶🍦

We hope all of our Ladybirds have a fantastic break , we can not believe the holidays are here . We are all so proud of all our ladybirds have achieved this year and it has been our honour to watch them grow and blossom .

We would like to thank all the parents for your support this year and also for your cards , kind words and presents . Ladybirds have worked so hard and we have loved being a part of their journey.

We look forward to seeing you all in September and would like to give a massive thank you and good luck to Miss Anne Williams for being an honorary Ladybird this academic year . You have been amazing and we will be sad to see you go but know you will ’marvellous ‘ in your new role.

Finally a picture of your fantastic child , the picture on the bottom left is their first week and the one on the right is from the last couple of weeks.

Developing our motor skills !

This week we have used our focus activities to develop independence , exploration and self – discovery . We began the week by controlling the movement and direction of cars during I.C.T , building on the skills we learned during our Beebot session last week . As you can see it was lots of fun and even better when you joined in with a friend .Thank you to Caterpillar class for letting us share your trampoline and climbing frame to help us develop our balance , adventurous movement and body awareness our ladybirds love this session and the opportunity to practice their gross motor skills.

More fine motor opportunities as we pressed our fingers onto paint filled sponges and made marks onto paper . One of our popular activities this week was breaking up shredded wheat , chocolate and coco pops using hands and spoons the best bit was when we explored and ate the finished mixture 😋.

Our Superstar this week was all of our little ladybirds for having a busy but fantastic week 🐞🌟

Well done Ladybirds for getting attendance ted again this week for 100% attendance 🧸🐞

Don’t forget meet The Team on Wednesday evening when you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s team for September 😀

What an amazing week !!

We are so proud of our ladybirds this week , lots of new skills learned and others mastered.

The children have absolutely loved our first try at the beebot , these are programmable toys and a great tool to experiment working together . The beebot has directional arrows and when you press them the beebot moves .

Lots of skills used in swimming this week , our ladybirds are increasing in confidence during these sessions and development of fine and gross motor skills.

Take a look at our fantastic ladybird biscuits , all the children worked hard to make their own independently or with minimal support.

We would like to give a special well done to Jasper for arranging Numicon shapes from 1-20 .

Well done to our Superstar of the week Hepzibah for communicating to staff that she needed the toilet . ✨

Finally we hope you all liked your photos of you little ones , they all sat beautifully for their picture , we were so proud of them all 🐞⭐️

Sunshine , Calypso and Sunflowers 🌻

Well it’s been a hot week so we have kept busy and cool with lots of sensory activities. We have investigated light and colour using coloured bricks , everyone had so much fun building and sorting them. The children thought it was really funny to sit under the umbrella and have rice poured on them as we sang ’It’s Raining It’s Pouring ‘ during our bucket session . Lot’s of cooperative play again as the children shared the slide and frame and used their gross motor and balance skills, ( thank you caterpillars for letting us share your equipment. 🐛).

As you can see we cooled down in the shade during our water play session which was so much fun and certainly was welcome as it was so warm outside . We would like to thank Rushall for letting us borrow their instruments and the music room as we played a selection of instruments while we listened to our ’Creepy Crawly Calypso’ story song . We ended the week making our play dough ladybirds and looking at our sunflowers as they are starting to grow , how exciting ! 🌻

Thank you to everyone for your chocolate donations and for dressing your children up , they all looked amazing .

We are looking forward to showing you our activities next week 😊🐞.

Our Star of the week was Safa for independently making her playdough ladybird ⭐️

Sunshine, flowers and sensory activities

Ladybirds have enjoyed the beautiful weather this week , we have explored lots of sensory focus activities and made special cards for our daddies.
We have had lots of opportunities to practice and develop our fine motor skills .
The children are having so much fun as they use water and paintbrushes as they develop their pre- writing skills . Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write . These skills contribute to your child’s ability to hold and use a pencil , and the ability to draw,write,copy and colour. A major component of pre- writing skills are the pre-writing shapes.

Exploring mint and rhubarb !

Sensory edible tuff trays and finding worms in sand !

Practicing drawing around an insect template !

Painting with water and paintbrushes!

Designing biscuit spiders 🕷

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 👑🇬🇧👸🏼

Hello everyone, it was so lovely to see our ladybird’s this week as we start our summer term. We hope you enjoyed the holiday and Jubilee celebrations . The children have had a fun filled 3 days as we continued our royal focus activities leading up to a picnic on Friday. We have created crowns, explored jewels and sensory lights , made jam sandwiches for our picnic and decorated a cake fit for a queen for the cake competition . Everyone looked amazing in their red , white and blue and fancy clothes , thank you so much for participating.

We would like to thank the cook and lunchtime supervisors for our wonderful royal picnic lunch on Friday and a special thank you to Hepzibah’s mummy for making a beautiful banner to celebrate Oakwood’s 50th anniversary – you are so talented 💕⭐️.

Our cake “The Queen’s Hat” made with love by our little ladybirds – it was so hard to choose a winner as all the cakes were amazing 👸🏼🎂

Our beautiful banner from Hepzibah’s Mummy ⭐️💕- we will take a special picture to show you next week as it was very windy and you can not see it in its full glory !

Our superstar this week was King Archie who has played so well with his friend , lots of engagement , interaction ,communication and language – Well done King Archie 👑⭐️

Finally we have a new addition to ladybirds , one of our caterpillars has turned into a beautiful butterfly 🐛🦋 – we eagerly await some more.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 👑

This week we have started our celebrations for The Queen’s Jubilee, we look forward to continuing our activities after the holidays . As you can see we have used our fine motor skills during our focus activities to produce some beautiful things for our celebrations.

Decorating cakes

Ladybirds played their instruments to ‘God Save The Queen’ with Makaton from Singing Hands & the Makaton Choir.

We would like to thank the PSA for their kind gift of a Jubilee teddy for the children , we look forward to receiving your Jubilee Celebration photographs.

Ladybirds are so excited to see how our caterpillars have developed , they are busy making their cocoons . We wonder if they will be butterflies by the time we go back to school. Watch this space ! 🐛🦋

You will have received your pot and seeds for our sunflower competition , we are looking forward to see pictures and measurements of how they are growing. 🌻

Our Superstar this week is Hepzibah she has been very helpful and kind to her adults and friends by holding the door open when we went out to play .

Thank you Hepzibah 💕

After the holidays we will be starting an exciting new story and song linked to our ’Flowers and Insects ’ topic.
‘Jump and jive with this funky band of mini – beasts , as they play their cool calypso beats ! Introducing guitar – strumming ladybirds , trombone – blowing dragonflies and piano – tinkling centipedes. The counting theme throughout helps the children with their numbers up to ten.’

We hope you enjoy a sneaky peek below , we have enjoyed playing instruments and dancing to it today.

We hope you enjoy the holiday and your Jubilee Celebrations . 🐞

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 🐛🦋

This week we have concentrated on ‘The Life Cycle of a Butterfly’ , our focus activities have included painting splodges on one side of our paper then folding and pressing them when the children opened them it was a whole butterfly which showed symmetry . We began the week with an edible tuff tray using crumble mix , crushed biscuits , herbs , tomatoes and coco pops . We added our insects for the children to manipulate and explore. It was extremely popular as you can see.

Hephzibah and Ollie were so excited to look at our caterpillars to see if they had grown , they then shared the book ‘The Sleepy Little Caterpillar’ with an adult.

Making caterpillars using unifix bricks.

The children were excited to see who had made the longest caterpillar, Jasper decided to make his own version of his favourite characters from Numberblocks. This activity gave the children lots of opportunity to develop their fine motor skills as they manipulated the bricks .

This week we have also watched ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ , this is a firm favourite with the children and they then had the opportunity to explore our story sack resources as well as the book.

Today the children made butterflies using waffles cut in half to make a butterfly topped with blueberries – yummy !

You may have spotted our attendance bear in some of our pictures , she took part in lots of our activities. Ladybirds have done so well and have been awarded it for next week as well.

Great attendance Ladybirds 🐞 !

As the weather was so beautiful we used the opportunity to develop our gross motor skills and balance using bikes, scooters , cars and the balancing blocks .Hepzibah also played the drums as her friends enjoyed the sunshine, Ollie could not resist joining in.

Our Superstar this week is Ollie he has become engrossed this week in our activities for ‘The Life Cycle of a Butterfly ‘ . He has shown us his total awe and wonder and amazement during his work – well done Ollie 🦋.

Caterpillars 🐛 and Butterflies 🦋

Ladybirds have had a fun filled week full of insects , flowers, sunshine and laughter .We began the week making handprint butterflies , the children are so much better at getting their hands messy to create their masterpiece’s. Next we looked at the life cycle of a butterfly, the children listened to instructions and completed their work sheet.

We have had some new resources for our topic , the children were engaged and excited to investigate the insect jigsaws and toys.

Finding hidden insects in cereal

Making Dough Caterpillars

Flowers

The children investigate flowers using their fine motor skills , sense of smell and touch .

Today the children found some new visitors had come to visit Ladybirds , they are excited to see the caterpillars grow and develop – watch this space !!!

Look how much fun the children had in todays beautiful weather , it gave us the chance to use our gross motor and balance skills.

Our Superstar this week is Alex for signing the ’hello’ song .
Well Done Alex !!

This week Ladybirds have been awarded the Attendance Bear for 100% attendance this week . Look out for our pictures of the bear joining in with our activities next week .

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend , see if you can find some flowers and insects while you enjoy the sunshine . 🐛🐞🕷🪲🌸🌻🌼🥀

Eid Mubarak 🌙

This week we have been learning about the Muslim festival of Eid.

Eid al-Fitr is a very happy occasion for Muslims around the world, it is celebrated when Ramadan , the month of fasting , finishes. When the new moon is seen the next day is Eid – ul – Fitr. After the Eid Prayer everyone greets each other , children accept gifts and eidi in the form of money from adults. Everyone wears new clothes and go to meet their relatives for food and celebrations .

To signify the new moon we completed a moon and star card , a mobile and using pieces of coloured paper a mosque, we also looked at some Islamic artefacts that Maryam from Caterpillars kindly let us borrow to explore and find out about.

During our music session Ladybirds had lots of fun following instructions to ’stop, go , loud , quiet , fast and slow.’ The children are really using their listening skills while exploring a collection of different instruments.

This week we have investigated some new sensory light equipment , lights are a fantastic source of visual sensory input. Our ladybirds were fascinated with our new light shaker beads and can be seen exploring and investigating them .

Today we have continued our insects topic work by decorating mini caterpillars 🐛 adding eyes , mouth and legs. Using their fine motor skills the children squeezed the icing out to make the features and legs , this activity helps with co- ordination and helps to strengthen the muscles in the children’s hands while having fun watching the icing squirt out.

Star of the Week ⭐️✨💫

This week we have 2 stars of the week who have worked and interacted together exhibiting amazing team work. Charlie and Hepzibah have joined in a game together while singing one of our number songs ’10 green bottles’. They worked as a team to line the bottles up , sing the song and collect the bottles at the end. They both correctly counted the numbers down from 10 to no green bottles at the end . Later on in the morning they both played the game individually .
Well Done to you both 😊