Exploring Our New Playground

Ladybirds were so excited to see that our playground was finished when they arrived at school on Monday we can not wait to explore !!

Everyone could not wait to get outside at break to explore all our new and exciting things,
the children coordinated their whole body movements as they jumped and climbed , they also used their fine motor and hand eye – coordination skills to use the musical bars .

Gross motor develops large muscles in the arms, legs and torso . It also forms the basis for fine motor skills and relate to body awareness , reaction speed , balance and strength.

The children are having fun with a new song ‘ Hey Tiger’ by Robbie Williams this links to our book The Tiger Who Came to Tea – we are sure you will be singing it yourself by the end of the day .

Our Superstar of the week goes to Conrad – we are so proud of you this week for constantly following an instruction to ‘put your chair under the table’ after registration.

Cakes – Exploring the Forest and Looking For Tigers 🧁🌳 🐯

We began our week by decorating cakes to take on our forest trip on Tuesday. The children used their fine motor and hand /eye coordination skills to spread the icing and sprinkle the decorations . Some of the children needed a little support to decorate their cupcake , some children even ate their cake before the tiger could get it.

On Tuesday we had a trip to the forest , we hid tigers for the children to find and took drinks and the cakes we had decorated. The children explored the forest looking for tigers and some even climbed the trees just in case one was hiding there .When we found all the tigers we had our drinks , biscuits and cakes which was enjoyed by all.

Later in the week we used our fine motor skills to cut or rip paper stripes , the children negotiated using scissors and they all did so well , only needing a little help in some cases. When we had cut or ripped our stripes we stuck them to a plate to make our tiger faces.

This week we have started a new activity which we are engaging in daily, we are so proud of how the children are participating in this activity and are looking forward and excited to see how it develops.

The activity is a learning approach created by speech and language therapist Gina Davies, it aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication skills through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities.

The first stage is the bucket to focus attention:

We put visually engaging items in the bucket that the children have not seen designed to help the children to focus their attention. The activity is lead by an adult leader who makes simple comments about each item/toy to help introduce them to the children and expand their vocabulary.
The aim is to build up to 3-4 minutes of engaged attention.

The first stage is where we are at the moment and we are so proud of how the children have began to engage throughout the week.

To finish our week we had our Superstar Assembly- this week our superstar is Ollie for excellent sound blending , making and reading words.
Well Done Ollie , we are so very proud of you !

Happy New Year 🥳

It is so lovely to see our little ladybirds 🐞, we are sure they have all grown so much. We hope you all had a good Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year .’ The children have engaged wonderfully this week especially during our new story ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ and our music session where we have practiced listening to simple instructions and being creative with our movements. We moved to the beat of different songs and interacted with our peers, carefully listening to directions of ‘start and stop’ some of our children are able play and stop their instruments at the correct time . Excellent listening and concentration , well done ladybirds 🐞

The children have had lots of fine motor activities during focus sessions , we are working hard to develop our skills to enable our children to become independent getting dressed , picking up small objects and using different utensils, this will prepare the children for early writing . We have created tiger masks using marbles in trays which we tipped from side to side in paint to make stripes. The children have enjoyed role play with our story resources and making jam sandwiches for our tiger !

Our Star of the week is Alex for independently helping one of his peers to put his coat on ready to go home .
We are really proud of you Alex !

Ladybirds Festive Week 🎄⭐️

Ladybirds have had a busy fun filled festive week , we have been using our fine motor skills to make decorations , melting snowmen chocolate biscuits and calendars. We have listened to Christmas songs, and provided our own music as an accompaniment using a variety of musical instruments. Wednesday was our party day followed by pass the parcel , dancing and a surprise visit from Father Christmas and his elf.

The children have also been very excited and curious to see lots of work going on in our playground and are looking forward to play on and explore the new equipment!

We hope that you all have an amazing Christmas, spent with family and friends making memories.

We look forward to seeing our Ladybirds in 2022 ready to begin a new term, we will be using ‘The Tiger that came to Tea ‘ for our story and looking at the letter D for our letter . Below is the story song we will use to accompany our book and the song we will use for our letter.

Our Special Superstar this week is Jasper ; for playing instruments in time with the music during our music session . All our Ladybirds have been stars this term , we are so proud of you and I’m sure Santa will be too . 🎅🏻

Well Done !!

See you in 2022 – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The Ladybirds team 🐞

Merry Christmas!


To celebrate Christmas, Ladybirds have produced a Christmas video to share with their families.

Happy Christmas!

We will send the password out tomorrow


Christmas Celebrations

This week Ladybirds have been busy making lots of Christmas surprises and exploring a variety of sensory activities. We finished the week with Christmas jumper day and Christmas dinner, thank you to everyone who dressed their child up , you all looked amazing !

The children also played instruments using their fine motor skills to manipulate each one to a collection of Christmas songs. During sensory cooking we made gingerbread men and added the ingredients and smelt ginger and cinnamon.

One of our girls was our Superstar this week – for joining in “10 in the bed “song with her friends and copying the actions . Well done we are so proud of you .

Party day is Wednesday 15th December -feel free to dress up and please send a plate of food for your child that they like.

Thank you as always for your continued support throughout this term.

Let the festive season begin ☃️ 🎅🎄

The children have been busy this week with creating wonderful festive crafts and surprises 🤩😊

We are encouraging choice making , with different colour options, incorporating numbers, shapes and letters into our festive exploration.

We have worked together to decorate our Christmas tree, wow thank you little ladybirds 👏🐞🤩 The children were able to manipulate the decorations and with a little help attach them to the tree 🎄🌲. We added a little sparkle with different coloured tinsel.

A massive ‘Thank you’ to all the ladybird families for wonderful support over the last months, our children are making such wonderful progress and I am so proud 🤩😃🐞🐞❤️
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year ahead.
I will miss you all lots and look forward to hearing all about the children in the new year.

The children have formed wonderful relationships with all of our staff and Anne is a fantastic new member of our Early Years team, we are so lucky to have such expertise.

Please feel free to contact school as always via the Oakwood School number or via email to Anne Williams on awilliams@oakwood.Walsall.sch.uk.

Take Care and have a lovely weekend

Lisa 🐞🤩❤️

Snow Day Fun ⛄️

Good morning lovely Ladybirds 🐞 I hope you are all ok and have all had a good weekend.

Hopefully you have had chance to enjoy a little snow fun, perhaps you have been able to use your senses to explore, what does snow feel like? Does it sound different outside? Or perhaps you have created a snowman ☃️. Exploring the outdoors and different weather conditions supports confidence and allows big scale creativity, problem solving and interaction with others. It is also enhances our physical well being.

To follow are a few ideas for home learning today, of course the main thing is to have fun, explore and keep safe. Please do not worry if you have not got certain resources, I always find the recycling bin at home can help if you fancy being creative 😄 or simply bring a little snow inside to explore on a tray.

Adding different resources to snow or any sensory materials you have at home is a great way to extend learning and link with all areas of the curriculum. Hiding numbers or letters in flour or shaving foam or creating a small world adventure with figures or animals.

Some children may prefer to follow our story “The very Hungry Caterpillar “

Watch and enjoy the story animation and maybe complete one of the activities below 😊 🐛

Have fun ladybirds 🐞 keep safe and take care