Communication and Shape Sorting

We are so proud of our Ladybirds 🐞 they are all working so hard using their ALD boards at snack time , we have seen lots of progress from the children as they choose what they want for snacks.

We are using different boards for a variety of activities to aid and reinforce the children’s communication .

Ladybirds have been using their fine motor skills to sort , match and post shapes .
Matching and sorting activities help children to develop a range of thinking skills and build the foundations for later concepts.

Our Superstar star this week is Charlie , he has been so kind and shared with his friends – well done Charlie you are being a kind and thoughtful friend.

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 β€˜ 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 β€˜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 πŸ₯³

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 β€˜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 β€˜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 !