We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We have reached the end of 2021 and completed the first half of the academic year. The Nightingales team are so proud of our Nightingales children. The developments we have observed since September have been lovely to see but also hearing some children saying single words and using them in context has been amazing.

The autumn term saw us explore the animal kingdom whereby the children engaged in sensory stories for ‘dear zoo’, ‘oh dear’ and ‘we’re roaming in the rainforest’. We celebrated a range of events through sensory experiences such as Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance and Christmas by exploring music, special clothing, smells, tastes and objects.

The children have loved creative Wednesday mornings where we have got very messy with glitter and paint through many creative ways such as using baubles, bells and balls to create marks. The children also planted daffodils. And they are starting to grow!

Physiotherapy is a big part of our daily routine in Nightingales and is key to the children’s development. The consistent routine has allowed the children to become familiar with the equipment and the exercises that are required in their plan. Swimming is the children’s favourite part of the week and we see lots smiles and laughing in this session.

Stars of the Week

We want to celebrate all our Nightingales! They are amazing children and deserve a huge clap for all their hard work!

Christmas Celebrations

As we end this term the Nightingales have enjoyed a visit from Santa who delivered presents with his elf. Nightingales also enjoyed a Christmas party breakfast where we enjoyed croissants, pancakes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

The Nightingales team would like to thank you for the cards and gifts received and we all wish you a safe and merry Christmas.

Clare, Denise, Amanda, Lauren , Brodie

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas !!

It’s December and the Nightingales children have been exploring Christmas this week. It’s certainly felt Christmassy with the snow at the weekend and the flurry of snow we had Thursday. Will we have a white Christmas !?

This week the Nightingales have explored the Christmas sensory tent and we enjoyed a lovely session decorating the class Christmas tree. I think you would agree they did a fantastic job! Well done Nightingales!

Nightingales have also been exploring Christmas crafts to create memories for loved ones. The children got creative with paint, glitter , baubles and bells! The children showed some great examples of fine motor skills by reaching for the range of stimuli , manipulating and then releasing. Some fantastic art was created by the children in the tuff tray.

During PSHE this week we focused on our hands and feet. The children have been creating memory art, using paint to make foot and hand prints. Some children were not sure of the wet paint when their feet first touched the paint. Some children removed their feet, pushing they tray away and others preferred touching the paint with their hands. After the children explored the paint and created printed memories it was time to wash their hands and feet. This was the children’s favourite part! Nightingales love water and being able to have a splash! Warm soapy water and a massage, what’s not to like !

Star of the Week!

Well done to Aminah! Aminah is Nightingales star of the week! Aminah has showed some fantastic development with her verbal language skills. Aminahs favourite time of day is morning and afternoon registration where she has been learning all of her friends names. Aminah is our superstar who always puts a smiles on everyone’s faces! Well done Aminah!

There are some events coming up over the next few weeks including Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 10th December and the Nightingales Christmas class party will be Thursday 16th December. Nightingales will enjoy party food and a disco. As it’s a Christmas party , Christmas jumpers or wearing something sparkly would be amazing!

Have a lovely weekend and keep safe from all the winter bugs that are currently going around.

Clare and the Nightingales team.