New Class Chairs

Its been an exciting week for the Nightingales with the arrival of three brand new class chairs. Postural care for our Nightingales children is so important because not being comfortable can have a big impact on the children’s engagement. Three of the Nightingales children were measured for new chairs in February and with some delays due to parts being unable to arrive from Poland they finally arrived in school.

Tony from RMS came in to class with OT Jack and fitted the children into their new chairs. We are so proud of the children who allowed Tony to make changes where required to ensure their chairs were right for them. The Nightingales children and staff would like to thank Tony from RMS for fitting the chairs and OT Jack who has worked so hard with our class to ensure they get the right postural seating.

The children look fabulous in their new chairs and its giving them the correct postural position they require and they have a tray which allows them to have the correct access to activities and eating and drinking.

This week OT Jack has also come in to support with upper body exercises for some of our Nightingales children. Physical Development is a key component of our curriculum and working with Occupational therapists enables us to provide the children with the correct support.

Nightingales continued to explore the Queens Jubilee this week. The children have loved exploring tea again. The big tea pot was a favourite because the children were able to place their hands inside the tea pot. We saw some lovely visual awareness as the water was poured and the children would reach for the pouring water. This in turned also supported their physical skills by stretching their arms up into the air. Some children liked taking the lid off the tea pot and dropping it on the floor and enjoying the loud sound it made.

The first week back after half term the school will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. On Friday 10th June in the afternoon the children will be having a tea party so the children are welcome to wear their party clothes.

Have a lovely half term and thank you to the Nightingales children and staff for their hard work.

Celebrating the Queens Jubilee

This week the Nightingales have been exploring the Queens Jubilee. There was tea making by exploring the smells of biscuit tea and peppermint tea , reaching for the cups and tea pots and noticing the water pour from the teapot. The peppermint tea was not a favourite but the biscuit flavoured tea was! The tuff tray then turned into tea water play as all the water was released from the teapots. We will be continuing this activity for a number of weeks to enable us to see further responses and how the children engage with the activity as it becomes familiar to them.

Nightingales also had the exciting task of looking for the Queens jewels. The jewels could be found hanging on the pendulum either insight or the children had to use their problems solving skills to see what was in the bags. We also had a Queens tuff tray on the floor for our children that like to crawl to different environments.

Some of our children were shown the Queens Jewells on adults fingers where we saw Zahra reach for the ring, grasp the ring and then removing it from the adults finger. Zahra concentrated very hard on doing this so well done Zahra!

At the pendulum were also switches which had the national anthem song which could be activated when the children pressed the switch. The switch was a big hit with Tom! The switch would be brought to his ear to listen closely and he would press the switch when the song had finished. !

We had a lovely music session this week where we saw pupils requesting ’more’ by banging the drum, pupils noticing the sounds and turning towards them and we saw some fantastic reaching for musical instruments.

Nightingales star of the week is Elliot! Elliot has done amazing at attempting to eat his snacks and lunch this week. The staff are so proud of you today when you had two plates of chips and cake! This is amazing progress and from the Nightingales team WELL DONE! Keep it up Elliot!

Thank you Nightingales children and staff for your hard work once again this week.
Have a lovely weekend.

Busy Nightingales

Our Nightingales have been busy developing lots of skills this week. At the start of the week we had Amy from SALT come in for communication development. The children enjoyed Amy’s letter box game, cars and bubbles.

The children have been working hard towards their physical development targets. We are seeing lots of rolling, tummy time , crawling and walking happening. Our Nightingales work very hard towards their physical development skills on a daily basis and we couldn’t be prouder of them. Here are some of our highlights from physical development.

Nightingales have also been outside riding the bikes and enjoying the swing at playtime. We have a new bike in the playground and some of our Nightingales had go on it.

The children have loved exploring the Italian sensory holiday. Water, sand, boats, shells , garlic, Italian music and sun glasses were explored this week.

We had one Nightingale go to a football match this week! Elliots Mum has shared some photos of Elliot enjoying the Villa match. Elliot enjoyed going on the train and we heard Elliot loved it when a goal was scored and everyone cheered! Elliot you look like you enjoyed your evening out at the football.

Our star of the week is BS. BS has been eating his lunch well and trying new cutlery in the process. Well done!

Thank you to our hard working Nightingales children and staff this week. Everyone enjoy the weather and have a lovely weekend.

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to our families! We have been sent some lovely photos of one of our Nightingales children celebrating Eid this week with their family. Zahra you look beautiful!

In class the children continued to explore Ramadan and Eid by accessing the pendulum to reach and manipulate the bottles and cups to make gold and yellow markings on the black paper on the floor.

We saw some excellent physical development skills being put in to action during the Eid sessions. Pupils accessing different environments by walking and also standing when using the tuff tray.

The swimming pool has been fixed and Nightingales had their weekly swimming session. Physio Ben was present alongside Jack who is an OT for Walsall. We saw lots of whole body movements, reaching for stimuli in the water and splashing!

During music this week we have added a music pendulum to enable some of our children to access drums or tambourines suitable to their current physical ability but also offering a challenge to develop their physical skills. It was a big hit! we even saw some children who were accessing the drum session come over independently to explore.

We saw children in the drumming group explore by reaching for the drum and banging. Others enjoyed the sound of the drum from a distance and showed their enjoyment by moving their body and vocalising.

Nightingales star of the week is Joshua! Joshua was fantastic during music this week. Joshua requested more drumming by placing his hand on the drum. When the drum was not sounded Joshua would start to vocalise towards the familiar adult. Well done Joshua , we are seeing some lovely moments of communication development.

Have a lovely weekend – The Nightingales Team.