Enjoying the weather & Meeting Parents

This week our Nightingales children have been enjoying the beautiful weather. There has been water play, outdoor sound makers and flowers to explore. There was even a tent for the children to explore and we saw some shadows as we sat in the tent. We had one Nightingale that crawled inside and decided to take a nap as the sun beamed in.

Nightingales would like to say thank you to those parents and guardians who attended our swimming session today. We had some parents join the children in the pool and others on the pool side. It was lovely to see the children’s reactions when their parents\guardians arrived. Its been a long time since parents have joined their children in school and we hope to do more of this in the new academic year.

Nightingales star of the week is Tom! Tom has done some amazing standing this week by using the tuff tray as support with one hand. Tom has also done amazing walking in and out of the classroom with the support of an adult. Tom you are a superstar!

Have a lovely weekend – The Nightingales Team.

The Ocean and Exploring Sounds

A busy week for Nightingales exploring the ocean and the beach. There were three Ocean and beach activity environments for the children to explore during creative lessons this week.

There was the Ocean pendulum which had a variety of textures and problem solving activities. There were hanging octopus that contained different materials held within the gloves such as rice , glitter or water. So when the pupils squeezed the octopus they would get a different response. The octopus were also being held with elastic so could be pulled and when the child let it go they would bounce. At the pendulum we also had two fish bowls – one was wet and one was dry. Here we looked to see if the children showed a preference. The children also worked on the their fine motor and problem solving by taking out the fish from the bowl or placing the fish into the bowl.

At the pendulum it gives the children the opportunity to explore a range of physical development activities from standing, bench sitting but also stretching their arms and using their hands to explore. The ocean pendulum this week was a hit with all the children!

The other ocean activities included the high tuff tray which had objects added as the children explored. We were looking for the children to notice any changes to the environment such as the water being added or hard shells. We also observed if there were any preferences. Glove octopuses also made an appearance here. We had one child that showed a dislike to the octopus and would throw it on the floor and make angry vocalisations.

Nightingales have continued the sensory story ’Ernest and I’ however we have created activity areas for parts of the story. Creating the story this way has enabled the children to stay longer at one part of the story so they can explore at their own pace. If we feel a child is ready for the next part of the story then they are then moved to explore further. We saw lots of happy faces when Ernest saw the sparkly sea and we used glitter and water spray to demonstrate this with the children. The children also created stormy seas by using the foil sheet and wind was created using the fan and switch. The children carried out some lovely mark making of the sand – this was when Ernest arrived at the deserted sands.

This week Nightingales also explored the resonance board. We observed some amazing responses during this session! Children placing their heads on the board, smiling and laughing but also children sharing the space together happily. We observed intensive interaction between child and adult and communication by the children requesting ’more’ when sounds stopped.

We are super proud of our Nightingale children this week. We have seen some fantastic engagement and with it being warm in the classroom they have done amazing. Well Done!

Thank you Nightingales staff and children for a lovely week!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Queens Jubilee Celebrations

A short week this week for our Nightingales but the children have been busy getting back into routine of using their equipment and following their physiotherapy plans. This week we have been exploring the Queens Jubilee through creative art. We had vertical painting on the wall which is fantastic for the children’s physical development because it uses the midline section of their body by reaching forward to the paper. Also because the paper is in front of them rather than below on a tray table, it helps to maintain their visual attention as the paper is closer to their eyes. During this activity we didn’t just use brushes and rollers we used balls. The balls we used not only for a fun but it encourages the children to grasp and then release. The aim is then for the children to notice the marks they make with the ball. The ball also makes a sound when it hits the papers so we can look for auditory awareness. Vertical painting will be an activity that we will continue as we see it encourages some lovely stretches with the children’s arms and for some of our Nightingales they need to become familiar with the activity before we start to see further engagement. In creative Nightingales also had pendulum painting with lots of glitter and jewels to explore. The jewels made a lovely sound in the bowls as the children explored the bowls with their hands. Some children took the jewels from the bowls and dropped them to the paper and we saw them visually track where the jewels had gone as the jewels made a sound as they hit the floor.

This week we have also had student teacher Megan in class who has been learning about how we engage our Nightingale children in school. Megan has been a great help this week and we have all enjoyed having her in class. Thank you for visiting Megan!

On Friday afternoon Nightingales had Jubilee celebrations outside. It was very windy! There were crisps and paper plates flying away! The children enjoyed the music being played and the cakes and sandwiches.

Have a lovely weekend!