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!

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.

Welcome to Summer Term

We have started our summer term and the topic is ’Summer Holidays!’. We have started to explore summer holidays this week and the children have loved playing in the sand!

This term the children will be exploring the following summer related activities –

Stories – there will be two stories for learners to explore and they are ’Ernest and I’ written by Joanna Grace and ’Look what I found at the seaside’ by Moira Butterfield. Both stories give the children an opportunity to explore objects with different tactile properties and sounds which are common with the beach and ocean. We aim to bring both books to life and bring the ocean and beach into the classroom. Here are some of the moments we captured during the first session of the stories being told this week >

Celebrations – we will be celebrating Ramadan\Eid and the Queens Jubilee this term. This week we started to explore Ramadan. The children used their problem solving skills and fine motors skills at the tuff tray and the pendulum. The children also explored the tastes of Ramadan by trying Dates and Chapatis.

Going on Holiday – the children will be exploring the experiences of a holiday in Italy. There will be a beach, the smells of garlic, lemon, coffee or herbs, the colours of red, white and green, the sounds of music , the weather (warm or windy), the attractions (Leaning Tower of Pisa) and the items we may take on holiday with us. Here are some moments we captured this week >

Sensory Holiday – in the sensory room for the children’s body awareness and movement session the children will experience and explore music related to countries which will be supplemented by smells (Jasmine for Greece), reaching (Flying a kite by reaching for ribbons), movement (shaking the foil blanket to imitate the waves of the ocean), feel (the small fan and feeling the wind on their face) and movements which is encouraged throughout the session as the children explore the different stimuli.

The Nightingales will also have familiar routines and sessions such as wellbeing, music, physical activity and free play. The children have loved exploring the start of summer this week and we look forward to seeing more happy smiles.

Have a lovely long weekend – The Nightingales Team.

Have a lovely Easter

Nightingales and Owls have joined together this week. Unfortunately we have had some poorly Owls and Nightingales this week. We all hope you feel better soon! Nightingales may also appear in the Owl blog so make sure you take a look.

We have enjoyed Easter exploration and hunting for the easter eggs. Eggs were hidden in boxes, containers , the tuff tray amongst the straw and under material. Lots of problem solving skills was required when hunting for the eggs. The children loved the straw and were seen manipulating, raising their arms, to then releasing it and then watching it fall.

The switch was a favourite in the tuff tray – we saw awareness of the sound because of the switch being brought to the ear and pressing the switch when the sound disappeared. We saw some fantastic reaching at the Easter pendulum and cause and effect skills took place at the rabbit tray by pressing the switch and making the rabbit move and sound.

We hope you have a lovely half term – The Nightingales Team.

Easter & Holi

This week the weather decided to return to winter but Nightingales are preparing for Mr Sun mans return and have been preparing our herb garden by planting seeds into pots. We have lots more seeds to SOW so we will be continuing this.

Nightingales have started exploring Easter. There was an Easter tuff tray with straw, different sized eggs with some opening hiding a surprise and little chickens were scattered hidden in the straw. The Easter pendulum had different sized eggs that could open for a surprise, shake for noise or pull and spring back. We have seen excellent use of problem solving and fine motor skills.

There is a new swing in the green room and Nightingales have been testing it out. We saw some excellent communication whereby we saw the request for ‘more’ through Makaton signing.

Nightingales have been exploring the Holi festival for the past couple of weeks. As you have seen in a previous blog the children had the opportunity to explore the holi coloured powder used in the festival celebration. We also had colourful balloons and we released the air so the children experienced the rush of air on their skin. We saw excellent body awareness where the children would laugh and smile at the sensation. To complete our Holi celebration there was face painting and decorating biscuits with colourful decorations.

We celebrated a birthday in Nightingales and we would like to say a Happy Birthday to Tom. A big thank you to Toms Mum and Dad for the birthday cake and chocolate buttons which was shared with his friends. Have a lovely birthday weekend Tom!

Have a lovely weekend – The Nightingales Team.