πŸ’• Welcome back! πŸ’•

We’ve jumped straight back into it for our Spring 2 half term. It’s going to be a busy one! Keep an eye out for information about meetings for our Squirrels new targets and for our upcoming Easter Showcase 🐣

Josh has made some fabulous collages to show you a few highlights of our week 🀩

Chantelle has made a lovely round up of the rest of our week, read all about it below!

As you can see from Chantelle’s update, we have a new member of Squirrels team – Kerrie. She has had a fantastic first week working with our Squirrels and we are happy to have her onboard.

Have a fabulous weekend Squirrel families! 🐿️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love Heidi, Josh, Kerrie and Chantelle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

πŸ’ž Love is in the air πŸ’ž

5 weeks have flown by and we are now at the end of our Spring 1 half term! It has been very busy, fun and productive. We had our last swimming session this week and all children that were present were able to swim! It was wonderful to see everyone’s confidence growing again πŸ₯½

We have had more Lunar celebrations and were visited by Rushall’s chinese dragon in the playground, as well as devouring our golden chocolate coins from our lucky red envelopes. The celebrations were finished by creating our own dragons using mixed media and collage. Our Squirrels added to these throughout the week and they all look fabulous, bright and festive! πŸ‰

We ended our busy week with some love filled Valentine’s Day activities. Our Squirrels made their families some beautiful cards, which you should have all received now! πŸ’ž

They also decorated cupcakes with frosting and red royal icing. The children had to roll out the icing and use heart shaped cutters to make some big red hearts. They were eaten very quickly, so definitely a success!

Our Superstar this week is Perry!

Perry was nominated by our specialist music teacher Bev. Perry has shown excellent natural rhythm and has worked hard to develop his listening and attention skills. He is great with beats and timing. Well done Perry! πŸŽ‰

We hope you all have a lovely half term break! Everybody has earned a well deserved break. We will be back to school on Monday 19th February and we will have Forest School in the new half term. Please send wellies and warm clothes in for your Squirrel!

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Chantelle, Karen and Josh⭐⭐⭐

🐿️ A week in Squirrels 🐿️

We started our week with some fabulous phonics and mark making. Our Squirrels love any opportunity to use their gross motor skills with big writing and formation. Adam has worked really hard on his letter formation and recognising the sounds πŸ”Š

Squirrels made it snow during Stage 3 during one of our magic bucket sessions this week! Each Squirrel filled up the colander with snow and blew hot air to make it snow all over the classroom.. it was very exciting! ❄️

Bev’s dragon visited us for a fabulous start to the Lunar New Year festivities. The children experimented playing the instruments loudly and quietly. We made the dragon dance and had a relaxing sound bowl meditation at the end 🎢

Our sandwich artists continued to perfect their skills again this week. They are really confident with handling equipment safely and are choosing their favourite ingredients with ease using our aided language displays. Clever Squirrels! πŸ₯ͺ

Our Superstar this week is Casey-Jo!

Casey-Jo has worked hard on developing resilience and is absolutely smashing the targets set for her. She is communicating her wants and needs more each day, as well as showing her cheeky, funny personality. Well done Casey-Jo!! ☺️

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Josh, Karen and Chantelle⭐⭐⭐

🀩 Special Guests 🀩

This week we had some special guests in class to help us out.. Jo and Jackie. Chantelle has created a fabulous newsletter to tell you all about it 😁

Josh always prepares fantastic magic bucket sessions and draws us all in with awe and wonder 😲

Bev rolled into Squirrels Station once more on her sensory train. This time, Perry wore the train drivers hat.. chooo chooo! πŸš‚

Our problem solving skills this week focused on matching, sorting and creating using a variety of resources and ingredients. Repetition is a great way to generalise our skills in a fun way πŸ₯ͺ

We had some slippery sensory fun with gelli baff slime and explored our arctic animals in the blue sea 🦭

Our Superstar of the week is Ibrahim!

Ibrahim has come on leaps and bounds with his communication and engagement in class. We love getting a glimpse into his wonderful imagination and he teaches us about new animals! 🫎

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Josh, Chantelle and Karen ⭐⭐⭐

🏊🏽Splash🏊🏽

Squirrels have been swimming this week!! All 9 Squirrels were able to swim in the lovely, warm water and they were absolutely fantastic 🐬

It was such a busy day for our Squirrels and they all handled the transition from class to bus to pool so well. We are so proud of the progress that the whole class are making.

We had another birthday celebration this week in Squirrels class and this time it was Agam! His family sent in some delicious cake, samosas, spring rolls and presents for the class. We had a wonderful time celebrating – thank you to Agam’s family!πŸŽ‚

Bev took us on an exciting sensory train ride in our music lesson. We had stops at Instrument Land and Bubble Land to start us off. It was a lovely interactive session as always and we are looking forward to seeing where she will take us next week πŸ’œ

Our week finished with our Superstar Assembly and our Superstar this week is Adam!

Adam has been so kind, helpful and friendly with his peers in school. He has been making sure everyone is ok and asks how they are feeling. He has told some of his friends that he is proud of them and given cuddles if someone is sad. What a fabulous young man.. we are so proud of you! 😁

We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and stays wrapped up warm, away from any stormy weather! 🌬️

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Karen, Josh and Chantelle ⭐⭐⭐

πŸ‘‹πŸ½ Welcome back! πŸ‘‹πŸ½

Happy New Year everyone & welcome back to our lovely Squirrel family! 🐿️

Our Squirrels came back with a lot of chatter and excitement this week and we were so pleased to see everybody πŸ₯°

Our theme this term is Ice World so we have started to explore what that looks like through sensory activities 🧊πŸ₯Ά

Squirrels have had their problem solving hats on this week and have been challenging themselves in all kinds of ways. We are so pleased that some of our children are starting to enjoy working together too.

Karen led a fabulous bucket session for us this week, making some beautiful rainbow art using paints and a sponge. The children were captivated 🌈

On Friday, we had our cooking session and made some delicious cheese salad sandwiches. All our Squirrels got involved, choosing their ingredients, spreading butter, chopping cheese and vegetables and of course, sampling their goods. These sessions incorporate a whole host of skills – developing our independence, honing our fine motor skills and exposing us to a variety of new tastes, textures and smells. We were very proud of the children experimenting with new experiences.

We will be focusing on our sandwich making for the rest of this half term to see how our skills develop. Check back next week to see what we achieve! πŸ₯ͺ

Don’t forget that we have P.E on Mondays and swimming on Wednesdays this half term. We will send the P.E kits home at half term, but if you want these back sooner – please write a note in your child’s home diary.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

⭐⭐⭐ Love the Squirrels team – Heidi, Karen, Chantelle and Josh ⭐⭐⭐

🌿 That’s a wrap on Autumn term 🌿

Autumn term is now complete and it has been wonderful! Our Squirrels are truly ready for a break and reset over the Christmas holidays. We are so so proud of the hard work and progress that they have made so far already.

We have been fortunate enough to see all our families in school for parent workshops, annual reviews or target setting meetings. It has been lovely to meet everybody and connect. The relationship between school and home is key to help making sure our Squirrels are secure, settled and happy.

We have had some extra special sessions this week – a visit from Santa and our festive family workshop. It was amazing to see some of our Squirrels with their family members and see a different side to their personalities.

That rounds up our Autumn term.. Squirrels will be back to school on Tuesday 9th January!

Our P.E day will be as normal on Mondays and our swimming day this half term is on Wednesdays

If you have any questions, please do contact me by email at hdowd@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk

We would love to see what our Squirrels get up to over the Christmas break, so please send an email or upload via the Evidence for Learning app. Have a lovely rest and we will see you in 2024!

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Chantelle, Josh and Karen⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽ„Christmas Dinner! πŸŽ„

We enjoyed our last Forest session of the term this week and it was chilly! This meant we had to get our bodies warm and keep moving. We had lots of running, climbing and exploringπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸƒπŸ½

Music involved lots of rhymthic drumming this week. Bev gets our listening ears switched on and we have to really focus on instructions. Our sessions always end with a relaxing, wind down activity – a perfect way to end our lesson.

Our Squirrels coped so well with our festive Christmas Dinner this week. The menu was different, we wore our Christmas hats and our tables were wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. We all had an amazing time and wolfed down our special meals πŸ˜‹

It is our last week of term next week and it will be a busy one. We hope to see lots of our families at our parent workshop next Wednesday. Please do let us know if you can make it, it would be wonderful to see you all!

⭐⭐⭐ Love the Squirrels team – Heidi, Karen, Josh and Chantelle ⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽ„ Christmas has arrived πŸŽ„

Christmas landed in Squirrels class this week and we’ve really got into the party spirit. We started our celebrations off with a birthday in class! Josh led an exciting birthday themed magic bucket session to start with and then we had some delicious chocolate cake 🎊

We continued working hard with our phonics sounds and mark making. Squirrels class love an alternative way of exploring the curriculum, so we had some sensory bags to mark make over our work. This is a fun way of exploring letter formation and sounds.

Bev visited us for another wonderful music session. She always gets everybody engaged and interested in making sounds.

We got stuck into some festive themed activities, creating our own Christmas decorations and garlands and decorated our classroom tree! Our Squirrels were very excited and we had lots of Christmas singing.

We ended our week making some crispy cakes with Jackie. We used our gross motor skills to mix.. mix.. mix! We then used our fine motor skills to sprinkle.. sprinkle.. sprinkle!! 🍰

Our Superstar this week has been fantastic! She has been really engaging with the class team and her peers more each week and we are very proud of her. It’s been lovely to hear her become more vocal everyday 🎢

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi, Chantelle, Karen and Josh ⭐⭐⭐

πŸ• Pizza pizza pizza πŸ•

We had a yummy week in Squirrels with double cooking sessions πŸ˜‹ A class favourite is pizza, so we opened our own pizzeria with pitta bread pizzas. Our Squirrels could choose from a range of toppings such as onion, peppers, tomatoes, turkey and chicken. All of our children did such good waiting, listening and sharing.

We’ve been working hard on all areas of our curriculum this week, take a look..

Chantelle led some exciting bucket sessions for us 🌈

Squirrels have been loving our time in the forest. Everyone is doing so well with the journey down to the forest and we love the chance to climb trees, run all over and discover nature 🌳

Another wonderful week here in Squirrels! Next week, Christmas is arriving in our class.. exciting times as we head into our final weeks πŸŽ„

⭐⭐⭐ Love Heidi and the Squirrels team ⭐⭐⭐