Easter Holidays 🐣

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter and a lovely time with your families! I have eaten far too much chocolate and will need to do lots of extra work in PE, Jumpstart Jonny and chasing games in the playground to work it all off! 😋🍫 I’ve added some collages below of the activities we did in class before we broke up. I know we had some children who were poorly and some having to isolate in the last few weeks but hopefully I’ve got you all in!

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all back at school. Our new topic is all about Holidays. We would love to share some pictures of holidays and trips you have been on. If Mummy, Daddy or Grandparents could help you find some pictures to share we would be very grateful. These can be from a most memorable, recent or special holiday. It would be great if you could add in who went on the holiday, where and when it was. Please send them to vnoakes@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk 📷 Thank you so much 🙏 😊

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our blog is going to be in two parts this week. Our first is to wish all our Squirrel mums, nannies, aunties and friends a very Happy Mother’s Day! We started with our Mother’s Day Assembly with Bev which I have added below but you can find it in our Assemblies section on the Home Learning page. We enjoyed singing the song and talking about how we can help and honour our Mummies and special people. We then enjoyed a craft activity and made some special cards. We hope you love them!

We’ve been practicing our Makaton signing!

We hope you enjoy celebrating Mother’s Day and I will get some more pictures for part 2 to show you what else we have been doing in school this week. Bye for now 👋

World Book Week! 🌍 📚

In school we have been celebrating World Book Day with a full week of activities linked to the theme of Toy Story. We’ve had fun but there’s lots more we can do so we’re going to have a second week next week when we have lots of our missing squirrels back!
I’ll start with sharing some ideas for the children at home to see in case they would like to join in?
If you want to bring a favourite storybook to show and share next week that would be great too…just let us know you’ve sent one in the diary as the bags can be quite full and we might not spot it! Or if you would prefer, you can send a picture of you sharing your favourite book like William. He loves the Abney & Teal stories from the CBeebies show called The Adventures of Abney & Teal.

Here’s some pictures of what the children in school for respite have been up to. At the end I have put some videos for You’ve Got A Friend In Me (one with lyrics and the other with character clips) & When Somebody Loves You. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos!

“You’re my favourite deputy!”
Woody’s Roundup…Where’s Bullseye…our trusty steed? 🐎

It’s Parachute Time 🪂

At school we love large group activities with our parachute. We have recorded two of our favourite songs and thought you could join in at home if you want to. Has anybody at home got an old thin scarf or larger piece of material you could use as a mini parachute?

We hope you have fun 🤩 and don’t forget to send me some ‘happy pictures’ from the last blog if you can! 😄 I’ll put some more activities on soon from our new story!

Happy Pancake Day Squirrels! 🥞 😋

I am excited to make some pancakes for our tea! Maddy loves pancakes so much that we have them at least once or twice a month! The children in school last week enjoyed making happy face pancakes as part of our mini topic on Children’s Mental Health. If you’re having pancakes, maybe you could practice the Makaton sign & make a happy sunshine face with some fruit or jam? We all enjoyed singing the Singing Hands version of ‘Happy and You Know It’, so I’ll add the link to this and share some pictures of our activities. The children in school also practiced their painting and cutting skills and made some lovely collages for ‘happy’, ‘sad’ and ‘angry’! Bev has also done us the pancake song so you can sing along to that if you go onto Oakwood at home and choose the assemblies icon!
As it’s half term this week, it might be nice if we all share some pictures of what makes us happy at home? 🏡 Please ask your adults to send me a super happy picture of yourself that we can add to the blog. 😃

Here’s a few of ours that didn’t get eaten before Vicky took a picture 😂
What makes you happy? I love being spending time with my friends. Here are some of my Oakwood friends when we dressed in yellow for Children’s Mental Health Week! I think you might recognise them! 😁
Another thing that can make us happy is enjoying a party! Kam very kindly prepared a small party which did make us happy although we were a little bit sad that lots of squirrels were missing. 😔 We decided we would have a class party very soon after we all come back to school to celebrate being back together again! 🥳

Bye for now my lovely little squirrels 🐿 Tomorrow I will add some more things we have been preparing for you at home. Don’t forget to send any photos or videos…especially of your happy faces! Please email to vnoakes@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk

Happy February Squirrels 🐿 ❤️

Hello everyone! I hope everybody is safe and well! I’ve been speaking to your Mummy’s and Daddy’s and have been so impressed by how you’re coping at home in this lockdown! Team Squirrels are all so very proud of you and we wanted to share how much we are missing you too 😌 It hopefully won’t be too long now before we can all be back in school together! 😃

Vicky is going to share a little of what the children in school have been doing and share some ideas you could have a little go at if you would like to. Don’t worry if you just want to look or have some lovely activities of your own. Please share any photos of you being busy or having fun at home and we can add them to our next post. I have some lovely snow pictures sent from the children at school and we have some of William loving his time on his sledge so we’ll add these in to a winter ideas blog next. You can send me some too if you would like me to include some of yours. ❄️🌨⛄️
Hopefully you have all seen our ‘Monkey and Me’ story so this first blog after our story will be focussed on monkeys! 🐵 You will see the story sack that we use in class. Please let your adults know if you would like to borrow it! We will quarantine the resources and pass them to each of you in turn if you would like to have them dropped to you as part of your home learning. Jeremiah is having a turn this week so we hope he enjoys telling his family the story!

The children in school have enjoyed watching the version of the story we recorded for the class blog but all the teachers have read a story to share on our Oakwood at Home blog so you might like to have a look at the other stories as well as our favourite ‘Monkey and Me’!
We always love some food and cooking each week. We made the frozen banana & jam treats but we customised them with melted chocolate and sprinkles! They were very tasty! 😋
Here is a few monkey crafts. We painted some paper plates and when they had dried we added sections to make them into monkey faces.
Everybody enjoyed making monkey faces…there’s two little monkeys in the pictures that did some very good work after the children had gone home! 😜 I’ll let you know how Tammy and Julie’s monkey faces turn out! 🐒🐒

I’m going to say goodbye for now but we’ve got lots more things to share with you so have another look to see what we’ve been up to next. We’ve got some more recordings to share too!
Here’s a star quality moment of story telling from one of your friends…what a pity I didn’t capture it all from the start! 🤩

Bye bye 👋 Don’t forget to send Vicky any pictures you want to share with us!

Send photos to…. vnoakes@oakwood.walsall.sch.uk

Hello Squirrels…we hope you’re all ok at home! 🐿

It’s very strange at the moment with a new lockdown and schools being closed. We all miss our class and routines. The children in school for respite have missed you squirrels at home so much!
Today we decided to record a story so that you could watch it at home and join in with us. We have been sharing ‘Kipper’s Toy Box’ but we thought you might enjoy one of our familiar stories so we’ve started with a class favourite, ‘Monkey and Me’ by Emily Gravett. The little girl in the story has a lovely toy monkey that she takes to the zoo so it fits in with our ‘Toys’ topic very well. Maybe you could let us know if you have a favourite cuddly toy? 🧸

I have some little helpers with me in the video. I bet you’ll recognise them. We’ll do another video soon and Vicky will add some activities for you to try at home so you have plenty of activities to do if you need them.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄🎅🏽 🌟

It’s been great to have all our little squirrels back this week! We’ve been decorating the tree in our classroom, cooking and making delicious Rocky Road. We’ve enjoyed singing and signing some Christmas songs and learning about the Nativity. The rest of the time we’ve been opening our advent calendars, making cards, decorations and feeling very festive!

Autumn Harvest

We have performed our Harvest song for you to watch. We are so proud of how well the children have coped with coming back to school and learning our song ready for our recording.

We have posted the video below, this is password protected and you will need the password in the slip that was sent home on Friday to be able to watch the video.