Welcome to Pink Flamingos!
There are five children in Pink Flamingos, three girls and two boys.
The children work with four or five adults and benefit from the support of the physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists as well as the nursing team. We are also supported by two Midday Supervisors.
Pink Flamingos are part of Pink Class, the children work in two main groups which are suited to their needs, Pink Panthers and Pink Flamingos. Within the groups the children work either in small groups of two or one to one with an adult.
The children have individual timetables which ensure that they are learning at times and in ways which best suit their needs.
We have updated the timetable which is very general for the class.
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Our theme for the second half of the Summer term and the first half of the Autumn term is Artists.
Through this theme we will be exploring a range of different artists, famous pieces of their work and looking their styles and copying in our own ways.
Children will be able to explore different materials, colours, tools, music and bodily movements. They will be able to create their own pieces of art, copy and appreciate that of others and communicate preferences.
15th - 19th July
This week has been Feeling Good Week at Brooklands, with the theme
'Together We Can...'
Pink Flamingos have certainly done lots together this week!
We started with Sports Day, racing together. We have also bounced together on the bouncy castle and trampoline. We explored the new sensory garden and roundabout together and with some new friends. We also got creative together, painting, listening to sensory stories and we finished the week by swimming with our parents.
Thank goodness it is nearly the end of term so we can relax a little!
8th - 12th July
This week we had our last week of food art. We used vegetables to do some printing. We explored the different textures, chose colours and looked at the patterns they made on the paper.
We finished the week with a lovely sunny trip to Priory Park. It was great to relax under the shade of the big trees and we even did a little physio while we were there!
1st - 5th July
Pink Flamingos have continued to use food to create pieces of art. This week we used decorations and sticky plastic to make some stained glass window art.
We chose different decorations and used a range of actions to stick them on, we squeezed, sprinkled, poured and patted.
We also used food scented balloons in our physio therapy session, standing and reaching out to push the balloons.
24th - 28th June
This week we have been making art with food. We explored the ingredients to make salt dough and then used the dough to create pieces of art. We squashed and squeezed the dough and used some tools to make marks and patterns. Once the dough has been cooked we will be adding some colour to finish our artistic creations!
17th - 21st June
This week we have continued to be artists who use paint and have made some gravity art by rolling paint covered balls down a big ramp. We used symbols and objects to choose the colours we wanted to use and watched the marks the balls made as they rolled all the way down the ramp.
We also explored colour a little more by listening to a colour sensory story, we all had different colours that were our favourites.
We have also been working very hard this week on our new IPP targets and have been putting BIG smiles on all of our teachers' faces! They think we are amazing!
10th - 14th June
This week the Pink Flamingos artists have continued to explore paint. They have been choosing colours, using their feet as painting tools and combining their exploration with their physical skills.
They also helped the Big Build Team with some planting for the new garden areas and on Friday we joined almost the whole school on a visit to Diggerland! We were all very adventurous and drove go-karts, diggers and tractors and as an extra special treat we took some of our siblings and Mummies with us.
Friday was definitely a day full of big smiles!
3rd - 7th June
This week we have started our new theme of Artists. We are beginning the theme by looking at painting and colour.
We explored mixing paint and shaving foam. We mixed it with our hands and feet and explored making patterns and lines in the foam with our hands and feet.
We chose colours we wanted to use with symbols, touching and eye pointing, then we tracked the paint being poured into the foam.
We worked very hard to move our hands and feet in the trays and watched the effects we had on the coloured foam.
20th - 24th May
This week we finished our Town and Countryside topic with a visit to Priory Park. We were very lucky to have beautiful weather. We found a lovely shady spot under the trees, laid out the blankets and had a stretch. Then after lunch we walked down to watch the wildlife in the pond and fed the ducks and swans.
13th - 17th May
This week Flamingos have been out and about in the countryside.
We started the week by making cakes using the ingredients we bought at the shop last week. It was great fun exploring the ingredients and then pressing the switch to make the mixer work.
We prepared ourselves for some of the sights, smells and textures of the countryside by exploring some fresh herbs. We used our hands well to move the leaves, pick them up and hold them to our noses.
We finished our busy week with a trip to Reigate Common where the children loved listening to the birds, feeling the bark on the trees and looking at the flowers.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we talked about and explored what our bodies can do, then we chose symbols to say how amazing our bodies are.
7th - 10th May
This week Pink Flamingos continued on their exploration of the town and went shopping. They went to buy ingredients to make some cakes and discovered that the weather in May is not always bright and sunny!
However, this did not put them off having a good look around them on the journey down to the shop and using their symbols to decide which ingredients they wanted to find and pay for.
Flamingos have also been exploring some tactile items that can be purchased at the shops. They having been using their eye gazing skills to make choices of tactile fun, moving their hands in the cereals and scooping and grabbing handfuls.
29th April - 3rd May
This week we have been exploring our town and went for a visit to the station. We went onto the platform and watched some of the trains arriving and leaving.
We also decorated some train pictures using paints, we chose the colours and tools we wanted to use and used our hands to move them around on the paper.
23rd - 26th April
Flamingos have been settling back into school after having a good rest over Easter. We have been saying hello to our friends and working hard on our learning targets.
This half term we will be reading a book called 'Bear About Town' and exploring different parts of the town and countryside around us.
This week we started by exploring our own school. We visited different rooms, the sensory garden and the library.
1st - 5th April
This week has been full of Easter activities! We did an Easter egg hunt in the pool, looking for the eggs, reaching for them and putting them in a basket. This helped us work on visual, physical and OT targets and it was good fun! We also made cards, chocolate nests, decorations, Easter bonnets and finished the week with a trip to the church. After all of that we certainly need our Easter holidays.
25th - 29th March
This week we have been exploring another room in the house, the kitchen. We tried making lots of sounds with pots, pans and different spoons. We also had some tactile play with the cereal. We crunched it, squashed it, grabbed it and dropped it. We even made a sticky cereal bowl picture.
18th - 22nd March
This week we have been exploring things we find in the bathroom. This has been quite relaxing as we have all had a foot spa and explored lots of different brushes and sponges, which our lovely teachers used to give us a brushing massage. We used our fine motor skills to hold, squeeze and pick up the brushes and sponges and then helped to tidy them up by dropping them into boxes.
Then things got a little competitive! We had toilet roll races in the playground. We chose a friend to race against and said 'Ready, steady, go!' before rolling them down the ramp and seeing whose roll went the furthest.
11th - 15th March
This week has been British Science Week and we have all been scientists this week in Pink Flamingos!
It has been a busy week! We explored forces by going on the roundabout, explored gravity by making a painting slide, explored habitats by going around the sensory garden and collecting objects for our journey sticks and explored our sense of smell by making perfume. We then used our chemistry skills to mix some different materials and saw how they changed in the oven - making cakes for the Red Nose Day cake sale!
4th - 8th March
This week we have been exploring the materials used to make the Little Pigs Houses and listening to a sensory story. We explored the straw, sticks and bricks and listened to the story, we anticipated the wolf huffing and puffing and splashing into the water pot at the end of the story. We also decorated houses with the different materials.
25th February - 1st March
This week we have started our new themes of 'House and Homes' and
'Town and Countryside'.
We are focusing on House and Homes to begin with and reading the story of
The Three Little Pigs.
We have a sensory story for everyone to participate in and this week we made tactile paint and painted some pigs to decorate our classroom.
11th - 15th February
We have finished off our last week of the Television topic with some more cooking. The children fully embraced it, using all of their senses to explore the ingredients and their finished products. They smelled and tasted the bread and smoothies, they loved squashing the berries and listened to the mixer as they pressed the switch to make it work.
4th - 8th February
This week we have been looking at cooking programmes and combined this with the celebration for Chinese New Year. We made cup cakes and decorated them to look like pigs. We had great fun exploring the ingredients, pouring and mixing them and using the switch to activate the mixer ourselves.
We made special dragon flags and wore our party clothes for the celebrations on Thursday.
28th - 1st February
We have been doing more of Mr Tumble's challenges from the spotty bag this week.
The children loved pressing the switch to listen to his music and then looking in the bag to see what he has asked them to do. This week he left lots of spotty balls in the pool for the children to catch and spotty stars around the school for the children to find. He also hid some of their toys in shredded paper so they had to search for them.
21st - 25th January
This week we have been watching Something Special as our television programme. Mr Tumble has been sending us his spotty bag and we have been finding a challenge inside! There have been lots of tactile challenges this week and we have really enjoyed exploring different hard, soft, wet, dry, sticky and wobbly textures. We even mixed some of them together!
14th - 18th January
We carried on with our Art programmes this week and created some more of our own art work. On Friday we had a wonderful time displaying our work in the Pink Flamingos Art Gallery and invited our parents and the Leadership Team to come and view it.
Everyone was VERY impressed!
After the viewing of the art our parents then stayed to join in with Music therapy.
7th - 11th January
It has been lovely having Flamingos back together again after the Christmas holidays. We are watching art programmes as part of our topic this week, we have been creating our own art with different techniques. This week we have used playdough, paint pens and computers.
10th - 14th December
This week Pink Flamingos went on an adventure! We went out to post our letters to Father Christmas at the local post box and then went a little further to Homebase to buy some more decorations for our class Christmas tree. Everyone had a great time and it was lovely to get out and about!
We made some salt dough to make decorations to sell at the school Christmas fair.
We also continued with our sensory advent calendar, we explored some cold ice cubes, smelled some Christmassy smells and sang some Christmas songs in music therapy.
3rd - 7th December
Christmas has arrived in Pink Flamingos!!!
This week we have been rehearsing for the Christmas Show, the children have been fantastic!
We also found time to start our Sensory advent calendar. Each day we have looked behind a Christmas symbol to find a sensory activity to explore. Some have been noisy, some sticky and some sparkly.
All have been good fun.
26th - 30th November
This week our Television programme has been Hey Duggee. We have been earning badges for all the learning and activities we have done. We collected our badges on a big banner so that everyone could see how hard we have been working and how clever we are!
We have done very well with all of our badges as we have also spent lots of time rehearsing for our Christmas show too.
19th - 23rd November
This week we have continued our BBC Sports theme as the children enjoyed it so much last week! This week the children have been very sporty with swimming, curling, bowling, gymnastic physio exercises and athletics racing in our walkers. There was a very close call counting up the scores for bowling and curling and medals given out to the winners.
12 - 16th November
This week our television theme has been BBC Sports. The children have loved exploring lots of different sports. We have been playing football, bowling, swimming and being gymnasts by practising balances and stretching. We have been communicating to say if we want more turns in our sporting activities, counting up how many goals we scored and passing balls and sharing them with our peers.
We also had lots of smiles during Music Therapy this week!
5th - 9th November
This week we have been exploring fireworks, We watched them on the television, seeing all the different colours and shapes and listening to the bangs and crackles. Then we turned the sound down and used instruments to make our own sound effects for the fireworks.
We also explored some bonfire playdough, using our hands and fingers to squeeze, squash and pat the dough.
31st October - 2nd November
This week has been Halloween themed in Pink Flamingos this week. We have been making pumpkin and ghost pictures, exploring light up toys, making witches potions, playing pumpkin skittles and using our arms and fingers to explore spiders webs.
Welcome back to school!
We started the term by getting to know our new class mates and staff and made some Pink Flamingos to decorate the classroom.
We used tools and our hands to add sticky glue and paint to the page and then added different textured collage materials.
We are continuing our Habitat theme by looking at the Jungle habitat.
10th - 14th September
This week we have been making textured paint to create large jungle leaves. We communicated our texture choices using eye pointing, symbols and photos.
17th - 21st September
This week we have been using our hands and fingers to make some animals to add to our leafy jungle. We have been holding, gripping, pulling and tearing to make stripy zebras and tigers and hairy lions.
24th - 28th September
This week we have been using our senses to explore Jungle swamp! We communicated if we wanted to use our hands or feet and which animals we would like to drop into the swamp.
We have also been getting physical, practising our standing, sitting and reaching and have been playing with our friends.
1st - 5th October
This week we have been joining our friends for a jungle massage story. We listened to different jungle sounds and felt a range of actions on different parts of our body, e.g.: stomping elephant feet, tickling jungle spiders and twisting snakes.
We even combined it with some of our physio exercises.
8th - 12th October
This week we have been practising our switch skills, making lights work and blowing up balloons. Sometimes we had to press the switch once and some times we had to hold the switch down.
We have also been communicating through Choose and Do music, making choices and listening for cues in the songs. We all love the anticipation!
On Friday we had a lovely time at the church for our Harvest celebration. We all enjoyed watching the carrot balloons flying through the air, watching the dancing scarecrow and seeing the balloon popping.
15th - 19th October
This week we continued with some of our harvest work and had fun smashing a pumpkin! We explored the pumpkin first and then got our hands inside, it was sticky but great fun.
We also finished off our jungle theme by making some monkeys for the display. We each had our hands painted, feeling the paint on our fingers and palms. Then we worked on our fine motor skills by holding different painting tools to paint more monkeys.