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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.

 

If you want to get in touch with us or ask questions the best way is by e-mail:

 

pinkflamingos@brooklands.surrey.sch.uk

 

 

 

Our theme - Artists

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.

 

 

 

 

Home Learning Suggestions

 

  • Encourage your child to communicate preferences for music, dance and art at home
  • Become artists at home with your child, you can use natural objects collected in the local park and garden or food or collage or paint or mark making tools to create your own pieces of art work.

 

 

 

 

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!

Picture 1 We raced together on Sports Day
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Picture 4 We bounced together on the castle
Picture 5 We worked together in the water race
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Picture 7 We loved bouncing!
Picture 8 We enjoyed the underwater adventure
Picture 9 We span round together
Picture 10 and explored the garden
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Picture 12 We enjoyed the sensory story
Picture 13 but were not too sure about the ice!
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Picture 15 We loved the trampoline!
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Picture 19 We got creative too!
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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!

Picture 1 We felt the textures of the vegetables
Picture 2 We practised rolling them too
Picture 3 We chose colours for our printing
Picture 4 We pushed them with our hands...
Picture 5 ...and made patterns on the paper
Picture 6 We rolled the vegetables in paint
Picture 7 ...and printed it on the paper
Picture 8 We looked closely as we covered it in paint
Picture 9 ...and printed on the paper
Picture 10 We lifted up and down
Picture 11 ...to make our marks
Picture 12 We pushed with our fingers too
Picture 13 We relaxed in the sunshine at the park
Picture 14 We read a book
Picture 15 We did our stretches
Picture 16 We practised our standing
Picture 17 ...and enjoyed it
Picture 18 We have very strong legs
Picture 19 We enjoyed being able to see the park from up high

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.

Picture 1 We patted and ...
Picture 2 ...we sprinkled
Picture 3 We felt different textures
Picture 4 Some textures we LOVED the feeling of!
Picture 5 We smelled and sprinkled scented tea leaves
Picture 6 We chose different decorations
Picture 7 We used our squeezing power
Picture 8 We watched the decorations as we poured...
Picture 9 ...and patted it down to stick together
Picture 10 We smelled different balloons...
Picture 11 ...and pushed them with our hands and noses
Picture 12 We practised our sitting too.

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!

Picture 1 We all got prepared to use our hands and arms
Picture 2 We squeezed hard to make shapes in the dough
Picture 3 We also used tools to make shapes
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Picture 5 We all enjoyed making a mess...
Picture 6 ...and pushed the tools in hard

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!

Picture 1 We held onto the ball...
Picture 2 ...and released when we heard 'GO!'
Picture 3 We chose our colours...
Picture 4 ....and covered the balls in paint
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Picture 6 We watched the balls rolling all the way down
Picture 7 We worked on our standing targets
Picture 8 We matched symbols to photos
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Picture 10 We practised wiping our own faces clean
Picture 11 We practised moving our hands to knock down towers

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!

Picture 1 We chose the colour of paint we wanted
Picture 2 We had lots of colours to choose from
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Picture 4 We practised our standing skills
Picture 5 We practised moving our feet up and down
Picture 6 We practised our balance when sitting...
Picture 7 ...and pushed ourselves up to standing
Picture 8 We practised our sit to stand physio targets
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Picture 11 We worked on our targets to stretch fingers...
Picture 12 ...and touch different textures
Picture 13 We sang Row the boat with our friends...
Picture 14 ...then asked for a hug!
Picture 15 We helped the Big Build plant strawberries...
Picture 16 ...they will go in our new garden area
Picture 17 We explored the stones
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Picture 19 Some of us didn't like the dirty soil!
Picture 20 We loved the Diggerland go-karts...
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Picture 22 ...so did our Mummies...
Picture 23 ...and Chloe too!
Picture 24 We also drove big diggers through the mud
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Picture 27 Then we rode on the Ladybird tractor...
Picture 28 ...it was good fun!

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.

Picture 1 We tracked the foam...
Picture 2 ...and the paint with our eyes
Picture 3 We chose the colours with symbols
Picture 4 We moved our fingers around in the foam and paint
Picture 5 We liked the wet feeling of the foam
Picture 6 We moved our feet and concetrated on the feeling..
Picture 7 ...we liked the slippery feeling on our feet.
Picture 8 We even looked at the marks we made in the tray
Picture 9 We enjoyed being artists alongside our friends
Picture 10 We worked hard to move our feet from side to side
Picture 11 We watched our friends moving their feet too
Picture 12 We found each others' feet in the 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.

Picture 1 We all enjoyed the walk down to the park
Picture 2 We listened to different sounds in the tunnel
Picture 3 We looked at the flowers
Picture 4 There were lots of different colours
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Picture 6 We enjoyed a stretch out on the grass
Picture 7 Some of us even practised our standing!
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Picture 9 We threw handfuls of food for the ducks
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Picture 11 We watched the swans swim past
Picture 12 A lovely walk under the trees

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.

Picture 1 We poured and tracked the ingredients
Picture 2 We made marks with our fingers
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Picture 4 Then looked at the marks we made
Picture 5 We watched the ingredient...
Picture 6 ...and explored them with our hands
Picture 7 We used a switch to mix the ingredients
Picture 8 We loved making the mixer move!
Picture 9 We smelled the herbs...
Picture 10 ...and loved the Rosemary smell
Picture 11 We investigated with our eyes...
Picture 12 ...our hands...
Picture 13 ...and noses!
Picture 14 We walked up to the common to explore
Picture 15 We felt the bumpy, hard bark
Picture 16 We stretched out our fingers..
Picture 17 ...and pushed against the bark
Picture 18 We looked at the bushes and flowers
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Picture 22 We felt the bumpy grass under our chairs

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.

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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.

Picture 1 We pushed the pasta around with our fingers
Picture 2 We looked right to the bottom of the bowl
Picture 3 We used eye gaze skills to make choices
Picture 4 and selected with our hands
Picture 5 Then found all the ingredients we needed
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Picture 9 Our umbrellas came in handy...
Picture 10 ...but not all kept us dry!!!

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.

Picture 1 We used symbols to choose colours...
Picture 2 and dabbed the brushes up and down...
Picture 3 ...and round and round for the wheels
Picture 4 We tracked the trains as they arrived
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Picture 7 We waved a the passengers on the trains
Picture 8 Flamingos about town!

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.

Picture 1 We looked for the eggs...
Picture 2 ...reached out...
Picture 3 ...and put them in the basket
Picture 4 We stretched our arms to collect the eggs
Picture 5 It was tricky to catch the moving eggs!
Picture 6 We were very proud to collect them
Picture 7 We even used our feet to catch the eggs
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Picture 9 We helped stir the chocolate...
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Picture 11 ...and mixed in the cornflakes
Picture 12 We wore our bonnets to the church...
Picture 13 ...we looked very smart...
Picture 14 ...and were proud of our bonnets
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Picture 16 We held up bees ...
Picture 17 ...for the egg hunt song
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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.

Picture 1 We made different sounds with soft...
Picture 2 ...and hard kitchen utensils
Picture 3 We stretched our fingers...
Picture 4 ...pushed the cereal...
Picture 5 ...and grabbed handfuls
Picture 6 We practised scooping skills
Picture 7 We watched the cereal falling down
Picture 8 We vocalised to hear feet crunching cereal
Picture 9 We also heard back from our School Council rep

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.

Picture 1 We loved the warm bubbly water
Picture 2 It tickled our toes
Picture 3 We liked watching the bubbles too
Picture 4 We chose a friend to play with
Picture 5 We let go of the rolls when we were ready
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Picture 8 It was exciting to see who rolled the furthest
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11th - 15th March

Science Week

 

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!

Picture 1 We chose the colours for our painting slide
Picture 2 Then squeezed them down the ramp
Picture 3 We chose symbols from the board...
Picture 4 ...and watched the colours trickle down
Picture 5 It was great to see the colours mix and drip
Picture 6 Then we rolled balls down the ramp too
Picture 7 Gravity painting is great!
Picture 8 We smelled different scents
Picture 9 Some we liked
Picture 10 Some we didn't like!
Picture 11 We all used facial expression...
Picture 12 ...and body language to communicate...
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Picture 15 ...and make the choices of our favourite scents
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Picture 18 Then we used symbols and eye gaze...
Picture 19 ...to say which we liked...
Picture 20 ...and wanted to add to our perfume
Picture 21 We LOVED the roundabout!
Picture 22 We explored forces and spinning
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Picture 24 We communicated with facial expression...
Picture 25 ...and vocalising...
Picture 26 ...and eye pointing...
Picture 27 ...to say if we wanted more or to finish
Picture 28 No-one wanted to finish!

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.

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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.

Picture 1 We chose tactile materials to add to our paint
Picture 2 We poured it into red and white paint...
Picture 3 ...and mixed it up with our hands
Picture 4 We used sugar, sand, cous cous...
Picture 5 ..and liked the texture,moving it with our fingers
Picture 6 We used sponges to paint...
Picture 7 ...or our fingers...
Picture 8 ...or brushes
Picture 9 We made lots of mess and pretty pigs
Picture 10 and enjoyed doing it with our friends!

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.

Picture 1 We watched the pouring
Picture 2 Then we explored the ingredients with our hands
Picture 3 and our fingers
Picture 4 We helped to mix the ingredients
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Picture 6 We used the switch
Picture 7 and watched the mixer working
Picture 8 We explored the bread we made
Picture 9 We loved squeezing the berries
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Picture 12 We looked at them very closely
Picture 13 We pressed the switch to blend the smoothie
Picture 14 The berries smelled lovely!

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.

Picture 1 We scooped and mixed with the spoon
Picture 2 We pressed the switch to work the mixer
Picture 3 This made a great noise!
Picture 4 We felt the vibrations too
Picture 5 We were proud of our decorations
Picture 6 We scooped the icing too
Picture 7 We eye pointed to choose colours...
Picture 8 ...and added them to the dragon flag
Picture 9 We thought they looked great!
Picture 10 This year is the Year of the Pig
Picture 11 We loved crunching the prawn crackers...
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Picture 13 ...and giving them a taste too

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.

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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!

Picture 1 We have been using the eye gaze for spelling
Picture 2 We chose the letters by gazing at them
Picture 3 We started exploring some dry tactile crispies
Picture 4 We pinched and sprinkled them
Picture 5 Some of us weren't too keen to add in the sticky!
Picture 6 But we were brave and streched our fingers to feel
Picture 7 Some of us were more keen to get sticky!
Picture 8 We signed 'more' to ask for more sticky mess!
Picture 9 We wanted to help our teachers with the pouring
Picture 10 We used the switches to ask for more too
Picture 11 Then we tried to do some more pouring!!!

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.

Picture 1 We copied Jackson Pollock
Picture 2 We used the iPad...
Picture 3 ...and the eye gaze
Picture 4 We also used coloured rice and glue
Picture 5 We made colourful copies
Picture 6 Our parents loved them!
Picture 7 We were proud to show our work
Picture 8 We copied Van Gough
Picture 9 We worked together with paint and foam
Picture 10 Mummies loved the colours
Picture 11 We had a relax and a cuddle
Picture 12 We even stood to see our work
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Picture 14 We copied Damien Hirst
Picture 15 We made playdough sculptures
Picture 16 We copied Mondrian too
Picture 17 Then it was time for music therapy
Picture 18 We played the guitar...
Picture 19 ...and the drum
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Picture 21 We used our hands to make some noise

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.

Picture 1 We used the eye gaze to make our art.
Picture 2 We used different coloured splats
Picture 3 We made lots of dots with pens
Picture 4 We eye pointed to make a choice
Picture 5 We made marks on the iPad
Picture 6 We squeezed the dough...
Picture 7 ...and pulled the dough
Picture 8 We squashed it in our hands
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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.

Picture 1 We posted our letters
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Picture 4 and had a good look around Homebase
Picture 5 We made salt dough decorations
Picture 6 We mixed flour, salt...
Picture 7 ...and water. It got messy!

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.

Picture 1 We lifted each symbol to see what was behind
Picture 2 We started with mincemeat
Picture 3 We liked the smell....
Picture 4 ...it felt very sticky!
Picture 5 We also had some twinkly lights
Picture 6 and Christmas lights
Picture 7 We loved the tinsel
Picture 8 We moved the snow with our fingers
Picture 9 We kept very still for facepaints
Picture 10 We showed off our standing skills on stage...
Picture 11 ...and our sitting skills...
Picture 12 ...and our use of switches

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.

Picture 1 We got badges for communicating
Picture 2 We got badges for standing
Picture 3 We got badges for eye gazing
Picture 4 Look how many badges we earned!!!

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.

Picture 1 We looked around the pool for our favourite ball..
Picture 2 ...and reached out to grab them
Picture 3 We stretched out our legs
Picture 4 We clapped our arms together to make a big splash!
Picture 5 We tracked the ball...
Picture 6 ...and stretched our legs to kick it
Picture 7 We played ball with friends, kicking and pushing
Picture 8 We even communicated our favourite songs

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!

Picture 1 We explored bumpy, vibrating balls
Picture 2 Some of us weren't too sure about the vibrations
Picture 3 Some of us liked the light balls
Picture 4 We practised throwing balls
Picture 5 We chose from lots of different balls
Picture 6 We played football
Picture 7 We tracked where the ball was going...
Picture 8 ...and when it came back!
Picture 9 We practised standing up tall
Picture 10 We all enjoyed music therapy...
Picture 11 ...playing the guitar...
Picture 12 ...and listening to singing

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.

Picture 1 We loved the big, bright colours of the fireworks
Picture 2 We smiled as we anticipated the bangs
Picture 3 We played drums and bells to match the fireworks
Picture 4 We giggled each time the fireworks exploded
Picture 5 We made loud banging sounds
Picture 6 We found patting the dough on our hands very funny
Picture 7 We tried to squeeze the dough tight

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.

Picture 1 We chose our favourite coloured ghosts...
Picture 2 ...using great eye gazing skills
Picture 3 We used our hands and arms well to pull the cobweb
Picture 4 We chose different ingredients for a potion
Picture 5 We rolled the ball...
Picture 6 ...down the slope...
Picture 7 ...to knock the pumpkin skittles down!

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.

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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.

Picture 1 We used the eye gaze to choose tactile materials
Picture 2 We also used symbols and photos for choosing
Picture 3 We watched some pouring before mixing
Picture 4 Some of us used tools to mix and paint
Picture 5 We looked at the marks on our leaves
Picture 6 We also used our hands to mix and paint
Picture 7 We enjoyed moving our fingers around...
Picture 8 ...and getting messy!

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.

Picture 1 We made choices with symbols...
Picture 2 ...and by touching pictures on a screen
Picture 3 We held onto coloured paper and pulled...
Picture 4 ...to make stripes for our animals
Picture 5 We then stuck them onto the picture
Picture 6 We were very pleased with our work
Picture 7 We have also been getting physical - standing...
Picture 8 ...pulling...
Picture 9 ...and sitting up straight.

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.

Picture 1 We dropped animals into the swamp
Picture 2 We squeezed the swamp in our hands
Picture 3 We pushed the swamp with our fingers
Picture 4 We touched the swamp with our feet...
Picture 5 ...and even took squelchy steps in the swamp!
Picture 6 We practised standing...
Picture 7 ...sitting...
Picture 8 ...and reaching up high
Picture 9 We have been taking turns with friends...
Picture 10 ...and saying hello!

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.

Picture 1 We felt the snake twisting up our arms
Picture 2 We stomped our feet like an elephant
Picture 3 We felt tiger claws up our arms...
Picture 4 ..and copied the actions on our teachers
Picture 5 It was funny stamping like an elephant...
Picture 6 ...and galloping like a zebra
Picture 7 We copied tickly spiders on our friends too!

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.

Picture 1 We used a switch to turn on the lights...
Picture 2 ...and pump up the balloon
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Picture 4 We loved wearing the funny hat...
Picture 5 ...before we made it fall off.
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Picture 7 Although some prefered to make staff wear it!
Picture 8 Some of us used our eye gaze to join in
Picture 9 We made everyone wait ...
Picture 10 ...before we lifted up the cloth
Picture 11 We also made harvest fruits
Picture 12 and vegetables
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Picture 14 We liked looking at our work
Picture 15 We loved harvest fun at church...
Picture 16 ...watching the scarecrow dancing...
Picture 17 ...balloons flying...
Picture 18 ...and balloons 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.

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