Here are some of our super signers showing you how to sign ‘Welcome to Pinewood School’
Autumn scales and Christmas Nativity
The children have had fun singing about Halloween (5 Little Pumpkins and Hairy Scary Castle) and the different coloured Autumn leaves falling from the trees. Turn-taking and playing on cue featured and playing scales with glockenspiels and bells.
Heading towards Christmas, the Primary classes worked on the nativity songs for the Wriggly Nativity, including signing the words. The Nativity performance was wonderful and the children did really well.
Thanks to all the staff for supporting the practice, rehearsals and performance itself. The children all did really well and weren’t phased by the occasion.
Destressing with music
Christmas can be a lovely time for the children, but with lots of changes in school and out, it can also be busy and stressful, which I am sure many would agree with.
So during December in Group 8 and Group 10, we took time to create a calm musical experiences. With the lights low and coloured scarves and blankets out, it was a time to draw breath and be calm with no sensory overload.
Some of this was also included in other classes throughout the school. It was a great success and complements other sensory work that takes place throughout the school. Definitely one to revisit any time of year.
Next term we will focus on Scottish music and on putting stories and music together. There will be some old favourites and some ceilidh dancing to get us warmed up on the cold winter days. The seniors will continue to work on their National Qualifications too and build on their good work as we head into the New Year.
Today in the Pink Class we were shocked to find that some of our Arctic animals were stuck in the ice! How were we going to rescue them? We had some really good ideas – use a hairdryer? smash with a hammer? smash on the ground? blow the ice to make it melt? We investigated our ideas! Did we manage to free them? Yes!!
The Orange Class and their families had super fun at Children in Need. They Orange Class loved the Pudsey Hoopla and the Pudsey Bowls and so did Victor’s little brother.
Icing the biscuits was another firm favourite as was playing with Pudsey on the iPads.
Great fun was had by all. Thanks to parents and families for coming along and joining in!
Secondary groups have made an excellent start to their new woodwork project – they’ve been practising the skills they’ll need to make a chalkboard sign.
Secondary pupils had a very poignant assembly, remembering the soldiers who fought for our country. They all designed their own poppies, and at assembly, put them together to create a giant poppy, which we’ll display at the front of the school. Well done to Mary for leading the remembrance prayer and too all the pupils who made the lovely artwork.
We had a great visit from a lady from the Bag Book Company. She came to tell us some sensory stories – we all really enjoyed it!