Summer of Fun

As part of our Arts Festival this year, we have a special video to share with you. Our video celebrates some of this terms highlights including, The Jubilee, Superbloom, our wonderful gardening, building fabulous friendships, amazing artwork and having lots of fun.

We hope you enjoy watching, have a fabulous summer break.

ArtsFest

Wow! What a spectacular day we all had yesterday! It was wonderful to be together on the field with the whole school, some of our Oakwood friends and our parents to watch lots of singing, dancing and acting! There are definitely lots of talented pupils at Rushall.

For the children in ARP1 (and some of our adults too!), attending a festival was a new experience so it was great be able to express our enjoyment by singing and dancing along, whilst watching the performances and listening the music with our friends.

In addition to this, we were able to showcase some of the fantastic artwork that we have been doing over this half term. When we were putting it up in the marquee it was very windy and we had to cross our fingers that it wouldn’t blow away but by showtime the sun had made an appearance which was lovely. Here is just a snapshot:

Well-being day

It was whole school well-being day today, with a focus on the positive benefits being active has on keeping our minds happy. First up this morning, was a special assembly all about mindfulness and breathing techniques to stay calm.

George read us a wonderful story by Charlie Macksey called The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. We noticed it contained some very special messages about friends looking after each other.

Then, Miss Rea surprised us with a special trip to the woods! Being active with our friends is another good way to help keep our minds happy.

We also spent some time playing on the field with the whole school, it was lovely to meet up with some of our other friends that may sometimes be playing other playgrounds at lunchtime.

What a special week we have had this week! Check back next week to see what fun the penultimate week of this school year has in store for us.

Digging for diamonds

This week in communication time, our book focus has been Sam and Dave Dig a hole written by Mac Barnett.

We have been looking at the sound ‘d’. Some of us have been focusing on recognising and forming the letters correctly in various multi-sensory ways and some of us have been focusing on finding them in words, spelling words with them in and putting the words into sentences.

Here is the Makaton sign for ‘to dig’:

Superbloom

With the Superbloom trip happening this week in London, the whole school has enjoyed a ‘Superbloom day’ with gardening projects going on in each class…..and of course, we have been doing lots of gardening too! In addition to the peas and beans that we planted out last week, this week we have added sweetcorn, cucumber and tomato plants to our vegetable bed. We will need to remember to water them lots as the soil was very dry, but we are so good at remembering things that we will remind the teachers!

In art, we have taken a look at what our seedlings will grow into by painting the fruit and vegetables we have planted.

Turn taking

We have been doing some super turn taking this week. We’ve shared our favourite games with our friends learning how to manage our emotions and be happy for the winners.

Pop up Pirate was a definite favourite!

ArtsFest Filming

Over the last few weeks, we have been making some large scale artwork for our whole school ArtFest. We have been using the props we made to do some fun filming for our ArtsFest video.

Our video will premier at ArtsFest next week, so if you’re visiting keep your eyes peeled!

Golden Moments

We are focusing on the theme of doing our ‘Good Talking’, what good talking looks like in the classroom and how doing our good talking helps us to communicate and develop relationships with those around us.

Our Star of the Week in Butterfly class is:

Riley

For a fantastic week in school, lots of lovely language and good talking with the adults in our Classroom. Well done Riley!

Our Star of the Week in Ladybird class is:

Logan

For some outstanding talking! Logan is trying super hard with his communication and is talking to the adults and his friends in class! We are super proud of you!

Flowers for sale

During problem solving time, we thoroughly enjoyed selling flowers in our corner shop role play area.

We used our recently learned money knowledge to identify and count coins to enable us to buy and sell flowers to our friends.

It was so much fun and embedded our recent learning.

Here is the Makaton sign for ‘money’:

Fun in the forest

The children spent some quality time in the woods again this week with friends from both ARP1 and 2. It is so lovely to see their friendships blossom along with developing good social skills as they negotiate what games to play and what rules to follow whilst they make, build, climb and play together.

Lazy Ladybird

This week in communication time, our book focus has been The Very Lazy Ladybird, written by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle. There is a link above if you would like to share the story together.

We have been looking at the sound ‘l’ and the digraph ‘ll’ this week, focusing on recognising and forming the letters correctly in various multi-sensory ways and some of us have been focusing on finding them in words, spelling words with them in and putting the words into sentences.

Creative cooking

Inspired by The Very Lazy Ladybird, the children made some ‘love bug’ biscuits in our cooking session this week.

Some of our friends are now proficient in identifying what equipment and ingredients we need and are also confidently reading each step in our recipe.

We really do have some fantastic chefs in the making!

Glorious Gardening

In our gardening session this week, we were able to do some planting out.

We planted peas and beans in our vegetable bed in the garden, handling the seedlings with care and ensuring that we were gentle with the stems.

Here is the Makaton sign for ‘peas’:

We have had lots of fun with our learning this week in ARP1. Check back next week to see what we get up to!

Golden Moments

Our whole school focus has changed! We are now focusing on the theme of doing our ‘Good Talking’, what good talking looks like in the classroom and how doing our good talking helps us to communicate and develop relationships with those around us.

Both stars of the week are from Ladybird class this week!

Well done to:

Reece

Reece has used his good talking to become super independent! His communication has also helped him to develop some really strong friendships with his classmates. Well done Reece!

Here is the Makaton sign for ‘Friend’:

And well done to:

De’ryan

De’ryan has been doing his good talking recently too! He has been telling us how he is feeling everyday by talking in full sentences! What a star!

Here is the Makaton sign for ‘How are you?”:

Superbloom from the Tower

It has been another busy week in ARP1! As part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, millions of seeds have been sown in the moat at the Tower of London.

We’re very lucky to have received lots of seeds from The Tower of London to create our very own Rushall Superbloom! This week, our special Superbloom job was to help ARP2 to fill our new raised beds at the front of the school. We worked as a team to transport the soil delivery across the playground to the new beds.

It will be so lovely to see these new raised beds planted up with all of the things we have been growing and nurturing over the past few weeks!

Blooming lovely painting

We have been looking at lots of different flowers in art.

We began creating an observational painting of a sunflower, naming parts of a flower with the help from our adults.

We have created a beautiful sunflower field display in our classroom.

We have also been taking a look at different types of flowers, investigating their colours, petal and leaves shapes through our artwork.

We’re going to display these around the Tower of London that we created in our classroom.

Crunching Caterpillar

Our focus sound of the week is ‘c’. Some of our friends have been focusing on their letter formation, whilst others have been focusing on spelling words containing the ’c’ and putting them into sentences.

Wonderful Woods

This week we visited the woods to observe the changes now that the weather has warmed up a little since our last visit. There were gasps of ’wow!’, comments such as ’look how much the leaves have grown!’ and ‘I can’t see the sky from under here!’.

The children investigated the woods, by negotiating the space ensuring they didn’t bump into each other, trees or branches. They spent some time climbing trees safely and following the rules of the woods, but most of all they had lots of fun together with their friends!

That is just a little snap shot of our learning this week! Check back in next week to see what fun we have in store!

Golden Moments

We are focusing on our whole school theme of doing our ‘Good Thinking’, what good thinking looks like in the classroom and how doing our good thinking helps us to learn.

Both stars of the week are from Butterly class this week!

Well done to:

Freddie G

Freddie has been engaged with his activities throughout each morning and recently took a particular interest in the sensory train. His engagement was amazing!

We are so proud of you Freddie!

Here is the sign for train:

And well done to:

Darcy

Darcy participated positively in the Jubilee Celebrations, enjoying a picnic on the playground with the whole school and also joined in with whole school playtime on the field. What a star!

Jubilant Jubilee

We have had a wonderful week celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We have spent lots of time crafting whilst learning facts about our Queen and why the Jubilee is such a special occasion.

We have also been singing and signing along to a song about Queen with the kindest heart:


Corgi Art

Did you know that the Queen’s favourite type of dogs are a breed called Corgi?

In our art session we investigated what Corgi look like and created an observational painting of them, attempting to select the correct colours and paint the parts of the Corgi in the correct place.

Rushall Bake Off

The whole school spent part of the week designing and decorating their cakes for the whole school cake decorating competition. Our entry won 1st place!

When we were designing what our cake would look like, Freddie said that it would “need a crown to put on the top” because “the Queen wears a crown!”. “I can make one out of kinetic sand” he said. Freddie used the kinetic sand to create a crown before taking a photo and with some help from an adult, printed and laminated the photo to be added to our creation. What good thinking Freddie!

Well done ARP1, you worked really hard to create a masterpiece!

Garden Party

The finale to our week was a beautiful garden party in traditional Rushall style, with some very special visitors in attendance! Wendy Morton, MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, and Simon Topman, Deputy lord-lieutenant came to watch our performances.

We wore the crowns that we had made to get us in the spirit and had a fabulous time together with the whole school singing, eating our picnics and playing on the field, creating some unforgettable memories.

Here is a link to a Makaton version of the National Anthem:

We have really enjoyed our Jubilee celebrations this week, check back next week to see what fun we have planned for then! In the meantime, we’ll leave you with the Makaton sign for Platinum Jubilee:

Golden Moments

Again, we have been focusing on our whole school theme of doing our ‘Good Thinking’ this week, what good thinking looks like in the classroom and how doing our good thinking helps us to learn.

Our star of the week is:

Brody

Brody has done some fantastic thinking this week in ARP and also has been a superstar in lessons with his mainstream friends. Well done Brody, we are proud of you!