Community Dentist - 14/05/19
Thank you to everyone who came to our PACTSS group this morning. Nicola from the community dental team was in with lots of advice and tips around teeth brushing and oral hygiene. Nicola discussed different toothbrushes and toothpastes and techniques to try and encourage your children to brush their teeth. She also informed parents and carers about sugars in foods and how to choose healthy alternatives. Nicola even gave away some free toothbrushes and leaflets on oral hygiene. We also had a chat about what children do in school. Every child has their own toothbrush and toothpaste and are supported to brush their teeth every day at lunch time. If you would like any more information from Nicola or about oral hygiene in school please give Dani, our family support worker a ring.
Introducing 'The Reading Café'! As part of this term's topic, Stories, we have decided to put on a reading cafe for every class. Parents will be invited into school to read and take part in activities with their child. We are hoping this will encourage some children to read at home and will be a brilliant bonding experience for children and parents. It will also give parents the opportunity to come into class and see what their child is learning. Look out for your invite to come and join your child's class in The Reading Café.
The Kids' Cafe - Anaconda Class
For Autism Awareness Week, Anaconda Class invited their parents and carers to The Kids' Cafe. The class spent a lot of time making sandwiches, quiche and cakes to serve to their customers. Parents and carers were greeted and shown to the cafe by our head waiter where the
children waiters were ready to take orders. The children used menus with photographs of the food and served the customers with treats and drinks. The experience helped develop social skills, life skills as well as promoting independence, all of which are massively important for our children. Hopefully this is a project we can repeat!
The Reading Cafe - Caiman Class
Caiman Class invited their parents and carers to the reading cafe. Children were encouraged to bring their favourite book from home to share with their parents. The class have visited the library to look at different books and have brought some back to school to explore. We also explored Andrew's favourite cookery book. The children enjoyed following instructions, weighing out ingredients and making bread with their parents. The bread was then taken home to enjoy...whilst reading a story.
Jaguar Class enjoyed going on a bear hunt this afternoon with their parents and carers. We read the story and took part in a sensory walk.
'We can't go over it, we can't go under it, oh no, we've got to go through it!'
The children, parents and staff enjoyed getting wet in the river, dirty in the mud and cold in the snowstorm. Here are the photos of our adventure.
Lion Class enjoyed the Reading Café this afternoon. Parents came in to school and enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic with cake and custard! We read different stories about bears and even played pass the parcel. All of the children, staff and parents enjoyed the afternoon and can't wait for the next one!
World Down Syndrome Day - 21.03.19
Children and staff enjoyed wearing their odd/coloured/patterned socks to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day!
Our Christmas Fayre was AMAZING! We had lots on sale, including crafts the children had made and crafts our Parent Group had made. Our raffle went well and the chocolate tombola was a popular choice with the children. We raised a massive £1047! This will help towards our new soft play area. Thank you to everyone who came.
Maisie, a therapy dog and her trainer came into school to spend time with the children. Maisie was extremely well behaved and enjoyed the attention off all the children. Here are some photos of Lion Class
A big hello from Sarah and Dani our new Family Support Coordinators. Their role is to provide additional support to families to encourage positive outcomes for all pupils. This can include telephone queries, attending a variety of meetings and offering support and advice where necessary.
Sarah and Dani will also be monitoring pupil’s attendance, please ring before 9am to let them know of any absences.
Sarah and Dani are hoping to organise successful family support sessions that will offer guidance and activities for families. These sessions allow for informal chats and information sharing. Everyone is welcome to attend.