Over the past week or so, we have been making the activities for the children engaging and adventurous as best we can. Some of our children who integrate into Year 6 had the opportunity to go and watch the Shrek production at Jo Richardson. They were so excited and loved the experience! They could not stop talking about it when they retuned to school at the end of the day. We are so glad they had such a fantastic time.
Whilst the weather was dry and warmer on occasion, some of our children went out to the adventure playground we have in school to play on the pirate ship and climbing frame. They were encouraged to climb higher than they had before, and pretend to be pirates, supporting their imaginary play and social interaction with children and adults during play. This is so important for all our children as they may sometimes find it difficult to interact and engage with other people, so using these times effectively can really help boost their confidence when speaking and playing with others.
Whilst all this was going on, we had other children in class experiencing some food linked to the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. They were using cucumbers for the body and tomatoes for the heads of the caterpillar. This is so creative and the children enjoyed building, then tasting the food at the end. Not all the children wanted to eat or taste them, but picking them up and smelling them was fine too.
Finally, P.E was very engaging and physical this week. There has been a lot of climbing and jumping off of equipment. We find that so many of our children enjoy the sensation of climbing up onto things and jumping off the other side. So, building an obstacle course/ sensory circuit for them to complete can be highly supportive for their needs. All the children participated, with some being more confident than others. Some children climbed and jumped independently, whereas others needed a little bit more guidance from an adult to build that confidence to complete the task.
Take a look at the pictures below to see the children in action!