Here’s a little link that will help those who will be missing our lovely school assemblies!
The children in class love to have fun and explore, but sometimes they enjoy relaxing with the lights and noise levels lowered – Tacpac is a lovely way to stimulate the mind and body. The children have one to one interaction during this session with an adult or peer. It gives the children the opportunity to develop trust and confidence whilst having intensive interaction. In Tacpac there is a range of various musical tracks that are played. For each track played there are textured materials, an object or our hands used to give the children various sensations to their bodies. Whist having a Tacpac session the children can work on building up their senses, preferences, awareness, communication, anticipation and relationships. All of the children like this sensory session, it really provides a calm atmosphere that is always nice after an upbeat active morning.
Thank you for taking the time to check in with us, see you next week, Loveday and Team xx
“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” – Robert McKee
In school we love to make world book day special for everyone, the children and staff are welcomed to dress up as their favourite characters and that is just what we did! Everyone made a great effort and looked fantastic in their costumes. We carried on our celebration all day with a visit from ZooLab – meeting some animals, holding them and stroking them while having a story told… “We’re Going on Animal Hunt”.
We ended the day with a special assembly, here children of all ages got to act out their favourite stories and catwalk all the brilliant character outfits!
Stories are the essence of imagination for children, they open up their world of fantasy! Story telling can benefit our children in so many ways – teaching them about different emotions, relationships and forgiveness. It gives them a level of understanding in comprehension and sequencing increasing memory skills and creativity. Stories give our children confidence, helping them with vocabulary and listening skills. World book day is the one day of the year we get to celebrate the impact stories have on our children’s lives – a day we can showcase our favourite stories and characters!
Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we do!
Best wishes, Loveday and Team xx
Hello to everyone, hope you all had a fantastic February half term and welcome back!
Monday 24th February was our first day back after the half term and the weather was forecast for snow! It was tricky getting everyone in with roads being slippery and traffic building up, however this didn’t stop the children in school enjoying the snow while it was here!
Snow play was exciting and fun for those who enjoy exploring! Peniel, Kimberly, Lacey and Jacob chose to be among the snow in the outdoor play area. Kimberly’s balance with her new independent walking skills was definitely tested but that did not stop her. The children enjoyed crunching the snow beneath their feet and in their hands, making snow balls, and generally having a great time in the snow with their friends.
A wonderful start to the term. Thanks for reading, see you all next week, Loveday and Team xx
We are so lucky here in Hadrian School as we now have our very own bus on site that was generously donated by Stagecoach. The bus is fully equipped with a TV and heating facilities – a luxury area for the children to enjoy role play and singing. The children loved taking turns being the bus driver, handing out the tickets to their passengers and beeping the horn. They thoroughly enjoyed being in the driver’s seat – exploring the big wheel, buttons and switches were really exciting! Some loved being passengers and singing ‘The wheels on the bus…’ with their friends.
We would kindly like to thank everyone at Stagecoach for making so many wonderful donations to school – we appreciate all you have given and the children are enjoying every moment of learning through play on our new fabulous bus!
Thank you for checking in, have a great half term break and see you all after the holidays. Loveday and Team xx
In school we celebrate all sorts of special occasions often with a special assembly. Last week on Monday we celebrated Chinese New Year. We had many things to look at and learn about Chinese New Year. We started out by singing ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’ which is a song to wish Chinese people a happy new year and prosperity! We then went on to watch a video of the Chinese new year traditions. This lead onto our story that was acted out by Phil’s and Rachael’s class – the story was all about why each year a different animal represents the Chinese zodiac year. The children found this fun and interesting to watch. Many classes got right into the spirit of Chinese New Year by creating bright colourful dragons and lanterns with different materials – one class even came out dressed in a big Chinese dragon dancing to the beat of the drums. The fun didn’t stop there, a number of children were asked to join the front of the assembly to try some of Mrs Stokles’ special Chinese noodles. The children dressed in Chinese attire, sat at a table and ate noodles using Chinese chop sticks! The others didn’t miss out – we had Chinese treats to take back to class. There were noodles, prawn crackers and fortune cookies for everyone to taste… yum!
Loveday and Team xx
In our Jabadao sessions the children are free to explore the equipment – when the children take an interest in an area they can explore, play, try out with the support of an adult or a friend in class. Jabadao provides many opportunities for the children to work on their physical, communication and social skills.
As always – this week we had a very successful Jabadao session, the children were really engaged and some were happy to discover new things independently with their peers.
Yahya had so much fun sitting on the body board, while his friend Peniel pulled him around the hall by the string attached, that’s great team work!
Ella was engrossed in wobbling Jordan from side to side in the big cone – Jordan kept signing for more, and Ella gave him more!
Daniel enjoyed playing with the large gym ball -pushing it to and fro with his friend Peniel.
Peniel had fun standing on the balance board; this is really wobbly and tricky to stay on. With the support of an adult Peniel did really well to stay on for a little while – this is a great way to practice balance and strength.
Jacob was really engaged with his communication this week, he was climbing up the steps then sliding down the slope, each time he told us to go fast or slow!
Aaron had a giggle with an adult while he chased the roll by crawling to catch it… the adult pushing it just out of reach every time he got close, Aaron thought this was hilarious!
Fatima had a lovely time stretching her body out by sliding back and forth on her tummy with an adult pushing and pulling her by her arms on the slippery floor.
Lacey had fun crawling through the tunnel, she also enjoyed it when the adult put the tunnel over her head and sprung it up and down to play hide and seek.
Leen had her second Jabadao session, she very much enjoyed sitting on the gym ball bouncing up and down! The adult was modelling stop on the core vocabulary board between bounces, Leen was showing lots of excitement with smiles all round – the adult communicated with more bounces using the core vocabulary each time Leen showed her engagement.
Kimberly showed strength and determination while shaking the ropes up and down to the rhythm she selected from the core vocabulary board ‘fast’ or ‘slow’! Her communication and engagement during this task was impeccable – she presented great concentration while having fun and smiling the whole time!
Kimberley has started walking all by herself with nothing to help her this week – for the first time! We are so proud. She loved doing it in Jabadao, even turning corners by herself!
Joseph loved rolling back and forth on the big red roll with adult support – using his communication aid he asked for ‘more’ and ‘slow’ repeatedly.
Ella had a giggle with an adult on the big red gym ball – she was rolling onto the ball and back off landing on her feet each time –this is great for her balance and physical strength in her legs. She also found it funny to keep pushing the adult off the ball, signing more to do it again!
Thank you for checking in on us, we will see you next week. Loveday and Team xx
There are not many children that don’t like soft play – it’s always a hit with our children. Soft play is a great opportunity for the children to get one on one time with the grownups and have child led intensive interaction. The children will initiate interaction by choosing an adult they want to work with and then showing the adult what they are interested in doing. They play games like hide and seek, using equipment as imaginary role play like horses or trains, swinging, swishing in the balls, climbing, crawling, jumping and sliding. We work on our early communication skills along with lots of physical skills.
Aaron and Daniel really enjoy the rocking horse and often take turns in having a go. Yahya and Peniel are our boisterous boys of the group who love to wrestle with the adults and be swung around on the soft surfaces. Fatima likes to play funny games with the balls, hiding them in her t-shirt or throwing them out of the ball pool so she can have a giggle at the adults picking them all back up!
We would also like to say a huge welcome to our new additional friend to the class, Leen! Her first few days have been busy, with lots of different activities; however Leen is very happy – she settled in with the adults and making new friend’s straight away. We look forward to getting to know her more and hope she continues to enjoy her time in school.
See you all next week. Loveday and Team xx
A very big welcome back and a Happy New Year to everyone! We have had a 4 day week with the children but this has not stopped us from getting back in the swing of things and having so much fun. This week we are showcasing each child’s individual moment of enjoyment and engagement. We thought this would be a lovely way to present a variety of activities we have took part in this week.
Some of the children who really enjoy the outdoors took advantage of our ever changing weather. At the beginning of the week it was windy so we decided to let the children explore this – using different objects that would move with the wind direction. Something as simple as plastic bags tied to sticks were a big hit with Yahya and Peniel, they were fascinated with the movement. Yahya and Daniel also enjoyed watching the bubbles float high in the sky. Yahya watched them go away until they disappeared and Daniel was full of smiles and excitement – continuously signing for more! Lacey was amazing at blowing the bubbles herself too! What a successful session!
Aaron used snips (scissors with a springy handle) for the first time this week – he watched and then asked to use the “scissors” himself. He independently held the snips and used them in the correct way to cut through foil and paper. Each time he made another snip he said “squeeze” as he squeezed the handles together, well done Aaron!
Ella came back to school full of energy – in the play space she really showed off her big voice to communicate with an adult while walking around the room. She used the core vocabulary board to point to fast or slow whilst she vocalised the words in a loud clear voice – imitating those key words in a slow voice to say slow and a fast voice to say fast! Wow Ella we are impressed, keep talking!
Joseph has had a great week back, he has been working hard to communicate with his BAP, saying ‘uh oh’ in the right context and having a giggle. He also chose his picture when asked to find himself during circle time. You’re getting the hang of this Joseph, keep going!
Fatima came back as her cheerful self – full of smiles. She had so much fun during Jabadao with an adult playing hide and seek in the tunnel, she found it hilarious to keep peeking her head back out of the tunnel while the adult said “boo”. Nice to see you enjoying the session so much!
Jordan also had a great time during Jabadao – while playing in the spinning cone he giggled happily but was particularly focused with selecting ‘More’ on the core vocabulary board while pulling the hoop up and down repeatedly in a fast or slow motion. Brilliant work Jordan, lovely to see you engaged for longer periods!
Jacob thoroughly enjoyed taking control of his sensory art session, he was vocalising more and pull to request and pull the foil from the roll. As the adult working with him made models of big and small balls calling them the ‘big daddy’ and the ‘little daddy’ – Jacob repeated this back using his voice and signing! Well done Jacob, it’s wonderful to hear you speak more, keep it up!
Kimberly loved exploring the foil during sensory Art. Her concentration in tearing and scrunching the foil was impeccable, she could have sat there all day having fun – completely engrossed and engaged with the task. She is a joy to have during these sessions because she often makes the most of all the materials we are exploring and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty at all. Kimberly you are a star pupil, keep up the good work!
See you soon for more updates. Loveday and Team xx
Here at Hadrian School, our children have been very busy just like Santa’s little helpers – making their gifts and cards for loved ones at home. The last couple of weeks have been filled with Christmas cheer and lots of fun! We have had Christmas singing and dancing, Christmas jumper day with Christmas lunch, movie time, creating festive cards, cooking yummy cinnamon biscuits and making sensory paint calendars. We went to Beamish on our Christmas trip.
There have been many highlights of this season, ‘The Hadrian School Nativity Extravaganza’ being one of them! It made us all feel extra proud of the children as they performed ‘Northern Lights’ for their friends and families in such a magical way… they are all stars for just being themselves!
At the end the week, at our Key Stage 2 Christmas party, we had a special visitor… the big man in red himself, Santa!! The children were very excited to see him and he gave all the children a gift to take home. After, we had a real good boogie at the Christmas party with – music, games and party treats!
We had a pantomime – Beauty and the Beast, and silly staff panto and a quiet end of term nativity.
Thank you to everyone for all of your support this term, we have loved laughing, smiling and having special moments with all of the children in class during this festive time. Have a wonderful Christmas, and all the very best for the New Year. Take care – we look forward to seeing you all next term. Loveday and Team xx