The Operation Transformation Walk will take place in Tyrrelstown for the first time ever on Saturday 18th January at 11am. There will be an option of doing 3km or 5km and is FREE for everyone to take part. Parking will be available in the Tyrrelstown Community Centre car park and the meeting point for the walk will be at the entrance to the park beside the community centre.
There is no need to register so just turn up and get your year off to an active start.
Today Hawthorn and Holly classes made rice-cake faces with different kinds of fruit. It was another nice opportunity for us to get more comfortable with foods that we might not always want to eat. Everybody was very adventurous trying new textures and smells, and sometimes, trying new tastes.
During the session we practiced some questions and answers. Feel free to use the pictures below as a prompt to ask these questions, or any other questions you would like.
Some things we asked during the session:
"What are we making?" (Faces)
"What is it?" (rice cake, strawberry, banana, orange, plate, knife)
"How will we make the eyes/nose/mouth?" (bananas/strawberry/orange)
Today we did some role play about living in the city! We role-played riding on the bus, going to the shop, visiting the doctor's office and working on the building site!
Everybody had a nice time taking turns being bus drivers, passengers, shopkeepers, customers, doctors and patients!
We’re going to trial an extra communication journal for Holly and Hawthorn class to try and give you more information about your child’s week in school. This journal will be filled in and sent home at the end of the week (rather than daily) and we hope it will help to give a picture of how your child has been getting on. The journal will have four kinds of information:
Something I did well this week: This will be an academic or social target in which your child has been making good progress.
Something I can practice this week at home: This will be an academic, functional living or social target that you might like to focus some extra attention on at home.
Something I enjoyed: An activity or lesson that your child really seemed to enjoy.
General: This will be for anything else that might be beneficial for you to know: a general description of your child’s week, a new development in their schedule, etc.
We hope you’ll find this new journal to be useful: please feel free to give any feedback or comments in relation to this!
Today Hawthorn and Holly classes made fruit salads in the kitchen. Everybody had a turn peeling, cutting and mixing the different fruits. Some of us tried smelling the fruits, others tried to hold them in our hands and a few of us even ate them! Whatever level of interaction everybody had with the fruit, the important thing is that everybody got a bit more comfortable being exposed to different foods and maybe later in the year we'll feel a little braver about trying different things!
Feel free to use the pictures below as a prompt to discuss the activity with your child. We used some questions during the session and prompted responses where necessary. Those questions were as follows:
What is it/what fruit is it? (Orange, pear, banana, strawberry)
What is it? (Plate, knife, bowl, fork)
What did we do? (Peeled the orange/banana, cut the fruit)
Holly and Hawthorn classes have absolutely loved doing football training with Larry this term! We got to practice all sorts of exercises with balls, hoops and balloons. We had a really nice time with Rose class and Willow class over the past few months.
We had a great time during Active week, see the video below!
Today Holly and Hawthorn classes made gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes in the kitchen! Everybody got a turn mixing the ingredients, pouring out the batter, flipping pancakes and then putting them on their plates. Some of us wanted to try our pancakes at the end and some of us were still full from lunch!
Some questions you could use to accompany these photos are as follows:
What did you make today? (pancakes)
What ingredients did you use? (flour, milk, eggs)
How did you cook them? (the frying pan)
What things did you use to help you? (bowl, spoon, frying pan, spatula)
You could also ask questions about the order in which things were done (for example: "What did you do first?", "What did you do next?")
1st: mixed the ingredients
2nd: stirred the ingredients
3rd: poured the batter into the frying pan
4th: flipped the pancake
5th: put the pancake on a plate
6th: ate the pancake
Holly and Hawthorn classes built an igloo today and engaged in some cold weather role play. Some questions you could use for Oral Language Homework are:
What did you build today? An igloo.
What clothes did you need for the cold weather? Hats and coats.
What did you do after building an igloo? I went fishing.