The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust’ Winter-Wonderland

This morning Elm 1 and Fir 2 set off on an adventure to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the 17th century Farmhouse with surrounding 10 acres of land is the perfect place to make some Christmas memories.
First, they enjoyed meeting all of animals and touring the vast variety of enclosures before then venturing on down to CAFT’s Christmas Barn to meet some very young Alpacas! The children took great care in petting their new fury friends and kept quiet so not to scare them.
Following on from a delicious lunch, it was time for a concert in our honour delivered by two elves named Spark and Bob! Everyone took part in their rendition of heads, shoulders, knees and toes and shook their bells to the music. Finally, it was time to meet the big man himself, Father Christmas! Santa and CAFT generously gave all participants of today’s adventure a bag of memorabilia to take home and share with their parents/guardians.

Willow 2 Greek Pottery

Over the weeks Willow have been learning all about the Ancient Greeks. The pupils have studied some the art of Greek pottery and took some inspiration to create their very own pots.
Some of them included handles which was tricky to manipulate and mould into place.
The pupils realised how much hard work must have gone into the patterns and stories painted on the Greek pottery.

Maple 2 – a force to be reckoned with!

Maple 2 took a trip to Manchester Science Museum to explore and learn more about forces. Our visit was full of surprises and funny moments. The show stimulated all the senses and got the children excited about what forces mean in the real world. They learnt about Jack Alcock becoming the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. Armed with his toy cat Lucky Jim, he used the science of forces to make his historic journey. Through a series of experiments and games, the children explored Alcock’s story to understand how forces make a plane fly, as well as demonstrating how they work in everyday situations, from bouncing on a trampoline and slipping on ice to losing your trousers!
They learnt about the importance of air resistance and friction, how magnets attract and repel and can affect other objects and about Isaac Newton’s discoveries, such as gravity and the laws of motion.
All the children were engaged and excited by these interacting learning experiences.

Fir 2 are feelin’ the force

This week Fir 2 have been experimenting with toy cars and a ramp to see what will happen to them when we let them go from different heights. They used their PECS books to select the cars they wanted to use and to describe what was happening to the cars. They discovered that the cars would move faster when let go from the top. Sometimes the cars even flew off the table! Great work Fir 2.

St Philips Church – Local Community Links

On Tuesday 16th November Pine 2 went to visit the local Church – St Philips. Over the past couple of months’ leaders at Rowan Tree have been working hard to build up local community links. Rev Tracy came to visit Rowan Tree and talked through all of the things the Church could offer school and leaders from school spoke about the opportunities they wanted for the pupils and some lovely ideas on what they would like to gain from the community links.

Pine 2 have been busy making stars of the Church Christmas display and today went to visit to have a look around the Church in preparation for the Christmas service we have been invited to at Church in December.

Rowan 2 Sensory Garden

Rowan 2 love exploring the sensory garden. We are lucky to have lots of equipment which helps them to self regulate and uses all our muscles. Classes uses this as a teaching space, and it is great for supporting our communication skills. The garden part is Rowan 2’s favourite, they love exploring with all their senses in a safe and stimulating environment. Today they engaged with communication targets on the air Walker and matched plants using symbols. Well done Rowan 2.

Willow 2’s Super Vegetables!

Willow enjoyed sharing the story Supertato. The children laughed as they heard the different voices for each character in the story.
We invited parents to come and create our very own super vegetables and discussed what powers they would have. Both parents, guardians and children worked hard cutting and joining things together when creating their very own characters for their own page in the story.