Introducing Charlie

This week our learners have loved meeting our new school PAT dog, his name is Charlie! Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national charity that enhances the health and wellbeing of thousands of people in communities across the UK. Charlie joins our Rowan Tree family and will be in school every week for cuddles, walks and to listen to children read.

Easter Bingo

This Thursday we were excited to reopen our doors for Rowan Tree Primary School’s annual Easter Bingo for our local community. It was wonderful to see lots of past and present pupils attending with their families. We were able to raise a total of £375. A big thank you to everyone that attended.

 

‘Developing Continence Skills in all pupils’ workshop

 Chris Hoyle our school’s Autism Lead delivered ‘Developing Continence Skills in all pupils’ the first in a series of workshops aimed to support parents and carers.

We looked at all the steps involved in developing toileting skills and practical strategies that parents can use at home.  Parents will receive copies of resources such as monitoring forms and toileting books to support their child’s progress. A great morning – thank you all for attending.

– Chris Hoyle, Autism Lead

Girls Football Tournament

On Tuesday 8th March we recognised International Women’s Day and combined this with girls in football. The Youth Sport Trust have a real passion for developing girls’ football and promoted the active participation of girls playing football on International Women’s Day.
Rowan Tree hosted a girl’s football activity afternoon. Hope Special School and Meadow Bank School came to take part if different football activities and finished with a full match competing against each other.
All pupils showed progression in their football skills throughout the afternoon as well as developing their confidence and social skills.
Well done everyone!

Whole School Pancake Making Competition

Each pupil in school had the opportunity to compete in a Pancake Making Competition on Shrove Tuesday. They joined their class in listening to some facts about Shrove Tuesday. They learnt that it is also called Pancake Tuesday and Fat Tuesday. The pupils had the opportunity to design, make and decorate their own pancakes. They had step by step instructions to help them for each stage. The pupils weighed out the flour,  measured the correct amount of milk and helped mix the ingredients together. The pupils then used their drawings to help them to make the finished product.

Relaxed Reading Library

We are currently in the process of making a relaxed reading library for our pupils to access throughout the day in school.

We were very excited to welcome Maddi, who presently studies Art & Design at Oakfield High School and College. Maddi has designed and painted this entire mural independently as apart of her course. We look forward to sharing more photographs of this fantastic space in use with you in the future.

 

 

Afternoon Tea

Church members and Rev Tracy as well as Luisa Preston (Chair of Governors’) and Iwona Goddard (Governor) came to an Afternoon Tea at Rowan Tree on Tuesday 15th February. They enjoyed homemade cake, a performance from Pine 2 as well as joining in with the rest of the school for Music in Mind. They had a brilliant time, and it was lovely to see some familiar faces that used to work at Rowan Tree a long time ago.

Flexi-Bounce Therapy in Rowan 1

We are very excited about the Flexi-Bounce Therapy that we have recently introduced here at Rowan Tree Primary School.  Flexi-Bounce Therapy is the use of an orthopaedic quality rebounder as a complement to Rebound Therapy. It is used to provide therapeutic exercise for children and adults across a wide range of additional needs.

Julie Corser who presently teachers Rowan 1 has become one of our schools Flexi-Bounce practitioners and has been delivering these sessions to the pupils within her class. The children will practice many skills including being still, showing super eye contact, learning to stop and special bounces.  It is also a super form of exercise and helps us to practice communication.