What a Performance!
This half term Thatchers Class have been very busy preparing to perform! We are going to be taking part in the Hampshire Music Service Special Schools Performance Whatever the weather, at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. We have had to learn lots of songs all about different types of weather, focusing on Sunshine for our part of the performance. Next we listened to lots of different Sun-themed music so that we could vote to choose our
favourite to dance to. We have been very creative designing and making our own costumes and have worked as a team to choreograph our Sunshine dance routine. Each child in the class created their own dance move which we have linked together to form our routine.
What Happened in Days Gone By?
What happened in days gone by? We have been looking at old and new toys and thinking about how they have changed over time.
We are also thinking about toy cars and how they work. We have been exploring different mechanisms and learning all about wheels and axels.
Here are some videos of us testing our first attempt at building our own cars using construction materials.
We were very pleased with our cars.
Thatchers Go Horseriding
This half term Thatchers Class have been learning to ride! Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.
Riding offers an element of excitement and risk often denied to people with disabilities. It can be a means to relax or compete.
We travel every week to a farm near St Mary Bourne where we meet Alex, her RDA ladies and their ponies. We were all quite nervous to begin with and some of us were not at all sure that we wanted to ride at all! However after some apprehensive introductions on the first week everyone was soon mounted on their ponies and enjoying riding around the arena. The ponies were all beautifully well behaved, calm and patient with our new riders and the children were soon able to give simple commands to instruct the ponies to ‘walk on’ and ‘woah!’ as well as steer them around the arena and in and out of cones. In the final weeks some children even managed to trot! We also have been learning how to groom and take care of the ponies, as well as the names for the different parts of the horse and the tack. We will be having a break from riding for the winter months, but we are all really looking forward to returning in the spring time to see our new friends Smarties, Rocket, Belle, Molly and Solo!