In term 4, we will read and respond to the story of ‘Wow Said the Owl’ by Tim Hopgood. This story explores different colours whilst encouraging us to explore our immediate environment. Students will match colours to objects and piece together parts of the story by focussing on the rhyme. Others will start to write their own story in the same style. In addition to learning our story, students will have lots of opportunity to practice their writing skills whilst learning about the structure of non fiction books, as they compile their own art work into a book.
This term also includes the World Book Day celebration, during which we will focus on the story of 10 Little Bookworms, learning lots of Makaton as each student takes a part each to perform the story.
Students will also continue to have regular opportunities to practice their reading, handwriting and fine motor skills, including using their clever finger activities and weekly handwriting dance.
In Term 4, our main focus will continue to be shape and space. Students will use shapes to create pictures, and identify shapes in pictures too. They will also have lots of opportunities to create repeating patterns using shapes and other objects too. Some students will learn about fractions, finding halves and quarters of shapes, and making quarter and half turns too.
This term we continue to learn about Artists. Students will engage in creating some simple sculptures using shapes and paper. Spring time seems like a wonderful time of year to take our art exploration outside, so we will focus on the work of Georgia O’Keefe, using technology to help us capture the beauty of flowers. We will also have a look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and try to recreate some of the wonderful designs he created using nature.
We will continue to swim every Wednesday morning this term. Some students will access our pool on the primary site while others will travel to Bradley Stoke for formal lessons. Please ensure students bring their swim clothes and towel to school each week. Some students will also continue to follow their hydrotherapy programme on Tuesday mornings too.
Ruby class will have access to our Outdoor Learning area every Thursday afternoon. We can provide waterproof clothing but ask that you please provide students with welly boots and warm clothing such as scarves, hats and gloves.
Songs is a fantastic way of learning new Makaton signs and practicing known signs too. Every Friday afternoon the secondary students meet to learn to sign to popular songs.