Each week, students learning encompasses a wide range of subject areas. Some skills are taught through discreet subject lessons, while many skills are linked in to a range of activities throughout each day. Personal targets from each student’s EHCP are at the heart of all planning.
Topic – Belonging
Our first topic this year is Belonging. This links very well to the recovery curriculum that we are following as we help students adjust to being back in school after many months at home. During this topic we will focus on keeping ourselves and others safe, our relationships and friendships in class and within the wider community of school as well as identifying our similarities and differences and what makes each one of us special.
This term we will initially focus on the story ‘While We Can’t Hug.’ This is a simple but beautiful story explaining how we can share our love and friendship now that we must avoid hugs and personal contact. We will try out many of the ideas suggested in the book, such as writing letters, singing and dancing together and painting pictures too. We will also continue regular reading sessions, focussing on see and learn, phonics and reading comprehension. Each week we will have a weekly news lesson, where we build on our questioning skills and recounts writing too as we write about an activity we enjoyed during the previous week.
This term, we will base our maths lessons around ourselves. We will have fun collecting data about our friends, such as pets, favourite food, favourite activities, height and letters in our names. We will use this data to practice tally marks, sorting, comparing and creating and interpreting simple graphs and tables. Alongside this, we will continually practice our counting, number recognition and number formation too.
Other timetabled lessons that students will enjoy each week are P.E, outdoor learning and Bucket (aka Attention Autism)
Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit that can be kept in school each term ready for P.E. lessons on Mondays.
Please also ensure your child has a pair of wellies i school ready for outdoor learning sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. School will provide waterproof trousers and coats, but you are welcome to provide these yourself if you prefer.