This half term our topic is Monsters. As well as reading books such as The Gruffalo and Where the Wild Things Are, the pupils are going to learn about the real monsters that roamed the earth- dinosaurs!

 

Reading

Group 1

The pupils will learn how to produce meaningful print associated to familiar spoken words, actions. They will also be supported to include different signs, symbols and numbers as well as letter like forms.

Group 2

The pupils will be supported to show an awareness of different text purposes e.g. lists, letters and stories. They will continue to use phonetical awareness to spell simple, regular words and make plausible attempts at more complex words.

Group 3

This pupil will be supported to give meaning to marks as they draw and paint. They will also be supported to ascribe meaning to marks that they see in different places.

 

Writing

Group 1

These pupils will be supported to use talk to reflect on poems and stories as well as link significant events from the book to their own life experiences. Some pupils will learn how to continue a rhyming string.

Group 2

One pupil will continue to learn how to hear and say initial sound in a words as well as link significant events from books to his own life experiences whilst paying attention to sequence.

The other pupil will learn how to compare one text to another, as well as cross check information more quickly. He will also learn how to predict in greater detail.

Group 3

This pupil will be supported to recognise rhyme in spoken words.

He will also be supported to join in with poems and stories, one to one and whilst in a group.

 

Maths- Shape, Space and Measure

Group 1

The pupils will learn how to compare two objects before learning how to use mathematical language to name shapes and their distinguishing features e.g. identifies circles or triangles from a group.

They will move onto learning how to use of days of the week in practical situations, and to use heavy, light, more and less to compare objects.

Group 2

The pupils will learn how to compare objects as well as sort objects where the difference is not great as well as identify the properties of 3D shapes.

Group 3 The pupils will learn how to notice simple shapes and patterns in pictures, as well as learn how to talk about immediate, past and future events e.g. before, later and soon.

 

Science

Group 1

The pupils in this group will learn how to match objects to the materials they are made from, and how to make effective predictions about what will happen in an experiment. They will also learn how to alter materials using a range of resources.  

Group 2

The pupils will learn how to respond to suggestions about what might happen when given a choice, as well as complete simple descriptions about what might happen e.g. The water….got hot. They will move on to describe characteristics of objects and events that they observe.

Group 3

The pupil will be supported to notice detailed features of objects in their environment and to talk about why things happen and why they work. He will also learn how to show care for living things and the environment.

 

Play

Group 1

The pupils will continue to learn how to Interact with others in imaginative play and how to negotiate with others. They will also be supported to be actively involved in the development of a task or play activity.

Group 2

The pupils will continue how to interact with peers in imaginative play as well as be supported to establish relationships within a small group.

Group 3

This pupil will be encouraged to seek out others in order to share experiences. He will also be supported to show affection and concern for people who are special to him.

 

 

Some of the strategies that we use in our class.

 

Colourful Semantics

This technique which uses colour coded cards and visuals to help children to learn the important elements of a sentence before learning how to join them together in the correct order.

 

 

 

 

Here is an example of one way the visuals can be used.

 

 

Comic Strip Conversations

 

Comic strip conversations use stick figures and symbols to represent social interactions and abstract aspects of conversation, and colour to represent the emotional content of a statement or message.

 

Green- Good ideas, happy, friendly

Red- Bad ideas, anger, unfriendly

Blue- Sad, uncomfortable

Yellow- Frightened

Black- Facts, the truth

Orange- Questions

Brown- Comfortable, cosy

Purple- Proud

Combination- Confusion

By seeing the different elements of a conversation presented visually, more abstract aspects of social interactions are made more 'concrete' and thus are easier to understand.

Social Stories

Social stories are  short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity. They include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.

 

Social stories can be used to:

  • Develop self-care skills 
  • Help someone to understand how others might behave or respond in a particular situation
  • As a behaviour strategy
  • Help a person to cope with changes to routine and unexpected or distressing events 

 

 

We love sensory play!

Thank you!

 

The staff would like to thank the parents and carers who attended the parent’s evening in March. As well as discussing what was working well and what could be improved within the provision, parents and carers were given the opportunity to look at evidence of fantastic learning that has taken place. As we all know, working together positively will help our children achieve their full potential.

Staff would also like to thank parents and carers who have contributed to the cost of our Daily Living Skills sessions, as well as to the cost of resources for messy play. Because messy play and sensory play is all about exploring, there are no right or wrong ‘answers’. Through unstructured, exploratory play children are able to make their own discoveries using their senses, curiosity and knowledge.

 

 

 

September 2016

Here are some examples of the great learning we have been doing since coming back to school this month.

Making and measuring long and short "worms."
Making and measuring long and short "worms."
Working towards understanding  odd and even numbers.
Working towards understanding odd and even numbers.
Constructing and writing sentences about our story.
Constructing and writing sentences about our story.
Learning to take turns.
Learning to take turns.

April/May 2016

Here are some of the things we have been doing in our class.

It was fun dressing up as heroes and princesses.
It was fun dressing up as heroes and princesses.
Learning about "heavy" and "light."
Learning about "heavy" and "light."
Lucas learning about "heavy" and "light."
Lucas learning about "heavy" and "light."
Olivia does well with "heavy" and "light."
Olivia does well with "heavy" and "light."
Olivia and some girls in Year 2 have a great time playing catch on the yard at playtime.
Olivia and some girls in Year 2 have a great time playing catch on the yard at playtime.

March 2016

We have been enjoying our learning in the Resource Class this term.

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Lincoln is concentrating very hard on his cutting.
Lincoln is concentrating very hard on his cutting.
During Golden Time Olivia decided she wanted to pretend that she was the teacher.
During Golden Time Olivia decided she wanted to pretend that she was the teacher.
Olivia is learning how to read sentences with familiar words. This is a crucial step in developing symbollic understanding.
Olivia is learning how to read sentences with familiar words. This is a crucial step in developing symbollic understanding.
Reegan is making great progress with writing his numbers.
Reegan is making great progress with writing his numbers.
Lucas enjoys reading the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See" and matching the pictures to each page.
Lucas enjoys reading the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See" and matching the pictures to each page.

Lower Resource class

January 2016

The Children have been busy since our return after Christmas.

Olivia enjoys being on Top Table with Year One
Olivia enjoys being on Top Table with Year One
Reegan has been measuring using non-standard units. He has made towers "as tall as" the objects on the table. Well done Reegan.
Reegan has been measuring using non-standard units. He has made towers "as tall as" the objects on the table. Well done Reegan.
Lincoln has been measuring using non-standard units. He made towers "as tall as" the objects on the table.
Lincoln has been measuring using non-standard units. He made towers "as tall as" the objects on the table.
All the children enjoy working with the specialist music teacher.
All the children enjoy working with the specialist music teacher.
Reegan plays along with the music.
Reegan plays along with the music.
Reegan has been enjoying playing games and learning to take turns.
Reegan has been enjoying playing games and learning to take turns.