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Owl Modular Summary Term 2

                              TERM :       2                                    CLASS : Owl

The topic for this term is Autumn into Winter.  This term we will be focussing on

Mathematics

Number-

All children will explore quantities, counting and early addition and subtraction to develop their understanding of number.

All children will have the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills through practical activities and games. 

Space, Shape and  Measure –

All children will be developing their understanding of positional language (forwards and backwards) and of mass.

At home you might like to support your child’s learning by giving them real life opportunities to practice skills.  Such as carrying the heavy bag (of potatoes) or the light bag (of crisps).  

 

 

 

 

 

Social Interaction

All children will participate in twice  weekly Attention Everyone sessions.  The aim of the sessions are to develop our pupil’s joint attention skills. Some children will be working on Phases 1-3 while others are working at Phase 4.

All children are supported to develop their understanding of how to be with others and to develop positive relationships as well as to be able to follow common social rules.

Children have the opportunity to practice and develop these skills through visiting our adventure playground, using the sensory integration and multi sensory rooms in highly structured, taught sessions as well as through child initiated play sessions.

Literacy

Reading:

All children will be learning to recognise and read symbols.  For those children working at pre-reading level, the main focus is to develop a understanding the meaning of words, especially those words which are especially important to individual child’s interests, and their day.

For those children who are ready to learn to read and understand text, they will use a whole word approach, they will have access to simple stories, both personalised and published.

All children will use visual prompts to help them to understand what is happening now and then as well as to help them to complete practical life tasks life as independently as possible.

Writing/mark making – All children are learning that marks and symbols convey meaning.

All children are supported to choose and use symbols to make requests and comments throughout the day as well as in discrete, taught activities.

All children are learning to improve their fine motor skills through workbox activities and discrete taught sessions such as learning to use scissors to cut and snip or using theraputty to develop hand and finger strength.  Children are also taught to use cutlery at meal times.

At home, you may like to support your child to develop their fine motor skills by looking at Montessori inspired self help activities.  

Alternatively, you may like to encourage  your child to be able to recognise their name or the names of their siblings or family members by placing a name card underneath the matching photograph could be a fun and purposeful activity.

Social Communication

Pupils are taught and practice speaking and listening skills in discrete taught sessions as well as in  response to naturally occurring interactions throughout the day.  Learning is individualised to each child’s needs and skills  and the vocabulary is chosen because it is meaningful, and useful to the  individual child.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information, or would like specific symbols made for you to use at home.

Sensory and Sensory Processing

The twice daily sensory circuit activities specifically aim to give children the sensory input they need; whether it is to alert or to calm their sensory systems, so that they are better able to concentrate and engage in new learning.

Children are also taught to understand and manage their own sensory needs.

At home, you may feel it is important for your child to have the opportunity for daily physical activities, some of the following  provide deep pressure sensations which help children to feel calm.  For example, playing on a trampoline or swings, swimming; rough and tumble play (tickling and squashing games) or going for walks

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further ideas.

 

Physical Development

This term, in PE children will be exploring movements and actions through games, developing planning and sequencing skills.

All children will continue to experience regular, daily visits to outside play areas the when they can practice co-ordination and balancing skills through using bikes and scooters.

All children have the opportunity to have rebound therapy sessions;  go horse riding (on a rota basis) as well as to visit either the hydrotherapy pool/Tonbridge Public Swimming Pool (on a rota basis)

Your child may like to play simple games with you.  Some favourites are:  chase and “traffic lights” when riding a scooter or bike. Some children are beginning to enjoy playing games such a chase or taking turns to kick a football to each other.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Art & DT – This term children will be exploring and developing skills such as using simple tools and their hands to new materials and tactile experiences and to which will in turn support children to develop their hand function motor skills.

At home your child may enjoy creating firework pictures using stencils  or exploring face paints or making model spiders out of playdough or paper junk.  

Understanding The World

Science:

All children will be developing their ability to explore and investigate new materials and tactile experiences using their senses. This term we will be exploring different materials such as slime (for Halloween); looking at how materials can be changed when we  create chocolate finger fireworks,  and making shortbread and salt dough decorations for Christmas.

To support your child’s learning at home encourage him/her to look at the outside. Perhaps talking about the appearance of frost, its feel and colour.  Look at patterns on glass and leaves. Finding out what happens if you breathe on it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Computing

All children will use programs which encourage children to develop computing skills such as drag and drop and cause and effect skills.  We use interactive whiteboard and i-pads to reinforce learning as well as to develop memory and sequencing skills.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like a list of useful educational apps.

Organisation and Independent Learning

All children have a daily workbox session.  This focuses on children being able to independently work through a series of tasks from a list or schedule.  It also is a great opportunity for children to learn to ask for help, if they do not understand what to do.

All children will also continue to learn to take care of their own possessions, keeping them in a safe place, and knowing where they are.

All children are expected to tidy up at the end of a session, whether it be play, workbox or a direct teaching session.

At home, you might like to practice similar self help skills, by encouraging your child  to collect and then use objects they need in order to complete a simple task which is part of a specific daily or familiar routine.

Please let me know if you would like further details about the new games that children will be introduced to, and that you may like to play with your child at home.