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Puffin Class: Modular Summary

Puffin Class: Module Summary

Term: 4 (2018-19)                                                                                     Teacher: Kelly Howells


The topic this term is ‘Colour’ and the class sensory story is ‘End of the rainbow’. Where possible we will use this theme as the basis for all our cross-curricular sessions.



Cognition & Learning


For cognition this term all pupils will be working on the four areas of cognition. The learning will involve sensory input and exploration to support pupils understanding. We will be using the messy play hierarchy to support our understanding in cognition. Pupils will have opportunities throughout the week to explore colour through a range of sensory mediums/toys. Pupils will explore colour in the sensory room/sensory area and around the school environment to help support understanding of the world around them.

*At home you could allow exploration time with a range of colours and sensory materials and use different senses to help support understanding of colours.


Communication & Interaction


Our focus for communication and interaction this term is to work on a range of ways that the pupils can communicate. The ways we will be working on this term are switch work, intensive interaction, and stories. Our main focus for this terms communication is to develop pupil’s skills in switching and using these across the school day and around the school in order to help develop autonomy and choice throughout the school day.


*At home you could share sensory books and listen to stories together. Encourage use of communication systems to comment and make choices and ask for ‘more’ or make choices between two items.


Sensory and/or Physical Development


Our timetable is a holistic multi-sensory timetable that uses visual/tactile/auditory support, and the resources used are sensory based to encourage pupil’s exploration. We have a range of sensory boxes within class for the students to explore related to our topic colour.


*At home you could encourage attention, tracking, gazing and reaching for sensory items.


Pupils will participate every day in their physiotherapy programmes. Pupils have frequent changes of positions throughout the day. Pupils also have opportunity to work on other areas of physical development, such as grasping a ball and releasing it, using a parachute to move their arms etc. We will continue to work through our Physibods sessions which the pupils have really grasped over the last term.

During our school week we also have access to the hydrotherapy pool, multisensory room, and rebound therapy.


*At home you could change position frequently and encourage independence in moving using the physiotherapy input given by physiotherapists.



Social, Emotional & Mental Development

We are continuing to work alongside peers and to share activities with them. We are becoming more aware of each other by taking advantage of times in the day where we can engage and interact. We are learning to take turns with others and share the activities that we are doing in small groups and larger groups. We are going to be using the sensory room this term to help develop our understanding of colour and relating colours to moods.


*At home any opportunity to play and interact with others is always beneficial.