Puffin Class: Modular Summary
Puffin Class: Module Summary
|Term: 2 (2018-19) Teacher: Kelly Howells/ Charlotte Burge|
The topic this term is ‘Festivals’ and the class sensory story is ‘Autumn/Winter Sensory Story’. Where possible we will use this theme as the basis for all our cross-curricular sessions.
I have added some ideas that you may wish to try at home with your child to support the work we do in class.
Cognition & Learning
For cognition and learning this term all pupils will be working on the four areas of cognition. These areas include: Awareness, Exploration, Control & Early Problem Solving and Sequence & Pattern. The pupils will work on each area once a week in groups of 4. They all have individual targets for this area of learning and will be working closely with staff in order to meet these targets. The learning will involve sensory input and exploration to support pupils understanding. We complete cognition lessons 4 times a week.
*At home you could encourage the pupil’s prerequisites by giving them the opportunity to explore a range of activities and encouraging them to use their hands to manipulate these activities or using their senses to fully engage with these activities.
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, story/interactive stories and write dance. This allows the pupils to use a wide range of communication methods. Intensive interaction we will be working on a 1:1 basis to help pupil’s early communication skills. During switch work we will be focusing on allowing pupils the opportunity to make a choice. Through story and write dance pupils will be exposed to other ways of communicating. All pupils will also participate in attention everyone.
*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
Every day our pupils engage and participate in sensory activities to wake up their senses. We do this via Sensology and massage stories and body awareness. Sensory activities are also carried out throughout the day and used as much as possible to motivate our pupils. We have a range of sensory boxes within class for the students to explore. 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.
*At home you could encourage attention, tracking, gazing and reaching for sensory items. Massage is another activity that we enjoy and carry out at different times each day.
Pupils will participate every day in their physiotherapy programmes. Pupils have frequent changes of positions throughout the day. We keep a chart to ensure that students are using all their equipment as often as possible. During break and lunch times these are also opportunities to carry out many the pupil’s stretches. 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 have also just introduced a new physiotherapy lesson into our weekly timetable called Physibods. This works on physiotherapy and body awareness a fun and interactive session between pupils and staff.
During our school week we also have access to the hydrotherapy pool, multisensory room and starting this term rebound therapy.
*At home you could change position frequently and encourage independence in moving using the MOVE and 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 have PSHE lessons twice a week where we are encouraged to participate in group games and make interactions with our peers. Break and Lunch times are also prime opportunities to make those interactions with our peers
*At home any opportunity to play and interact with others is always beneficial. As is exploiting opportunities to encourage decision making, choices, sharing and turn taking. Allow individuals to make the choice between two items of what they want.