Sensory 1 Modular Summary
Sensory 1: Module Summary. Term 3
Sensory 1: Module Summary. Term 2
| Term: 2 (2017-18) Teacher: Kelly Howells |
The topic this term is ‘Festivals and the class sensory story is ‘Polar Bear Hunt.’ 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.
The first week of term we will be focusing on Bonfire night/Fireworks and then on it will be Christmas themed.
Cognition & Learning
For cognition and learning this term we will be focusing on the Routes for Learning targets and working on pupil’s prerequisites for cognition. This will allow them to access the basic cognitive skills. We will also be focusing on accessing a range of sensory experiences to enhance the pupil’s cognition skills. This will be done through sensory bins/bags and scent cards. The sensory activities will be focused around our topic of Christmas. Opportunities to explore using all the senses will help pupils develop. Pupils will be working in small groups of 2 for these sessions for them to gain the most from them.
*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 pupils express themselves. 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. A range of our activities will be focused around the topic Christmas.
*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, massage and patting stories. 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 an holistic multi-sensory timetable that uses visual/tactile/auditory support, and the resources used are sensory based to encourage pupils 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 pupils stretches. *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 four times 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.