Please check our home-school diary EVERYDAY for messages, letters and homework.
Welcome to Elephants
Welcome back everyone We hope you had a lovely half term holiday. It is lovely to see all the children looking so happy, well and ready to learn.We are all looking forward to a busy few weeks with lots of fun activities to help us
develop and learn new skills.
The staff supporting the children in
Elephants Class this year are........
Our class teacher is:Anne
SNTA'S Sonia, Claire, Marya,Taybah and Lesley.
During lunch times we also have Support from
Yasmin and Tahira.
We have just moved classrooms and changed our name from Monkeys to Elephants
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or worries we will be happy to help. The school number is 01274 484242.
These are some of the things we do each week in Elephants class....
On Monday we have hydrotherapy (Please send my swimming kit in
unless it is kept in school).
On Tuesday we explore Jungle Gym and Sensory Corridor
On Wednesday we get chance to share the wheelchair bike and wheel chair swing.
On Thursday we have PE and sensory garden.
On Friday we have Food Technology.
This is a copy of our new weekly time table. If it changes we will let you know.
When you visit Elephants Class what will you see?
Across school we are now following the early years format so all our children have the opportunity to learn through continuous provision activities, with the addition of daily focused activity sessions to enhance this provision. Each child in Elephants now has their own personal targets and next steps to work on and we aim to provide different resources and activities to support each child's particular learning needs. We plan to make learning fun by developing an environment which provides learning through play. Our ambition is to ensure that all children have resources, activities and learning experiences which they find particularly engaging and consequently have fun whilst learning.
What is continuous provision?
Continuous provision is a structure of planned learning activities and resources which are freely available to children everyday of the week. This provides the children with a constant environment which is safe for them to explore. It enables the children to develop some independence by providing the children with choices. Also by offering the same activities each day the children to have repeated opportunities to explore practice and develop different skills and embed knowledge through repetition. Therefore if you have any suggestions regarding your child's favourite toys, music or activities please share them with us.
But what about core subjects such as English and Maths?
The children in Elephants Class all have different needs and therefore work at slightly different levels but we are all learning to develop very early maths and literacy skills and develop awareness about ourselves and the world around us. Many of the skills we are learning can be applied to different areas of the curriculum and are centred upon a multi-sensory and communication rich approach.
So what does Literacy and Maths look like in our Class?
To develop our listening and attention skills we share lots
of activities which incorporate environmental,vocal and musical sounds, rhymes and rhythm. We have access to sound books, musical instruments, CD's and interactive sound and action programmes on the computer during continuous provision.
We share intensive interaction sessions and lots of repetitive sound activities such as call and response sessions.We share stories and games which involve sounds and listening skills.
This half term our topic is Underground Overground
We have chosen to explore a sensory story adapted from Bear Hunt
We will be using our different senses and actions to explore creatures who live under ground, overground and in the trees. We will also explore soil and plants grown for food or for their scent. We have written our own sensory story adapted from the book a sensory call and response which we can share each day as we explore the different a different animal each week.There should lots of opportunities to practice and develop our gross and fine motor skills as well as use different senses to explore a range of sensory resources and activities.
Please take a look at our topic web below.
We may add to these activities as we go along because we are always searching for new and inventive ways to learn through play.We also hope to plan a few short trips to a local park and pet shop to explore plants and animals related to out topic.More information about these will follow soon.
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD AT HOME?
Here are some suggestions for Homework to support your child's learning this half term.
We will be sending homework home on a Thursday please return it to school the following week so that we can share all the books and resources with your child's class mates. Please use the homework feedback forms you will find in your child's homework bag so that we can ensure the items we send home are useful and fun for you to share with your child.