- Class 1
The theme for this term is Fashion and Identity. Students are following a Semi-Formal curriculum and will develop key Communication skills under an overall umbrella topic of Poetry and Rhymes. They will complete an AQA Unit on Poetry. They will share their likes and dislikes and will turn these into personal poems about themselves. They will continue to develop personalised forms of Communication including signing, symbols, Jab Talk or speech. They will continue to follow instructions and to develop their social interaction with familiar and unfamiliar people.
All students follow an individualised reading and writing programme which aims to develop their vocabulary and skills. They will be sharing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and a book by Jan Ormerod called, “Ms MacDonald Has a Class. “
During this term pupils will have the opportunity to cover two units of work. One is entitled Everyday Technology and the other is Digital Art. Pupils will be able to explore common technology and be able to choose a device for a specific task. Pupils will also use a range of software and devices to create a range of digital artworks.
This term students will be learning about the Indian Sub-Continent in a highly sensory way. The theme for the term is Fashion and Identity. They will be learning greetings from a variety of Asian languages, listening to Bollywood Music, cooking and tasting a range of food and dressing up in Asian clothes. They will produce a range of artwork. The students will work towards an AQA qualification called ` Multi- Sensory India.` They will also join in the school celebration of Diwali.
Students in class 1 will learn about relationships and building positive relationships . All student will learn what comprise good and bad friendship. Students will learn features of good and bad friendships in pictures, symbols and words etc. Students will learn acts that constitute bullying and the different forms that bullying can take can take . Students will also learn about the different and the negative ways it affects people. All students will learn the steps to take when they see any form of bullying. The lessons will be taught using a multi-sensory approach to meet the diverse communication needs of students .
This term in art, students are going to explore and learn about nature in autumn season. All students are going to learn about the significant colour changes from summer to Autumn,. This is in terms of colour of sky , leaves, tree, etc. All students will explore leaves, trees during the autumn season and make a sensory bin of pieces found during the nature hunt. All students will learn and explore foods , fruits and vegetables that are predominant in the fall season . These lessons will be delivered using a multi sensory approach using pictures and symbols to meet the diverse needs of the students .
This term students in class 1 will be exploring different musical instruments and drums from west Africa such as Djembe, conga, Ashiko, shekere, etc. All students will be learning about musical styles from west Africa and the significance of these African drums to native culture.This will have a cross curricular link to maths numbers, communication and art. Students will be able to choose which African drum they prefer and create a sensory drum using different textures, materials and colours.Opportunities will be given to students to reinforce their counting skills when recalling the African drums and instruments they know. All students will learn to take turns and work as a team when learning about west African music.
Our focus for play will be the development of social and interaction skills through a variety of indoor and outdoor games. Student will learn to develop their turn taking skills whilst learning to explore sensory objects more appropriately. All adults will support students to engage in play appropriately by modelling accepted behaviors to them.A less structured approach will be adopted during the delivery of these lessons to ensure that all students engage with the lessons.
Some Students in class 1 will be introduced to ASDAN “New Horizons” portfolio whilst some students will continue to develop their portfolios. The learning this term will focus on the Personal,Social and Health modules. Activities for the “Personal” module will focus on all about me,family,likes and dislikes, leisure and family jobs. Activities for the “Social” module will focus on friends, the local community, different communities, helping others and careers.Activites on health modules will focus on keeping safe, healthy eating and personal hygiene . All the lessons will be taught using a multi-sensory approach to meet the diverse communication needs of our students
Sensory Dance- In this unit students’ will participate in lessons which will support the development of balance, coordination, spacial awareness and tracking skills. Students will also have a chance to develop their understanding of rhythm in which they will listen to different music genres and begin to identify whether movement should be fast or slow. We will use various sensory equipment to support these lessons such as scarves (large and small), pom poms, and ribbons.
- Food Studies
During the first half of this term, pupils will learn about safety and hygiene rules and routines in the kitchen. They will learn how to get themselves ready for cooking by washing their hands, putting aprons on and tying hair back if long. They will take part in washing up and cleaning equipment, wiping down the worktops and sinks, tidying the kitchen and putting equipment in the right cupboards. Pupils will learn about germs and know they can cause food poisoning and illness.
During the second half term, pupils will learn about equipment and their uses. They will have the opportunity to learn how to use simple kitchen tools through practical cooking sessions. E.g. using a blunt knife to spread butter on bread. As they progress with this, they will be using peelers, graters, whisk, fork, etc. in simple processes. They will know where equipment are stored and begin use symbols/pictures or text to gather the needed equipment before cooking starts. The aim of this unit is to enable pupils to begin to develop their independence in using basic kitchen tools. Examples of food they will be cooking are; toast, bread and butter pudding, cheese sandwich, toasted sandwich, carrot cookies, scones, biscuits and cupcakes
All students in class 1 will be learning about themselves and their environment through a wide range of senses including vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch and movement. Activities will draw on themes around india and opportunities will be given to students to feel touch and smell farics,from these continents . Students will be given opportunites to make choices, work at their on pace and in their preferred setting e.g. on their own or with a peer.
All students in class 1 will develop their mathematics skills through exploratory learning. The focus will be on number recognition, counting,reading and writing numbers and number sequencing . They will be working on Shape, Space and Measures and learning to identify 2D and 3D shapes in the classroom and the school environment. Students will learn the concept of big versus small, many versus few and apply these to real life situations .Maths learning will be reinforced using number songs,sensory play,symbols and pictures.
We will be responding to the Rastafarian religion, particularly its symbols, music, special colours and messages of peace and love. We will later explore Remembrance Day, helping create a school event together. We will enjoy sensory elements of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, before moving onto Christmas. We will look at different images of baby Jesus and Mary and celebrate the festival in a sensory way.