- Class 1
This term students will have the opportunity to use an appropriate access device, e.g. mouse, touchscreen, to make something happen on a digital device
The second half of the term students will have the opportunity to record video with support; take part in film-making; watch and control videos on a computer
The theme for this term is Darkness and Light. Students are following a Semi-Formal curriculum and will develop key Communication skills under an overall umbrella topic of Drama and Role Play. They will complete an AQA Unit on Drama and will perform in the Winter assembly. They will share their likes and dislikes and will turn these into personal role plays about themselves. They will continue to develop personalised forms of Communication including signing, symbols, PECS, 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 learning about Shakespeare in a sensory way and they will take part in highly sensory versions of Macbeth including making spells.
Students will be learning about the weather and seasons in a highly practical way. They will be developing their basic vocabulary and thinking about what clothes to wear in different weather. They will join in school celebrations of Diwali and Christmas and think about how the theme of light and dark affect the celebrations. They will also look at different Christmas, autumn and Winter traditions around the world.
This term we will be looking at religious festivals and celebrations that take place in the Autumn /Winter term. This will include Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) , Diwali and Navaratri, Guru Nanak`s Birthday and Advent and Christmas. The focus will be on the sensory elements of the celebration and will concentrate on colours, clothing, music, food and symbols. Students will reflect on how these celebrations brighten up a dark time of the year.
- Food Studies
This term class 1 will be learning how to prepare fruit salads. They will make fruit salads using a variety of fruits, such as: banana, orange, apple, clementine, kiwi, berries. Also the students will learn to make smoothies using fresh fruits. Students in class 1 will focus on hygiene, improving their independence skills and safety in food preparation during food tech lessons this term.
This term in art, students are going to explore and learn about nature in the autumn season and the significant colour changes that takes place during these seasons. This will be in terms of changes in the colour of the leaves,sky, and nature of clothings from summer to Autumn and then to winter. All students will explore and learn about foods,fruits and vegetables that are predominant in the autumn season.
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 and Health modules. Activities for the “Personal” module will focus on all about me, family, likes and dislikes, leisure and family jobs. Learning activities on health modules will focus on keeping safe, healthy eating and personal hygiene.
All Students in class 1 will have opportunities this term to learn to develop social communication, social and interaction skills, and experience, learn new skills in a stimulating environment and explore different textures, using their own senses. Students will be given opportunities to work independently to develop their self-help skills as well as work as a team to finish a mini project with their peers.All lessons will be taught using a multi sensory approach to meet the individual learning needs of all the students
Students in class1 will be learning all about weather and season. Students will learn the different types of weather and the characteristics of each type.All students will learn about the instruments used in measuring the daily weather and how they are used. Students will learn about how weather affects human activities and the appropriate clothes to wear in different weather. All lessons will be taught using a multisensory approach to meet the diverse needs of all the students.
During the second half term we will be completing a unit on light. Pupils will be given opportunities to experience, identify and sort a range of light sources. They will have opportunities to make shadows and find out how they are formed, and to explore objects that are transparent and
All students in class1 will be encouraged to learn and use the concept of numbers throughout the day e.g. during register time, choosing lunches, watching number songs, outdoor and indoor activities. Students will learn mathematical concepts under measurement and Geometry and continue to consolidate their knowledge on simple and complex shapes and categorising into 2d and 3d shapes . All students will learn to compare the heights and sizes of two and more objects under the strand of statistics and probability. All the lessons will be carried out adopting a multisensory approach to meet the needs of all the students.
Students will be given opportunities to experience different sensory materials through diverse practical activities in the sensory room and also in their workstations in class. They will have the opportunity to explore tactile materials such as , slime, pasta, rice, play dough, scented oils, shredded papers and the gym balls. Practical sensory activities such as hand and foot massage will be incorporated into the lessons to give the students a rich sensory diet experience.
Students in class 1 will learn about healthy eating. Students will learn what comprise healthy foods and what comprise unhealthy foods. Students will learn to identify and know the difference between fruits and vegetables. Students will learn the importance of eating healthy foods. All lessons will be taught adopting a multi-sensory approach to meet the individual needs of the students
Sensory Sailing- In this unit students’ will be taught by certified instructors at Fairlop Sailing Centre. They will be taught how to be safe around water as well as how to get in and out of a boat safely. Students will also learn skills of how to manoeuvre around a basic obstacle course and build their awareness of items in the water that a boat will need to go around. Basic paddling skills will also be introduced where students will learn the correct way to put a paddle in the water and how to paddle forward.
Students will experience music to develop their communication, interaction with others, self-expression and to promote wellbeing where they will have opportunities to respond to music through percussion, singing/vocals and movement. Students are actively encouraged to take an active part using simple percussion instruments in class to build on their sense of rhythm and tempo.