Welcome to Yew Class
Yew Class is made up of six boys, Bobby, Connor, Harry, Muizz, Tommy and Umar, and two girls Ashley and Kendall. Our Class Teacher is Louise and our LSA's are Jane, Emma and Alice and we also have an apprentice, Daniel.
In Yew Class we follow a play based, SCERTS curriculum where we are able to learn through play, and develop our social communication and emotional regulation during 1:1 activities and group sessions. Throughout the day we will access literacy and numeracy within many different sessions. We also have access to specific rebound, swimming, PE and cookery sessions. Every Tuesday we have the opportunity to go out in the community, these trips help us to develop appropriate behaviours and additional skills needed (e.g. road safety) when accessing the community.
The Large Family
Our topic for this half term is The Large Family by Jill Murphy. We will be taking elements from the different books into our group and 1:1 sessions.
Our sensory story this half term is based on '5 minutes peace'. Within this story we explore different elements that arise in the book (e.g. water spray = splash, playing a instrument = blowing whistles) as well as identifying and matching different words within the story. Our 1:1 session then take us onto looking for different characters and matching them to the ones we see in the book as well as engaging in 1:1 stories.
We have taken our cookery sessions from the story 'A piece of cake'. We are going to look at different types of cakes we can make (e.g. brownies, vanilla cake, cookies), as well as following instructions to make the cakes. We are going to bring in our mixing skills that we practiced last half term and this half term the children are also going to be tidying up, looking at independent washing up, brushing, and wiping the table.
Access to the community
This half term we are going to visit the farm, as the Large family are elephants we want to go and see different animals and where they live. We are going to visit different farms to see where the animals live and where they like to spend their day.
In Art this half term we are using different techniques to make the large family. We are going to look at bubble painting, "splat" painting using cotton buds and non-messy sensory painting in food bags.
If you go down to the woods...
Our topic for this half term is 'If you go down to the woods...' during this half term we will be going on a bear hunt and finding a snowman to visit Santa in the woods.
The first part of this half term our sensory story is 'We're going on a bear hunt', we are enjoying accessing all the different stages of the story and especially enjoy finding the bear.
During the second part of this half term we will be looking at 'The Snowman', we will be building our own snowman and taking him into the woods to meet his friends and Santa for a party.
In our cookery sessions this half term we will be making picnic food that we will be able to take on a 'teddy bear's picnic' at the end of term. We are looking at developing our mixing and spreading skills as well as our communication. We will be able to choose different ingredients to use for our picnic food and best of all we get to taste test everything first.
Within our numeracy sessions we are looking at number songs and taking away one from a group, as well as number recognition and 1:1 correspondence. These activities will take place within a group as well as in 1:1 sessions.
Access to the community
This half term we are walking to the local shops to sit and have snack in the cafe. We are learning to walk appropriately and alongside an adult to and from the shop, as well as learning to sit and wait for our toast and communicate appropriately our wants and needs.
During our art session we will be making different seasonal themed pictures, we will start off with bats for halloween and fireworks for bonfire night, we will then make snowmen and reindeers leading up to christmas.
My self and my family
During our first half term our topic has been my self and my family, we have looked at photos of our families and have worked on recognising ourselves in pictures. We have also looked at our senses, our favourite foods and using ICT to take our own selfies.
Our sensory story this half term is 'My senses'. Each week we will look at different things we can see, hear, smell, touch and taste. We will have the opportunity to then further explore these items during 1:1 work.
In cookery sessions we will be exploring different foods, to find out what we like and don't like. We will then be making our faces out of different ingredients learning to follow visual instructions.
In our numeracy sessions we will be looking at using the interactive whiteboard to take turns during number songs. We will practice sitting and waiting as well as looking at numbers 1-5 as a group. During our 1:1 activities we are working towards individual targets.
Access to the community
This half term our Educational Visits will take us to the local park. This will allow the children and staff to get to know each other in a safe, out of school environment. We will develop our communication in different settings during snack and learn how to behave appropriately around unfamiliar people.
In Art we will explore different resources and find different ways to make marks. We will look at using our hands and feet as well as different objects in our environment (e.g. scooter, spray bottle, sand) to help us mark make or add to the paint to make it feel different.