Spaceworld Visit - At the end of the Space theme we visited Spaceworld softplay centre. We worked really hard that morning to use our gross motor skills as climbing to the top of the slide was very difficult. We all had lots of fun sliding down! The children had a lovely time.
Louis and Hafsa enjoyed the astroturf football field in the centre. Hafsa worked on her throwing skills and Louis concentrated on his kicking of the ball. Louis also loved the rocket and looked down at everybody from high up.
Connor J and Declan loved climbing up and down the slide.
Callum loved the spinning disc and came out of the softplay to get an adult to push him. He led them all the way back into the spinning disc and said 'go'.
Remario, Alex and Isaac had a great time running around all the levels of softplay. They particularly liked the twisty slide. Isaac preferred to climb on the rope ladder.
Oliver loved the slides and could climb up to the very top and slide down independently.
Connor E liked sliding down the bumpy steps.
In Beech Class we use the rebound room for a variety of uses. Some of the children use it for a sensory bounce. They jump on the trampolines independently or with an adult in order to get proprioception or vestibular input. Some children use it for intensive interaction to encourage eye contact with an adult and initiating social interaction. Some children work in groups to encourage social interaction amongst peers. These children play games in learn each others names and take turns. Some rebound sessions are focused on topic learning for example during our farm topic we matched puppets with symbols of animals, matched the animal word with the real life photograph and sorted animals. All of the sessions involve some form of communication between adults and children. For some children this looks like gestures in the form of taking the adults hand to pull them onto the trampoline, making eye contact, using their communication device (book or ipad) to request an adult to jump, go, stop etc. Rebound is extremely rewarding for all of the children. Each child has their individual targets that they work on during their session.
Look below to see some of the learning we have been doing.
Communication in Beech Class - All of the children in our class communicate in different ways. Some children are working on making eye contact. Some use gestures like pointing, body language, or showing the adult where or what it is they need. Some children exchange real photographs symbols or picture symbols with an adult to show what they need or desire. Some children press pre programmed single words on an ipad device. Some children travel with their communication device (book or ipad) and initiate contact with adults. Some children use 2 and 3 word phrases e.g. Can I have, I want, I see, I like etc.
Some children are encouraged to use describing words including numbers, colour and shape of objects to specify which thing they need e.g I want chocolate orange circle biscuit, I see red horse, Can I have 3 blue sweets, Can I have pink paint etc. Some children are learning to use adults names e.g. Sarah can I have, Molly push, David I want, Good morning Laura etc.
The children are encouraged to use their communication devices wherever possible and carry them around school with them to use in every environment. On the playground the children request to be pushed, swung, tickled etc. Our aim is that the children learn to communicate effectively in every environment.
Have a look at our photographs below to see some of our learning.