Welcome to Maple Class. We have a class of 10 children; 8 girls (Jury, Ruby, Liliana, Charlotte, Sharma, Hallie-May, Poppy, and Grace) and 2 boys (Jack and Ahmed). In class to support us is Louise, our teacher, Pat, our LSO, and Ellie, Katy and John, our LSAs, Nell our apprentice, as well as Debbie who helps us with our MOVE programs. We have lots of fun in Maple Class, scroll down to see what we get up to.
PMLD Sporting Event
All the children in Maple Class attended a sporting event at Lansbury Bridge that brought together children from different schools to engage in fun, enjoyable and differentiated sporting activities. The children engaged in activities linked to development of gross and fine motor skills. The children engaged in ball game activities, kicking differetn sized balls into goals, hitting and throwing balls as well as placing balls into basketball hoops adapted so they were on the floor. The children were able to choose differetn sized balls to kick, and moved with and without walkers to, kick, push and hit the balls into the goal. They then explored differetn sized balls and with support threw them at a targets, hit with thier hands and with golf sticks as well as placing them on top of stands. The children engaged well with exploration activities where they were asked to stack cups, explore ribbons and rings and place balls into hoops, they enjoyed making pyramids and towers out of the cups. Lastly the children engaged in walking up ramps and jumping off the top of a small platform onto a big mat. The childrne were able to access this with adult support with most of the children getting to the top. They all particularly enjoyed the parachute games, where they were able to go underneath the parachute, either walking through to the other side or sitting underneath. Some of the children chose sit on a parachute and be pulled by an adult, these children shared the parachute well and were able to maintain sitting positions when being moved around.
This half term we have looked at different disney films,and we have created our own Disney story with us as the main characters and we choose our own adventure. We have had three stories, a play based stroy where we go on an adventure with the mickey mouse clubhouse, snow white and the seven dwarfs for our SLD group and a sensory stroy for our PMLD group. We have continued with our phonics, pre reading and pre writing sessions on a 1:1 basis. As well as whole group and small group number activities and 1:1 maths activities. We have also continued our nursery rhyme communication sessions, movement to music, cookery, ICT, music, MOVE swimming and rebound sessions. With our individualised targets being changed as and when we need them to.
This half term we have been reading Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Our PMLD/sensory group have had a sensory snow white story where they have explored hot and cold, as well as soft and hard resources linked to different elemements of the story. Our SLD group have been looking at emotions and identifying part of the story. Half of the children have been looking for the emotion linked to the different parts of the story (e.g. happy, sad, angry, tired etc.) with the other half of the children looking for differetn elements of the story (e.g. Snow White, old woman, apple, the dwarfs etc.). The children have enjoyed this story and some of the children are starting to anticipate when the stroy is changing from happy to sad.
Number and Shape
We have continued with our number sessions this half term. The children who have been looking at recognising numbers are able to now do this consistently throughout the number songs, so they are now learning how to recognise the amount shown and link it to the number they can see. The rest of the SLD group are now familiar with what is expected during number songs and are working on becoming more independent at adding one and taking it away. The PMLD sensory group enjoy engaging with the different resources and are becoming more consistent with the switches and adding or removing the resources throughout the song. We have also started shape session, the children have been exploring triangles, circles, squares and rectangles with visual representations of the shape differentiated dependant on ability as well as songs relating to each shape. Some of the children have also been drawing the shapes in the air, following an adult model.
During our creative sessions we are making our own Disney story. We have used different exploration techniques to create our main characters, different scenery, friends we meet along the way, and our end party scene. We explored paint with in a tray using either our hands or different tools, we have places out pictures into big resealable bags with the paint and explored the paint through the bag, as well as sponge painting and finger painting. Some of the children have been using a colour communication board to choose their paint colours with other children indicating their choice from two options. All teh children have engaged with creative activities throughout the half term.
1:1 Activities/small group activities
We complete both 1:1 activities and small group activities within class. The children engage in small group number activities with groupings being based on where the children are currently up to with their number recognition. The children are able to show each other what number they are finding as well as waiting their tuen. The children also engage in reading and writing activities within class, using chalks on the blackboard and choosing stories to look at indepedently or with an adult. The children have been working on workstation tasks this half term, with some of the children working on the process of workstation, and becoming more indepednent in their work and all of the children working on developing new skills that will enable them to develop gross and fine motor skills along with early reading, early writing and early maths.
Swimming: This half term we have continued to access the swimming pool, working on individual targets relating to moving through the water, using our arms and legs to move ourselves as well as learning to engage with toys and objects within the water as well as adults and other children.
Rebound: In rebound we have been working on some MOVE targets liked to sitting, standing and walking, as well as looking at some of the PMLD/SLD rebound framework targets for our more able children. The MOVE targets link to the children's ability to move more indepedently and be in positions that enable them to access activities not just in rebound but throughout the day. The rebound targets are both specific to rebound as well encorporating life skills and transferable skills. Targets for example like, is able to initiate a bounce (rebound specific), can remove own shoes before session (life skills), can follow simple instructions (transferable skill).
Cookery: In our cookery session the children continue to work on self help skills, holdng a spoon, moving the spoon in food, moving the spoon from the bowl to their mouth/cake case etc. The children make items that can be immediately consumed so they understand that what they are doing has a purpose and there is an end product immediately to reinforce this.
Music: In music we continue to explore differetn instruments, playing them as a whole group as well as taking turns to play our instruments. The children get a choice of what instrument they would like to choose from a box (bells, drums, tamborines, shakers, rain makers etc.) and once the session has finished the children return the instruments to the box, working on tidying skills and reinforcing finished.
ICT: Within ICT this half term the children have been using different apps on the ipad (find the sound, find yourself, drawing, music etc.). The children engage with these well and enjoy exploring teh different elements of each app. The children are able to isolate single fingers to move around the app. The children also engage with activities on the touch screen within class, working on big bang patterns as well as choose it maker applications.
Movement to music: This half term movement to music has been set to a disney theme, all the songs are from disney films. The actions are allowing the children to work on their gross motor skills as well as some MOVE targets relating to sitting. Teh children are encouraged to copy adults and work with the other children around them.
We have enjoyed christmas activities this half term. We have made decorations and santa cups in creative sessions, we have also made christmas cards and christmas pictures to take home.
We all enjoyed the christmas markets, getting to see the different stalls from the other classes. We palyed the raffle and explored the different stalls with our parents.
We enjoyed a trip to Dobbies to meet Santa. The whole class got to go on the bus to Dobbies and we sat in Santas grotto and met Santa himself. We all had our turn to see Santa and had our photos taken.
number rhymes and christmas activities
This half term we have looked at different number rhymes. We started with 5 little fireworks and 5 little firefighters, next was 5 little ducks, then 5 fat sausages, 5 current buns, knick knack paddy whack and 5 little snowmen and 10 little reindeer. Each week we explored a different number song.
We have looked at two stories this half term, the three little pigs and five little men in a flying saucer. During our three little pigs story the children practiced their pre-reading skills, turning the pages when prompted and following the words on the powerpoint. The children also used stroy boards to indicate the characters and what they saw in the book. The children used their boards and communication devices to fill in the blanks when their was a pause in the story, they also indicated what they thought came next. Some of the other children matched the symbols to the pictures in the story, finding the correct option and matching it to their board. The children within the PMLD group enjoyed their sensory story of the 3 little pigs, exploring the different materials that the pigs used to build their houses, the pigs themselves, making wind using balloons and the water that the wolf splashed in.
The second stroy that the children have been looking at is 5 little men in a flying saucer. The story that the first group of children accessed looked at five different play skills, as each little man left the spaceship they landed on a different planet, each planet relates to a different play skill, we have benn learning to build using blocks, make a sandcastle, cut out shapes from playdough, play with the little people (making them walk) and blowing bubbles. We liked these playskills to the adult led play sessions that we have every day.
Each week we looked at a different number song, in our group number sessions we played the songs on the interactive whiteboard. The children found numbers 1-5, when the amount increased or decreased the children were to find how many were left. The children have been doing well matching the numbers, and are now working on recognising the numbers from their name. The other children in the session have been working on adding one and taking one away, they each have five pictures that they will remove or place on to a board as the song dictates. The second group access a sensory number rhyme session with real objects to hold or to knock off when the song dictates, they use number switches so they are able to hear the number as they press the switch. All the children then participate in small group number sessions, working on individual targets finding the correct number, recognising amounts, participating in number songs at the correct time, and exploring resources and numbers independently.
Our creative sessions followed the songs we were looking at each week as well as including . We made firework pictures using paper tubes and different coloured paints. The children dipped their tubes into paint and then moved them on to black paper and added glitter to make our fireworks. During duck week we made bubble pictures and printed yellow ducks on top. We then started work on our enterprise activities for the christmas markets, the children painted christmas tree decorations made of salt dough and made santa cups, decorating them with cotton wool and black belts. For the last couple of weeks we made reindeer christmas cards and christmas pictures.
All of the children engage in 1:1 activities, these activities are individualised, with each child working on targets set from their EHCPs. Some of the children are starting to complete workstation activities, and are working on completing the workstation process independently. Some of the children are starting to work on phase 2 phonics, looking at the first 6 letters within this phase. The rest of the children continue to work on phase 1 phonics, recognising sounds and making their own sounds. The children also carried on with their number activities, as well as colour sorting, pre writing activities, sensory exploration and pre-reading activities.
In swimming the children continue to enjoy group sessions, they join in with nursery rhymes as a group and have been working on moving them selves across the pool independently, carry an object from one side to the other to place it in a box. The children have also worked on water confidence skills: jumping into the pool; blowing bubbles; splashing and tipping water from a bucket or watering can.
In rebound sessions the children have been working on individualised targets. These consist of supported sitting, four-point kneel over a peanut ball, sit to stand, standing independently and walking across the trampoline. All the children that are able have also been practicing climbing the stairs up to the trampoline.
Within cookery sessions the children have continued to work on their skills using a spoon. The PMLD group are grasping the spoon and moving it with support within the bowl or to place icing onto a cake/biscuit. The SLD group have been working on independently moving the spoon within the icing and moving it over the cake/biscuit with minimal support.
The children have been exploring different instruments. We have been using charanga, we follow the session format, singing hello, warming up our bodies, playing our instruments and saying goodbye. The children have started choosing different instruments to explore and will switch instruments within the session, encouraging sharing and turn taking.
In ICT the children have been using switches and the ipad to explore different applications. The children enjoy the big bang application on the whiteboard, they access this either by switch or touching the screen, also working on their standing and sit to stand skills. The children have to press the switch or screen multiple times for the animation to work. The children also created firework pictures on both the interactive board and ipad. The application allowed a paint splat to be placed onto the screen wherever the children touched. On the ipad the children have been working on different applications, including a firework app, a piano app as well as painting and drum applications.
Movement to music
In movement to music sessions the children have been working on their upper body movements, rolling and working together. Movement to music is defined as physical use of the body with the incorporation of music. Movement may be stretching, exercise, movement games, and even dancing video games. Within our session we use stretching and exercise, the children stretch thier arms up and down at different times, they roll from side to side and stretch to high five each other.
Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow?
Each week we explored a different colour, finding different coloured toys and fabrics during morning group, using different colours in art and tasting foods different coloured foods in cookery.
'What Makes a rainbow' was our story for this half term. During our story we found different coloured animals who all helped little rabbit to find the different colours that make a rainbow. One group practiced early reading skills, turning pages at the correct time, finding different characters within the story and pointing to pictures and words in the book. While the second group engaged in a sensory story where they explored the different animals in the story, reaching out and holding practicing gross and fine motor skills.
In our number sessions we have been using different songs on the interactive whiteboard. We are looking at counting up 1 to 5 and down from 5 to 1. The first group have been practicing identifying numbers, trying to find the number on their board that matches the one on the screen. The second group have been adding one or taking one away. Depending on the song this group will add a picture to the group when one is added on the screen, or take one away when one is removed. The third group do a sensory number session, These children use actual resources and knock them over or pick them up to add one or take one away. These children also use switches, the children press the switch and are able to see and hear the number.
In our creative sessions we have looked at creating a character from our book each week. Each week we focused on a colour from the rainbow and we made the corresponding character from our story. We used different tools to paint with, hands, paintbrushes, sponges, rollers, fingers. All of our animals were painted, we were practicing our mark making skills, with some of us trying to stay within the lines of the picture and others just making as many marks as we could. At the end of the half term we had made six different animals which were made into books (illustrated by us) for us to read at home.
We all complete individualised 1:1 activities in literacy and mathematics. This half term we completed activities relating to phase 1 phonics (making different sounds), pre reading and pre writing in literacy. Within mathematics we looked at number activities, as well as practicle application, such as matching pictures to objects and finding the same e.g. the other shoe. We also have individualised MOVE targets which help us work on new skills that can be applied both within the classroom and at home.
Other activities we engage in across the week include a weekly swim, 2 rebound sessions, one on the big trampoline where we work on specific rebound targets and one in the rebound room which we access as a whole class for boogie bounce, a movement to music session, a cookery session, a music session and an ICT session.
In swimming we have been joining in with nursery rhymes and practicing moving around the pool independently. In rebound we work on individualised targets looking at supporting the MOVE program and physio programs. In boogie bounce we share the trampoline with others, take turns, join in with action songs and have fun. Within movement to music we are working on isolating movements, copying movements and working with others. In our cookery session we have been working on our mixing and spooning skills to help us with our feeding. In ICT we are working on cause and effect, with and without switches, and in music we are exploring different instruments, taking turns and sharing resources.