The staff in class 3.4 are:
- Mrs Kate Newcombe, Class Teacher
- Mrs Carlene Poole, Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Bernie Maughan, Teaching Assistant
- Mr Pernell Tyson, Teaching Assistant (Mon/Tues)
- Mrs Amanda Foster, Teaching Assistant (Wed/Thur/Fri)
In class 3.4, the pupils are taught through a Semi-formal curriculum using a thematic
approach to learning. This term’s topic is “Its Show Time”. The curriculum is divided into six areas of learning, with the focus around communication and cognition.
My Communication and Literacy
Our theme this term is “Roll Up, Roll Up For The Big Top”. We will be using the books “A Day at the Circus”, “Noisy Circus”, “You see a Circus, I see..”, “The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus ” and “Bellamy Brickle’s Circus Dream”. The pupils will also be exploring Non-Fiction books about circuses, films, poetry, songs and rhymes including “The Clown with a Frown”, “The Lion Tamer” and “Let’s All Go To The Circus Today”. The communication sessions will involve using objects, photographs, symbols, signs, communication aids and the spoken word relating to the theme/story. We will have a weekly mark making or handwriting session focusing on developing the pupil’s fine motor skills through sensory activities, tracing patterns and shapes or beginning to form individual letters. Pupils will also develop their phonic awareness by exploring environmental/animal sounds and identifying objects and pictures beginning with initial letter sounds. The pupils will be given stories to read at home incorporating key symbols in order to develop their book handling skills and to increase their vocabulary. The pupils will also be involved in a drama workshop on Wednesday each week with a focus on non-verbal communication. This is led by the Open Theatre Company.
My Problem Solving and Numeracy
Pupils will be participating in a variety of Number, Shape, Space and Measures and Using and Applying activities. These will involve using real objects, practical apparatus and interactive power points related to the theme. Pupils will be encouraged to take part in a variety of counting activities by saying number names, counting out sets of objects, sequencing numerals and matching quantities to numerals. Pupils will be developing their counting skills by using 1:1 correspondence. They will also become familiar with singing a range of number rhymes and songs in order to develop their number recognition e.g. 5 Little Clowns, 5 Little Rock Stars and 10 Grey Elephants. Pupils will be participating in Circus Games e.g. Tin Can Alley, Ring Toss and Hook The Duck and will be exchanging money for tickets in our Circus Role-Play area. They will be involved in creating 2D Shape Clowns and Animal Circus Trains. Pupils will be exploring the concepts of “length” and “height” by measuring clowns feet and stilts. In order to apply their skills pupils will be actively participating in sorting objects by set criteria e.g. colour, size, shape. They will create repeating patterns including Circus Balloons and Bunting. Pupils will also be taking on the role of Circus “Strong Man” by comparing the “weight” of different objects.
My World and Me
Pupils will be developing an understanding of the world through practical activities which encompass Science, Sense of Place (Geography) Sense of Time (History) and the use of technology for access and communication (My Computing). They will be exploring forces (pushes and pulls) and motion (how things are moving) by observing different circus performers. The students will discuss balance and practice balancing themselves as they walk the “tightrope”. They will participate in a gravity experiment with a scarf, a coin, and a rock to see if they fall slowly, or quickly or the same. Students will carry out simple investigations with adult support using balloons and bubbles to create movement and sound through the air. They will be using their senses to describe circus snacks such as Popcorn and Candy floss. Students will also explore Circus Show lighting and observe how different colours of light mix together. Students will look at aerial photos, discussing the various elements that make up a circus and labelling key features. They will be given the opportunity to explore circuses from around the world including Cirque du Soleil and will look at how circuses travel from place to place. The history of the Circus will involve the students sorting and comparing photos of the circus from the past and present. They will also role play their memories and circus experiences. Computing skills will be developed throughout using a range of accessible equipment including switch control, touchscreen, mouse and Ipads.
Pupils will be developing their independence skills through PSHCE, Self-Help and Cooking activities. They will be encouraged to interact positively with peers and adults by sharing, taking turns and cooperating in order to improve social skills, behaviour and relationships with others. Pupils will experience both structured and free play to support social interaction. Self-help skills including dressing/undressing, personal hygiene, toileting, eating and drinking will be addressed through snack and lunch times, and before/after physical activities. Pupils will also be encouraged to follow specific Speech and Language, Physiotherapy, Visual/Hearing Impairment and Occupational Therapy programmes to promote their independence. These will form part of the pupils Personal Learning Targets throughout the year. Pupils will be involved in Preparing Drinks and Snacks in Cooking. They will learn how to make cold and hot snacks this term using basic safety rules in the kitchen.
Pupils will explore and play with a wide range of media and materials linked to the theme “Roll up, Roll Up, For The Big Top”. There will be many opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, and design and technology. Pupils will be making mod roc masks of characters and building a panto scene in order to role-play their circus performance. A variety of “clown” action songs and “circus” games incorporating body and musical percussion will be included. Pupils will also develop their singing skills in preparation for their finale this term “It’s Show Time” performance.
Pupils will be developing awareness and control of their bodies through a variety of experiences, including Soft Play, Sensory Play, PE, Swimming, Outdoor Play. There is close working between Physiotherapists and Class staff to devise individualised programmes where appropriate. As much as possible these will be functional and integrated into the class routine. In P.E pupils will use the theme of “Roll Up, Roll Up, for the Big Top” as a stimulus for creating and performing their very own dances incorporating a range of circus props They will be involved in playing Circus Games including “Juggling”, “Balancing Beanbags on different Body Parts and “Parachute Play” with Balloons. Swimming will involve pupils travelling through circus rings/hoops and balancing items on their noses/heads whilst swimming on their backs in the pool.
Opportunities for Off-Site Education will be taking place this term. A range of suitable indoor and outdoor places in the local community may be visited such as a park, supermarket, café or music venue. Our trips will link to the term’s theme where appropriate for the pupils and we will let you know in advance when we are going off-site and where we are going.
Throughout the week we have access to a number of specialist rooms, such as sensory room, soft play, art/music rooms, ICT suite and kitchen. Use of these rooms enhances the teaching and learning and can give a stronger focus to the lesson.
* Pupil’s items of clothing and belongings should be named. (School uniform should be worn).
* Remember to send in your child’s home/school diary on a daily basis or send any important messages/appointment letters through Weduc.
* Communication books and Voice Output Communication Aids to support your child’s Speech and Language should also be sent in daily. Please ensure these are fully charged.
* Remember to send in your child’s swimming kit on Thursday. The swimming costume and the towel should be named.
* If your child wishes to purchase “Snack” at break time, then can you put their money in a labelled purse or envelope. Pupils can also bring in their own snacks if they wish to do so instead.
* Please provide pads, tissues, wipes and personal hygiene products to support with personal care routines and body self-awareness programmes. These can be sent in a labelled toiletry bag.
* If your child has emergency medication or drink thickener please can you ensure that this is always sent back into school after any holidays. This needs to be clearly labelled with name, date and dosage.
* As part of the pupil’s homework we encourage parents to go through their Individual Personal Learning Targets and report back on their progress over the term. We also encourage you to read any symbolised books sent home with your child.
If you have any concerns while your child is in 3.4 please do not hesitate to contact me by phone.
Home Learning Resources
Beyond Words is a charity that provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, our resources empower people through pictures.They have a collection of books which are free to download. These include:
- Beating the Virus – A short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.
- Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown – A wordless booklet with scenes from existing Beyond Words stories looking at what makes a ‘good day’ and what makes a ‘bad day’.Scenes address social distancing, lockdown, mental health and daily routines.