Welcome to Bluebird Class
Well, it's the end of a very strange year!!! There is a little message below for you all but I would just to say thank you for all your support this year and well done - parents, carers, children and staff have all been incredible in a very challenging time.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing most of you in September.
To those of you moving on - we will miss you but we are so proud of you.
Stay safe everyone and see you soon!
This is a link to a cbeebies read aloud story. It explores the concept of going to different places and meeting people from lots of different cultures.
If you watch this with your child and then explore some photo's of people in your family/friends with your child. Repeat the name of the person you are looking at and encourage your child to say it too in their preferred mode (email me if you would like some symbols). It would be great if you could identify features of the person for example 'brown hair' and use a mirror to explore yours and your child's hair colour too. You can do this for height, eye colour, hair etc...
Below is a Makaton Story which will help give you the signs you can use to support this.
As usual the learning is individual; it may be that you just watch the videos together or look at some photos - whatever it is that helps your child access this topic.
This is a lovely makaton supported story which will give you lots of signs as well to support your own photo exploration with the children.
Self portrait time! Again using a mirror point out features on your child such as hair colour. Then using paint or any other media you can add them to the outline in the resources below to create a self portrait. You can use hand over hand support, pointing to where your child should paint or your child may be able to recognise where to paint independently. You could create a portrait for everyone in the family!
Please email me if you would like any colour symbols to support this.
In Bluebird class we believe that forming meaningful, trusting and lasting relationships are the key to success.
We all participate in a sensory based curriculum following individual timetables in order to make progress in our own ways. Our classroom is known for being full of yoga balls, tunnels, tents, spinners and trampettes; this is because we are an 'alternative seating classroom'. We use this equipment to help us with our learning and it is good fun too!
We follow a mix of the pathway 1 and pathway 2 curriculum incorporating all elements in a multi-sensory way. Please see below for links to curriculum documents.
Pathway 2 - https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/whitfield-aspen-school/UploadedDocument/78322992455f4836baa228b5b945d4a9/pathway-2-curriculum-final-edit-pre-key-stage-standards-v1-copy.pdf
Communication and independence are at the heart of all we do. We use a range of communication strategies including makaton, PECS, eye gaze and speech dependent on our individual needs. We try and take our learning off site as much as possible so that we can generalise our skills in lots of situations.
The adults in Bluebird Class are:
Beth (Class Teacher)
Sophie, Paul, Georgina, Elise, Mark, Marie, Imogen, Sarah, Jo, Saskia and Gemma