Welcome to Bluebird Class
Hi Everyone, we are looking forward to welcoming most of you back very soon!
As we continue to keep our 'bubble' numbers down and keep everyone safe we know some of you may want some additional learning opportunities at home - as well as home learning for those children remaining at home until September.
Our topic this term is 'Summer'. In class we are experiencing a sensory story all about summer, summer action songs, making ice creams and ice lollies as well as lots of outside play. We are also all taking part in an attention bucket session related to wearing sun cream, sun hats and everything that comes with the heat!
I have attached some of the activities below that we are doing in class so you can adapt to home learning.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like anymore activities or ideas. I will update the page again in a few weeks to give everyone time to complete each activity a few times.
Above is the powerpoint for a story that can be adapted to a sensory story.
You can use fans to mimic a cool breeze.
Create sand boxes/trays and walk through them to feel the sandy beach between your toes.
Use a paddling pool, water spray or washing up bowl of water to feel the sea and go for a paddle!
Make different sandcastle shapes with different containers
and the best bit....
Make an ice cream asking the children to select the flavour they want (with their chosen communication strategy), add flakes, sprinkles and different sauces to learn new vocabulary and make new choices.
Even better if you can take a trip to the beach soon after reading the story - if it is safe to do so.
As part of our understanding the world learning we will be making ice lollies to understand changes in state and try out new flavours!
You can use all manner of juices or squash for this to encourage children to try new things as well as encouraging independence by practicing making their own drinks. By using a range of lolly moulds you can look at shape and measure. Use language such as 'pour, more, lots, little' as you and your child fill the moulds.
I recommend having a few you made earlier to taste while you are waiting for them to set!
You can then finish the activity by crafting an ice lolly like below :)
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