Welcome to Bluebird Class
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, Gina, Elise, Imogen, Robyn, Sam, Danielle and Chloe
We are really sorry we have had to restrict access into school this term due to the national lockdown but as ever we need to keep our staff and pupils safe.
I will be updating this page regularly with home learning activities for the days the children may be at home or for those isolating at home. If you would like more personalised learning please email me and I I will send you some :)
I will check in with all those at home regularly and do let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
This term's topic is health and wellbeing so we will be feeling, tasting and trying new healthy recipes to expand our tastes in class. We would like you to join us in making Pizza at home and offering some healthy toppings for the children to try!
You will need:
The dough mix is easy to make you just need to add water. The children love to mix it up, roll it out and practice cutting it into a circle. There are good communication opportunities for the children to hear/use verbs such as mix and roll during the process.
I have added some symbols for you to use to either support children to use new speech, match the symbols to the foods provided or for the children to exchange to receive the toppings. If you need any other symbols please let me know. I would love to see photos of the children doing this at home :)
Making Salt dough
The children in Bluebirds love to make salt dough and so are familiar with this activity.
I have attached the recipe so you can have a go at home.
You can add all sorts of scents, flavours and colours to the salt dough and use it to create shapes, practice fine motor skills and as part of a sensory play activity.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/something-special-staying-healthy - This link is to Mr Tumble's staying healthy episode where the children can experience and practice new makaton signs relating to the topic.
https://singinghands.co.uk/- Singing hands have lots of great sing and sign videos to play along with!
Below are some additional resources as well as the symbols for cooking and the salt dough recipe.
You could use the photo cards to match pairs, play snap, practice speaking and listening by repeating the words or just for identifying/matching to the real life objects.