Welcome to Beech

Teacher - Chestnut Iwona Litwiniec
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Beech is a class of 8 students with diverse needs and abilities whom are supported by 4 members of staff, we largely use symbols and signalong in order to communicate our needs, choices and feelings.

Beech class take a holistic approach to learning by following a topic based curriculum, where each subject is tailored to the individuals learning needs, thriving on routine and consistency.

Students particularly enjoy activities that are ‘hands on’ which relate to everyday life skills and promoting independence.

Autumn Term 2 Timetable


Autumn Term 2 2019Topic: Transition Challenge ASDAN and Celebrations
SubjectProfiles and Ideas for home
Daily Activities
MathsIn Maths we will be working on our using and applying skills in real life situations (e.g. walking to High School café, choosing and buying a drink and paying with money). You can support these skills by involving your child with weekly shopping.
English We will be reading stories from different religious and faiths and learning about special celebrations; Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Christmas.
Art : This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge: Taking the Lead. Take part in an arts activity which is new to you! - (taught by Nikki Wardell) During Art we will be focusing on Christmas Crafts. This will allow us to try new materials, tools and skills, whilst creating some fun Christmas decorations. When at home and out in the community, continue to explore and talk about different types Christmas decorations that can be seen. Send in any artwork that has been created at home – we would love to see it.
Yogacise/P.EStudents will take part in weekly exercises which include also yogacise. We will learn how to participate actively in group sessions and relax. Have a go at home. Listen to the quiet music and try to sit still up to 5 minutes. Ask your parents to join you in different form of exercise: walking, cycling, trampolining.
R.E, Music & MFL
History: This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge -Taking the Lead. Fiind out about major historical events. (taught by Nikki Wardell) During History we will be studying World War 2 with a focus on the impact it had on children. It will include packing a suitcase for evacuation and food rationing. Consider visiting your local war memorial – it is free. Look at the monument, is there a list of names of the people who died in the war? Is there someone in your family who can talk about their childhood experiences of the war?
Signalong for LearnersThis year students in Beech class will work towards their Signalong qualification. We will learn new signs through the year and each student will have an active part in completing their portfolio with achievements.
DT : This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge: Moving Forward. Choose how you would like to decorate a room! (taught by Nikki Wardell) During DT we will be looking at how we can decorate the classroom for Christmas. We will be thinking about the different areas and what we would like to see there. When at home talk about a room that might need decorating. What would you change? Talk about colours / textures / objects that you would change. Consider visiting a store (such as Homebase) to look at the tiles / curtains / carpets / kitchens / bathrooms e.t.c.
Science We will be still working in the Patch, our school garden. The jobs to complete will be: tidying the requested areas, watering plants, planting and seeding pants. We will also enjoy the PAT dog visits in our classroom.