Welcome to Elm

Instructor - Elm Rachel Sanders
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Welcome to Elm Class!! 😃

We are a group of 5 pupils aged from 8-18 years. We have 5/6 members of staff working with us each day as we all have very high medical, physical and sensory needs. All our learning is done via a total sensory and communication approach. We have our own tailored PMLD curriculum and assessment which we follow that helps us to meet all of our learning needs. We have a very spacious classroom which is sectioned into different learning areas. Within this room we have a lovely sensory corner which we love to spend time in. We love to get out and about in the community and mixing around the school with others, we have lots of fun and our staff members help us to feel very happy, relaxed and safe when we are with them. We enjoy activities such as trips out, Hydrotherapy, switch work, rebound therapy, sensory stories, Art, Cooking, music, sensory room sessions, massage sessions, problem solving, exploration and communication work.


Spring Term 2 Timetable

Spring Term 2 2021 Curriculum Info for parents = Topic - Seasons
Community Awareness No Trips due to COVID19
Stories and BooksEach week we will listen to a story linked to the seasons. Eg one springy day by nick butterworth, The four seasons by Fiona Watt, little gooses autumn by Elli woollard, A loud winters nap by katy Hudson.
CreativeThis half term in Art sessions the pupils will be exploring the topic seasons, the pupils will make collage flowers and also using printing materials to decorate flowers, pupils will explore the dabbing motion using different materials to make circle patterns on flowers. Pupils will make winter pictures, explore painting creating marks with paint frozen in ice, pupils will create collage trees of the different seasons and attach a season poem to these, which they will learn about and listen to during this half term. Pupils will also make Easter cards and Easter decorations and a Easter egg wreath.
Exploration/Messy Play Each week we will be exploring a different season, from winter we will be exploring snow and ice to summer exploring lights and sand, exploring mud, bulbs, herbs, leaves, flowers.
MusicWe will listen to sounds from the different seasons and then explore instruments to try to recreate these sounds. Eg rain- rainstick, drum- thunder etc
CookingIn cooking we will be making food for each season, we will be making apple crumble, smoothies and crackle cakes
Ideas for at home - Read stories about growing plants, vegetables, herbs. - Read stories about the summer, winter, autumn and spring. - Go out to explore Tree’s and do bark and tree rubbings. - Collect Leaves to make collages, printing with leaves. - Explore a tray of leaves - Go on walks listen to different sounds sea, wood walks, park walks, walks near farms. - Exploring ice. - Exploring coloured cellophane with torches- season colours. - Explore cold items (ice pack)/ hot items (hot water bottle) for different temperatures of weather you get throughout the year. - Explore sand and water play for summer time - Listen to Weather and season songs. - Planting bulbs- sunflower seeds, herbs etc - As Easter also falls at the end of this half term- explore Easter songs, stories, make Easter cakes/ explore chocolate as a solid form and also runny chocolate, make bird feeders at home out of lard or coconut oil and bird seed. Make an Easter tree at home and make a range of Easter art decorations to hang on it eg Easter eggs, chicks, rabbits, lambs.