Welcome to Elm

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

We are a group of 6 pupils aged from 14-19 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 2020 Curriculum Info for parents
SubjectTopic: Growing (animals/plants)
Community Awareness We will be visiting some local garden centres to look around and explore a range of plants, bulbs, seedlings and gather some items to bring back to school to do activities around growing plants. We also will visit redwings horse sanctuary at Alysham and pets at home linked to the whole school carers week were we will be focusing on being a vet which also will link in with our half term topic.
Problem SolvingPupils will work towards individual targets this half term which some will link around EHCP outcomes.
CreativePupils will make a range of items linked to the growing topic these things will include- making and decorating their own clay plant pot from clay, painting a terracotta plant pot and planting seeds/bulbs within it, making hand and footprint flowers. Making a tactile book about the vets with the title- I went to the vets and I saw ………..
Exploration Pupils will explore items linked to the story and topic. Pupils will explore food, water, shaving foam etc… Pupils will also help to make and create a role play vet area in the classroom for careers week where classes from around the school will come explore/play.
MusicThe pupils will be exploring a range of number songs and rhymes using a range of different props, big macs to join in with these songs/ rhymes. Building up anticipation within the songs and anticipating/ carrying out actions / removing props at correct points within the songs.
CookingPupils will be making fish shaped biscuits, Jelly and Ice cream, Fish finger pie, Vegetable soup and Colourful meringue inline with our topic. Homemade dog treats.
Ideas for at home - Visit local garden centres. - Plant some seed/ bulbs at home. - Explore local places where the pupils can explore/ look/ hear animals- eg wroxham barns, wroxham duck feeding, snettisham, local pet shops, pets at home etc - Read stories about babies, growing, plants, animals, pond life, cylces. - Exploration sessions at home, trays of dry soil, wet soil, bulbs, plants, flowers in to explore.