Welcome to Pine

Teacher - Elm Hannah Dunne
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We are a group of 11-14 year olds. We are creative and inquisitive, we love to learn. We enjoy everything messy, loud and colourful. There are five pupils in our class and we always have four or five staff members working with us as we have a varying degree of medical and sensory needs within our class. We go out into the community once a week to  learn about our local community, the people within it and everyday life skills.  We are trying to develop our life skills and have fun as we learn. We use a total communication approach with signalong, voice, photos, symbols or objects.

Each of us enjoys eating and cooking food, we can become very creative when cooking and baking. We can operate kitchen equipment using adaptive switches. One of our favourite lessons take place in the sensory room where we can activate the technology around us with our switches and participate in sensory stories. Some of us have hydrotherapy sessions twice a week where we get to relax and play with our friends in the pool. We also use this session to stretch and work hard to control our own movements. On Thursdays we each have a turn on the trampoline for rebound therapy. Not only does this give us a physical work out, we also get to use our own voices and communication skills to communicate our enjoyment and what we want.  We take every opportunity we can to get outside, we spend playtimes with the other pupils on the well equipped primary playground.  Once a week we visit the sensory garden in the patch to do a spot of gardening.

We have our own tailored PMLD curriculum and assessment which we follow that helps us to meet all of our learning needs.

Autumn Term 1 Timetable

Curriculum Information for ParentsAutumn Term 1
SubjectTopic for this half term: Seasons
Community AwarenessWe are going to visit different outdoor places so that we can experience the change from summer to autumn. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather on the day – our trips will take place on Tuesdays – we will need the right clothes whatever the weather. We will also visit a café whenever possible for a drink and a snack so that the children can develop communication and social skills.
CommunicationWe will work on communication skills throughout every day, in particular around expressing likes and dislikes when out in the community. We are also going to have a focus on using our sense of smell, so pupils will have lots of opportunities to communicate about different smells. We will be using sign language to support verbal communication.
Problem SolvingThis half term the pupils will be developing their understanding of 2D shapes through sorting and craft activities. We will also be working on visual tracking skills and hand/eye coordination during these sessions.
Social and EmotionalWe are going to do yoga this half term. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop strength and flexibility. Communication during the session will be a priority with pupils working 1:1. The children will also use the photographs taken on our visits out as slide shows to look at pictures of themselves and their friends.
Creative We will be making a display for our classroom showing the seasons. Pupils will be choosing materials and tools to use in the lessons. We will also be starting to use art packages on the ipads.
Stories & BooksPine class will be visiting the school library to make use of some of the wonderful story sacks available. The focus will be on stories that relate to different seasons. The pupils will have opportunities to explore the items in the sacks. They will also choose books to share on 1:1 and small group basis both in the library and in class.
CookingPine class will be making a variety of hot puddings. Where possible we will use locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Your snack money contribution of £2 per week will go towards the cost of ingredients as well. Please make sure you send the containers back each week so that we can continue so send pudding home.
MusicOur theme of seasons will continue in music with our attempts to create seasonal styles of music to accompany videos of natural settings at different times of year. The children will choose and play instruments to create backing tracks. We will also be paying particular attention to Jazz music, this is our musical genre for this half term’s lessons.
ExplorationWe are going to be visiting the Sensory Garden every week to carry out some much needed maintenance. As we will be working outside please make sure you send in appropriate clothing suitable for the weather and easy to wash.
Ideas to do at home.Brave the weather – as the season changes try to go outside, if you have a garden involve your child in some seasonal gardening jobs. Notice how things smell, and share good smells with your child – toast, coffee, freshly laundered clothes, cut grass, shampoos and soaps. Explore food packets, tins, boxes, bags in your kitchen while you are cooking. Visit your local library if you have one and share stories there. Many libraries have story sacks you can use. Listen to jazz music at home or in the car.