Welcome to Pine

Teacher - Pine Alexandra Allen
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Welcome to Pine Class!

We are a group of 10-13 year olds. We are a creative and inquisitive bunch. We love everything messy, loud and colourful! There are six pupils in our class and we always have five or six staff members working with us as we have a varying degree of medical 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.

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

Summer Term 2 Timetable

 

Curriculum Information for ParentsSummer Term 2
SubjectSession Focus this half term
Community AwarenessWe will be visiting the outdoor areas of the school and campus that the children know well. The Patch, the secondary playground, the primary school pond for walks, stories and exploration. We will also go on a visit to Hunstanton for the summer fun day and to Cromer Tennis Club for a multi-sports morning.
CommunicationWe will be developing listening skills through an increased use of signing. The children will be encouraged to make choices using real objects, photographs or symbols. We are going to choose stories with rhyme or books with poems in to share in class in order to develop interest in the sounds words can make.
Problem SolvingThe children are going to do a lot of work around number songs with resources to accompany these. This will support choosing skills and be a fun approach to learning basic number skills.
Social and EmotionalWe are sharing two different story sacks this half term, one is called Sea Rescue and the other is It’s Cold Inside which is a story about camping. The children will have opportunities to explore the resources that accompany the stories and to play with these as part of the story. Your child will also choose a library book to share in class. These books can be sent home if you want them, please let me know.
Creative The children will be working with clay and natural objects to make a simple model. I am hoping to invite a local artist in to get us started with our work.
Stories & BooksWe are sharing two different story sacks this half term, one is called Sea Rescue and the other is It’s Cold Inside which is a story about camping. The children will have opportunities to explore the resources that accompany the stories and to play with these as part of the story. Your child will also choose a library book to share in class. These books can be sent home if you want them, please let me know.
CookingThe children will be making a range of sweet and savoury dishes using local ingredients: Crab Salad, Milk Punch, Lavender Biscuits and Norfolk Dumplings. The goal of cooking is to have fun and develop all of our senses.
MusicIn music lessons the children are going to be listening to sounds in different areas local to school. They will be encouraged to find ways to make sounds in the environment and to experiment with different sounds using local materials.
ExplorationEach child will have a topic box of naturally occurring items from the local area, this will include shells, stones, bits of wood. These will be things that can be sorted, counted, hidden, shared into different containers in order to develop fine motor skills and coordination.
Ideas to do at home.- Visit your local shops - Go to your local park to play or for a picnic - Garden centres provide a range of really good sensory opportunities, have a look round, maybe try out the café - Visit the Church in your community, if it is open have a look inside - Read stories aloud, show your child the pictures and talk about what is happening in the story - Sing number songs: Ten Fat Sausages, Five Green Speckled Frogs, Naughty Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – you can find good versions of them all on youtube