Welcome to Pine

Teacher - Elm Hannah Dunne
Photo of Hannah Dunne

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.

Spring Term 1 Timetable

Curriculum Information for ParentsSpring Term 1
SubjectTopic for this half term: Ancient Civilisations
Community AwarenessThis half term we will be exploring the Patch on the school site. We will be developing our understanding of growing different plants, vegetables and will be using symbols and objects to help us. We will also have the opportunity to explore the sensory gardens.
CommunicationWe will continue to work on communication skills throughout every day, including around expressing feelings and needs when out in the community. This half term we are focus on making choices for choosing activities, and on choosing snacks using pictures, ipads and signs. Signalong and body signing will support spoken language in all activities.
Problem SolvingThis half term we will be looking at 3D shapes and models and building models of ancient civilisations and key structures such as castles, pyramids. We will be encouraging pupils to explore the shapes with their hands and develop their fine and gross motor skills to build with them.
Social and EmotionalWe are going to do yoga this half term. We will be looking at pupils being aware of different body parts moving and looking for responses from the pupils through facial expressions, body language and the use of symbols.
Creative We will be exploring woodwork this half term and using a range of different tools to help us to construct different buildings and structures linked to our topic of Ancient Civilisations.
Stories & BooksThe pupils will go to the school library every Thursday afternoon to share story sacks and books. The props will include puppets. There will be opportunities for 1:1 reading and story time during this session. At other times during the week books are offered in choosing time and first thing each day when pupils do early work.
CookingPine class will be making a variety of Egyptian dishes. This half term is also going to be about using small electrical appliances to help with cooking and using a switch to do this safely. The switch interfaces allow us to plug different appliances in and operate them easily.
MusicThis half term we will be listening to music from Egypt and looking for individual responses. We will also be exploring a range of instruments and developing turn taking skills as well as choice making.
ExplorationThis half term we will be exploring messy play activities linked to ancient civilisations, we will be looking at how the pupils respond and developing fine motor skills along with gross motor skills.
Ideas to do at home.Exploring junk/recyclable materials at home (plastic bottles, kitchen roll tubes, boxes etc), encouraging pupils to build towers and knock them over, using fine and gross motor skills to manipulate the materials. When out and about explore the different buildings and materials that they are made of. Go to a garden centre and look at the range of different plants, grow your own vegetables.