Welcome to Shells

Teacher - Shells Jen Armstrong
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Welcome to SHells!
We are a class of 8 energetic children and 4 adults who love to play!  We use total communication throughout the day and are learning how to express our needs and wishes.
We learn best through hands on experiences, including outside learning, finding out about food and sensory play.
We really enjoy the routine of our day,  and the individual sensory input that is so important to each of us.

Shells timetable – Summer Term 2 2022


Summer Term 2 2022Topic: Carnival of Animals
Shells’ topic this half term will be Carnival of Animals. Each week we will explore a new animal related to our topic. During the week we will engage in a number of activities that are topic related. Your child will be encouraged and supported to explore and engage in each of these activities. The animals we will be learning about, and some activities that will be offered each week are as follows
DatesAnimal of the week EnglishMaths (repeated daily)Phonics and mark making (repeated daily) Topic (one new activity introduced each day)
6th JuneRed, White and Blue week to celebrate Jubilee Reading ‘Dog’s Day’ and predicting the endingSorting red white and blue itemsnJunk modelling of a palace
13th June DogsMaking barking sounds and recording our voicesCounting dogs legssMaking clay / playdough dogs
20th JuneSpiders Retelling the story of Incy Wincy SpiderNumber lines using spider legs aHow do spiders make you feel?
27th June Birds Looking at non fiction books of birdsMeasuring birds’ wingsT Bird spotting around the school and Patch
4th July FishSequencing pictures from The Rainbow FishRepeated patterns pFloating and sinking, wet and dry
11th JulySnakesMaking hissing sounds, recording our voicesUsing comparative language ‘big’ ‘bigger’iWould you like a snake for a pet? What pets have you got?
18th JulyAnimals with shellsSharing a Shell book read over the weekSorting animals with shells into groups nExploring different shells from the beach
We will be enjoying looking at reading books and sending home a reading book and a reading record; please write in the reading record to let us know when your child reads, and have a look to see what they have been reading in school.Shells class will be exploring the movement of our bodies in soft play during our PE sessions in the hall every Wednesday afternoon. There is no need for PE kit for this; we remove only our shoes and socks. Please practice taking shoes and socks on and off with your child at home to develop their independence, thank you!We will be visiting the ball pool every Tuesday afternoon, and exploring using our senses in the sensory room every Thursday afternoon. We will be using the Enrichment Room in the Field’s Centre every Tuesday morning.Please send in named wellies and a named coat and sunhat so that we can continue to visit The Patch every Friday morning.We will also be exploring our wooded area during Muddy Mondays this half term which will benefit our children in many ways.
Jen and the Shells team – Issy, Jen & Suz