Welcome to Rowan

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
Photo of Victoria Gotts

Welcome to Rowan!

We are a lovely class of 8 pupils. We have 6 adults supporting us each day because of our high medical, sensory and physical needs.

We love a bit of silliness and slapstick; we all have a great sense of humour! We enjoy experiencing numbers and letter sounds through number songs and the Jolly Phonics songs and actions.

In Rowan class we follow a very multi sensory, topic based curriculum and use a total communication approach including on body signing, Signalong, photos, symbols and Objects of Reference. We love getting messy in our creative, cooking and exploration sessions! Each half term, we have one overall topic which we focus on for a lot of our lessons. We also work hard on our physical skills in daily physio sessions, weekly rebound and twice weekly hydrotherapy. We are also working on our mobility, making dents in the walls using our whizzy bugs and bugzi chairs and walking frames.

Spring Term 1 Timetable 2022

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 1 2022Topic - People Who Help Us
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
CommunicationWe will be working on personalised activities linked to our EHCP and SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) outcomes While playing with toys like cars, wind-up toys and balls, say ‘ready, steady…’ and look expectantly at your child. Wait until they vocalise before saying ‘go’ and setting the toy off. Accept any vocal sound your child makes and say ‘go’!
CookingBakers. This half term we will be practicing the same recipe each week. Every cooking session we will make some fork biscuits. By the end of the half term, we may be ready to adjust the recipe slightly ie adding cocoa powder You could practice making fork biscuits at home with your child, too! See recipe attached. Encourage your child to feel, smell and taste (if appropriate) the ingredients as you cook. Help them to join in with mixing, stirring and pouring by supporting them at the elbow and hand of their dominant side.
CreativeWe will be creating art work linked to different People Who Help Us using various art items You could make a post box to post letters into (links to Problem Solving). Get a cardboard box and get your child to help decorate it red using paint or glue and red tissue paper.
ExplorationWe will be doing Dentist-themed exploration. We have a large model mouth with teeth to brush, tooth brushes and toothpaste to use on the model mouth Vets - You could explore bandages and plasters with a favourite soft toy
ICTWe will be using iPads this half term in our ICT sessions. We will also use the Interactive Floor to explore cause and effect games and activities You and your child could explore any switches, apps and cause and effect toys you have at home
Orientation, Movement and Mobility We will practice our physical skills using walkers, A frames, reaching out and exploring or moving ourselves around the classroom and school. We will be doing hydrotherapy, rebound therapy and physio You could do some physio exercises with your child at home. Write a note in the home/school book if you would like a copy of the physio exercises we do with your child in school. You could play some songs and rhymes and encourage your child to move their body along to the music
Problem Solving We will be exploring problem solving and fine motor activities linked to the topic, including duplo emergency vehicles, toy post box and People Who Help Us matching games You could make a post box (see Creative section) and then have fun posting letters and cards into it. Encourage your child to take the letter/card from you and then keep hold of it. With as little support as possible, encourage them to post the letter/card through the slot. They may need help with turning at the wrist so that the letter/card fits through the slot, and/or they may need help with releasing the letter/card once it’s through the gap.
Social and EmotionalWe will be doing Handy Pac massage for increasing body awareness You could search YouTube for a ‘peace out’ or ‘New Horizons’ guided meditation to relax along to
YogaThis half term we will be having a weekly Yoga session in the Sensory Enrichment room, lead by Gemma.
Stories and Books We will be doing the Underwater Adventure sensory story each week in the sensory room. We will have a weekly library session where we will read books and explore story sacks linked to the topic You could visit their local library to borrow books – particularly ones featuring People Who Help Us.
Fork Biscuits• 100g (4oz) butter, softened • 50g (2oz) caster sugar • 150g (5oz) self-raising flour Preheat the oven to 180°C /fan 160°C/ gas 4. Lightly butter two baking trays. Measure the butter into a bowl and beat to soften. Gradually beat in the sugar and then the flour. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough. Form the dough into 16 balls about the size of a walnut and place spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays. Dip a fork in a little water and use this to flatten the biscuits. Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes until a very pale golden. Lift off the baking tray and leave to cool completely