Welcome to Shells

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
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Welcome to Shells!

We are a lovely class of 7 pupils aged between 4 and 8. 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 Shells 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 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 2Topic - Minibeasts
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Community Awareness We plan to visit the pond at Sheringham Primary School, the Patch and Sheringham Park Bower garden this half term to look for minibeasts You could go out into your garden or local park or woodland with your child. Take a tray with you (the lighter the colour of your tray the better as the high contrast will help you to spot the minibeasts!) and see what small bugs and insects you can find. Tip: turn over logs and look under stones!
Social and Emotional Ongoing. We will be learning to relax and be with our friends whilst trying Tac Pac, Yoga, Intensive Interaction and massage You could put some calm, quiet music on and give your child a hand or foot massage
Communication Ongoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on important skills such as choice making and signing You could encourage your child to make sounds by copying the sounds they make (raspberries, vocalisations, clapping…) and taking it turns with your child to make noises
Problem Solving Ongoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on important skills such as switch work, cause and effect and exploration. Some pupils will be doing some small group work on early numeracy and maths skills as well. Sing favourite number songs, play 10 green bottles and encourage knocking plastic bottles off a cardboard box wall, splash in the bath with five little speckled frog rhymes etc.
Orientation, Movement and Mobility Ongoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on appropriate and relevant skills. This may include using walkers, whizzy bugs/bugzi, A frames, reaching out and exploring or moving ourselves around the classroom and school. We will be doing hydrotherapy, rebound therapy, physio and will work on fine and gross motor skills in a weekly PE session in the hall 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
Creative We will be looking at different bugs and making bug art You could paint butterflies by putting paint on one side of a piece of paper and then folding the paper over to make a butterfly! Or do potato printing with your child to make a caterpillar picture
Exploration We will be going out around campus and beyond to explore leaves, soil, bark where minibeasts might live. As we come across minibeasts, we will encounter them crawling near (or on) us, look at/watch/observe and respond to small creatures as appropriate. You could go on your own Minibeast Hunt (suggestions above in the Community Awareness section)
Music We will be doing a ‘Minibeast Music’ song and rhyme session each week. The session includes the use of puppets, action songs and simple percussion instruments You could sing songs linked to minibeasts with your child. - Incy Wincy Spider - There’s a Worm at the Bottom of my Garden - The Ants Go Marching - Ladybird, Ladybird - Little Miss Muffet
Cooking We will be making scones with different additions each week, including raspberries, white chocolate and cheese. You could make scones at home with your child, adding foods and flavours you know your child particularly enjoys, or taste test different types of scone from the supermarket!
Stories and Books We will be doing the ‘Minibeasts’ sensory story and the ‘Very Lonely Firefly’ sensory story scenario in the sensory room. These incorporate videos, music, props, coloured lights and visualisations to help tell the stories. We will have a weekly library session where we will read books on a one-to-one basis, encountering and responding to a range of stories and books in a range of formats (books, story sacks, audio books…). We will continue to practice the Jolly Phonics songs and actions, alongside some mark making based around the written letter/s where appropriate. You could visit your local library with your child and look for books linked to minibeasts - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle - The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle - Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - Twist and Hop, Minibeast Bop by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees - Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra