Welcome to Shells

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
Photo of Victoria Gotts

Welcome to Shells!

We are a class of 6 pupils aged between 4 and 7. We have 5 adults supporting us each day because of our high medical, sensory and physical needs. We love a good song and a bit of silliness!

In Shells class we follow a very multi sensory, topic based curriculum and use a total communication approach including on body signing, Signalong and Objects of Reference. 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.

Spring term 1 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 1Topic: Traditional Stories Week beginning 07/01 - The Gingerbread Man Week beginning 14/01 - Hansel and Gretel Week beginning 21/01 - The Magic Porridge Pot Week beginning 28/01 - The Little Red Hen Week beginning 04/02 - The Enormous Turnip Week beginning 11/02 - The Big Pancake
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Community AwarenessWe hope to visit Sheringham library this half term to read some books together You could visit your local library with your child
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 making art work linked to the stories including cardboard gingerbread men, tactile gingerbread sweetie house and collage turnip You could do mark making with chunky crayons or paint on colouring pages linked to the stories (these can be found online) Please let us know in the home/school book if you would like us to print some colouring pages in school to send home
Exploration We will be exploring a range of messy play linked to the stories, for example wet and dry oats, ginger scented play dough and flour and water with sieves, whisks, wooden spoons to make a ‘pancake batter’ You could explore cold and warm porridge (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) with your child
MusicWe will be sitting on the resonance board in the music room to watch/listen to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with props. The music will be played through an amp on the resonance board to allow the pupils to feel the vibrations of the music as it plays. You could sing songs linked to traditional stories with your child. - When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears - Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf - There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly - Run, run, as fast as you can; you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man
Cooking We will be making recipes linked to the stories we’re focusing on each week ie pancakes, gingerbread men You could enjoy making porridge with your child and exploring the ingredients
Stories and Books Our topic this half term means many of our lessons will be based around stories and books. 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 the written letter/s where appropriate. You could visit your local library with your child. You could look on YouTube for animated versions of the stories we’re focusing on in class to watch/listen to with your child and their sibling/s.