Welcome to Rowan

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
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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.

Summer Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSummer Term 2 2021Topic - Holidays
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
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.
Communication & ICTOngoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on important skills such as making choices and signing, switch work, cause and effect and exploration You could encourage your child to make sounds while playing with their toys. Encourage car engine sounds, animal sounds depending on the toys you’re playing with. You could encourage a vocal sound with a ‘ready, steady, go’ game. Say ‘ready, steady…’ then pause and wait for your child to vocalise before saying ‘go!’ and pushing a car/rolling a ball…
Problem SolvingWe will be singing number songs, doing lots of mark making, and building towers with sand-filled 3D shapes on the light panel.Play with inset puzzles, stacking cups, bricks and blocks, cause and effect toys. Support your child with one hand under their elbow and one hand under their hand on their dominant side. From here you can support them to form a pointed finger/fist/flat hand as required and show them how to operate their toys. You can use this technique for guided mark making too.
Orientation, Movement and MobilityOngoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on appropriate and relevant skills. This may include 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 spend some time playing with some outdoor toys in the garden or local park. Perhaps a kite, ball or go to your local playground
CreativeWe will be doing art work around the seaside and summer. From making sunglasses and a group seaside picture using different materials and objects relating to the beach Explore seaside items at home or when out at the beach
ExplorationWe will be doing some holiday themed exploration such as - water with toy fish, nets and rocks in - sand with buckets and spades - kinetic sand with sand moulds. You could make mini sandcastles with your child using damp sand and plastic cups. If you don’t have sand, you can make a soft sand alternative by mixing 5 cups of flour with 1 cup of vegetable oil. Encourage your child to explore the sand, feel the sand, squeeze it, pat it, sift it…
MusicEach week we will be doing a holiday-themed music session which includes - singing ‘a sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ and ‘rain, rain, go away’ - being supported to play simple percussion instruments quickly and slowly - sea-themed music and movement with dance scarves. We will follow the same routine each week to allow the pupils to get to know the songs and activities so that they can begin to anticipate and to join in with more independence. You could listen to some music about summer/holidays. Search YouTube for ‘Summer Holidays Playlist’ or listen to some of these songs - In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves Wipe Out by The Sufaris Summer by Calvin Harris Holiday by Vampire Weekend…
CookingThis half term we will be making various summery snacks such as summer fruit smoothies, fruit flan and fruit fool. You could make some ice cream using milk, ice, salt and two Ziploc bags. Follow the link below for instructions. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/instant-vanilla-ice-cream Your child can help with pouring milk and squishing and moving the bags around with appropriate support.
Stories and BooksWe will be doing the ‘Going on a Cruise’ sensory story, We will have a weekly library session where we will share books with an adult 1to1 You could visit your local library for books about holidays, summer or places around the world. The librarian will be happy to help you. Or you could search YouTube for books about holidays to listen to. Archie’s Holiday by Domenica More Gordon Spot Goes on Holiday, by Eric Hill Bizzy Bear: Happy Holiday by Benji Davies Mr Bear’s Holiday by Debi Gliori