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.

Autumn Term 1 2021 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1 2021Topic - Songs & Rhymes
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
CommunicationIn our SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) and individual focus work sessions we will be working on personalised activities linked to our EHCP and SALT outcomes While singing a favourite song, stop part way through and look expectantly at your child. Wait until they vocalise before continuing the song. Accept any vocal sound your child makes and continue singing!
Problem SolvingWe will be singing number songs together and exploring problem solving activities involving colours, shapes and numbers 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 MobilityWe 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
CreativeWe will be focusing on a different nursery rhyme each week and creating art linked to the song You could make a paper plate Incy Wincy Spider! Use black straws or pipe cleaners for legs
ExplorationWe will be exploring various messy play and water play activities linked to songs and rhymes, such as water and colanders for ‘rain, rain, go away’ You could sing ‘This is the Way…’ with your child during water play or bath time – This is the way we wash your face… This is the way we wash your hair… This is the way we wash your feet… To the tune of ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’
MusicWe will be using a song sack to choose songs and rhymes to sing together Sing songs and rhymes with your child. Support them to join in with actions
CookingThis half term we will be preparing our own snacks linked to songs and rhymes, such as Oreo Incy Wincy Spiders, Oranges and Lemons St Clements jelly and Muffin Man muffins You could make star shaped biscuits with your child and dip them in melted chocolate and then sprinkles to make some Twinkle Twinkle snacks. Encourage your child to feel, smell and taste (if appropriate) the ingredients as you cook. Help them to join in with mixing, pouring and chopping
Stories and BooksWe will have a weekly library session where we will share books with an adult 1to1 Search YouTube for ‘Barefoot Books UK Singalongs’. The top result should be a playlist by Barefoot Books. Enjoy watching and joining in with the singalong stories with your child.