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.


Summer term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSummer Term 2Topic - My 5 Senses
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Community Awareness This half term on a Thursday afternoon we will be going out around campus (The Patch, Sixth Form Centre, Courtyard) and beyond (around Sheringham on foot) to experience a range of sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes You could go for a walk in the woods. Stop still and quiet and see if your child responds to any sensory changes ie wind blowing, sudden dog bark, leaves in the trees moving in the breeze...
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 adding scents to paint, making textured paints and doing noisy painting using different objects in a tin You and your child could use ‘edible paints’ to make marks on paper (marmite, jam, lemon curd, pickled beetroot vinegar, any coloured food that can be spread!)
Exploration We will be taking part in highly contrasting messy play experiences that will involve using our senses - something wet v something dry, something hard v something soft, water with added rosewater v added curry powder, chocolate spread v cheese spread…. ‘Offering two very different experiences…lends itself to the development of preferences’ (Sensory Dispensary). You could do some water play with your child using water with added food colouring and/or food essences in oven trays. Have fun pouring, filling, spilling, splashing and mixing.
Music We will be joining Dolphins for some songs based around our senses, including ‘Jelly on a Plate’ (with jelly to taste, smell and feel), ‘Walking Through the Jungle’ (what animal noises will we hear?) and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ with actions and some lights to look at. Listen to a range of different genres of music, relax with calm music, dance along to upbeat music and help your child to do the actions for various action songs!
CookingWe will be using our senses to taste, feel, smell, see lots of different ingredients when cooking You could have your child join you in the kitchen while you cook your evening meal. Offer them tastes/smells of ingredients, perhaps give them a bowl/shallow tray of rice/pasta/flour to explore with their hands
Stories and Books We will be doing the ‘Senses’ sensory story scenario in the sensory room. This incorporates music, videos, lights and props to help tell the story. 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 to borrow books to share at home. Look for tactile books, books with sound buttons and story sacks.