Welcome to Rowan

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
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Welcome to Rowan!

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 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.

Spring Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 2 2020Topic - Space
Social and EmotionalWe will be doing Tac Pac Handy Pac massage for increasing body awareness. We will also be having a weekly play session together You could put some calm, quiet music on and give your child a hand or foot massage
CommunicationOngoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on important skills such as making choices 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 & ICTOngoing. Each pupil will have individual plans for working on important skills such as switch work, cause and effect and exploration as well as some early numeracy 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 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
CreativeWe will be doing art work linked to Space, making papier mache astronaut helmets and junk model rockets You could cut a star shape out of a sponge and do some printing with your child
ExplorationWe will be exploring a variety of messy play mixtures linked to ‘Space’ including green alien gloop, moon sand and starry water You could make some alien gloop at home – mix a bit of water and green food colouring into a bowl of cornflour to make gloop that isn’t quite liquid and isn’t quite solid!
MusicSpace – we will be doing a Space Sound Story, using various sound makers to enhance a story about a journey into space. We will be listening to (or feeling through the resonance board) movements from Holst’s Planet Suite and making our own space-y music using different instruments, sound makers and the Soundbeam You could sing space-themed songs with your child, for example - Twinkle, Twinkle - 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer - To the tune of ‘Wheels on the Bus’ – the rockets in space go ‘zoom, zoom, zoom’ – the stars in the sky go ‘twinkle, twinkle, twinkle’ etc.
CookingWe will be doing space-themed cooking – moon rock cakes, green alien mousse and mars bar/milky way/galaxy chocolate rocky road You could make biscuits at home (or buy a packet of rich teas!) and decorate with different coloured icing mixed together to look like planets
Stories and BooksWe will be doing the ‘Galaxies’ sensory story in the sensory room every week with tactile props and lights and music. We will have a weekly library session where we will share books with an adult 1to1, and mark making in small groups You could visit your local library and borrow some books that feature space, for example - Aliens Love Underpants by Clare Freedman and Ben Court - Whatever Next? By Jill Murphy - Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker Most Norfolk libraries have story sacks you can either use in the library or borrow. Your child may also enjoy borrowing an audio book from the library