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 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 2 2020Topic - Around the World Week beginning 02/11 – India Week beginning 09/11 – Mexico Week beginning 16/11 – Australia Week beginning 23/11 – Holland Week beginning 30/11 – Africa Week beginning 07/12 – China Week beginning 14/12 – Germany
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Social and EmotionalWe will be doing Handy Pac massage for increasing body awareness and also some yoga. You could put some calm, quiet music on and give your child a hand or foot massage
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 by copying the sounds they make (raspberries, vocalisations, clapping…) and taking it turns with your child to make noises
Problem SolvingWe will be singing number songs together and exploring problem solving activities involving colours, shapes and numbersSing 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 creating art inspired from countries around the world including decorating paper hands with henna-style patterns and making African masksYou could do some aboriginal inspired dot painting using the end of a pencil or fingertips to create dots
ExplorationWe will be exploring boxes of musical instruments while listening to music from the country/continent of the weekYou could do some around the world themed messy play with your child at home. Perhaps some cooked noodles (China) or dry pasta (Italy)
MusicWe will be encountering some songs from different countries. Each week the adults will sing some songs with us, including Twinkle Twinkle in Chinese, Waltzing Matilda (Australian folk song) and Hoppe Hoppe Reiter – a German nursery rhyme You could put some world music on YouTube and have a dance along with your child, or put some world music on in the background at home or in the car
CookingThis half term we will be preparing our own snacks inspired by the place of the week, including nachos with salsa roja, hagelslag from Holland (bread with 100s and 1000s or chocolate sprinkles on!) and Akwadu (baked bananas from Africa) You could watch Cbeebies My World Kitchen with your child and have a go at cooking a dish with your child
Stories and BooksWe will be doing the Around the World sensory story each week. We will have a weekly library session where we will share books with an adult 1to1 You could search on YouTube for ‘BBC Teach tales from around the world’. This search should bring up some videos uploaded by BBC Teach including stories from Nigeria, Brazil and Pakistan