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 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.


Spring Term 1 2020 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 1 2020Topic - Weather
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Community AwarenessWe are planning to go for a windy walk and do some kite flying at the end of the half term. We will also be aiming to spend more time outside on the playground to experience different types of weather You could go for walks in different weather
Social and EmotionalWe will be doing Tac 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 making and creating art work that links to different types of weather You could go outside and experience the different types of weather
ExplorationWe will be exploring a variety of objects and messy play mixtures linked to weather, including rainsticks, fans, fake snow, ice and warm water and sand You could take sieves/colanders into the bath and make it rain in your bathroom! Or use a wet flannel/sponge to make raindrops. How does your child react to the water falling on their arms? Legs? Head?
MusicWe will be having a weather-themed music session on the resonance board, singing various songs about weather and using instruments like the ocean drum, tongue drum and rainstick to make weather-like sounds You could search for ‘rain meditation music’ or ‘snow meditation music’ on YouTube and sit and have a relaxing massage session with your child while the video/music plays. How do they respond to the music?
CookingThis half term we will be making fruit-based desserts linked to the seasons, including apple crumble, baked pears, summer pudding and banana ice cream You could make a rhubarb fool with your child. Put some ginger nut biscuits in a sandwich bag and help your child to crumble them up using a rolling pin. Drain tinned rhubarb, help your child to stir it through tinned custard and top with a sprinkle of your crumbled up ginger nut biscuits. How does your child respond to the smell/taste/feel of the ingredients?
Stories and BooksWe will be doing the ‘Weather’ 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 enjoy sensory phonics and mark making in small groups You could visit your local library to borrow some story books that feature weather