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.


Rowan Timetable – Summer Term 2 2022

Curriculum Information for parentsSummer Term 2 2022Topic - Dinosaurs
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
CommunicationWe will be working on personalised activities linked to our EHCP and SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) outcomes You could offer extra opportunities for making choices. As well as choices about what to play with, could you offer a choice as to which top to wear? Which bowl to use? Which body wash? What snack? Write a note in your child’s home school book if you want more information on how we offer choices to your child in school. Also please let us know if you have any suggestions for what works well at home to help us with choosing with your child in school.
CookingThis half term in our cooking sessions we will be making dinosaur-themed snacks such as rice crispie cake dinosaur eggs, chocolate mud pudding and marbled dinosaur eggs using hard boiled eggsYou could have a go at making some dinosaur footprint biscuits https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/dinosaur-biscuits.html Encourage your child to feel, smell and taste (if appropriate) the ingredients as you cook. Help them to join in with mixing, stirring and pouring by supporting them at the elbow and hand of their dominant side.
CreativeWe will be making different dinosaur related art, including making papier mache dinosaur eggs, clay dinosaur footprints and salt dough dinosaur bones You could pretend to be dinosaurs and make foot/wheel prints in the mud or stomp some dinosaur toys in the mud to make dinosaur prints
ExplorationWe will continue to go over to The Patch every Wednesday afternoon. The Patch is a community smallholding on campus. We will have the chance to explore the herbs, fruits vegetables and sensory garden growing there. We will also have toy dinosaurs to explore in the classroom, alongside gloop, water, sand or play dough. You could make dinosaur habitats at home using cold cooked porridge, mud from the garden, crumbled dry Weetabix/shredded wheat/cornflakes, tinned custard or anything else you can find in the cupboards!
ICTWe will be using switches, iPads and cause and effect games on the computer this half term in our ICT sessions. We will also use the Interactive Floor to explore cause and effect games and activities You could explore any switch toys, apps on tablets and cause and effect toys you’ve got at home
MusicWe will be enjoying a dinosaur-themed music session together, involving toy dinosaurs and drums We will also be listening to the StoryBots Dinosaur songs this half term! You could go to https://www.soundabout.org.uk/tv/ There are four different dinosaur-themed Soundabout TV sessions which you could help your child to join in with
Orientation, Movement and Mobility We 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.
Problem Solving We will be exploring toy dinosaurs and play dough together. We can roll out some play dough and make footprints in it using toy dinosaurs, wrap small toy dinosaurs up in playdough to look like dinosaur eggs and have a go at removing the toy dinosaurs from their playdough eggs You could give your child a problem solving task by using masking tape to tape toy dinosaurs to a door, window, table or their tray. Can your child rescue the dinosaurs by freeing them from the tape?
Social and EmotionalWe will be going to the ball pool every Friday afternoon with a focus on our social skills You could have a look to see what events are going on in your area over the next few weeks. Is there a village fair? Fun Day in the nearest town? Fete at the local church? These can provide lots of sensory stimulation with lots of different sights, smells and sounds. They can also offer social opportunities for your child.
Stories and Books We will be doing a sensory massage story about dinosaurs in the Sensory Room each week. We will have a weekly library session where we will share books and story sacks You could visit your local library to borrow books and story sacks. You could also look on YouTube for videos of stories being read aloud, particularly ones about dinosaurs. - Tyrannosaurus Drip - Dinosaur Rap - Simms Taback’s Dinosaurs - Dinosaur Roar! - Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus