Welcome to Shells

Instructor - Shells Victoria Gotts
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Welcome to Shells!

We are a class of 6 pupils aged between 4 and 7. We have 5 adults supporting us each day because of our high medical, sensory and physical needs. We love a good song and a bit of silliness!

In Shells class we follow a very multi sensory, topic based curriculum and use a total communication approach including on body signing, Signalong and Objects of Reference. 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.

Shells Timetable Autumn 2

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 2Topic: Light
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Community AwarenessWe will be going to Norwich Cathedral for the Special Schools Cathedral Carol Service. We will also visit a garden centre to see the Christmas lights towards the end of the term You could visit a nearby garden centre or QD shop to look at all the Christmas lights
Social and EmotionalOngoing. 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
CommunicationOngoing. 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 SolvingOngoing. 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 problem solving 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 MobilityOngoing. 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 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
CreativeWe will be looking at the Firefly story and making different parts for our display board You could look at the story of ‘The Very Lonely firefly’ on YouTube with your child
ExplorationWe will be exploring a wide range of lights, including switch operated and sound activated lights. We will explore lights in tents, with mirrors, with different coloured cellophane and explore mark making with highlighters alongside a UV light. You could get some light up toys and explore with your child in a dark room
Music We will be using the Interactive Floor which is set up with videos of brightly coloured visualisations set to a range of music, including scenes from Fantasia and fireworks synchronised to music. We will be offering musical instruments such as drums, maracas, rainsticks appropriate to the music/visuals and encouraging the pupils to use their bodies (ie clapping, tapping) and voices to make sounds along with the music too. You could watch ‘Fantasia’ with your child, or watch clips of fireworks set to music on YouTube
CookingWe will be making pies this half term You could practice making pastry with your child
Stories and BooksWe will be doing the ‘Very Lonely Firefly’ sensory story scenario in the sensory room. This incorporates videos, music, props, coloured lights and visualisations, all based on the book by Eric Carle. 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 the written letter/s where appropriate. You could go to your local library and borrow some Christmas-themed books or story sacks.