Tutor Group 1 Spring 2022

January 2022

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

We are all enjoying being back at school after the Christmas holidays and we hope everyone had an enjoyable time.

 

This term our topic is Time Travellers. We are exploring this through our interactive stories such as Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We have a Time Machine in our class (Shhh, it’s really our cupboard - don’t tell anyone!) and when we go into the Time Machine we make dinosaurs or people from Victorian times appear. In science we are thinking about the earth and we will explore how different planets might feel hot or cold. We will make the classroom dark and use special lighting to make us feel like we are in space. In PSHE we are thinking about keeping safe and in maths we will be exploring lots of different shapes.

 

Throughout the term the class will have music, PE, dance and swimming (The hydrotherapy swimming is being offered to specific children) delivered by specialists. We have a weekly session with Petra, Speech and Language Therapist, who helps us to deliver the best curriculum to support the children with their communication skills. In TG1 we have some children that use TaSSeLs, recognise some Makaton signs, symbols, photos and objects of reference. We have also started to use Grid 3 for some children which enables them to make choices, for example, about who they want to play or which toy they want.

 

The recovery curriculum is still an important part of how we think about our day.

Relationships – Some children may feel happy to be back, some may be anxious, some may be sad. We will respond to how they are feeling and behaving in a way that lets them know this is okay.

Community – We recognise that the curriculum was based in the community and continue to listen to what happened, understand needs and engage with you in the transitioning of learning back into school.

Transparent Curriculum – We are helping children by offering familiar activities such as sensory stories and anticipation games or cooking to enable them to remember the kind of things they have done at school in the past and what is likely to happen again in the future.

Metacognition – In different environments, students learn in different ways. We make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.

Space – We will give the children plenty of time to be themselves, to rediscover their surroundings, to rediscover their friendship group. We will not rush them into anything. If they appear to need a quiet and restful day then that is what we will give them. If they appear to need to be active then we will facilitate that for them as well.

 

 

We will continue to work closely with the multidisciplinary team including the Speech and Language Therapists, the Physiotherapists and the Occupational Therapists to create the best learning journeys for your children. 

We are really looking forward to this coming Spring term. I look forward to meeting you all for our next IEPs to discuss how well your children are doing and where we think they can progress to next, agreeing individual targets appropriate for each child.

 

Communication is fundamental to the home/school relationship and this term we will be using text messaging, emails or phone calls to communicate about the school day. Please feel free to contact me during the hours of 8.30am and 4pm if you have any comments or queries.  

 

Yours sincerely, 

Lucy Brunnen

Class teacher TG1