Paddington Class Autumn 2022

September 2022

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

We have had a very happy start to the year in Paddington class. We have been getting to know the children and enjoying each other’s company. The children who have just come up from Early Years have responded well to their new environment.

The structure of our daily, and weekly activities, are based around children’s Education Health Care Plans. This enables us to make sure that the children are getting support to develop all of the areas as set out below. As part of this structure we are still doing activities linked to the whole school topic areas so that Paddington remains very much part of the wider school community and the children can begin to understand that children from other classes are having some of the same experiences as them.

 

Communication and Language – Communication is central to our work and daily lives in Paddington class. The children all have communication pathways that the staff familiarise themselves with so we can communicate with all of the children as effectively as possible. The story this term is Walking Through the Jungle. This is linked to the science/Knowledge and Understanding of the World topic of ‘animals’ throughout the school. We are exploring the story, making and listening to different sounds and creating a display. Our Phonics focus is on phase one of the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds program. This term we are encouraging using our ears to listen to sounds in the environment and instrumental sounds.

 

Cognition and Learning – We will focus on sensory maths activities, Science and Knowledge and Understanding of the world (KUW). Sensory maths activities will be exploring shapes and objects as well as anticipation games involving numbers. In Science we are learning about animals and this will include our story, walks in the park to listen to animal sounds and creating sensory artwork. In KUW we will learn about ourselves and our past which is linked to the work the other classes are doing for history.

 

Sensory and Physical – Art, dance, music, PE, Swimming and design and technology activities will support this area, as well as the essential work to support children with their physiotherapy needs and positioning throughout the school day. Art is about exploring colours. We will use lots of different materials including torches to help to children to notice differences in what they feel and see. Dance and music will support children’s expression and reception. P.E. will involve parachute games and exploring how we can move different balls around and swimming /hydrotherapy sessions. In Design and technology we will be cooking and using switches to activate the blenders to make smoothies for example, the children will smell and feel the ingredients and where appropriate taste the food.

 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health – During the day we will have good morning, good afternoon and goodbye sessions. Our goodbye session will include a focus on how well the children have done that day using our ‘Can Do Duck’. We will ask the staff and the ‘Can Do Duck’ to support the children in communicating to us what they have achieved that day. We will also use Soundabout to encourage the children to use their voices to get a reaction. We will make sure we join in with whole school activities so children can enjoy the company of the other children.

 

Independence – The children in Paddington class are all fully supported with their feeding plans, personal care needs and physiotherapy. While they are dependent on the staff to support them with this, we encourage independence by communicating to them about what is happening to them or making sure we respond when they vocalise or are clearly trying to communicate with us. This means they can feel more involved and more in control of what is happening around them. The methods we use in class are Makaton and TaSSeLs which is a form of on body signing. We also refer to the communication pathways for each child e.g. they might have an eye gaze.

 

As mentioned above we use the engagement profile to evaluate and assess how well the children are doing. Here is a brief description of each of the areas -

Realisation– Are the children aware of what is happening in class and how do they demonstrate this? Pupil voice might be asking or saying: I know, I remember, Wow, I like, I don’t like

Anticipation – Do they know what is going to happen next and how do they show this e,g, Ready, Steady, I know what will happen.

Exploration – Do they join in by exploring either through looking, touching, listening etc? Do they use their bodies to explore different objects etc? Are they tentative or confident about this? e.g. I want, I’m interested, What does it do? What is this for? How do I …?

Persistence – This one is fairly self explanatory. How long do they keep trying for and what support do they need to do this? e.g. I try and I try.

Initiation – How do the children initiate an activity? By looking or vocalising for example? If they don’t initiate, how can we encourage them to do that? e.g. I want that, I want more, I want to do it again, More to say, I go first.

 

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 look forward to meeting you all for our next PSP or annual review meetings 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 home school books, emails or phone calls to communicate about the school day.

 

Yours sincerely, 

Lucy Brunnen and Laura Forbes

Class teachers

Paddington Class