Hello and welcome to Summer 1 half term. This half term we welcome two new members of staff - Alisha & Mamunna.
Please see our curriculum map below:
Summer 1 - Curriculum Map. Toucan Class
Hello and welcome to Spring 2 half term. This is only a short half term leading up to Easter.
Please see our curriculum map below:
Toucan Class Curriculum Map Spring 2
I wanted to share that I am really enjoying reading what you have all been up to at home. Please continue to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you have been up to.
I know lots of you are enjoying the LIVE lessons, 1:1 sessions and weekly packs however, I thought it would be nice to share some extra ideas here for you try at home if you wish. If you do complete any of them I would love to hear about it.
Ready, Steady, GO!
Ready, steady, go games are great at developing your child's listening and attention skills as well as helping to develop communication.
A great game for this is to race - this can be a physical race where you both run on the word go or a game where you race wind up toys (an activity we often do at school).
You could roll or kick a ball to each other and encourage your child to release the ball on the word go.
You could make your own paper aeroplanes or rockets to release on as you say go. I have included some ideas of different types of rockets you can make below.
One of our favourite ways to play ready, steady, go at school is with light up or spinning toys - I have included pictures of some of our favourites below.
At school we really enjoy listening to number songs, I have included links to some of our favourites below;
We will often use our hands to hold up the correct amount of fingers for how many of each object/character is left in the song. We encourage the children to join in with counting. We often encourage the children to pick a song from theses songs, I have included a communication board below, please encourage your child to point at the song they wish to listen to. Our children really enjoy these song and we hope you do too.
As you will see from our remote learning timetable we have scheduled in time for your child to have sensory breaks. Sensory breaks help your child with regulation, focus and engagement. Below I have included some ideas of the type of sensory breaks we give the children at school regularly. These symbols can also be used to show your child what you are expecting them to do or for some of the children to pick which activity they would like to do.
Throughout the day at school we work on the children's listening skills as developing the ability to listen is essential to developing communication. Below are some ideas of games and activities that focus on listening skills you may wish to complete at home.
Musical instruments - Encourage your child to chose an instrument to play. You can take turns with your child to each play your instrument and comment on the sound e.g. "that drum is very loud!" You can also encourage your child to play when you say go and stop playing when you say stop.
Wind up toys - You can encourage your child to wind these up and release them as you say go. I have lots of these at school so please let me know if you would like to borrow some as I can send them home with your remote learning packs.
Balloons - Blow up a balloon and release as you say "ready, steady, go!"
Copying actions - Start with a simple action e.g. stamping or waving your arms. Once your child is copying you change to a different action e.g. clapping.
Listening walk - A listening walk is a great way to support and practise listening skills. You can use the sheet below and as you hear each sound comment to your child " I can hear a loud car," and then show them the picture as you tick it off together. Please let me know if you would like a printed copy of this sent home.
Welcome back after the half term holiday.
Please see below our curriculum map for the half term.
Already the children have had a lovely time making firework pictures and starting on our story - The Three Little Pigs.
Please click here to view the Attention Skills Video.
Autumn 2 - Curriculum Map
Please find below our curriculum map for this term.
Welcome to Toucan Class!
The class teacher in Toucans is Sarah Q who teaches on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. We also have Jemma who is a HLTA and takes the class on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Our TA3 is Tracey and we have three TA1s, Libby, Charlotte and Christy. Our class is made up of 6 pupils.
This half term our topic is ‘All About Me’ which focuses on learning about ourselves and other people. We will be looking at naming different parts of the body, using our 5 senses and discussing our likes and dislikes. We will also be doing lots of different activities to help the children get to know the people around us such as our friends and family.
Our English book this half term is called ‘Silly Suzy Goose’. We have already started to learn the actions and sounds of the different animals in the story!
Please do keep an eye out on the class page for all the exciting new things we are going to be learning about and photos!