Wow we can not believe that we are nearly at the end of the first half term of the academic year! We have been very busy in Sun class learning all about pirates. We have been going on a weekly treasure hunt in our sensory story where we have had to travel through water and sand to find the cave the treasure is hidden in, but so far we have only found a crocodile, who likes to chase us!
We have been making our own versions of 'That's not my pirate' a sensory book, where we have been choosing which textures and materials to put on our pirates, for example bubble wrap on his hat... 'That's not my pirate his hat is too bumpy!' Some of us have been using symbols to choose which materials and colours we would like to use and some of us have been exploring different materials then opting for whichever one we responded the most to.
Each week we have been engaging in a sensology session where we use each of our five main senses to explore the world around us. Initially we sing a song to draw our attention to the sense we are using, and then we begin to use the sense to explore. The salt and vinegar crisps for us to taste have been a firm favourite, along with the torch lights.
To celebrate Harvest Festival we attended an assembly with our friends from other classes, where we shared different foods that we had made, we took pirate porridge along. We also did some vegetable printing in our art lesson.
We hope you all have a good half term break, when we get there, we are looking forward to the break so we can all come back raring to go for the next half term
This term we have all been working on developing our communication skills using AAC such as big mack switches, During our good morning sessions we are having to use a switch to communicate our names, or a hello and some of us have been locating the correct switch from a choice of 2, for example finding our photo instead of our friends to communicate that we would like a turn.
Our learning this term has been around the topic of dinosaurs and we have had a great time participating in sensory and massage stories, we particularly found it funny to listen to the adults try and say the names of the different dinosaurs. We have also been making sculptures in art of our own dinosaur landscapes and fossils. We were lucky enough to visit Wellington Country Park and see the dinosaurs they have.
In addition to this we all participated in a sensory story on Odysseus where we had to travel across the sea to far off lands and face stormy winds, cyclones and Cyclopes.
Autumn Term 2017
In the autumn term Sun classes learning has been set around the topic of witches and wizards The students have engaged in sensory stories on the story of Room on the Broom, been making potions in the style of Harry Potter and enjoying hand massages set to Harry Potter music. Our art work has also been focused on this topic and we have designed hats and cloaks so we can dress up as witches and wizards and decorating broom sticks and cauldrons.
This term we are trying to become increasingly active so are spending time engaging in chair aerobics, using our pacers and joining in a Sherborne dance session where we get to move more and make contact with our friends. This has been a lovely session as we have been able to spend time with our friends from 6th form.
Summer Term 2017
This term Sun Class have been learning all about push and the concept of moving forward. To learn about this in a practical way we have been experimenting with beach balls pushing them forwards and waiting to see what happens when we let go. We are all showing good anticipation of the balls bouncing back on us. Some of us have also been using the leaf chair to practise this and can now communicate that we want more.
We have been working extremely hard on all our physio and mobility work. We all took part in a MOVE Sports Day using trikes and pacers using as much independent movement as possible. We have also been practising moving between sitting and standing and high kneeling. This is hard work but we feel so proud of ourselves when we achieve this. Some of us went on a two night residential to Woodlarks in Farnham, we had great fun sharing dormitories with our friends, visiting Bird World and going pottery painting.
Everyone has worked so hard we are all looking forward to a well-deserved summer break. We hope you all have a lovely time and look forward to seeing you all again in September.
Today we went to Farnborough to visit some familiar settings, which we are looking at in our Literacy work. We have been reading lots of books set in the local community and it was lots of fun to go and visit them. We had a great day out having lunch at Burger King and visiting the new Smyths toy shop!
We hope you like the photos of our fun day out!
Spring Term 2017
The Spring Term has started off well in Sun class, everyone is happy to be back in school and we are enjoying our learning. This term we are learning all about the United Kingdom through sensory stories, so far we have looked at England; we’ve had cream teas and garden parties with the queen and have tried some traditional dancing. Next we are going to learn about Scotland. We are also having fun exploring objects that are heavy and light in maths and find it funny to try and lift or knock over heavy bottles of water!
Autumn Term 2016
It has been a busy term so far in Sun Class.
We are enjoying accessing our new hall sensory session set in Africa where we get to smell different spices, taste foods like couscous and guava and practise balancing a basket of fruit on our head like Handa from the story 'Handa's Suprise.
We also engaged in a focus day on World War 2 where we got to dress us as evacuees, explore an air raid shelter and learn dances from the 1940's.
Everyone is doing extremely well with their physiotherapy and we are all enjoying being out of chairs and having opportunities to move!