Welcome to Apple class
Children: 4 boys and 2 girls
Staff: Rachel, Julie, Liz, Carla
We are a very busy class with lots of big personalities! We follow a play based curriculum that develops our early learning skills and promotes social interaction, communication and independence.
We love to learn and play in lots of places; we enjoy swimming, Rebound, soft play, being outdoors, Tumble Tots and spending time in the light room. We learn in many ways too and we use TEACCH strategies, total communication, intensive interaction, sensory stories, and adult and child-led play to engage us in a wide range of activities and provide meaningful opportunities for us to develop our skills.
This term we have enjoyed our topic ‘The Jungle’. We have enjoyed lots of play activities with small world animals and sensory items. We have learnt all about different animals and the sounds that they make. We have enjoyed singing songs these animals and dressing up as them too! We have used all of our sensed to look at , taste, touch, smell and feel different items that are found in the jungle and most importantly, we have had lots of fun!
Whilst we are not learning all about our topic we have been working in groups focusing on our communication skills this term; we have been using PECS, chat boards, photos and symbols to communicate our wants and needs and also to comment. It has been lovely to see the children’s communication and language skills develop so well as they grow in confidence in their abilities.
Our favourite thing to do in Apple class is to play! We love to play inside and out with lots of different toys and items and we learn so much through exploration, engagement and interaction with adults and our peers. Some times it gets rather messy!
During the Spring Term, we have all tried really hard to continue to develop our independence skills. Now that we have settled into school and know our routine, we have been trying extra hard to be independent with dressing, feeding, transitions, making choices and also walking in the community. Just look at how much we can do by ourselves!
Our first topic this term was ‘Ourselves’. We have been learning all about ourselves, our families and our likes and dislikes. We have engaged in lots of play opportunities, art, music, sensory stories and cookery activities linked to this topic. We are now learning all about different celebrations in the run up to Christmas. Check out our school Twitter account for photos and Evidence for Learning to see progress towards your child’s learning intentions.