Welcome to Class Blossom
We have had a busy Autumn Term so far. Our key aims this term have been to develop the children’s communication skills, adapt to a new daily routine, develop and use sensory programmes with the help of Shine Therapy and work on our independence and play skills. We have also been developing our understanding of the world by celebrating special occasions such as Halloween, and the children’s birthdays and participating in daily self help skills sessions. We have been so excited to explore our new outside spaces. The children love our new adventure playground as well as the sensory arbor and the sensory spinners.
We all participate in daily communication activities; these may be through our Attention Autism sessions, Intensive Interaction, 1:1 structured sessions or just through using the visual supports around our class, such as choose boards and visual timetables. These help the children to understand what is happening throughout the day and to communicate the things they want or need. We work closely with Kate and Sophie, our Speech and Language Therapists, to develop targets and activities to help all our pupils to progress.
Our sensory programs are based upon lengthy observations of the children and we have worked closely with Shine Therapy to put in place a range of strategies to support children’s sensory integration and, in turn, their ability to attend to activities calmly throughout the day. These strategies involve the use of sensory circuits, relaxation activities and messy play. The children also benefit from a weekly trip to soft play which is always lots of fun as well as great sensory time.
Mrs Ball, Mrs Wafer & Miss Waine
Our Topic this half term is ‘This Is Me’. We have been learning skills to help ourselves, such as brushing our hair, washing our faces, cleaning our teeth, pouring our drinks and learning to butter our toast at snack time.
The children have enjoyed weekly cooking sessions especially chocolate apples and Halloween biscuits and we have created some Autumn art too. We look forward to our trips to Space and Jake’s World next half term.