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Chestnut

lcome to Class Chestnut’s Class page 

Let’s introduce ourselves, Chestnut class has 10 pupils and 4 adults;

Mrs Blower (class teacher Monday – Thursday) Mrs Toal (Class teacher Friday) Mrs McWaters (TA), Miss McQueen (TA) Miss Wells (TA).

We are looking forward to an exciting Spring Term with fun learning opportunities and lots of time to develop friendships and social skills.

We are going to try our very best to concentrate and stay focused. Good looking, listening and thinking helps us learn and remember. We have lots of helpful pictures and symbols around school to remind us what to do. Communication, Social interaction & Sensory exploration are so important.  We focus lots of our activities around developing key skills in these areas. English, Maths and Lego club interventions also help us to make progress.  Our new life skills curriculum is developing to equip us with skills and experiences that we will carry with us throughout our lives.

You can see photos of what we have been doing on the Earwig App

Key Information

 Day

 Key activity

Monday

 Homework back to school

Tuesday 

Sensory Provision – PE kits needed
Wednesday

 Yoga

Thursday

 Gymnastics

Friday

 Library

 

Other key information:

The children have access to a variety of sensory experiences throughout their school day including the light room, Sensory Circuits and Sensory trays. Pupils are encouraged to wear aprons but sometime activities can be messy!  All resources are safety checked and we are aware of pupil allergies. Chestnut class also enjoy sessions on the outdoor adventure playground and swing.  Rebound Therapy on the trampolines is also part of our curriculum.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Mrs Blower

Class Chestnut Teacher

Mrs Blower

Class Teacher 

Miss McWaters

Class Teaching Assistant

Miss Toal

Class Teacher – Friday only

Communication

In Class Chestnut, we participate in daily communication activities; these may be through our Attention Autism sessions, focused speech and language English lessons, 1:1 structured sessions, 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 also have a Lego Therapy session each week. Each morning we check in using our Lego feelings men.  This helps the children to say how they are feeling and helps their development of emotional literacy and overcome any barriers to learning. We work closely with Sophie, our Speech and Language Therapist, to develop targets and activities to help all our pupils to progress.

Sensory

Class Chestnut’s 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, sensory trays, sensory snacks, relaxation activities, learning using a multi-sensory approach and messy play. Identified children also have their own sensory diets and equipment to use. The children also benefit from a weekly trip to soft play which is always lots of fun as well as great sensory time.

Physical Education & Development

Pupils in Class Chestnut have access to many outdoor areas which have trampolines, climbing apparatus, bikes, scooters and sensory equipment to choose from. In class pupils work specifically on fine and gross motor skills through a variety of activities including art and craft, Dough Disco, Cosmic Yoga, Go Noodle, Gymnastics with a qualified coach, Progressive sports with a qualified coach & sensory circuits. The pupils also access soft play activities off site to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is available with a variety of learning environments.