Willow class pupils learn best from child centred approaches to learning. Intensive interaction, interactive story- telling and Interactive music provide a staple diet to develop two way social communication. The pupils benefit from high visual elements to learning such as symbols and pictures but within a low arousal environment. Attention Autism is used to develop attention to another’s agenda and to increase the time that the children can concentrate and learn within a group setting. Augmentative communication strategies such as PECS are used to help children make their needs known to others. TEACCH stations help children to practise and embed curriculum skills in a distraction free environment. Hands on sensory activities are included every day to enable children to fully engage with the curriculum.
2019 Autumn Term 1 & 2
We have 2 exciting topics this term. We will be focusing first upon “Thank you for the music” which has a creative and design technology/science focus. Following half term we will be studying “Let’s celebrate” which explores social aspects of celebrating.
Expected overall outcomes
Thank you for the music
Exploring different genres of music
Exploring tempo, volume and pitch
Exploring different instruments and how to play them
Exploring rhythm – how to recreate rhythms, make my own and write a score to note it down.
Exploring emotion in music
Exploring cause and effect
Exploring and categorising instruments/sounds
Different reasons to celebrate (religious/non- religious festivals, birthdays, weddings, celebration of work/kindness)
Different cultural celebrations that occur
Different cultural rules around celebration
Working and celebrating together
Recognising right and wrong
Recognising similarities and differences
We will be working across the levels of Discovers and Explorers.
We aim to make weekly community visits to reinforce and generalise mathematical and communication skills learnt within the classroom.
We will also be focusing on Relationships and Health which will be embedded in daily activities as well as explicitly taught. Our topics for RHE are relationships of family and friends, respectful relationships in class, across the school and accessing the wider community on trips.