8PHSE timetable w/c 22 February 2021 – download
Welcome to Bee Croft Class! (Specialist support provision for EY and KS1)
In Bee Croft class we use a total communication approach to support the children’s unique communication and language skills and to help all children understand what the adult’s consistently expect from them. This means that we use a range of Alternative Augmentative Communication (A.A.C.) such as Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System (P. E. C.S.) alongside visual cues and markers with spoken language to ensure that all children have opportunities to communicate with us, their peers and can access a communication system that is successful for them.
We build relationships with the children using communication approaches such as Intensive Interaction to develop their social awareness and connection to visual physiological cues. We identify each child’s special interests and preference to exploratory play and incorporate this into their learning wherever possible so that they are motivated to learn and we can extend and scaffold learning opportunities.
In Bee Croft class we use the ‘Attention Autism’ approach devised by Speech and Language therapist Gina Davies to teach the children attention building skills, a curiosity for learning, new vocabulary, turn taking and waiting skills and how to independently complete tasks with reduced adult intervention. This is applied creatively to all areas of the curriculum and once the structure of the four stages have been embedded, the children can securely transfer their skills to independent learning.
We aim to promote independent learning for each child and develop their skills to prepare them for adulthood, whilst developing their self-confidence, self-awareness and pride in their achievements. We provide an active and motivating curriculum which will allow the children to participate in a range of learning and recording opportunities whilst accessing varied sensory experiences in a low distraction positive learning environment.
If you have any queries or concerns and you would like to discuss any matter further , please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.
Cassie Smith and the Bee Croft Team.
Spring Term in Bee Croft Class
In the Spring term we will continue to divide our whole group of 12 children into 3 smaller low distraction teaching groups. Our large classroom is called ‘The Hive Room’, the next classroom is called the ‘The Honey Room’ and the purple working room is called ‘ The Lavender Room’. When the children arrive in the morning they start their routine focused activities using mainly a TEACCH style approach in their group room every day until break. If the children have had a particularly busy morning and are not yet ready to learn, we have the ‘sensory room’ available for some regulation time.
The classes enjoy a sensory approach to learning using the 4 Stage attention building programme called ‘Attention Autism’ which the children fondly refer to as ‘bucket time’ which is enthusiastically paced and has a high focus on developing vocabulary and independent learning skills.
Mrs Smith is the Class Teacher and Mrs Gooch is the HLTA. Mrs Page Mrs Buttery and Miss Glasse are the class Teaching Assistants all working together as a team to teach the Bee Croft group. All children are taught by Mrs Smith during the week within a rotation timetable.
We have a phonics session after break in small groups and we teach the children in an accessible, unique and motivating way using a range of multi sensory activities, song, and physical movement to engage them and support their understanding.
After lunch we complete a varied timetable working within our cross curricular theme to scaffold the children’s understanding. Activities/ Interventions typically include creative craft, fine motor skill development, developing turn taking skills through structured play, speech and language development through modelled scripted play / identiplay or supported use of alternative augmentative communication (AAC), sensory trail as a physical education session, cooking, sensory story trails to support sequencing skills or musical communication developing cross curricular language and expression.
Our Topics in the Spring term begin with ‘Materials’ and then during the second half term we are going to focus on ‘Our World’
We will be looking at a range of materials and recycling as non fiction texts and also developing a link with fiction books e.g. during our work on glass we will also look at the story of Cinderella to ensure that we are engaging all children and their specialist interests in the topics.
Within the ‘Our world’ topic we will be focusing on the Arctic and Antarctic elements including the animals which would capture the interest for our current children.
Keep watching our photos and clips on Seesaw!
The children all have their own plastic boxes to put their belongings in school. Please do send their P.E. kit into school they do not need to wear them as this is very confusing for the children. Please ensure that you have warm joggers and a top alongside your indoor P.E. kit with suitable shoes to be worn outside too. It can be helpful during the cold and wet months to have a spare set of clothes at school including socks ( all named please) just in case children get wet during the day so that they can remain warm.
P.E. sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the afternoon.
Please ensure that your child brings their school bag everyday containing a named drinking bottle that they can recognise and they are able to drink from independently and their school reading books. We will be accessing the outdoor learning environment in all weather everyday so please make sure that all children have a coat (even if they don’t normally like to wear one or arrive by car) to keep them warm and hats and accessible gloves (all named please) If you would like to keep a pair of welly boots at school for wet days and your children is used to wearing them that is ok.
Please keep in contact with our class by using Seesaw. The children use Seesaw with us at school to practice commenting and recalling verbal/ sign sentences. It is a lovely way to share the children’s experiences with them as they are always pleased to see themself and their friends in activities.