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Hedgehog Termly Focus

Hedgehog Termly Focus

Termly Focus - Autumn Term 2021

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This term the Hedgehogs class will be very busy as we begin our new topic ‘All About Me’. We will continue to follow a sensory curriculum, learning through 1-1 and small group play and Intensive Interaction sessions. Our sensory story this term will focus on ‘Our Daily Routine’ and we will be having fun exploring lots of everyday items and tactile resources relating to our text, such as breakfast cereal, toothpaste and bubbly water.

We will also be looking at our reflections in mirrors and thinking about what makes us smile. We will use paper plates to create our smiling faces to display on our class room wall. The children will be having lots of fun exploring textured paint and creating our unique hand and foot print artwork.

We will also be looking at a number of Autumn/winter themed sensory trays, including crunchy leaves, pine cones, spooky Halloween trays and snow and ice. We will think about our bodies and how we keep warm in colder weather.

We have lots of baking sessions planned which the children always enjoy, and will continue with weekly music activities, TACPAC and communication groups. Swimming will continue three times weekly and we will frequently visit the Rebound and Sensory Integration room throughout the week.

When the weather is nice, we plan to have walks into the local community, visit the shops and the weekly market. We also intend to go on a nature walk and explore the environment around us.

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Termly Focus - Summer Term 2021

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The Hedgehogs class have thoroughly enjoyed finally getting all of our pupils back to school this term.  We have missed them all dearly and it’s so lovely to have them all back.

Our topic this term is ‘On the move’ which we are exploring in lots of different ways.  We are completing a board in our classroom, on which the children have done some finger painting onto our boats, and they are then featured flying in hot air balloons which have been painted by the children.  We have various textures, including wool, tissue paper and fabric depicting our various transport methods and will build this up as the term progresses.

We have also had an outing on the school minibus, exploring the local wildlife and Highland cattle.  The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience, including the journey and the animals.  Everyone responded very positively to different elements of the day.  Another part of our topic has been a walk to the local park where we assisted the children with travel training, teaching awareness needed for safety in the community.  Whilst in the park we saw lots of trees, all of different colours and textures, listened to and watched the water in the stream. 

On the days we have seen better weather, we are spending time outside and are having some sensory play in the water tray. We have added cars into the tray and some of the children washed them and played with the bubbles in the water. 

During our literacy sessions we are creating a sensory story based on transport, called ‘On the Go’.  During this story the children are encouraged to press switches which create various vehicle sounds.  They are then given the choice of two sounds and indicate which they prefer.  We record children’s responses to see if we can see a pattern.  The story includes some music time, as we sing Five Little Trains and Row your Boat.  The children interact so enthusiastically with this story and their responses are lovely to see.

All in all we are having a lovely term, made so much better by having all of our pupils back to school.  We look forward to the rest of term, hopefully being able to spend more time outside (if the weather allows!).

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Termly Focus - Spring Term 2021

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The Hedgehogs class have been working very hard on their new topic......the weather. A beautiful wall display is in progress using paintwork by the children. They have used a variety of materials including bubble wrap, card, paper, foil and cotton wool to make a bright yellow sunshine, raindrops, clouds and snow. They have all enjoyed exploring the different textures and lots of mess has been made! 
We have also been baking some lovely butterfly shaped biscuits. This was lots of fun as the children were able to roll, kneed, squish, pour and even taste! The biscuits were really lovely and all the children enjoyed making them.
Music always features in the Hedgehogs class and is loved by all. The children benefit from massage to music in so many ways and it helps to relax them. We use musical instruments in time to the music - shaking, ringing, rattling and banging. We listen to all different types of music and have the added benefit of having an Alexa in the classroom who has a huge library of different music we can request to suit the mood. 
We look forward to continuing the hard work and enjoying more fun activities! 

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Termly Focus - Spring Term 2021

charlottedowson on: Hedgehog Termly Focus

The Hedgehogs class have been working very hard on their new topic......the weather. A beautiful wall display is in progress using paintwork by the children. They have used a variety of materials including bubble wrap, card, paper, foil and cotton wool to make a bright yellow sunshine, raindrops, clouds and snow. They have all enjoyed exploring the different textures and lots of mess has been made! 
We have also been baking some lovely butterfly shaped biscuits. This was lots of fun as the children were able to roll, kneed, squish, pour and even taste! The biscuits were really lovely and all the children enjoyed making them.
Music always features in the Hedgehogs class and is loved by all. The children benefit from massage to music in so many ways and it helps to relax them. We use musical instruments in time to the music - shaking, ringing, rattling and banging. We listen to all different types of music and have the added benefit of having an Alexa in the classroom who has a huge library of different music we can request to suit the mood. 
We look forward to continuing the hard work and enjoying more fun activities! 

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Termly Focus - Autumn Term 2020

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We were all very excited to return to school. The children have settled back in incredibly well and have been in very good spirits.

The theme for this term half term is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, followed by Festivals and Celebrations as we move towards Christmas. We have cracked on with the wall display, making some fabulous handprints using paint to make marks. It was messy but great fun!

We enjoyed a lovely trip to Kingsmill Park. The children were thrilled to see people walking their dogs and laughed at the ducks quacking in the water.

All of the children have resumed their physiotherapy – ascending and descending the stairs independently, exercising and stretching! New equipment has arrived for some of the children and the physios have been working hard to ensure the children get the maximum benefit from it.

We are all enthusiastically looking forward to the rest of the term, having lots of fun with our usual activities and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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PMLD Lower

Puss in Boots

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2.4.19 

Today we took part in a Puss in Boots Workshop by the Northern Ballet. 

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Easter Messy Play

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27.3.19 

We loved playing in the messy Easter slime. 

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Easter Nest

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25.3.19 

Today we have been exploring our Easter themed nest. 

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The Dot - Art Workshop and World Book Day

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6.3.19/8.3.19 

On Wednesday we took part in an art workshop for World Book Day based around a book called 'The Dot' by Peter H Reynolds. We all created 'dots' using different techniques. We had lots of fun. 

On Friday we all dressed up in fabulous costumes for World Book Day! 

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Cress Seeds

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26.2.19 

Today we have been working on our topic. We have been sewing cress seeds and making sure they had plenty of water. 

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Welcome to Hedgehogs.  Our team consists of Sandy Garner (Teacher), Elaine (L4 Learning Support Assistant), Amy (L3 LSA), Kerry, Megan, Leanne, Natalie and Becky (L2 LSAs).  All members of the team work hard to offer a nurturing and supportive learning environment for the children to thrive and grow.