Welcome to AL!
AL is one class with two main learning pathways, semi-formal and exploratory.
Children who access the semi-formal pathway have a wide range of needs. Sessions are targeted towards developing and applying functional skills in preparation for life beyond the classroom. Learning is brought to life through child led topics where children also access parts of the national curriculum.
Children who access the exploratory pathway have a higher level of needs therefore sessions include highly engaging activities in order to develop early communication and personal care skills. Sessions, which are heavily child led, focus on sensory needs and exploration.
In both pathways, we emphasise the importance of communication skills, social interaction, self-regulation, physical development as well as the foundations for mathematical understanding and literacy skills. Pupils are working towards individual learning outcomes which are developed, set and supported by the class teacher, SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator) and other professionals such as speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.
This term we are looking forward to getting to know the children through lots of different child led topics and our broad topic called 'We Are Family'. We will also be using our summer book 'All Are Welcome' to generate ideas for learning. The book is a real celebration of diversity and acceptance.
In Autumn 2, we will be looking at the book 'Love Makes a Family' to explore different types of families. Thank you for sending in and sharing your family photos with us. This will also be used as a large part of our topic this term.
There are many opportunities to for children to develop their language throughout the day, from our hello routine in the morning to role play activities and enjoying stories in class. We encourage children to use a Core Vocabulary Board, if necessary, to support their communication. Children in AL also have a personalised language curriculum that is developed by NHS Speech and Language Therapists and implemented in our weekly timetable.
Each day, our children engage in a sensory circuit that develops their gross motor control. This half term, they will be following a programme which focuses on ‘alerting, organisation and calming’ to enable children to focus concentration in readiness for the day’s learning. The circuit also encourages the development of the child’s sensory processing skills.
Daily fine motor activities and weekly cooking sessions provide regular opportunities for children’s fine motor strength and control to develop.
Children will be following the RWI programme at the stage appropriate to the current development. There will be lots of opportunities for children to apply their developing phonetic knowledge when reading and writing in meaningful contexts, for example making lists for ingredients we have used in cooking. Some children will also have access to a specialised reading programme to help develop their skills in reading and writing.
We are continuing to learn about numbers to twenty and beyond and exploring number bonds. Children will also be learning to compare numbers and ordering them from largest to smallest. Adding, subtracting and measuring will also be a focus this term.
In literacy, children will began to make up their own sentences and say them aloud, after discussion with the teacher. Also, write down one sentence that they have rehearsed. In a familiar story/rhyme, we will encourage the pupil to talk about events in the story and link them to their own experiences.
Each week children will have the opportunity to cook a range of sweet and savoury. They enjoy developing skills in chopping, grating, mixing and more. Look out for delicious dishes every Wednesday and please return the containers. Thank you!
We will be enjoying a dance unit this term. Children will focus on developing their skills of copying and a routine and performing it.
Snack and water bottles
Fruit is now provided for children in school but you are welcome to still provide a healthy snack of your child's choice.
Our P.E day is Thursday. Please make sure you send your child into school in their P.E kit and appropriate footwear.
We cook on a Wednesday afternoon so look out for some delicious food every Wednesday! Please return the containers each week.
As we head into the colder month of the year, please make sure children have a warm coat every day and wearing appropriate foot wear.
Are you feeling worried about something?
With everything that is happening at the moment, it is perfectly normal to be worried. If there are things which are making you feel sad, angry or upset then there are people you can talk to and some wonderful resources to help you.
Our Worry Box has now been closed for the Summer Holidays but we have compiled some links and techniques to help you cope with any emotions you are struggling with.