Green 3 class
Welcome to Green 3. We are an Key Stage 2 complex needs class. We currently have 9 children in class. Kerry is the Teacher. Steph, Pam and Emma are the Teaching Assistants.
Here are a few daily routines and activities that are enjoyed by your children and could easily be replicated at home.
Daily songs and rhymes
As part of our daily routine we place mirrors in front of the children to help them focus and interact and sing a range of songs in the morning and afternoon before starting lessons. These include:
- Days of the week
- Heads, shoulders, knees and toes
- If you’re happy and you know it
- Wind the bobbin up
- 10 in the bed
- The wheels on the bus
- Twinkle, twinkle little star
- I can sing a rainbow
- When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
- Old McDonald had a farm
- How much is that doggy in the window
Many of the children are becoming familiar with the words and signs to some of these and can make a choice between 2 of them when asked what they’d like to sing next.
Children are also very familiar with the songs on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx and singing hands https://youtu.be/f8vn9dvqoYc
Fine motor – the dough disco – there are many versions of this, the tune on this video is the one children will be familiar with
Stories - Children enjoy repetition and familiar stories, this half term we have been exploring ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ we have used our senses to explore all the different elements and enjoyed retelling the story in the great outdoors. You can watch the story here and continue the fun at home
Every week we focus on a phonics letter or sounds. This can be through phonics songs on youtube to Espresso on discover education. We can give you a free login and password for discover education on request and there are daily phonics lessons on youtube, which you can watch here
Several times a week, children are exposed to the class sensory circuit as well as their own individual programme. (these can be sent home if you don’t already have a copy) this assists with the child’s attention and arousal and has a positive effect on them. The daily circuit involves stepping stones, a small trampette, a tunnel and a large exercise ball. Children also enjoy joining in with Debbie doo https://youtu.be/Qgq8nZqYNmE and cosmic kids yoga https://youtu.be/9JI01thiHYI on you tube.
Sensory play is an important part of our daily routine in Green 3. We encourage children to explore a range of textures with their hands. Dry materials that can be easily shook off are the easiest to cope with e.g. dry sand, dry pasta, feathers. As children become more tolerant, they can explore wet and sticky textures like porridge and wet spaghetti.
This forms the basis of all of our activities in Green 3. Where children have specific SALT programmes, these are worked on on a 1:1 basis daily (you should have copies of these at home, but can be sent on request). However, all activities are designed to encourage communication. Daily singing and signing opportunities, time spent in front of a mirror and exposure to phonics songs/rhymes encourage these skills. Where children use an individual PECS book or visual schedule parents should be aware of these and have access to them at home. It would be beneficial if this could be continued.
Twinkl are also offering access to all their resources for one month free of charge using the code UKtwinklhelps alongside Chatterbox who are offering free SEND and Speech and Language resources to access from home.
We hope this helps in some way during this time of uncertainty.
Above all stay safe, enjoy your children and let them have fun.