MESSAGE from STARS team (autism specialist support service)
We know that changes to routine, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety of the situation can have a big impact for Autistic children and young people. Below are some links to information/resources that may help. Please share these with your colleagues and the parents/guardians of the children you support. Some of these may also be useful for other children and young people in your settings.
There are some resources/information to support children and young people with Autism available on the STARS website http://www.starsteam.org.uk/coronavirus-resources I have also attached some generic symbols that may be useful for parents/carers whilst children are at home. In addition to this the National Autistic society has some useful information and links: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.asp The NAS helpline remains open and could be a useful source of support for parents during the current unprecedented circumstances: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx Tel: 0808 800 4104 Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday 9am-3pm. The Leeds Community healthcare trust has some useful resources/information/links in its toolkit: https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/speech-and-language-therapy2/service-downloads/. There is some useful information and video clips to support with Intensive Interaction @ https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/
Christmas Concert dress rehearsal
Reception Class have been doing lots of work around the story of Owl Babies this week. It was brilliant to bring the text to life through a special visit from Libby the Eagle Owl, Tilly the Barn Owl and Molly the Burrowing Owl. The children showcased their prior learning and asked some super questions. What an experience!
This morning, Reception Class enjoyed a welly walk around the pastures. We crunched through the leaves, splashed through the icy puddles and went trip-trapping over the bridges.
As part of our walk, we hid some of our favourite story books around the local area.
Find it, read it and re-hide it!
This is our Learning Journey display linked to Safety Week.
Autumn 2 – Remembrance Day
We painted poppies in our own learning time and made poppies using real petals in the Creation Station.
Autumn 1 – Diversity
Reception Class painted self portraits and celebrated our work by inviting our parents and carers to an Art Exhibition. We thought very carefully about mixing the paint to match our skin colour. Please watch our video which showcases this learning.
In Reception Class this week, we had Pirate Day. This linked to the work we have been doing within our key text ‘Pirate Girl.’ We had lots of fun; drawing pirate maps outside, painting our own Jolly Roger flags, decorating pirate ships with different media and materials as well as some pirate addition using treasure. All the children looked fantastic in their outfits and loved being pirates for the day!
Rothwell Park Cafe visit
International Studies – Spring term
Spring Term 1 Reception Class -Topic
Last half term, the key themes for Reception Class were Aladdin, The Gruffalo and France (International Study).
Autumn Term 2
Reception Class have really enjoyed our topics this half term: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Owl Babies and Christmas! Here are a few photos of our Owl Babies visitor and Polar Express Treat Day.