Welcome to Jellyfish Class!!
The class teacher is Sophie Loydell, who is supported by a wonderful team of teaching assistants; Joy, Sharon, Di, Naomi and Lydia.
In Jellyfish class, the children learn in a variety of different ways, using a total communication approach (signing/symbols/objects of reference/verbal). Their learning is tailored to their needs and includes:
– 1:1 work with the teacher
– Sensory activities to teach the children strategies to regulate their emotions.
– Independent work at a work station to help the children to be more independent in their learning and practise skills that have previously been taught.
– Play activities to develop the children’s play skills and social communication.
– Reading in the class reading area or visits to the library.
Everyday the children take part in ‘What’s in the box?’ Attention Autism sessions that help to develop the children’s focus, attention, communication and turn taking skills. Following this, the children are asked how they are feeling, using the ‘Zones of Regulation’ to teach them different emotions and strategies to help them to regulate when they are not feeling calm.
This terms topic is ‘Fire and Ice’. Jellyfish have been learning about hot and cold countries and fire safety. The children had a visit from a fire engine, looked at India and learnt about Tuk Tuk’s, went on a lion hunt looking at African animals and then read the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’, tasting and printing different fruits from the story. Since half term we have been looking at ice, looking at Arctic and Antarctic animals, visiting the cinema to see Frozen 2 and looking at the snowman on the build up to Christmas.