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Castle School

Ladybird Class

Meet the Team


Introduction

In Ladybird class every minute matters  
In Ladybird class we create an environment that instils independence, communication, and positive interaction skills. 


Supporting Our Students to Learn

 Through play, we deliver an outstanding and exciting Literacy and Maths curriculum. Colourful semantics is a targeted approach to support children with their sentence building and to teach them about sentence structure. Phonic fairy magically supports our phonetical approach to reading. Clever fingers and dough disco which helps strengthens our listening and fine motor skills. Squiggle while you wiggle to help define and add meaning to our mark making. Every three weeks we use a story book to deliver Mathematics and literacy. Some of our pupils are further supported using a TEACCH style approach. 

We are kind to our friends and respect one another. Forest school and community outings help us practise these skills in the wider environment. In daily circle time and throughout the day we model, identify and talk about our emotions and think about ways to manage these and help our friends. Our child centred lessons are stimulating, engaging, and follow a therapeutic approach which help nurture our students. 

We are active learners who love to climb, jump, run, walk, roll, and stretch. Rebound Therapy is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, promote an increase, or decrease in muscle tone, promote relaxation, promote sensory integration, improve fitness, and exercise tolerance, and to improve communication skills. Touch and taste sessions widen our experience and tolerance of food. In the gym we explore physical education through movement. Playground is an essential part of our development where we learn to climb and explore safely with our friends. We practise and prepare for real life though role play. 

Our basis of all learning is focused on interaction and communication. Our attention and focus skills are extended through exciting daily Bucket sessions. This is supported by a rich visual environment with staff modelling language MAKATON signs, PECs, Augmentative communication 


Topic for this half-term

This half-term we will be looking at 3 stories.  Here are some of the learning opportunities we will have during this half-term. 

The Giant Jam Sandwich:  5th January - 15th January 2022

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Don't Put Your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly:  17th January - 28th January 2022

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Ketchup on Your Cornflakes:  31st January - 11th February

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Our Timetable

Cognition and Learning.

In Ladybirds, we teach cognition and learning through a range of ways. We allow students to explore and investigate core subjects such as English and Maths. Each Core subject is paired with a sensory approach, so it is accessible for all students. The students in Ladybird class are encouraged and supported by adults to be curious and explorative learners. We explore our environment through play and fun with both adults and peers.

Communication and Interaction.

In Ladybird class we offer a range of inviting and simulating environments to activities to encourage positive communication and interaction. Staff ensure that all methods of communication and bids for interaction is responded to. While promoting every opportunity for communication, whether it be through gesture, communication boards, talkers or sign. There are many areas in our timetable that open up opportunities for team work and group thinking to be accessed, encouraging students to talk and interact with one another at all times.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health.

In Ladybird class we follow a therapeutic approach, making sure students feel safe and confident while in school. We help nurture students throughout the day making them aware of their emotions and giving them strategies to help understand the feelings they may have and how to handle these. Through making the students feel safe and giving them opportunities to express their feeling this in turn allows them to become confident and excited learners, making them want to communicate and join in with their peers.

Sensory, physical and life skills.

We are active learners who love to climb, jump, run, walk, roll, and stretch. Rebound Therapy is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, promote an increase, or decrease in muscle tone, promote relaxation, promote sensory integration, improve fitness, and exercise tolerance, and to improve communication skills. We do regular cooking and touch and taste sessions to help promote a healthy lifestyle as well as independence. We continue to promote independence throughout our day by allowing students to be self-thinkers and giving visual and verbal hints to lend a helping hand.


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