"Welcome to Toucan Class"
We are an autism specific KS1 class. Caroline Derbyshire is our teacher and Karen, Mel, Kyra & Annette are our teaching assistants.
We follow an early years curriculum but in an autism friendly way with limited language and short structured activities.
We use the TEACCH approach (University of North Carolina) at regular intervals in the day.
In our PSHE lessons during this half term we have been looking at different events, celebrations and our own experiences. We celebrated Halloween, encouraging the children to dress up in some sort of way and to take part in traditional Halloween activities. We visited other classrooms within school doing 'Trick or Treat'.
Our Class Assembly
We based our class assembly on Old and New Toys. The children brought in their favorite toy from home to show everyone in class. We visited Preston Park Museum to look at traditional toys and the children enjoyed exploring them in the old fashioned toy shop.
In RE we have been looking at harvest, and as part of this we visited Tesco with some of the children from Jaguar Class to look at where our food comes from. We made bread in the bakery, we explored the fish counter, we tasted fruit and vegetables and we got very cold in the shop freezer!!!!
Our Geography topic has been improving our outside area. We explored a variety of playgrounds, both within school and in the wider community. We looked at textures, sounds and equipment then decided which was best. Back at school we planted trees to improve the look of our school field.
Our topic this term is Journeys and in Science we have looked at how vehicles move in different ways. The children have had lots of fun moving different equipment around the playground. We have pushed, pulled and pedalled bikes, pushchairs and scooters. Toucan Class have also looked at how vehicles move on different textures.... does a vehicle move quicker on carpet or wood?
The Train Ride
We have read the story 'The Train Ride'. We visited Shildon Railway Museum in Durham as part of this work. We have also completed lots of work within class - story sequencing, recognising characters and key events, role play and independent writing and drawing.
January - March 2018
This term we have been adding, working with clocks, recognising numerals and counting objects. Reading and writing numerals.
Outdoor Learning - Forest Schools
We went to Wynyard Woods with the West View Project. We explored the forest environment, made leaf kebabs, went on a minibeast hunt, made a minibeast hotel and made our own den. We love being outdoors!
In Science we have been looking at light and colour. We explored a variety of colours, we looked at how light reflects on water, we looked at rainbows and we made our own coloured lense glasses.