"Welcome to Toucan Class"
We are an autism specific KS1 class. Caroline Derbyshire is our teacher and Karen, Kyra, Mel, Lynn & 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.
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.
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 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!!!!