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Primary 1 Department – Bluebell, Daisy and Poppy  Spring Term 2019
Spring 2019 Our topic this term is The Weather. We are really excited about our topic this term.  Spring is the perfect time to learn about the weather as we will be experiencing lots of weather changes throughout the term.  Pupils will have lots of opportunities to get outside and experience the weather each day and we will also be bringing the weather inside using a variety of experiments, sensory experiences and stories to experience the different elements of weather.  The weather also gives us the opportunity to learn about opposites; cold and hot, wet and dry, dark and light. We will continue to discover and communicate our likes and dislikes through these different experiences and we will incorporate our new learning into our daily routines for example dressing to get ready to go out in the cold or rain.
We will continue to work on our personal care and independence skills as well as continuing our physical programmes through body awareness, soft play, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, swimming, games and gymnastics.
We love to share our learning with our families and are always happy when you come in to visit us.  Please let your teacher know if you would like to come in to visit your child in class and especially if you would like to come and swim with us or join in any specific lessons.
In Bluebell and Daisy Class we will be continuing to do lots of attention building  lessons. Our pupils really love these lessons and are really motivated to learn through them.   The Weather topic this term means we will be doing lots of exciting science based experiments and lessons.  Now that our pupils are able to attend for longer periods we will be able to show them some simple experiments that they can then carry out for themselves with some support.  We are also going to be teaching sequencing through these experiments and hope that some of our pupils will begin to be able to predict simple outcomes.
Communication will continue to be a focus to learning and more pupils are now working with symbols. Some pupils now have their own symbol books whilst others will be working with symbol boards and individual symbols.  Weather watch lessons each day will use symbols to identify and talk about the weather and sequencing will give pupils the opportunity to put 2 or more symbols together. Letter and sounds lessons will continue daily to introduce pupils to the alphabet.
Number activities will continue and pupils will also begin to learn about shape, space and measure though simple shapes, space – near/far, quantity – little/lots and measure – small/big.
We will be continuing to build our physical skills through our PE lessons, soft play and sensory gym as well as playing lots of group games in the playground at lunchtimes. We are planning to start trampoline lessons later in the term and our Sensory Integration programme is now well established and will be used by more of our pupils this term.
In Poppy Class we will be exploring all the fabulous sensory aspects of the weather, including the wind, rain, thunder, snow. When the weather outside is not great for us to go outside we will bring it into our classroom! We will continue to develop our Communication skills in response to all of these, working on yes and no, some use of symbols. We will enjoy stories and poems about the weather, and other stories too. We will develop our thinking skills, exploring the effects we can have on our immediate environment, making things happen with our actions and the different ways in which we can move our bodies. We will continue to develop our physical skills, working really hard to move our bodies and to be as active and independent as we can. Throughout our day we will work on our independence skills for example helping as much as we can with our dressing skills; helping to take our coat off etc. We will continue to develop our relationships with our peers and staff working hard on our interaction skills.  
We look forward to really working hard to continue to develop all aspects of our learning and look forward to sharing our progress with you.
We are really excited by the progress that all of our pupils in Primary 1 made last term and are really looking forward to seeing what our pupils are going to do with the fabulous things that we have planned for them this term.
Primary 1 Department – Bluebell, Poppy & Daisy Autumn 2018
Autumn 2018 Our topic this term is Me and My Family; this is a lovely topic where we can really get to know each other, which is a great start for our pupils who are new to us and a chance to get to know our pupils already with us even better. We explore our likes and dislikes- and the different ways we communicate these! We explore the ways in which we can use and move our bodies in a whole range of ways including body awareness, physio, games, gymnastics, hydrotherapy and swimming. We will do lots of work around our personal care and on being as independent as possible. We will work on our daily routines and learning our new routines in school. We also hope to do lots of work about our families; gathering information about all the people who are important to us. We will be inviting our families in for a coffee morning and to come and work with us in class.  This way all the amazing things we learn at school can continue at home and all the amazing things we do at home can continue at school!
In Bluebell and Daisy Class we will be doing lots of attention building lessons to further develop our ability to focus and attend so that we can learn all the lovely things that our teachers have planned for us.  We will work one to one, in small groups as well as class groups and sometimes we will work across both classes so there are lots of opportunities for us to make friends and practice our social skills.  Both classrooms have small rooms within them for focused one to one work and we are going to use the conservatory between the classes to meet for small group exploring lessons. Some of us will be doing sensory integration to help us to focus and get us ready for lots of good learning.
We will be exploring and learning about numbers and counting and will have the opportunity to work on letter sounds and building sentences.  We will make lots of choices and comment on our work using symbols and signing to express our opinions.
Through our topic we will be sharing stories and information about our lovely families and what we all do with our family at home.  We hope that some of our family members will be able to come in to visit us in school and share in our learning.
We will also do lots of physical activities including sensory gym, soft play and swimming so we may come home very tired some days.  Mostly we are going to have loads and loads of fun!!
In Poppy class we follow a Pre-formal Curriculum which focuses on the very early developmental stages of learning. It uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching and we enjoy using our senses to explore.
Our curriculum has five areas of learning which are My Communication and Interaction, My Thinking Skills, My Independence, Self-Esteem and Confidence, My Body and My Creativity. Our classroom is set up in different areas of learning including a floor area to work on our physiotherapy programmes, sensory boxes, book corner, creative & messy play, ICT, switch and computer areas. We also have a dark room where we can work on our visual programmes and cause and effect skills and an outdoor sensory play area. In Poppy class we work hard to develop our communication and interaction skills, from showing responses to a wider range of stimuli to developing our understanding that we can affect other people’s behaviour through our actions. A wide range of teaching strategies are employed including using consistent routines, Intensive Interaction approaches, TaSSels (on body signs), co-active working, objects cues, photos, symbols, Makaton and PODD.
We follow the MOVE programme for physical development, with opportunities to work on our physical targets embedded into our daily routine in addition to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions.

Primary 1 Department – Bluebell, Poppy & Daisy Autumn 2018

Our topic last term Me and My Family;  
A lovely topic where we really got to know each other. It was a great start to learn about the pupils who are new to us and it was a lovely chance to get to know our pupils already with us even better.
  •         We explored our likes and dislikes- and the different ways we communicate these!
  •         how we use and move our bodies in a range of ways including body awareness, physio, games, gymnastics,   hydrotherapy and swimming.
  •         we worked on our personal care and on being as independent as possible
  •        We learned our daily routines and introduced our new routines in school.
  •         we discussed information about our family and all the people who are important to us
  •        our families were invited in for a coffee morning to work with us in class. This helped us to share skills used at home and school so we can work together to combine all the amazing things our pupils can do
 Bluebell and Daisy Class
Attention building lessons were used to focus pupils and help all to discover the exciting  things we had planned.
  •         we worked- one to one, in small groups and class groups, also combining both classes together for sessions.
  •         We had lots of opportunities to make friends and practice social skills.  
  •         The small rooms in both classes were used to focus on one to one sessions
  •         The conservatory between classrooms were used for small groups to mix and explore exciting lessons
  •         Some pupils enjoyed sensory integration
  •        We did lots of number work, counting, letter sounds and sentence building
  •        We used Symbols and signs to express our opinions
  •        But most importantly we had loads and loads of fun!!
In Poppy class
We used a Pre-formal Curriculum which focused on the very early developmental stages of learning. It promoted a multi-sensory approach to teaching, and we enjoyed using our senses to explore.
  •         Our curriculum had five areas of learning which were: My Communication and Interaction, My Thinking Skills, My Independence, Self-Esteem and Confidence, My Body and My Creativity.
  •         The classroom was set up for different areas of learning; the floor area to work on our physiotherapy programmes, sensory boxes,a book corner,a creative & messy play area,and an ICT switch and computer area.
  •         Our dark room was used to work on visual programmes and cause and effect skills along with an outdoor sensory play area.
  •         our communication and interaction skills were developed with a wide range of stimuli and our responses monitored for future learning
  •         We learnt that our actions can affect people’s behaviour
  •         During our sessions a wide range of teaching strategies were employed; consistent routines, Intensive Interaction approaches, TaSSels (on body signs), co-active working, objects cues, photos, symbols, Makaton and PODD.
  •         We followed the MOVE programme for physical development, working on physical targets embedded into our daily routine in addition to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy session
Primary 2 Department – Sunflower, Rose & Buttercup Spring 2019
Spring 2019 This term the topic for Sunflower, Rose and Buttercup is ‘People who Help Us’. This is an engaging and relevant topic for our pupils and many organisations and adults support them throughout their lives and this topic enables their learning to be achieved across the curriculum and gives many opportunities to learn about professions, self and family. The topic can also focus greatly on supporting each other and becoming even better citizens..
Sunflower and Buttercup Classes will continue to develop their communication and literacy skills through this topic and will use a variety of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to support their developing skills.  Some pupils will write their own stories and poetry. The topic gives us lots of opportunities to develop our physical skills as we learn about different homes and buildings, use a variety of tools to create structures and engage in scientific activities relating to magnetism, electricity, shape and the structures of buildings.  The pupils will continue to develop their personal skills in dressing, eating and playing through a variety of both informal and formal sessions. During this term we will be inviting parents to join us in class to engage in an activity with their child and meet the new class teams.
Rose class follow a multi-sensory approach to learning suitable to their individual needs. We are a very physical class and work hard to develop and or physical skills within our day. We look carefully at positioning and how we can work on this within our sessions and free time. Rose Class continue to work hard on our communication and developing consistent Augmentative and Alternative Communication with each pupil. We use Podd, TaSSeLs, Objects of Reference, Signing, Intensive Interaction, Symbols and Switches are used as voice output devices to support all pupils to have a voice and communicate their wants and needs. We are all working hard to develop our YES & NO and love having opportunities to tell everyone what we want. We incorporate communication and our learning by planning and taking part in lots of fun sensory activities. Our topic gives us lots of opportunities to investigate and communicate information about people who help us, exploring and developing our ove personal skills. We are having a big push this term with personal and self help skills linked to teeth cleaning, dressing/undressing, eating and drinking. We all enjoy messy/sensory play and have time to develop our confidence and resilience when independently investigating and exploring. As a class we love taking part in drama, reading together, ICT, creative sessions including sensory cooking and art activities.
Primary 2 Department – Sunflower, Rose & Buttercup Autumn 2018
Autumn 2018   Sunflower and Buttercup ‘Homes and Buildings’ and  Rose Class ‘Squelch’.
These were engaging topics for our pupils and enabled learning to be achieved across the curriculum. The activities gave us opportunities to learn about our own homes, different buildings, materials and the sensory aspects of buildings.
Sunflower and Buttercup Classes: This topic gave us lots of opportunities to develop our physical skills as we learnt about different homes and buildings whilst using a variety of tools to create structures.  We engaged in scientific activities relating to magnetism, electricity, shape and the structure of buildings
  •        We continued to develop pupils communication and literacy skills through this topic and used a variety of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to support developing skills.  
  •         Some pupils  wrote their own stories and poetry.
The pupils  developed further in their personal skills including dressing, eating and playing through  activities of both formal and informal sessions. During this term we invited parents to join us in class to engage in activities with their child and they enjoyed meeting the new class teams.
Rose class: We followed a multi-sensory approach to learning which was  suitable to our pupils individual needs. We are a very physical class and worked hard on developing  motor skills throughout our day. We constantly monitored our pupils positioning in an effort to improve learning within our sessions and free time. Rose Class enjoyed using communication aids to tried to develop consistent Augmentative and Alternative Communication with each pupil. In sessions we used Podd, TaSSeLs, Objects of Reference, Signing, Intensive Interaction, Symbols and Switches. These were used as voice output devices to support all pupils to have a voice and enable them to  communicate their wants and needs. In group and 1-1 activities we did lots of work on developing our YES & NO responses and loved having opportunities to tell everyone what we wanted. We incorporated communication and learning by taking part in lots of fun sensory activities together which was enjoyed by all. Our topic gave us lots of opportunities to investigate changes in materials, also to explore and develop our personal skills. We all had fun during messy/sensory play activities and have developed our confidence and resilience when independently investigating and exploring. As a class we loved taking part in drama, reading together, ICT, creative sessions including sensory cooking and art activities.
Secondary 3 Department – Willow, Ash and Hawthorn Class – Spring Term 2019
Spring 2019 This term our topic is ‘Space’. This is such an exciting and engaging topic which is being used to teach all subjects across the curriculum, giving many opportunities to practice our communication and imagination. Some of our students have the opportunity to work with a ‘Step into Dance’ teacher each week to creating and practicing a beautiful dance which will be performed at the Millfields theatre on the 4th April.
Ash and Hawthorn class will be concentrating on building up our stamina, walking and moving with increasing independence for longer distances and periods of time. Hawthorn class will be working on our road safety skills, some pupils will be going to Tesco’s each week to purchase our snacks for the department. Ash class will be taking part in some exciting attention building sessions including a Literacy lesson based on the story ‘The way back home’ by Oliver Jefferys. In our Science lessons we will be learning the difference between loud and quiet as well as stop and go using exciting experiments involving rockets and other space related objects. We will continue to work on our communication using individualised communication systems such as PODD, PECs and eye gaze computers throughout the day in order to express our wants and needs as well as to comment on what is happening around us.
Willow class will continue to focus on their physical development with daily stretches with the support of equipment such as; standing frame, walkers and following physiotherapy programs. We will also continue our weekly Physiotherapy sessions with the Physiotherapists. This term Willow class will go on a Galactic voyage, exploring new planets and spaceships through our sensory stories, creativity and Movement sessions. In our Fine Motor Skill and cognition sessions we will be learning the difference between ‘in’ and ‘on’ and ‘quiet’ and ‘loud’ in Music sessions. We will continue to enjoy developing our communication skills, by talking to peers and adults in class and around the school. We will  use our communication aids such as; PODD books, Eye Gaze, Smooth Switches, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ symbols and PECs symbols. This term Willow Class will be introducing a “Chatterbox Club” at lunchtime, each learner will have the opportunity with the support from their partners, to have a chat using their individual communication aids and to have fun.
Secondary 3 Department – Willow, Ash and Hawthorn Class – Autumn 2018
Autumn 2018 This term our topic was ‘World Adventure’. This was such an exciting topic, which engaged our students across the curriculum, giving them many opportunities to learn about different cultures, adventures and music.
Ash and Hawthorn: class continued to build on their communication skills, learning letter sounds and constructing sentences. We did lots of sessions about number, directions, positioning and sequencing patterns using cultural artifacts and objects.  Hawthorn class cooked up some tasty treats like american pancakes, and french toast whilst working on their number and measuring skills. Through our attention building sessions, experiments were carried out looking into changes of materials such as making slime and observing the effects of bath bombs when they enter the water.
Pupils explored modern fiction and took part in storytelling and drama based activities on the adventure theme. Later in the term we made things to celebrate the festivals of Diwali, Hannukkah and Christmas.
Willow class:followed a multi-sensory approach to learning suitable to their individual needs.  Pupils were given opportunities to build on their communication skills through choices of favourite things, asking for more and affirming their likes and dislikes.  There was continued emphasis on learning how to communicate ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and building on pupils use of individual communication aids. Our students took part in sensory stories such as ‘Around the world in 12 days’ and had fun exploring a wide range of different objects, smells and where possible tastes that were linked to a variety of cultures. They focussed on strengthening and stretching their muscles during physio, hydro and swimming sessions.
Secondary 4 Department – Larch, Oak, Beech & Redwood Spring 2019
Beech Class
We have had a busy and productive start to the Spring Term. It has been lovely to see all the pupils of Beech Class returning happy, rested and ready to work! This term we are thinking about ‘Recycling and Upcycling’. In literacy sessions we will be looking at different religions and the ways in which they teach us about how special creation is and how it should be cared for by recycling. We will be taking part in sensory activities using sustainable ingredients. In our Art session we will be recycling paper in the first half term to create a collage about endangered animals.
We will continue to work hard on keeping active and healthy and will continue to have physiotherapy and swimming sessions throughout the week. On a Friday morning we will be taking part in Rebound Therapy and in the afternoon we will be joined by our friends in secondary 4 for a joint PE lesson.
Beech Class continue work with Colleen during lunch on a Tuesday. Colleen is a horticulture teacher from Capel Manor. Beech Class are also working with the music teacher George on a Tuesday afternoon. George offers the class a ‘Sound Bath’ in which they are exposed to lots of different sounds and vibrations.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or concern by writing a note in the home school book or by giving me a ring. Remember that you are always welcome to pop for a chat or to say hello. It would be lovely to see you all. Happy New Year! Yvonne Clarke Beech Class Teacher
Oak Class
We have had a very exciting start to the Spring Term. It has been lovely to see all the pupils of Oak Class returning happy, rested and ready to work! This term we are thinking about ‘Recycling and Upcycling’. In our art and technology lessons we will be upcycling glass jars, boxes and pots using decoupage.  
As part of our topic work we will also be collecting brica brack to re-sell in school as part of a mini enterprise. Students will be involved in running a stall outside the staff room and they will be exchanging money and labelling items for sale.  
We will continue to work hard on keeping active and healthy and will continue to have physiotherapy and swimming sessions throughout the week. On a Friday afternoon some students will be walking in the park and collecting objects in the local environment like leaves and cones to use in our upcycling lessons.
Some students will take part in Panathlon again this year.  They will participate in Kurling and Table Cricket activities. Some students will be participating in independent skills like road safety, shopping, and buying a meal in a cafe.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or concern by writing a note in the home school book or by giving me a ring. Remember that you are always welcome to pop for a chat or to say hello. It would be lovely to see you all. Happy New Year! Lorraine Roberts Oak Class Teacher
This term Larch Class will be looking at recycling and upcycling. Our maths/ science topic is centered around reusing old drinks bottles and turning them into lava lamps, explosive volcanoes and rockets. We will be practising our d.i.y. skills in a woodwork session, making picture frames, boxes and even a soundboard for the school from wood that would otherwise be thrown away.
In communication, we will be looking at sentence building in various ways.
We have also offered our services around the school so we will be helping out the office and senior management, by making and delivering letters, shredding, and possibly answering the phone and having cups of tea with them.
Some pupils will be taking part in work experience in the West Lea Charity Shop in Enfield Town.
We are also looking at basic life skills such as making a cup of tea, instant noodles, hot cereal and soup using a microwave. We will be doing our own chores such as using the washing machine and tumble drier, sweeping and washing the windows, following visual and verbal instructions.
Physically, we have been making ourselves experts at table cricket in order to be able to compete at the Panathlon competition. We will also be dancing, swimming and walking as usual.
The older students will be choosing what they would like to do from a choice of P.E, dance and gardening as part of their options afternoon.
Redwood  Class
The topic in Redwood Class this Spring Term is Recycling and Upcycling. We have a group of Champion Recyclers who will be encouraging all staff and students in the school to recycle paper, card, plastic, glass jars and clothes. We will be looking at how we can upcycle different objects and materials and sell them on to make some money for projects in Secondary 4. We ask all parents if you have any glass jars with lids, second hand clothing of good quality and bric-a- brac to send into school please, we are setting up mini enterprise projects in which students will be utilising all of these items.
Redwood Class will also be setting up a tuck shop in school. Every Wednesday we will be selling a variety of sweets, cereals and healthy options using our upcycled jars. Students will fill the jars with food options and sell them outside the school staffroom. We hope to sell some to parents and letters and order formS will be sent home if you would like to order any items.
Students will have opportunities to go to shops and supermarkets to buy items for our projects. They will be encouraged to make their own choices and be as independent as possible.
Colleen our Horticulture teacher will be coming in every Tuesday to work with some students on our upcycling project of creating bug homes. They will be using different materials collected from the local timber yard along with items in school to create these environmentally friendly insect homes.
We will also be entering some students into the annual Panathlon Competition. Students will be competing against other special schools in table cricket and Kurling. Last year we came second overall so hopefully we will go one better this year!
Please remember we have an open door policy in Redwood Class. You are more than welcome to come and visit and see what we are up to, please just call and arrange a suitable time. If you need any help or advice again we will assist where possible.
Secondary 4 Department – Larch, Oak, Beech & Redwood Autumn 2018
We planned a busy, vibrant and exciting year which offered many stimulating and challenging experiences for all our students.
Larch Class looked at different genres of movies and discussed which we liked best and why,we then  wrote, directed and filmed some of our own movies. We worked together to write a story and script, looking at different emotions, costumes, props and scenarios. We also looked at developing our independence and self help skills.
Oak Class We planned a busy Autumn term with lots of exciting projects, activities and events.  Our topic for this term was ‘Film Festival – Making a movie and going to the movies’. We looked at the theme of superheroes as part of the film festival and linked  this to many activities and subjects that were taught on a weekly basis. We made a short movie all about ‘Oak class Superheroes’, highlighting lots of positive actions and successes that our students achieved this term. We visited Enfield Cinema to watch a movie in December and showed a short film on the big screen of our students own work before the main event.
Some students went horse-riding and others took part in Panathlon events where they participated in Kurling and Table Cricket activities and all students enjoyed building on their independence skills like road safety, shopping, and buying a meal in a cafe.
Beech Class Welcome to Beech Class, My name is Yvonne and I am the new teacher in Beech Class. It’s been a real pleasure getting to know all the staff and pupils here at Waverley.  Our theme for this term was ‘The Movies’ and we explored different music and props from a variety of films, reenacting them in our sensory stories and even made a movie of our very own which was shown in the cinema when we visited for our departmental trip out at Christmas. Beech class enjoyed lunch time sessions with Colleen the gardening teacher and had fun getting messy!
Redwood Class Welcome to Redwood Class. We have planned a busy Autumn term with lots of exciting projects, activities and events.  Our topic for this term was ‘Making a movie and going to the movies’. We looked at the theme of superheroes and linked this to many activities and subjects that were taught on a weekly basis. We made a short movie all about ‘Redwood’s Superheroes’ , highlighting lots of positive actions and successes that our students achieved this term. We visited Enfield Cinema to watch a movie in December and showed a short film on the big screen of our students own work before the main event.
  • Redwood Class also enjoyed getting down and dirty in our gardening sessions with our horticultural teacher ‘Colleen’. She supported them in achieving success during both indoor and outdoor gardening tasks and kept Redwood garden looking beautiful.
  • Some students went horse-riding and others took part in Panathlon events where they  participated in Kurling and Table Cricket activities. We look forward to doing well again this year and perhaps winning the grand final (last year we came second out of all the London Boroughs).
  • Work experience continued at West Lea Shop and some students were able to to continue developing their  important life and work skills.
  • Redwood Class really enjoyed a great term of full of fun, new experiences, exciting learning opportunities and lots of achievements  celebrated with everyone.
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