Mauve Room have had another busy start to the term and have learnt so much! The topic focus is ‘E, I, E, I, O’ so activities have been based around a variety of farm books and plenty of visits to Staunton Farm.

Through singing the children have begun to learn the signs for different animals and the noises that different farm animals make! They have visited the lambs and piglets just after they have been born and each week have seen them grow. Henry always requests to visit the pigs and sheep before leading the way to see them! Each week we walk to the park where the children have developed their communication skills by naming and requesting equipment using symbols and photographs and their physical skills through the exploration of different equipment.

The children have all worked hard in the Independent Work Bays and are happy to return to the bay throughout the day to complete a range of activities. The activities are personalised to each child to help them develop their skills across the curriculum. Milena has impressed everyone by following a colour schedule to complete three activities at a time! The children’s communication skills continue to grow and they have learnt to read different symbols and now use these to make choices at the farm and park, as well as, within the classroom. The children also follow symbols and photographs when finding different rooms within the school.

Autumn term was very busy in Mauve Room with plenty of exciting activities and opportunities for the children, learning to develop a wide range of skills.

Communication is a key focus in Mauve Room and the children have been developing their use of schedule photographs and symbols, as well as using their PECS books to make requests. This has enhanced the development of the children’s relationships with adults and peers.

The Soft Room and Sensory Room remain firm favourites with the children and sensory experiences have been widened as they have also enjoyed opportunities to visit the Sensory Garden, where Jaxon and Noor have learnt to swing using the hammock and rope swing.  In the classroom the children have been communicating their preferences towards a broader range of stimuli. They have participated in a wide variety of sensory activities including mark making in foam, gloop, paint and sand. Saihamul is always the first to try out any messy activities! Aspects of the Gruffalo story were explored through food tasting and the use of a sensory bag, while the children used water to wash vegetables during our Harvest topic.

Balancing has been the focus during P.E. lessons in the hall using climbing frames, scuttle boards, the wobble board and the balance beam.  Robert has learnt to put his hands out to help him balance when walking along the equipment, while Milena confidently climbs up and over the frame before going down the slide.

The Autumn term was rounded off with Christmas celebrations including a party with all the other Reception children and making decorations for the Christmas tree – Henry and Alexander carefully placed their decorations on the Christmas tree in the hall. We even made a Christmas Tree using vegetables!  There was even a visit from Father Christmas!

We are looking forward to learning all about the Farm and farm animals next term.