Willow

Who am l?

Having an ASD diagnosis can impact on the ability to recognise other people’s emotions and how to react to those emotions.

For some of the students I work with in the area of emotions, it is important to ensure they know who they are before we approach understanding other people’s emotions! it is important to ensure that they recognise what body parts we might use to help us communicate.

Today Layton has demonstrated using Mr Potato Head, that he knows where those body  parts should are! We then drew around Laytons body and he drew on the parts which he thought we used to show emotion!  Layton chose his eyes, ears, mouth and heart!

A very insightful session in helping me to understand how Layton perceives communication!

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Theo – the master builder!

In Theo’s words, he has been doing,

“Lego, but it’s not normal Lego, it’s Mindstorms lego. Mindstorms Lego is different because, it can move, you can programme it to play football, ummmm and to make build stuff like a car or a trunk, or a robot.”

“I like it because it allows me to do stuff with motors, but now it can be done with Lego.”

“Today we built a car, but we’re missing some pieces, but we are determined to find it”

“And next term we can programme it to move and do anything we want!”

 

Welcome to our new exciting Interactive Learning Room!

After three days of very hard work and dedication from Mr Portlock, Miles, George and our maintenance team, Sean and Dick, the Interactive Learning room is ready for use! Thank you all so much for the time spent preparing the room! 😀

The Interactive Learning Room has been designed as a dual purpose room!  It has a sensory area and an interactive learning area! The impact on therapy interventions and interactive learning will be hugely beneficial! 

Keep looking at our blog for regular updates on how the room is being used and feedback from our students!

Today our Occupational Therapist introduced one of our primary students from Willow class to the room!  Tom has been working very hard on his letter formation and wanted to show you how well he is doing!

  

 Tom uses his Write from the Start workbook to wake up his fine motor skills and practice his pencil grip! Tom chooses to sit on a wobble stool to do his handwriting!  The wobble stool used in our primary classes gives the movement that some of students need to help them stay focused and engaged in their activities!

  
 Tom is using the white board to practice his letter shaping!  Standing up to practice handwriting is a beneficial way to develop handwriting skill. Starting with BIG shapes and letters gives students feedback how to make the shapes so when it comes to writing in their school books their memory can recall the experience and reproduce the correct shape! 

Ready, Steady, Read, Write Inc!

Yesterday, we were visited by Kirsten Mackie, our Read, Write Inc trainer, for our first development day. You may remember that last June 40 academy staff undertook an extensive 2 day phonics training course, helping us learn our split digraphs from our phonemes! Kirsten was delighted to return to follow up on this training and see how pupils and staff were getting on with their phonics.

It was a jam-packed day, including popping into lessons, a masterclass from Kirsten, alongside the creation of a development plan. We saw some fantastic learning, particularly from Beech Class who really impressed with their ‘aw’ spellings. Willow were working on the ‘y’ sound and produced some brilliant handwriting. Kyle and Jordan from Elm were really enthusiastic in their reading of ‘Ken’s Cap’ and were the star performers of Kirsten’s masterclass. Ash, Pine and Maple were all working hard on their respective Fresh Start modules and some lovely reading, spelling and writing was seen throughout.

I will be working with staff over the coming weeks to share the action points from the day so that we can continue to place literacy at the heart of our curriculum. I will also keep you updated on these actions and our progress towards completing them.

If you would like further information about our phonics then please contact myself or look at the Read, Write Inc website.

Three Little Pigs want to build a house.

Willow class worked together to make three houses out of different materials. The three  little pigs didn’t have to worry about their houses being burned down like in the great fire of London but they are worried that Mr Wolfe might blow their houses down.