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Fir Tree School

Fir Tree School

AS Unit

Welcome to AS Unit - Class Page

Teacher in charge: Mrs Michelle Pearse 

Supported by: Mrs Andrea Hunt  Mrs Janette Drewitt, Miss Hannah Davis, Miss Lena Allen, Miss Briony Slater, Miss Megan Seymour and Miss Ella Willis. 

 

We begin every morning with an activity such as meditation, mindful colouring, peg boards or hand exercises to make sure we are ready for the day. After that, we go to our classroom with an adult who helps us with our learning. 

On a Thursday afternoon, we go horse riding at RDA in Hampstead Norrys. Our riding lessons are fun. We are learning to ride horses and also to follow instructions from our instructor.

We enjoy spending time in the Sensory room where we have lots of different textures to touch as well as light up toys and cushions. 

Each afternoon we have a Unit activity such as archery, gardening, computer time, gymnastic ribbons or ball games.  We also enjoy playing on the Astro Turf outside. Story time in our book corner at the end of the day, helps us to feel calm at the end of the day. 

 

 

Remote Learning Support for Parents of children who have SEND

Children who have SEND have a wide range of specific needs and we recognise that some pupils may have needs, which cannot easily be met in our remote learning offer. Fir Tree School are however, committed to ensuring that we provide you with as much support as possible in the current circumstances.

This will mean individualised planning in some cases and will be dependent on individual circumstances for learning at home. 

Supporting growth in confidence will be a key factor in preparing work for your child. 

A member of staff from school will make contact with you and your child each week to ensure your child is accessing their learning or to provide more support, if required. This may be the class teacher or a member of the support staff who has been working with them during the autumn term.

You may also contact Mrs Michelle Pearse, the school’s SENDCo, if you have concerns regarding your child. mpearse@firtree.newburyacademytrust.org

There are a number of organisations who have put together ‘Remote Learning Support’ for parents of children who have special educational needs and disabilities, some of which may be helpful to you.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-remote-education

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/coronavirus-supporting-children-special-educational-needs-disabilities/

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/homeschooling-children-send

SEND Bitesize for Parents:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/latest-coronavirus-information-relevant-for-send-families/

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/good-days-bad-days

https://www.acamh.org/app/uploads/2020/03/When-anxiety-feels-overwhelming-2.pdf

 

Ideas to structure the day for your child:

  1. Make a visual timetable: Visual Timetable
  2. Build in lots of Brain breaks during the day.  

Don’t expect your child to concentrate for too long without a break

  1. Learning is not just about sitting, listening to the teacher or filling in a worksheet. If your child has an  interest in something, try to let them learn through that interest.

This could be using Lego or researching a planet or their favourite animal. Use the outside environment too.

Mindfullness
 

Yoga For Children
 

Visual Timetable
 

Emotions and Feelings
 

Sleep
 

Autism Support 

Now and Next Board
 

ADHD 

Dyslexia
 

Sensory Breaks