PMLD Department Blog

April 2019

Ros’s Class

Ros’ class have been very busy during the Spring term. All students looked fantastic in their costumes for World Book Day in March and it was lovely to have the opportunity to all share our favourite stories with each other.

 

Before we broke up for the holidays we all made Easter nests to take home for our families. We explored the chocolate before and after it was melted and mixed it with rice krispies. It was very sticky but it smelt lovely! We made our nests and then decorated them with little spring chicks and sprinkles. It was lots of fun feeling the ingredients and watching the sprinkles fall on the nests.

This term we were very lucky to have Hannah with us to do music therapy once a week. The first session was a big hit with many of our students! Fantastic engagement and plenty of smiles.

 

 

Rachel’s Class

During the spring term you may have seen some new faces in class as we welcomed a lovely new pupil and support staff.

 

All of our pupils have been working towards their communication, physical and sensory targets through our “celebrations” topic.

Our magic carpet is proving a hit, providing opportunities to build on communication and show preferences. 

As part of our our Asdan New Horizons curriculum we have been recycling and in our social games sessions we have been making choices of activities and also of which friends we would like to share those games with.

 

This term we have already had the opportunity to try out our new wheelchair roundabout which is fantastic, thank you so much to everyone who donated or helped raise money.

 

Pam’s Class

This term our topic is Planet Earth. We have been exploring the new Magic Room resource in the sensory room. We have begun a new massage story with a space theme where we are exploring the different planets through music and massage. 

 

Our interactive story is Whatever Next and we will be exploring associated resources connected to the story. In sensory exploration we explored space goo and the surface of the moon and the earth. We continue to enjoy hydro and rebound following our programmes.

 

 

 

January 2019

Ros’ Class 

Ros’ class have responded fantastically to a new piece of equipment this year; the magic carpet. This technology allows students to interact with a range of images and exert control over them with their movements. The students are able to access the carpet independently either directly on the floor or projected onto trays and tables. The changing images, lights and music have prompted students to move independently and explore. This has enabled them to develop their understanding of cause and effect. It has also been lovely to see students playing alongside each other on this device. We wish we could have it in our classroom every day!

 

We are also lucky to have a new rebound room which has been specially adapted with lovely ceiling lights. All the class have responded well to accessing sessions in this room – as can be seen by the delight on their faces in some of the pictures!

Rachel’s Class

The Autumn term brought change as two classes were joined together.  All of the pupils responded positively making great progress in their social interactions.

  

We have continued to follow our physio plans enjoying stretches and hydrotherapy, with those who rebound now working towards a Winstrada qualification (a badge and certificate).

In communication we continue to work on our best yes, and use symbols and EyeGaze through all of our daily sessions.

In sensory exploration we have worked on our choice making with our eyes and hands, and have explored a variety of materials with support.

Spring term will continue to be a busy one I’m sure!

Pam’s Class

Our topic this term is Shops and Cafes, we began our topic with a visit to Jesmond to see all of the shops and cafes there and experience the smells and textures. Our interactive story is the Tiger who came to tea. The children have enjoyed exploring the tiger and all of the things he ate.

They have also been exploring different smells when they made bath bombs as one of our children especially likes the shop Lush. We have had art lessons from our new art teacher, Lauren who has had us making pictures with tea and coffee and hot chocolate and marshmallows. We have explored the ingredients to make a cake with Kim and have had fun in hydro and on rebound.