Pink Class has 10 children across Year One and Year Two and caters for children with MLD and complex learning needs. Our Class Teacher is Clare Edwards and the Teaching Assistants are Penny, Mangala and Karen.
All children are encouraged to develop their independence, speaking, listening, cognitive and play skills through practical, tactile and messy play. Each day the children engage in fine motor (threading, scissor skills and use of play dough for hand strengthening) and gross motor skill activities (bouncing on an activities ball, jumping and use of outdoor gym equipment).
Our learning environment provides access to all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
There are three prime areas of learning covered in the EYFS:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
And four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children learn best by doing. We create active and interactive indoor and outdoor learning environments that are responsive to their changing learning needs, and engage and involve children all the time.
Effective learning involves:
- Playing and exploring – engaging and finding out, having a go
- Active learning – being involved and concentrating, motivation and enjoying achieving
- Creative and thinking critically – making links, having their own ideas
Monitoring of your child’s progress is essential to ensure that they are making good progress. Observations are used to plan further activities and learning steps. The revised non-statutory guidance ‘Development Matters’ will be used to support assessment about children’s learning and development and to monitor children’s progress throughout the Early Years. We also assess using P-scales.
In Pink class we have a total communication friendly environment. Children will use a range of objects to help make their own choices, preferences, wants, likes and dislikes independently. These include:
- Makaton signs
- True object based icons
- Picture exchange communication systems
- Verbal and non verbal language
- ‘Now and next’ boards
Our topics this year will include:
- Light and Dark
We encourage and involve all children to participate in small group and whole group activities to provide opportunities for personal, social and emotional development.