Integrated Resource 2016/17

Summer 2 Term

This half term in the Integrated Resource children have continued to access the very popular sensory themed workshop with the support of a LINKS sports coach and have challenged themselves with a range of activities focusing on proprioceptive and vestibular senses. The children have all really enjoyed this. This half term the children have been developing their hockey skills and working on hand eye coordination.

Children have been continuing to develop their mastery in Maths skills using lots of concrete and pictorial methods and have been embedding their knowledge around the topic of measurement.

Children have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly CBT interventions which have involved learning about thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Children have accessed the Sensory room for sessions based around Theraplay and relaxation.

Our weekly enrichment cooking activities have involved lots of multi-sensory based cross-curricular opportunities, involving schedules, measurement, tasting, touching and sharing. Our turn taking and waiting skills have certainly improved this year.

In our English lessons this half term we have enjoyed taking part in the Sheffield Children's Book Award. In their role as judges the children have read and discussed eight picture books and voted for their favourites. We can't wait to find out which book has won at the award ceremony in November.

We have also studied a poem by Michael Rosen called "Don't". Each child has learnt the words and helped to make up some actions to contribute towards a group performance of the poem. We were all very impressed by the enthusiasm and expression everyone put into their recital!

Transitional work has been a significant part of our learning this half term and teachers have been involved in meeting new children and developing profiles and transitional plans with them ahead of the new academic year. Children in Y6 have visited their secondary placements and have been involved in lots of visits and inductions to support their transition in September. We wish them all the very best for their next phase of education.

Autumn 2 Term

What a busy, fun-filled half term!

Children have continued to access weekly interventions about feelings and thoughts this half term and have been applying newly acquired skills in different contexts. Children have been learning about self-regulation and are in the process of personalising individual 5 point scales.

In weekly music sessions children have been learning how to read a music score and have developed their skills in the playing of xylophones. Children have enjoyed playing and experimenting with tuned and un-tuned instruments. The children have been practising their end of term songs to perform for a final assembly on Friday.

Children in Year 5 from the Resource really enjoyed the opportunities and challenges that the Thornbridge residential trip offered. Some children managed to stay all week while others enjoyed day visits.

Children have been continuing to develop their mastery in Maths skills using lots of concrete and pictorial methods. Children have continued to work hard to develop their number skills and problem solving strategies. Children have been learning about organising and representing different types of data.

This year's IR Grotto was a tremendous success as Santa's Elves and Santa himself visited Nook Lane in a magical workshop Grotto. Children had the opportunity to practise their PSHCE skills and even enjoyed taking turns to be an Elf!

The Integrated Resource enjoyed their first Coffee Morning this academic year with a fantastic turn out and lots of ideas to incorporate for the year ahead.

Thornbridge

Santa's Grotto

Autumn 1 Term

It has been a wonderful start to the year in the Integrated Resource! We have been delighted to welcome five new children into our school and been very busy getting to know each other and learning about our new classes, friends and teachers. Children have been involved in lots of transitional work involving new classrooms, new people and new systems. They have spent time revisiting work systems and structures within school to help them throughout their day.

Pupils in the I.R have been really enjoying interventions about feelings and thoughts and have begun to develop strategies to help manage and regulate emotions. They have begun to utilise these skills in different contexts in school. The children have enjoyed creating their own sensory boxes and are looking forward to continuing this next half term when we will involve parents and carers to help fill them!

Children have had fun experimenting and testing out new resources and have loved playing lots of new board games with their friends. This is helping them to interact and work with others involving waiting, turn taking, listening and negotiating. Pupils have also been improving organisational skills, learning to put things away and keeping the classroom and work areas tidy and ready for the next activity.

Children have been continuing to develop their Mastery in Maths skills. Using lots of concrete and pictorial methods, pupils are working hard to improve their number skills and problem solving strategies. In English the I.R. teaching staff have used short silent films as a stimulus for writing which has inspired the children to write their own stories about what happened to 'The Girl and the Robot'. They have enjoyed learning new robot vocabulary and designing their own machines and explaining how they work. The children have also developed their reading skills (and their Poke'man knowledge) with the 'Poke' Journey' reading adventure.