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    Welcome to Red Class 2017 - 18

    Croeso i Dosbarth Coch

    Jo, Tamsyn, Dawn, Natalie, Kerry and myself are all delighted with how well our new class have settled down.  There are nine children altogether with a wide variety of interests and abilities, but they all seem to get on very well with other, and are all a joy to work with.  Our topic this term is 'Colour and Light' which is a perfect theme at this time of year as there are lots of lovely festivals for us to explore.  We started by looking at the colour red to give our group some awareness of their new class.  We found red things hidden in trays of sand, oats and other sensory materials.  We printed in different shades of red and we played with red balloons.  We are now looking at rainbows because this was the image that got the most response from the pupils.  

    In the sections below you will find copies of our topic plans for each subject of the Foundation Phase Curriculum.  We have one topic per term.  There will also be some photographs of the children taking part in activities they have particularly enjoyed. There will be more information about what your child is doing in school in the Home-School Diaries.  The diaries are an important resource to help us communicate with each other about the best ways to meet your child's needs.  Please feel free to add your own comments, photos or questions in the diaries.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

    In the Parent and Governors section of the website you will find out how to request a personal login.  This will give you access to information that only you and your child's teachers can see.  It will contain copies of the IEPs, Annual Targets and other documents relating to your child, and some photographs of their time in school.  The information stays on this page for the time that your child is in Red Class, so please print off or save anything you wish to keep.  Let us know if you find this useful, and if there is anything else you want to see on the page.     

    Kind Regards, Hazel Hughes  (Class Teacher)

     

    In this table there are some tips for supporting your child's learning at home.

    How to support Language and Communication at home.

    Activity

    What will you and your child learn? 

    Let your child lead the way:

    • Get down to your child’s level but try not to crowd him/her.
    • Let the child choose the activity.
    • Wait for him/her to let you know when it is time to finish. 

    You will learn about what interests your child.  Children learn language best when they are playing.  Your child will feel more secure if he/she has some control over the activity. 

     

     

    Copy your child’s actions, movements and sounds without being too intrusive. 

     

    This will encourage your child to look at you and learn that what he/she does is interesting and important to you. 

    He/she will learn about taking turns and that social interaction can be fun.

     

    Wait for your chance to join in with your child’s activity.  Make small movements first to establish if these are acceptable to the child e.g. move a little closer, touch one toy in the way that the child is touching it. 

     

    Look for signs that your child wants you to join in e.g. a glance, vocal sounds to you, reaching or passing you a toy.

     

    Your child will learn about starting an interaction with you, and about sharing a space with others. 

     

    Eventually you may be able to contribute new ideas or words and this will teach your child play skills.

    Keep your language simple.

     

    Make comments or reflect on what the child is doing e.g. the car is going up the ramp or vroom, up the ramp, but don’t ask questions. 

     

     

    Saying only the key words will make it easier for your child to learn new vocabulary.

     

    Questions may seem judgemental to the child, or change the direction the activity was going in.  The child may feel he/she is doing it wrong or is losing control.    

     

    Repeat words lots of times in your daily routines.  Keep to the same phrases until the child has begun to grasp the meaning and associate them with the activity.

     

    Once the child has begun to show awareness of your words pause before finishing the phrase e.g. ‘Let’s sit at the table for .......’

     

    Some children need to hear the same word hundreds of times before they understand and then begin to use them.

    Use natural gesture and a lively voice!

    Avoid monotones or baby voices. 

     

    This shows your child that the activity is worth their attention. 

    Learn Makaton. 

    The signs are fun to use, help you to feel you are contributing in a positive way, and act as a visual reminder of the key words. 

    Gradually build the vocabulary from single words to two word phrases.  If your child says ‘teddy’ you say ‘big teddy’ or ‘teddy playing’.

    This helps to move your child onto the next stages of language development.

     

     

      

                                           

     

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