Butterfly and Bumblebee Class Rationale 2019/2020
Welcome to Butterfly and Bumblebee Classes. Pupils in these classes are in the Lower Phase and they are in Reception or Year 1. The pupils have Severe Learning Difficulties and some pupils have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Butterfly and Bumblebee Classes follow an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and have termly themes to support delivery of the curriculum including ‘All about Me’, ‘Nursery Rhymes’, ‘People who help us’, ‘Animals’, ‘Gardening and Growth’ and ‘Out and About’. There is also a termly colour and shape and enrichment days linked to annual celebrations, festivals and fundraising events.
There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS. There are three prime areas which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. There are four specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The Characteristics of Effective Learning which include playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically, underpin learning and development across all seven areas.
Pupils’ individual needs, interests and stage of development are considered when planning learning opportunities in our classes.
The pupils follow a structured day consisting of daily routines, play, adult-led and child-initiated activities and have the opportunity to play and learn both indoors and outdoors. Both classes have their own outdoor learning area. The classrooms are separated into different areas for learning such as the group area, role-play area, reading area, mathematics area, small world area and creative area. The pupils have the opportunity to use the facilities in school such as the swimming pool, gym, soft play room, sensory room, library, music room and the outdoor learning area for Forest School sessions.
The pupils have termly targets linked to their EHC outcomes. We provide a Total Communication environment and work on pupils’ Speech and Language Therapy targets alongside the curriculum. The pupils have the opportunity to engage in physical and sensory activities to meet individual needs and to follow Occupational Therapy programmes. The pupils are supported to make progress in the areas of feeding, dressing and toileting. Pupils are supported and encouraged to make healthy food and drink choices and to try new food items. The pupils participate in daily activities linked to the whole school ‘SMILE’ project which focuses on emotional health and well-being.
The pupils are assigned a Key Person, which is a familiar member of staff from the class team.
We work really hard in Butterfly and Bumblebee Classes to settle the pupils into school so that they are happy and feel safe and therefore, are ready to learn. With support, the pupils learn routines, become familiar with their environment, develop relationships with others and develop their communication and self-help skills. We believe that a strong foundation in Early Years is important to support future learning and development.
Take a look at the photographs to see our pupils learning and having fun in Butterfly and Bumblebee Classes.