Group Leader: Mrs. Phillips
Group Assistant: Mrs Yeatman
Welcome to Sunflowers Nurture Group.
We are a small class of 8 to 10 children who spend a substantial part of each week in the group but remain part of our mainstream class.
Sunflowers is designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children. With two specially-trained members of staff whose task is to model courteous and supportive behaviour whilst making the children feel accepted and valued. Our aim is to be a bridge between home and school, missed learning opportunities are addressed according to the individual needs. We provide support to promote positive emotional and social growth and cognitive development, at whatever level of need the child manifests.
We work and plan activities in close partnership with the children's class teacher ensuring the same skills and objectives are taught as their peers, meaning whilst there is a focus on social skills the children still have full access to all areas of the curriculum. Lessons are shorter but more structured than in the mainstream class and levels of achievement are raised by carefully targeted teaching/learning opportunities.
There is a great emphasis on communication and in order to teach various social skills such as turn taking and sharing, the children prepare and eat a snack each afternoon. During this time positive relationships are modelled and there is also an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills.
The main aim of Sunflowers is to give children the skills needed to be able to effectively return to their mainstream class within 4-8 terms.
Term 1 Topic: 'Mrs Armitages Vehicle'
At the beginning of the term we will agree the group rules to help us to be safe in Sunflowers.
Our topic is Mrs Armitages Vehicle.
In science the children will explore forces – pushing and pulling – using their bodies, equipment and vehicles. They will also explore using ramps and a range of surfaces.
In P.E. the children will be introduced to the language of movement eg. Faster, slower, slowly, quickly, speed up, slow down, turn, right, left, swerve, forwards, backwards, sideways, change direction, zigzag, spiral, spin, shape, wavy, forces, speed, pushes, pulls. We will be exploring foces using our bodies and throwing and catching.
The children will be making observational drawings of a bicycle. They will use a variety of mediums – e.g. Pencils and crayons. Then after reading the story of Mrs Armitage they will chose which items to add to their drawings.
Term 2 Topic: Can Party Food Be Healthy?
The children will be planning a party and will be inviting their parents to attend at the end of term.
We will be exploring healthy eating and making healthy party food in our cooking.
In P.E. our focus is dance. The children will be learning and adding to the moves to the song 'Follow the leader'. They will then perform this dance to their parents at our end of term party.
In science we will be exploring absorption, in particular the materials that would be best to use to absorb any spills that may happen during our party.
In art the children will be making hats to wear on the day, as well as creating invitation for their parents. We will also be exploring pattern to create table-cloths to use on the day. The children will also be making a present for their parents to take home.
Term 3 Topic: All Creatures Great and Small.
This term the children will be learning all about animals.
In science we will be exploring the features of animals sorting and grouping them according to observable features. We will also be testing our senses to help us to find out about the world around us as well as animal senses. We will also be observing what is in our air.
In art we will be making observational drawings (linked to our science) of butterflys, exploring animals with camoflague (artist Henri Rousseau) and making rubbings of non-living things found on our Nature Detective walk.
In P.E. we will be making obstacle courses and use our senses to navigate our way around.
In R.E. we will be exploring the idea of making a promise.
In PSHE we will explore responsibility.
Term 4: Where the bong trees grow?
Our topic this term will focus on the poem 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat'. The children will be learning to recite the poem.
As the owl and the pussy-cat took honey with them when they sailed away for a year and a day we will be including honey in our cooking, the focus this term is mixing.
In art we will be making line drawings of the owl, the pussycat and bees. We will also be making some owls and pussy-cats using bags.
In science we will be learning all about bees.
In P.E. we will be doing Yoga - Cosmic Kids Yoga if you want to have a go at home.