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Term 2 - 17th December 2021

Speech & Language - Mrs Baker and Miss Pennington

In our speech and language groups this term, we’ve been exploring lots of lovely texture and Christmas vocabulary. We have been using this new vocabulary to describe objects and we have also been practising our attention and listening skills. 

In our Sing and Sign group, we have been learning lots of new rhymes and songs. I wonder if you have heard any at home?

Our Talk Boost group children have all done amazingly well and have now received their certificates! 

Please keep an eye out on the Mendip Green forum for the annual Christmas Makaton signed video, created by Miss Pennington and performed by people who live, work and offer support services within our community, you may spot some familiar faces from around school!  

The SEND Team wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Term 2 - 11th November 2021
⭐️🌊🐳🐙🐠 EXCITING NEWS 🐠🐙🐳🌊⭐️

An update on The Cove, our ASD hub: The build is now complete, and it looks fantastic both inside and out! Miss Baker and the team are looking forward to opening the doors to pupils in the coming weeks. 
The team have worked SO hard to fully kit out the room, build furniture and make resources. It is such a lovely, calming space. 

Look out for updates soon to see what exciting things will happen once the children arrive!

SEND Updates 2020 - 2021

Term 3 - 16th January 2020

What a great start to Term 3! So far this term in Speech and Language group the children have been working on identifying sounds in a variety of ways. This has involved lots of barrier games and even hunting for the sounds using torches!  We are hoping to arrange some more SEND parent gatherings over the next few terms. If there is anyone who knows of any SEND charities/speakers who would be willing to come and talk/share information at one of these please could you contact Miss Baker via the school office. 

Term 2 - 28th November 2019

Thank you to those who attended our Makaton Christmas Workshop.  We shall have more planned after the new year, as well as our SEND coffee mornings.  If anyone has any contacts of outside agencies or charities who would be willing to come and present at these, please could you contact me via the school office. – Miss Baker. 

Term 2 - 14th November 2019

Makaton Christmas Signing - Parent Session

Some of you may remember that last year Miss Ali Pennington one of our very talented Learning Support Assistants delivered a 'Makaton Taster' session for parents. Myself and Miss Pennington have organised another session based on Christmas signs. We would like to invite parents on Wednesday 26th November 1:30-3pm. There are 15 spaces available on a 'first come first serve' basis. If you would like to attend please contact the school office who will confirm your place. 

Term 1 - 22nd October 2019

HLRB (Hearing and Language Resource Base) News!

This September we welcomed three new pupils to the base and now support eleven children across the school.  The children are working on the same topics as their peers so we are covering many different themes.  Our additional language and literacy focus has been ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?’  This has involved listening to and retelling a range of stories about wolves, extending our vocabulary and finding our wolf facts.  A great first term for everyone.  Well done! 

Term 1 - 10th October 2019

Sunshine News!

We have been very busy in Sunshine since the beginning of term. We’ve shared big book stories of ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘The Gruffalo’ followed by craft sessions - making lions and other animals featured in the books. The children have enjoyed learning lots of new Makaton signs - lion being the firm favourite! We have been caring for and looking after our baby dolls, feeding them, changing their nappies and clothes and remembering to be ever so gentle when cuddling and wrapping them in blankets. We have been learning new rhymes and doing lots of activities around feelings.  The children LOVE our big mirror and we’ve had lots of fun making faces to match feelings.  We’ve also been making funny faces to practise speech sounds. We had great fun last week with a bubble themed session, listening to and giving instructions on blowing bubbles using Makaton signs and symbols, followed by a VERY messy INCREDIBLY fun bubble paint blowing activity.  The children loved this so much.  Their laughter was infectious! Bucket time began in the second week of term.  All the children are really focused and thoroughly enjoying the lovely activities bucket time brings. 

Term 1 - 12th September 2019

Over the summer holidays we have had some very exciting building work completed! We have had an additional intervention room space built within the Sunshine Room in order to personalise the curriculum for a greater number of children across the school. The small room at the end of the KS2 corridor has become a designated Speech and Language Room which Mrs Mandy Baker and Miss Alison Pennington will be using to provide a wider breadth of directed Speech and Language across the school, delivering groups and 1:1 sessions. It has also been lovely to see our new HLRB and EYFS children settle in so well over the past week.