Welcome to Canford Class! We are an upper KS2/3 class that loves to learn, both in the classroom and out in the community.
Some of our favourite circle time songs
This term our topic is Myself and I. It is all about getting to know yourself, what you like and don't like, some of your strengths and weaknesses and also a time for us to build confidence and resilience within your character.
We will carry this theme through all our literacy and numeracy sessions as well as others too.
Our Core texts in Literacy this term is Giraffe's Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker - Rees. It is a book about expressing yourself and being strong when you are a little bit different to others. We will read the story, interact with it through a sensory journey and dance and sing it too.
Our current timetable
Home Learning Ideas around the topic of 'Myself and I'
Self-Portrait Art: Have students create self-portraits using various sensory materials such as clay, textured paper, fabric, or collage materials. Encourage them to express their individuality through their artwork. We are exploring this in art and photography this term too.
Sensory Self-Description: Ask students to describe themselves using sensory language. What does their hair feel like? What does their voice sound like? What are their favorite scents, tastes, and textures? They can present their descriptions through art or writing.
Sensory Scavenger Hunt: Create a sensory scavenger hunt checklist with items like something soft, something smooth, something fragrant, etc. Have students find objects around their home that match these descriptions and share their discoveries.
Feelings Journal: Encourage students to keep a feelings journal where they write or draw about how they feel each day. They can use sensory terms to describe their emotions, such as "I felt as warm as a hug today."
Sensory Relaxation: Teach students sensory relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises or guided imagery. They can use these techniques to help manage their emotions and promote self-awareness.
Sensory Storytelling: Have students create their own stories or poems that incorporate sensory details about themselves, their experiences, or their dreams. This could include descriptions of their favorite sensory experiences.
Sensory Collage: Ask students to create a sensory collage by collecting and arranging objects or images that represent different aspects of themselves. Discuss the significance of each item.
Five Senses Exploration: Explore each of the five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) individually. For each sense, students can find and describe things that are meaningful to them. For example, they might describe their favorite music or the taste of their favorite food.
Sensory Nature Walk: Encourage students to take a sensory walk in their neighborhood or a nearby natural setting. Have them use their senses to observe and appreciate the world around them. They can record their sensory observations in a journal.
Sensory Self-Care Routine: Teach students about self-care and the importance of taking care of themselves. Create a sensory self-care routine that includes activities like taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music, or practicing mindfulness.
Sensory Recipe: Have students create a sensory-rich recipe that represents themselves. They can select ingredients that symbolize their personality, experiences, or favorite sensory sensations. Then, they can prepare and share the dish with their family.
Sensory Timeline: Ask students to create a sensory timeline of their life. They can draw or write about significant sensory memories and experiences they've had from childhood to the present.