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Welcome to Dolphin Class

In Dolphin class, our primary aim is to create a safe, nurturing learning environment in which our learners can grow and develop at the pace appropriate to their needs.  We place a strong emphasis on functional communication and interactions, developing each learner's individual modes of communication. In Dolphin we follow a weekly timetable which includes sessions of English, Maths, Topic, PSHE and Protective Behaviours, PE, Science and Forest School.  As well as fun and engaging whole class opportunities, individual activities are differentiated according to learners' targets and areas for development.  We use a variety of learning modes within a communication-friendly classroom environment to engage our learners, with play based and sensory opportunities linked to our curriculum. Topics include My Town, Festivals and Celebrations, Victorians, Transport and Hot and Cold Countries. Building positive and trusting relationships is the number one goal of the staff in Dolphin class, which then sets the foundation for purposeful learning and progress.

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Learning Showcase

Exciting moments from Dolphin class will appear in this space, including any pictures or videos we take.  Please keep checking in, in order to see what the learners have been up to!

Autumn 1

Autumn and Harvest brings us so many learning opportunities for active learning.  Active learning helps learners to engage in their own way whilst developing important skills related to their targets, with adult guidance and support to enhance communication and connections.  In Dolphin class in the week leading up to half term, learners explored different aspects of Autumn and Harvest. Learners developed their language through naming and practising signs for different vegetables, as well as using symbols to communicate their understanding of what different vegetables look and feel like.  Autumn is also a great opportunity to look at changing colours, and learners were able to name and sign the colours associated with Autumn. There were lots of ways to develop early writing, mark making and fine motor through activities such as painting an Autumn tree, decorating an Autumn wreath, making scarecrows and of course some spooky Halloween themed activities to end the half term!

Autumn 2

In Science this half term, the learners in Dolphin class have been exploring the concepts of forces and magnetism. Learners have been exploring the concept that forces make things move through different play-based items.  They have used different wheeled toys on a variety of surfaces, interacting with the toys in different ways to explore the impact of incline and textures on movement. The learners also used a stomp rocket, applying different amounts of force and watching the rockets launch to different heights. As learners engage with learning opportunities, adults provide modelling to reinforce the concept through words, signing and symbols.