Integrated Resource 2018/19

Autumn 2 Term

What a busy, fun-filled half term!

This term, all staff at Nook Lane Junior School have completed the Tier 1 training from the Autism Education Trust 'Making Sense of Autism'. These programmes, supported by the Department for Education, offer nationally delivered face-to-face training for professionals working with children and young people up to the age of 25. This training will help to enable our school and staff to evaluate their practice in addressing the needs of children and young people on the autism spectrum.

This half term in Maths children have continued practising addition and subtraction and have been solving problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems.

In English our book study has been Billy and the Minpins. Children have been involved in a wealth of multisensory learning opportunities involving the creation of a Minpin house using lollipop sticks and some fantastic 3D collages of the Forest of Sin using natural resources from around the school.

This year's Grotto was another tremendous success as Santa's Elves and Santa himself visited Nook Lane in a magical 'Elf on the Shelf' themed Grotto. Mrs Kennedy and the IR team worked extremely hard to make sure the experience was enjoyed by all.

Autism and Christmas tips.

'Don't try to shoehorn in a 'traditional Christmas' - it's better for the whole family in the long run to work out what a good Christmas for your family looks like.' (Parent).

Christmas can be an exciting and fun time for many of us, but new activity can be overwhelming for some. However, with good planning and communication, Christmas can be enjoyed by all. The key to preparing for a successful Christmas is to make sure the autistic person is central to the planning.