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Columbia Grange School

Little Steps, Big Aspirations For All

Autumn 1


Our topic focus this half term is "Let's be Friends"


  • To use PECS, verbal or signing to get needs met.
  • To use communication boards within continuous provision to develop communication further.
  • To begin to discriminate symbols and use choice boards throughout the day
  • To follow our daily routine.
  • To take part in intensive interaction sessions.
  • To participate in group sessions including Attention Everyone.
  • To make choices at snack time regarding favourite foods.

Early Maths

  • To follow and recognise daily routines with support.
  • To respond to building and knocking down towers using different equipment.
  • To begin to use fingers for counting.
  • To use cause and effect toys.
  • To wait for a turn and use a communication board for counting songs.
  • To explore objects throughout weekly topics.
  • To use 2d and 3d shapes and manipulate them. 


  • PE- June
  • PE -Sensory Dance
  • Participate in TACPAC sessions
  • Participate in massage stories
  • To access the sensory room and Light and Sound room and use the equipment appropriately
  • To improve fine motor skills using write dance.
  • To participate in sensory stories.
  •  To focus on isolating singular body parts to move them individually and become aware of their body parts.

Knowledge & Understanding of the World

  • Listen to and explore resources during sensory story sessions - All about  me, 
  • Participate in Sensology sessions, engaging with smells, sights, sounds, tastes and touch - All about me.
  • To follow instructions when on educational visits.
  • To begin to understand now and next.
  • Getting our coats and wellies on and finding where everything belongs that we need.

Rose Class

Autumn Term 1

Lets be Friends

Creative Development

  • To create a playdough portrait of ourselves,our friends and our family.
  • To use different body parts to explore paint.
  • To use outdoor resources to create art ( stone portraits-discovery park)
  •  Using photographs create collages.
  • Use our bodies to create art work and develop our fine motor skills (giant body filled with fine motor skills)
  • Use sensory resources to develop our fine motor skills.




  • Participate in sensory cookery sessions. To taste,smell,feel different fruits. To make fruit salads,To make fruit kebabs,To make fruit faces. 
  • To learn when to wash hands and begin to wash hands independently (after nappy changing/toileting etc)
  • Visit various play parks, use all equipment safely and follow instructions

Outdoor Learning

  • Chalk drawings of hands, feet and our bodies
  • Collecting natural resources in discovery park to make a face, our families and our friends.
  • Using outdoor blocks build our own homes that we live in
  • To explore outdoor tuff spot, sand and water trays
  • Explore mud and leaves play
  • Listening walk around schools outdoor areas, natural sounds or instruments


  • Looking in mirrors together at home pointing out what you can see. Point out similarities and differences.
  • To explore the outdoors and take in what we can see, hear, touch, smell and even taste (picnic/ice cream) outside. Have a look in the garden to see what you can find; grass, leaves, pine cones, conkers, soil or even stones. 
  • Listening walks/ sitting in the garden. Can you hear birds squawking, bee’s buzzing, dogs barking or cats meowing? 

Week 1 and 2-Ourselves

Week 3-Our body

Week 4-Our friends 

Week 5-Sharing

Week 6-Our family

Week 7-Our feelings

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Let's be friends


We have had a great first week back settling in to our new classroom. We have started doing our Grand Old Duke of York sensory massage and have been using the counting songs to help us in maths. We have had time this week to explore the new hedgehog hideaway soft play,the adventure playground and the discovery park. We really enjoyed charanga music especially having a go with the musical instruments. We explored squiggle lines in write dance.



We are now beginning to get used to the classroom environment and the new class staff. We went on a bus ride this week and all did a great job and loved looking out the window. In Attention Everyone we made a shaving foam face and then made our own paper plate faces. We finished off our Grand Old Duke of York Sensory Massage this week ready to start a new one next week. We have been learning all about our body and tried really hard with joining in with action songs related to our body. We have been doing the first stages of write dance pre writing skills using our hands and a paint brush.

We have also had lots of intensive interaction,tacpac and communication sessions.

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This week we enjoyed an Attention Everyone session and made our own mirrors to pull silly faces. We then had some fun in the Hedgehog Hideaway and had lots of intensive interaction.This week we have been doing the 5 little ducks song in numeracy and loved getting wet when the ducks swam away. We have been learning names of our body and finding them. We have been continuing with our tacpac sessions. In the discovery park this week we set up a senses station and found the things we can eat,see,hear,smell and feel. The favourite was definitely the biscuits!

We introduced beanbag hello into our sensory dance session too.



This week we have begun making our friendship tree for our display. We have enjoyed intensive interaction sessions around school and been promoting our communication skills. 

We have been learning the "Miss Polly Had a Dolly" sensory massage story.

We have been continuing our music charanga sessions and they have been going really well-I would say this is always our best session of the week.

We have been continuing with our tacpac 1.

In the hobbit house we have been enjoying exploring the senses station and using different senses to explore different things.




This week we have been doing all about sharing. We have enjoyed interacting with the songs about sharing. We went to Whitburn Park on the bus and took turns on the equipment. In Attention everyone this week we made some more friendship trees for our display in the corridor. 

We have had fun doing the sensory massage story "Miss Polly". In maths we have been learning all about a square and used this throughout the week to do different activities.

In Music we have been enjoying our charanga sessions and we have been using the drum this week.

We have been really enjoying learning all about our senses however I know the favourite is definitely tasting.



This week we have been doing all about our families. We have enjoyed sharing photos with our friends and recognizing members in our family.

We loved the flour in attention everyone and had fun knocking down the flour castles. This week we have been focusing on "circles" and enjoyed exploring them in lots of different ways.

We have been continuing with our tacpac and write dance.

Next week we will be finishing off the term by doing lots of fun Halloween things.