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Columbia Grange School

Little Steps, Big Aspirations For All

Spring 1


Let's Sing a Song



Footstep 3:-Pupil can remove a cloth to find a hidden object or look towards the floor for an object that has been dropped

Footstep 3:-Consistently use a recognised response to indicate preferred choice. Show awareness of common features of familiar objects

Dropping eggs from various locations, finding nursery rhyme characters hidden, finding shapes to build nursery rhyme characters, Drawing round nursery rhyme objects and recognising them, Using tubing to make things fall and drop.


(Reading) Footstep 2:- Pupil begins to respond consistently to familiar sensory stimuli associated with text

(Reading)Footstep 2:-Pupil begins to imitate actions and sounds.

Explore a new nursery rhyme each week and explore using sensory materials.

Exploring known characters/pictures from nursery rhymes.

(Writing)Pupils at this stage will begin to be aware that they have made marks.

(Writing)Pupil uses hand and finger movements to explore objects and surfaces.

(Writing)Pupil shows interest in pictures

Exploring the nursery rhymes using  fingerplay/finger puppets. Fine motor activities-write dance,sguiggle whilst you wiggle. Attention everyone sessions linked to the weekly topic.


Step 3 K&U-Pupil carries out simple verbal instructions

Egg experiment- follow instructions and see what happens.


Pre formal

medium term plan


Rose Class

Spring 1

Topic Name

Let’s Sing a Song



Using Makaton and visual aids to join in with songs:-

Week 1-Humpty Dumpty

Week 2-Hickory Dickory

Week 3-Twinkle Twinkle

Week 4-Incy Wincey

Week 5-Baa Baa Black Sheep

Week 6-The Wheels on the bus

Footstep 3-Pupil responds consistently to familiar rhymes.

Footstep 3:-Pupil begins to look towards people.

Footstep 3:-Pupil may use a small number of functional signs.

To continue to use the communication boards during continuous provision.

Begin to use colourful semantics.

Cookery:-(Using a microwave)

Scrambled egg on toast, melting chocolate,


Making star themed sandwiches.

Use Makaton and speech for songs.

Indicating song choice(launchpad for literacy)

Responding to early interaction rhymes (launchpad for literacy)

Indicating wanting more during songs and rhymes and eventually indicating which ones. (Launchpad for literacy).

Continue with weekly charanga sessions.

Outdoor Learning

Singing outdoors and listening for sounds.

Using outdoor resources to make music eg conker to bang on the fence like a drum



Creative Development

Working with adults during intensive interaction sessions to sing song-row row row your boat, round and round the garden.

Slowly introduce working with a peer for intensive interaction sessions with an adult support.

PE-Foundation of light

(Dressing and Undressing)

PE-Sensory Dance

Educational Visits

Herrington Park and Woods

Winter Gardens

Hancock Museum

Discovery Museum


Take part in art projects linked to our topic.

Use iPod to take photos.


Take part in Charanga Unit 4 and 5

At Home

You can sing at home with your family.

Look for nursery rhyme links in shops.

Watch Mr Tumbles Nursery rhymes for signs that we will be learning each week

Week 1 -Humpty Dumpty

This week we started to get back into our routine by visiting Birkdale drive park.

We had lots of fun in Attention everyone and watched the water beads bounce all around. We then made our own humpty dumpty's and watched them fall off the wall.

We had our sensory massage story and then used number cards to count in maths. We also found humpty dumpty hidden in various places. We have started our "Lets sing a song " display in classroom and we are going to add to it each week.

We also looked at different cooked eggs and what happens in science.

We also used the toaster and made toast in cookery.


Week 2 Hickory Dickory Dock

This week we enjoyed finding the mouse hidden everywhere in our Attention Everyone sessions. We also had to splat the shaving foam mouse which made lots of mess but was great fun! We did our sensory massage story. This week we had our first Foundation of Light PE session and we all completed a obstacle course. We have been developing our display in the classroom by adding lots of clocks.

We have moved onto Unit 5 charanga and have loved searching for musical instruments in the feely bag. We have been getting better at using our PECS to say which nursery rhyme we want to sing with an adult.

We have continued with our sensory dance this half term and we are beginning to independently recognise the routine.

Week 3 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This week we visited the ground floor of the Hancock Museum to practise our life skills and to see what animals we could see that links to our songs that we have been singing in class.

In Attention Everyone we all decorated a star name picture.

We have been doing our sensory massage story-"Twinkle Twinkle".

We have been searching for stars and counting stars.

We have been continuing with our write dance and sensory dance.


Week 4- Incy Wincy Spider

This week we visited the Hancock museum and went upstairs. The children were really well behaved and enjoyed singing songs linked to animals that they could see.

We had Attention Everyone and we did our song with role play and props the children loved watching the water and the spiders.

We did an obstacle course with the Sunderland Footballers. We are becoming alot more confident and independant with this.

We did write dance using different mediums.

We visited the discovery park to find the hidden spiders.


Week 5- Baa Baa Black Sheep

We visited Matalan this week to learn all about visiting shops and not buying anything.

We completed our nursery rhyme massage story and had fun doing an obstacle course with the foundation of light for PE.

We have been doing "Up and down" movements in write dance.

We explored the discovery park however we didn't see any sheep.

In cookery this week we made our very own sheep and it was lovely and tasty.

Week 6-The Wheels On the Bus

This week we had our final visit to the matalan store to learn all about it being ok to not buy something and to walk around a shop.

We did an Attention Everyone session and moved vehicles through paint to create marks and then using different shapes we made a bus.

We had our final SAFC visit and we completed an obstacle course.

We did a great job with our write dance making big and small circles. 

We visited the sensory room for intensive interaction and had our final tacpac 3 session.

We also enjoyed sensory dance.

Have a lovely half term and next half term we will be looking at the topic "Let's Eat" which will entail the sensory story "The very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Don't stick your finger in the jelly nelly" along with easter.