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Columbia Grange School

Little Steps, Big Aspirations For All

Summer 2

Let's Explore



Footstep 3:-They may respond to options and choices with actions or gestures [for example, pointing to or giving one object rather than another]

Footstep 3:-They actively explore objects and events for more extended periods [for example, manipulating objects in piles, groups or stacks

Footstep 3:-Pupil will explore objects in increasingly complex ways, using more than one action.

Children will be exploring objects through continuous provision. The children will be counting objects during focussed sessions and identifying objects in relation to numbers. The children will be exploring shapes through continuous provision and making things with shapes.


(Reading)Footstep 2:-Pupil engages in sustained visual attention to people, events and objects for short periods of time.

(Reading) Footstep 2:- Pupil may knock over an object with intent.

Reading Footstep 2:- Pupil may use a raking or spreading action withpaint or sensory text materials.

To have sensology sessions linked to weekly exploring topic:-

Week1 -Underwater

Week 2-Desert

Week 3-Arctic

Week 4-Beach

Week 5-At the farm

Week 6-In the sky

Week 7-Jungle

(Writing)Pupils use hand and finger movements to explore objects.

(Writing)Pupil throws objects intentionally and watches them fall to the ground.

(Writing)Pupil holds an object and uses it to explore surfaces using different movements.

Exploring through sensology sessions.,Attention everyone sessions linked to the stories, PE sessions involving objects from the story and gross motor movement then followed up in the classroom with fine motor movements. 

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

Step 3 K& U-Pupil can name simple objects 

Cookery sessions following instructions verbally and using PEC’s and communication boards.

Week 1- Making toast

Week 2-Making toasties

Week 3-Making toasties

Week 4-Making a packed lunch for the beach

Week 5-Making Pizzas(using meat from the farm)

Week 6-Making Pizzas


Pre formal

medium term plan


Rose Class

Summer 2

Topic Name

Let’s Explore

7 wks


Using makaton and visual aids to join in with sensology sessions. Have storys/songs  linked to topic for each week as well as the sensology-

Week 1-The rainbow fish

Week 2-Alice the camel 

Week 3-Polar Polar Bear

Week 4:-Pete the cat at the beach

Week 5:- The little red hen

Week 6:-Maisy went on a plane

Week 7:- Rumble in the Jungle

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

Footstep 3:-Pupils begin to look towards people

To continue to use the communication boards during continuous provision.

Begin to use colourful semantics.

Use makaton and speech for  daily songs progressing on communication by encouraging the children to initiate themselves.

Have communication boards around classroom for spontaneous communication. 

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. To continue with own song choice.  (Launchpad for literacy).

Continue with weekly charanga sessions.

Outdoor Learning

Finding objects linked to weekly theme outdoors.

Using nature resources (leaves/plants/flowers) to make pictures.

Beginning to access the garden area to appropriately use tools and equipment.



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.

(Continuation from last term)


PE-Outdoor Games

Educational Visits

Week 1-Petshop(fish)

Week 3-Beach/Park with sand.

Week 6-Farm visit.


Take part in art projects linked to our topic.

Use an ipod to take photos.


Take part in Charanga Unit 11 and 12

At Home

Listen to the sensory stories we are doing this term.

Explore food using senses.

Watch Mr Tumble linked to theme and learn the signs.

Week 1 Let's Explore Under the Sea

This week we explored under the sea. In sensology this week we had a smell of seaweed, tasted crabsticks, listened to the waves, had a feel of the cold water and seen the fish.

We made a fish, turtle and octopus during the week for our window display.

We searched for under the sea creatures in our continous provision.


Week 2 Let's Explore the Desert

This week the children have enjoyed exploring the desert. They have particularly enjoyed exploring sand that they have covered the classroom with haha!

In sensology this week we used sunglasses to look at the sun, tasted water, listened to the camels, felt the sand and had a smell of the suncream.

In maths our focus was triangles and we have done lots of different work on triangles.

We have been using our colourful semantics to make sentences.
We have also been listening to the song "Alice the Camel had 5 humps" and using our number cards been guessing the next number.

We have enjoyed our PE session with June.


Week 3- Let's Explore the Arctic