We are Maple class and this MER we will continue to work on our communication and social skills as well as engagement in new activities. One of the things we will be focussing on is making a choice and being able to communicate with staff what our choice is, even if it is to say ‘no’.

As always we will be experiencing lots of activities in order to progress our attention and engagement levels and each week we get immersed in a new theme, some of the themes we have for this MER are: water, nature, herbs abd spices and many more. We will also be going out into the community for swimming this MER and hope to begin accessing some more places close to school too.

You can help extend the learning at home too… here are some things for you to do.


If your child has begun playing with new items and objects at home please do email us and send photos to maple@brackenfield.derbyshire.sch.uk  


Play with your child. Repeat their phrases and see what they do!

Use symbols to help your child communicate with you, if you need us to print you some symbols just ask, we are always happy to help.

Encourage your child to communicate. Eye gazing, pointing, symbols, signs and words are all brilliant communication techniques.

Friends, relationships and community

Visit friends and family. Do your children interact with different people? Do they explore new areas? Do they know that you are there to keep them safe

Independent living

Putting on their own coats, shoes and socks are all really good beginning steps for independence. If you child is doing this already try other items of clothes

Good health

Lets get lots of handwashing done, we have been working on following the steps for this and also tolerating having our hands washed. Washing ourselves in the bath is a good skill as well. Another great skill we have been working on is recognising when we are thirsty and hungry and also helping make our own drinks and snacks.

If you have any good news stories please email them to parents@brackenfield.derbyshire.sch.uk and we will be in touch to include you in our weekly community news bulletin.