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Hello from the Laurel class team!

We are Laurel class, this MER we are continuing to develop our community skills, so that we can explore and access more places around us with increasing independence. On Monday, we start the week with an assembly. Following this we work on turn taking skills through games, followed by PE (so please bring in a PE kit!) This can stay in school, or return home each week! It really helps your child develop their understand of when we wear different clothes, and gives them a chance to practise their dressing and undressing skills. Tuesdays we visit the local park, and use the sports area to play football. This gives us a chance to develop our travel skills to a familiar location on foot, so we can work on crossing roads safely, and walking with or near an adult. On Wednesday we will develop our travel training skills and will start to take buses out into the community. We are planning on visiting some cafes, libraries, different shops, all to give our travel training a On Thursday we go to the shops to buy ingredients for our cooking session in the afternoon. This MER we will be cooking pizzas in a variety of different ways (using an oven to cook a pre-prepared pizza, making one from scratch on dough bases, and cooking frozen pizzas in the microwave. On Fridays we have forest schools (so please remember your wellies!) followed by enrichment! This is a fantastic opportunity for students to make a choice on what fun activity they want to do in the afternoon, and a chance for pupils to develop their social skills with pupils in other classes.




Encourage your child to communicate with staff in shops – for example, can they make their choice at a restaurant? Or at a shop?

Friends relationships and community

Encourage your child to practise turn taking on different activities such as board games, and using electronic devices such as the laptop/iPad

Independent living


Encourage your child to help with the pots after dinner! We are getting into good routines of washing our trays and cutlery after dinners

Good health


Encourage your child to practise ‘bubble’ breathing, and hand massages as a calming technique



Encourage your child to use money to exchange for items when out at the shops. Do they ever get a chance to use parent debit cards in shopping


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