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Summer 1 Newsletter.

Hello and welcome to the summer term at Rainbows Richmond Hill. We are delighted to welcome two new teachers – Hannah Ball and Danielle Lever. Danielle will be the teacher in Yellow Base and Hannah will be the teacher in Purple Base. Suzanne and Libby will lead in Green Base. The daily timetable is as follows; communication, literacy, snack, playtime and math’s. We have phonics and free flow in the afternoon with a variety of; topic, science, computing and fun, creative activities for all to access. We have intensive interaction at the heart of all we do.

Many children are included in mainstream play times and lunchtimes and some children spend regular time in mainstream registration and lesson times.

Helen our speech and language therapist spends the day in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Joanne our music tutor runs music groups on Wednesdays and Alice our music therapist comes to in on Fridays.

What we are learning next
This term we are following the school topic of  Animals. Our topic activities will look at animals from around the world.

We will read stories including Handa’s Surprise, Animal Boogie, Rumble in the Jungle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See and Hooray for Fish. We will sing songs such as Old MacDonald, 5 Little Monkeys and 5 Little Ducks.

In science we are learning about animals including human beings. We will be investigating animals how they move and what they eat.

We continue to have an emphasis on intensive interaction and interactive play.

Open Fortnight -12th – 26th June

We will invite you to come and spend time with your children if you would like an appointment to talk to a teacher let us know.

Additional information

We will continue to take a small group of children to donkeys on Mondays.

We will have a swimming group on Wednesday.

We have a visit to the skate park on Mondays.

We are planning a weekly shopping trip into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

Spring 2 Newsletter

Spring Term 2017

Welcome back to all our children and families!

Happy New Year to all our children and families. It was a pleasure to see everyone back in school and ready to get learning on Tuesday morning.

We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and managed to get some well-earned rest; please feel free to send in any photos of any activities your child enjoyed.

This week we have been getting straight back into our learning. The children have enjoyed seeing all their friends and following their timetables. The daily timetable is as follows; communication, literacy, snack, playtime and math’s. We have free flow in the afternoon with a variety of; topic, science, computing and fun, creative activities for all to access. We have intensive interaction at the heart of all we do. We tailor the learning to meet the needs and interests of each child.

 

Rainbow Base is proud to be featured in the new Dave Hewitt intensive interaction video. If you would like to borrow a copy to watch at home just let us know.

 

What we are learning next

This half term we will be learning all about The Worlds Kitchen. Our topic activities will look at food from around the world. We will explore maps of places near and far. We will listen to music and sing songs from other countries. We will prepare, cook, explore and taste food from around the world.

 

In science we are learning about animals including human beings. We will be investigating animals how they move and what they eat. We are starting by looking at birds; making a bird’s nest and bird food.

 

 

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to take a small group of children to donkeys on a Monday.

We will have a swimming group on a Wednesday.

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Welcome back to all our children and families!

 

What a wonderful first week back we have had! It has been so lovely to see all of our children settling back in to their school routine and exploring all the areas of our base. We hope that you all had a great summer; please feel free to send in any photos of any activities your child enjoyed during the holidays.

 

This week we have been getting familiar with base and school after our summer holidays and have enjoyed a range of mark making, art and food exploration activities as well as lots of fun outside making the most of the sunny weather.

 

What we are learning next
 

This half term we will be learning all about ourselves. We will look at where we live and learn more about our bodies. We will be reading stories in Literacy about ourselves.

 

This term our whole school topic will be ‘Royals and Rebels’. We will be building a Rainbow Base castle and we will be dressing up and exploring different Royals and Rebels. We will learn Pirate songs and will be making our own crowns to wear around base. We will also be taking part in lots of inclusion activities across school linking to our topics.

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to take a small group of children to donkeys on a Monday.

 

We will have a swimming group on a Wednesday.

 

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

Please ensure that all forms have been signed and returned to us as soon as possible – if you have any questions about these please ask.

 

Dates for your calendar

 

Roald Dahl Day Tuesday 13th September 2016

 

Parents fortnight (more information to follow):

Monday 3rd October – Friday 14th October 2016

 

School closes for October half term:

Friday 21st October 2016

 

School re-opens:

Tuesday 1st November 2016

 

Dates for the Parent group meetings will be sent out shortly.

Summer 1

 

What we have been learning

This half term our topic was “Colossal cultures”. We were learning all about different cultures and countries.

 We were learning about different animals and the countries they come from. We were listening to music and playing musical instruments from different countries along with tasting and exploring a range of food from different countries.

We also learned how to greet people in a range of languages. 

 

What we are learning next
 

This term our topic is “Richmond Hill Island”.  As part of this topic we will be learning about different people’s roles and jobs in school and in the wider community.  We will be doing lots of community trips to visit people in different workplaces, such as shops, farms and garden centres.

 

We will also be learning about plants and how they grow.  We will be doing lots of planting and gardening in our outside area.  We can’t wait to

see our plants grow.

 

We will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction books about people doing different jobs in their communities. 

 

Dates for your calendar

Parent group dates (10.00-11.30):

Friday 22nd April, Thursday 26th May and Thursday 23rd June 2016.

May Day Holiday

Rainbow’s will close on Friday 29th April 2016

and open on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Local Election Voting Day

Rainbow’s will close on Wednesday 4th May 2016

and open on Friday 6th May 2016.

Summer Mid Term Holiday

Rainbow’s will close on Friday 27th May 2016

and open on Monday 6th June 2016.

EU Referendum Voting Day

Rainbow’s will close on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 and open on Friday 24th June 2016.

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to go to donkeys on a Monday.

We have started visiting Meanwood Urban Valley Farm on a Monday afternoon. 

We will have swimming trips on a Wednesday.

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

As the weather is hopefully getting warmer can you please remember to send a sunhat and sun cream labelled with your child’s name.

 

For any more information, please visit the school website: www.richmondhillleeds.co.uk/

 

 
 

Autumn 2

 

What we have been learning

 

Welcome back! We hope that you had a lovely half term break.  Last half term we were very busy settling back into our school routine. We learnt lots about different colours, particularly red, blue and yellow. We have been tasting and exploring foods that are these colours, as well as making handprints and doing lots of messy play activities. We have also been drawing portraits of ourselves and we have enjoyed mark making with a variety of different mediums. We have also been learning about different animals and have enjoyed reading ‘We are going on a bear hunt’ and listening to songs about animals we can see in the jungle and the noises that these animals make.

 

What we are learning next
 

This half term we are continuing with our “Crazy Climates” topic. We will be continuing to learn about the weather around us and we will be focusing on seasons and the changes we can see as we move from Autumn to Winter. We hope to go out into the community on lots of Autumn walks to collect leaves and conkers to bring back to base to explore! We will continue to learn about animals that live in different places around the world, with a special focus on animals that live in cold places - such as the Arctic. We will be learning about some of the things you can see in these places of the world and we will be continuing to explore ice and other cold materials as part of this. Of course we will be doing lots of Christmas activities too, as we reach the end of this half term!

 

Additional information
  • We will continue to take a group of children to the Donkey Sanctuary on a Monday and a group of children swimming on a Wednesday.
  • We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.
  • We will be going to the Variety Christmas Party again this year on 2nd December. More information to follow.

 

Dates for your calendar
  • Parent group dates (9.30-11.30): 20th November 2015, 11th December 2015
  • School Christmas Fair – 11th December 2015, 2.30pm (more information to follow)
  • School Christmas Dinner – 17th December 2015 (more information to follow)
  • School closes for Christmas – 18th December 2015
  • School opens for new term – 4th January 2016

 

 

AUTUMN 1 NEWSLETTER

 

What we have been learning

 

Welcome back to our new school year! We hope that you all had a fantastic summer and are ready for another exciting year at school. We had a wonderful summer term and were able to enjoy lots of time in our outside areas, particularly in our paddling pool and sand pit, during the hot and sunny weather. It has been so lovely to welcome all of the children back to school this week, we have seen lots of big smiles and have been exploring all of the areas of base. During our first few days back at school we have been painting portraits of ourselves and learning lots about different colours and mixing colours through a range of different art activities across the base.

 

What we are learning next
 

This half term our topic will be “Crazy Climates”. We will be learning all about different types of weather that we can see in this country and around the world. We will be learning about different animals and the types of climates that they live in, particularly focusing on animals that live in the Desert or in the Arctic. We will be doing lots of experiments looking at different temperatures and will be exploring ice and how it changes, as well as noticing if something feels warm or cold when we touch it. We will be learning songs about the weather and will be dressing up in different clothes, selecting the correct clothing for different types of weather!

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to go to donkeys on a Monday.

 

We will have swimming trips on a Wednesday.

 

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

Please return all consent forms to us as soon as possible, you should have received these on the first day of term. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

 

Dates for your calendar

 

Parent group dates (10.00-11.30): 9th October 2015, 20th November 2015, 11th December 2015

 

Parent’s weeks: 5th October – 16th October 2015

 

School closes for October half term – 23rd October 2015

 

School opens – 2nd November 2015

 

Summer 2 Newsletter

 

What we have been learning

Last term our topic was “Wacky Races”. We learnt lots about different types of transport, including cars, trains and even helicopters! We made our own cars using a range of materials before designing and making our own rainbow go-kart to race on the last day of half term with all of the classes in school. We read lots of stories about transport including ‘On the journey home from Grandpa’s’ and ‘The Train Ride’. We also learnt songs about different types of transport. We really enjoyed singing these especially ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ and ‘We all go travelling by’. Our Wacky Races day was an excellent day, lots of our children had a great time watching the races and cheering on the different teams with our brightly coloured flags and banners!

 

What we are learning next
This term our topic will be “Carnival”. We will be learning all about The Caribbean, exploring music, dance and food from this part of the world. We will be learning traditional carnival dances and making our own carnival costumes and a float ready for the whole school carnival day! We will also be learning about the beaches you can see in The Caribbean and how these compare to our own beaches to prepare for our trip to the seaside! We will be learning songs about summer and the animals that you can see at the seaside.

 

Dates for your calendar

Parent group dates (9.30-11.30): Friday 19th June

 

Sports Day – 25th June

 

Seaside trip – 7th July. More information to follow shortly.

 

School closes for Summer holidays – 17th July

School opens for new school year – 7th September

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to go to donkeys on a Monday.

 

We will have swimming trips on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

Please remember to send a sunhat and sun cream labelled with your child’s name now that the weather is getting warmer, thank you!

 

 

Curriculum pilot within a resourced provision for Complex Communication Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions

Summer 1 Newsletter

 

What we have been learning

Last term our topic was “The World’s Kitchen”. We learnt lots about foods from different countries, particularly Italy. We enjoyed making our own pizzas and exploring different types of pasta during art and messy play activities. We read lots of stories about food including ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘Eat Your Peas’ and ‘The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza’. We also learnt songs about Italian food; our favourite was ‘I am a pizza’.

 

What we are learning next

This term our topic will be “Super Scientists”. We will be exploring lots of different sensory materials through messy play activities to create our own super science experiments. We will also be designing our own go-kart in the style of ‘Wacky Races’ which we will be racing against all of the other classes in school. We are also learning about how plants grow and we will be visiting our garden to plant some flowers and fruit and vegetables in our flower beds.

 

Dates for your calendar

 

Parent group dates (9.30-11.30): Friday 22nd May

Friday 19th June

 

Monday 4th May – School closed for Bank Holiday

 

Thursday 7th May – Election Day.

The base will be closed during Election Day. We will be open again on Friday 8th May.

 

Friday 15th May – Sensory walk at Trentham Park. More information to follow shortly.

 

School closes for half term – 22nd May

School opens for new half term – 2nd June

 

Additional information

 

We will continue to go to donkeys on a Monday.

This term we will be taking Key Stage Two children swimming on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – letters will be sent out giving more information to children that will be attending these sessions.   

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

Please remember to send a sunhat and sun cream labelled with your child’s name now that the weather is getting warmer, thank you!

 

 

Mencap Play Scheme - Easter

 

 

Mencap’s play schemes for children with a learning disability run throughout school holidays and emphasise having fun, trips out and making new friends.

 

Leeds Mencap run play schemes for young people with additional needs throughout the year during school holidays. The attendees enjoy facilities in their bright and welcoming East End Park building, including toys in their playroom, sensory room, pool tables, and air hockey.

 

Attendees can also go on trips out which have included in the past:

 

  • Swimming
  • Temple Newsam
  • Tropical World
  • Donkey Sanctuary
  • Eureka!
  • Pantomimes
  • And many more!

 

The next play scheme is for 4-8 Year olds and will run during the Easter half term (from Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April 2015). The deadline for all applications is Sunday 29th March 2015. If you have any questions or queries please contact Dinah on 0113 2351331 or Dinah.beckett@leedsmencap.org.uk

 

To Apply visit http://www.leedsmencap.org.uk/support-for-young-people/play-schemes-for-2-18-year-olds and download an application form. Then fill it in and email it to info@leedsmencap.org.uk or post to Leeds Mencap, Londesboro Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9NE.

 

 

 

Spring 2 Newsletter

 

What we have been learning

 

Last term our topic was “Colossal Cultures”, this included learning about cultures and history from different countries.

 

We read stories from different cultures, and the songs we learnt are “Hello to All the Children of the World” and “Hello Song” by Global Wonders.

 

What we are learning next
 

This terms topic will be “world’s kitchen” in which children from each class will focus on foods from different countries. Rainbow Base will be focusing on food from Italy e.g. Pizza and Pasta.

As well as exploring food from other countries through inclusion.

 

Dates for your calendar

 

Parent group dates (9.30-11.30): March 20th

 

Friday 13th March – Red Nose Day

Children are welcome to wear non-uniform (as well as red noses and any other comic relief items). There will also be a collection in school if anyone would like to contribute to the Red Nose Day charity.

 

Thursday 2nd April 4pm  - The vue cinema at Kirkstall will be doing an autism friendly showing of “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water”

 

School closes for half term – April 2nd

School opens for new half term – April 20th

 

Additional information

 

We will continue going to donkeys on a Monday, and swimming on a Wednesday.   

We will also be having weekly trips into the community to practice our social living skills.

 

This half term school plans to launch Richmond Hill Radio. This will be a radio station run by the children and broadcast across school and online via our school website.

 

We will be getting a rabbit on base this half term for the children to interact with, a letter will be sent home regarding this.

 

 

Mencap Playscheme

 

Leeds Mencap are pleased to advise that they will be running a 5 day playscheme at their East End Park building from Monday 16th February to Friday 20th February 2015. The playscheme is for children and young people with learning disabilities who were aged between 8 and 10 years on the 1st September 2014. They will also consider applications from children slightly outside this age range if there are places available.

Their holiday playschemes run from 10am-3pm. Emphasis is placed on having fun, trips out, and making new friends. Facilities in their bright and welcoming East End Park building include toys in their playroom, a sensory room, as well as pool and air hockey tables.

Attendees can also go on trips out which in the past have included:

Swimming
Temple Newsam
Tropical World
Donkey Sanctuary
Eureka!
Pantomimes
and many more!

The charge for attending the playscheme is £15 per day. In order to ensure leaders have sufficient planning time, please be advised that the last date for applications will be Sunday 1st February 2015.

To find out more or to obtain an application form with which to book your place please see their website: www.leedsmencap.org.uk/support-for-young-people/play-schemes-for-2-18-year-olds

Spring 1 Newsletter

 

           

      The Rainbow Ripple System

 

A happy child can learn. A child who can communicate in a positive way can be

understood, feel accepted and their potential can be realised.  A child who can

purposefully use their learning can be independent in their actions on the world. 

A child who has a reflective and responsive team around them can be enabled to

have their holistic needs identified and met.

 

 

Sensitivity and positive acceptance towards each child, free flow learning

environment, play, meaningful inclusion, meaningful reverse inclusion,

community experiences, visual support,  a learning curriculum, a social communication

and emotional regulation curriculum, positive behavioural strategies, meaningful

observations, structured approaches.

 

Continued consideration and reflection on best practice, alongside multi-agency

and family working, underpins the above approaches.

 

 

Family involvement, a cohesive staff team, a multi-agency team, links with

other educational settings, staff training, CPD, whole school, city vision,

recruitment, finances.

 

 

There is a philosophy, ethos and methodology which is at the core of the base

and which works to bind the red, yellow and blue aspects together.  This core

is evidenced based and enables staff to work consistently towards enabling

attuned interactions with students to be initiated, exchanged and maintained.

Autumn 2 Newsletter

Chicks in Rainbow

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