Yellow Gum

Class Teacher: Connie Jakopo

Education Assistants: Suzanne, Wiwi, Dot, Jake & Leonie

The 2019 Yellow Gum class is an Aspects of Conductive Education class which is composed of 7 students,2 in year seven, 2 in year six and 3 in year five. The year sevens and six students will be graduating at the end of the year. There is a total of five staff, Connie Jakopo, teacher, with four Education Assistants. Suzanne (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), Wiwi (Monday to Friday), Dot (Monday to Friday) Leonie (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) Jake (Wednesday and Thursday).

The class programmes this year includes Literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Art, Swimming, Music, Physical Education and Society and Environment. Society and environment is where we draw our termly themes from. This year we will cover Dreamtime stories, getting around(transport), Farming, (farm shop and how food gets to shops) and Myths and Legends. Every term the class examines a theme and link other curriculum areas around the main theme. In term one we are exploring ‘Dreamtime Stories’ focusing on Aboriginal Culture.

As an Aspects of Conductive Education class, we do some programmes in line with the Conductive Education Programme. Task series are a crucial part of our activities and we do lying task series, sit to stand as well as hand task series before we do hand activities. Task series help children to be actively involved in their learning and promote the acquisition of essential skills that the children use in their day to day lives.

Communication remains an integral part of all the work we do. We use PODD communication for group instruction as well as one to one communication with students. Children all have different communication systems recommended by their therapists as well as our communication leaders. All efforts are made to support students at the different levels they are at as well as allow for some initiation to come from the children themselves. The school is also focusing on 6 kind of best values and these are observed throughout the school system. The Rainbow Way is of paramount importance to all classes and we believe that all our children can achieve great work at school. The Rainbow Way encourages students to develop a ‘can do attitude’. This is embedded in all our teaching and encouraged with all students. Behaviour management plans are also adopted for those students who present with some behaviour challenges.

Yellow Gum has so far had a good start to the year and we look forward to a great year!

Connie Jakopo (Class Teacher)

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