Our class is made up of children of different ages and year groups across the school so it is unique! We have spaces for 12 children with speech and language needs and at present we have 10 children from Year R, Year 2, Year 3 , Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Our children also belong to their year group class so they can enjoy activities and friendships with their peers as well as benefit from the one-to-one and small group learning we provide in Bell Class.
Meet the Bell team!
Mrs S. Erkul - Teacher
Mrs N. Watson - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs T. Simpson - Teaching Assistant
Ms L. Adams - Speech Therapist
Mrs Z. Swayne - Speech Therapist
Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922)
Our class is named after the well-known scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who was born in Scotland. His mother was deaf and his father developed an early method to teach deaf people to speak called "Visible Speech". Bell became interested in how to transmit speech sounds using wires and spent years developing his ideas into what eventually became the telephone, which he produced in America in the 1870's. His telephone company was formed in 1877 and by 1886 over 150,00 Americans owned a telephone. Bell also worked as a teacher of the deaf and set up his own School for the Deaf in Boston, USA. Bell received many medals and awards for his work and founded a research centre for deafness in Washington which still exists today. The units we use to measure sound, the bel and the decibel, are named after him.
WANTED: ANY OLD PHONES!
As part of our Term 1 learning in Bell Class we are studying the history of the telephone and the life of Alexander Graham Bell. We are creating a display of old telephones so if you have any old landline or mobile telephones we could have or borrow they would be gratefully received. Thank you.
Last year we held three Family Learning afternoons when parents of children in the SRP (Specialist Resourced Provision) were invited to join us in school. The sessions focused on Reading Strategies, Memory Strategies and Attention and Listening. This year we are starting in Term 1 on FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER 2017 at 1PM with a session for parents based on understanding the EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) documents and Provision Plans. This will be followed by an interactive opportunity to join the children engaging in learning centred around their targeted interventions. In Term 2 we will be offering the Memory Strategies session again, as several parents missed out last time, and it will be a great chance for our new parents to find out more about this important area. As usual, there will be plenty of opportunities to try out the strategies in fun activities with your children.
Attention and Listening Family Learning July 2017
A fun afternoon was enjoyed by parents and children on a hot summer's afternoon in July. After a brief session for parents to find out about the background and importance of attention and listening skills, children and adults came together to practise some ideas through games and other interactive activities.
Useful information: previous Family Learning sessions
Please find below some useful documents referring to other sessions held last year.
How can we remember more easily?
One way we can remember information is to repeat it, or rehearse it to ourselves. This can be in our heads or out loud. In this café role-play activity the waiter had to remember a customer's order without writing anything down, by rehearsing it.
Another way to support memory is to use gesture and signs to represent meaning. In this activity, children and parents are memorising a poem using gestures.
In this activity, the teacher described different figures in the pictures, naming type and colour of clothing. The children had to hold the information in their memory, then look at the pictures to work out which one had just been described. Often, many of us can remember better when we have a visual or picture to store alongside information in our heads.