Week beginning 16th May 2022
This week we have been enjoying our science, getting out and about and looking at plants, flowers and trees around the school premises. In maths, we have been loving exploring movement such as stop/ go, forwards/ backwards and fast/ slow, using our bodies and also toys to move in different ways.
In English and PSHE we have been looking at being kind, enjoying the story of Julia Donaldson's the Smartest Giant in Town, and using kind hands with our friends.
Week beginning Monday 9th May 2022
This week we have begun to look at movement language in maths, really enjoying playing stop and go, fast and slow, and even forward and backwards. We've been doing it with trains, cars, and even ourselves running about outside. The Bears have enjoyed our attention autism sessions this week, loving watching Mrs Austin shake the lemonade bottle and letting it fizz out everywhere. The Bears are still enjoying hydro, and are getting more confident every week. A few of the Bears have also had a turn at horse riding this half term and have been really brave with some very big animals and new experiences.
Week beginning Monday 25th April 2022
This week we have started our new topic 'Save Our World', and the children have enjoyed handling different plastic materials. In Maths this week we have looked at counting using coins and the children have enjoyed handling the money, searching for it in the sensory try and putting it in different money boxes. The children are loving continuing hydro and this week have done a great job of exploring cause and effect on the ipads.
Week beginning 28th March 2022
Our last week of the term has flown by! We are all tired and ready for the Easter break but have enjoyed lots again this week. We've done some fab mark making and letter work in phonics and in maths been exploring size! We've really loved our Attention Autism bucket times where we had to choose the umbrella we wanted to use from a tiny cocktail one, through to a giant golfing one!
Week beginning 14th March 2022
This week we have been enjoying exploring shapes in maths, with some of us working on more complex 2D shapes including pentagons, hexagons and octagons. We especially enjoyed the tuff spot with different shaped foods in, including tortillas, weetabix and hoops.
In our English we have moved onto the traditional tale - Hansel and Gretel.
This term we have really enjoyed going out in the community more with our weekly visits to the cafe and hydrotherapy. The children are doing an amazing job of transitioning to so many different places, and we could not be more proud of them.
Week beginning 21st January 2022
I think our first week of Magic Box has been a real hit. The children, who we thought would just be interested in the ipads, were MUCH more interested in the type writer! They loved it. We have also had our first visit to hydro this week and the children were amazing. So great to get back to doing all the things that they have missed out on, as well as getting out and about into the community. We are already looking forward to next week.
Spring 2 2022
This half term our topic is Magic Box - and each week in our magic box we will be exploring a variety of old objects and comparing them with new ones. For more information about the whole curriculum this half term, have a look at our map below.
Week beginning 24th January 2022
Well after a rather strange week with lots of our Bears suffering at home, it was great to have them all back together. We have been really enjoying our Attention Autism sessions at the minute, and engaging beautifully with the learning. Our focus in maths has been around colour and pattern and the children have done a brilliant job with this. Our 'Inspire me' topic continues and the children have loved looking at different superheros and what they can do, as well as thinking about their own achievements and things they can do by themselves. We've also been using technology to communicate, by pressing sound buttons to choose a snack. What a week!
Week beginning 17th January 2022
We have had quite the outbreak this week! Only two children still in school but hopefully the others will be on the mend and back in school soon. In maths we have been matching colours which we are really good at and mark making in English. We've also been practicing our signing of Mum alongside the story 'Mum' by Anthony Browne. I'd say one of the most popular acitvities this week has been taking selfies, even had some in from home. We are really looking forward to getting everyone well and back together ASAP. Those of you that are still poorly, we are wishing you a speedy recovery.
Week Beginning 5th January 2022
Welcome back! Only a half week back but the children have enjoyed getting straight on with our new topic Inspire Us! This week we have been looking at 2D shape in maths, Exploring different shaped food in the tuff spot and playing with different shape toys. The children really enjoyed our Attention Autism Bucket where we had shapes appear on folded kitchen roll once it was place on a plate of water. We started exploring police for our topic, practicing signing police and police car. I think we are going to really enjoy this one :) x
Spring Term 2022
Welcome back after the Festive period, hope you all had a joyful and restful one. This half term our topic is Inspire Us! and for the Explorers this will have a strong Superhero and Police theme. See Curriculum Map below for more info.
Week beginning 6th December
This week we have started to move our frozen Earth topic into a Christmas direction. In our English we have been enjoying the Brown Bear, Brown Bear story and then in our maths we have been looking at making groups of 1 and lots, and some of use have been making other groups of specific numbers to 10. We have really enjoyed making some marsh mellow snowmen this week. Check out the pics!
Week beginning 29th November
We are really enjoying our Frozen Earth and with all the snow this week, it has made our tuff spots extra exciting. We've practiced getting wrapped up warm for cold weather and also practiced being a post person - sending and delivering letters. We've also had a good look at printing, exploring paint using tools when creating.
Week Commencing 15th November 2021
We are really enjoying the start of our new topic Frozen Earth. The children are loving exploring the tuff spots, including playing with the igloos and Inuits and handling the different sensory materials. In maths the children have enjoyed comparing and matching objects, and in English we are really enjoying our phonics and recognising letters.
Week commencing 1st November 2021
Welcome back after a rather wet two weeks at home. We are excited to make a start on the second part of the Autumn Term with our new topic Frozen Earth. Lots of opportunities for exploring cold objects, cold weather and things we need in the cold such as hats. It will hopefully lead nicely into our Christmas Activities. A busy half term ahead with events such as Bonfire Night, Children in Need day, Remembrance and Diwali celebrations this week. Plenty to keep us out of mischief.
Week commencing 4th October 2021
This week the sun and warmth has been back and we have been making the most of being able to get outside. The children have really loved listening to and joining in with different number songs in maths, and are also really enjoying Dinosaur Roar in English, using symbols to get to know the story well. We tried to understand that all the dinosaurs have died but this was a very tricky concept, we were much better at choosing the dinosaurs that fly, swim and walk. We will be sad to come to the end of our Dinosaur Topic but are looking forward to getting stuck into Frozen Earth next half term.
Week commencing 27th September 2021
The weather has changed on us this week, and the Bears have not loved it. A few indoor plays have not been enjoyed but hopefully, once our waterproofs and wellies are in, we will be out in all weathers. We have got outside whenever we can and had some lovely movement and sensory circuits to help keeps us regulated. We are still enjoying our Dinosaurs topic and this week we have been thinking about the different places where dinosaurs lived ie the sea, land and sky.
Week Commencing 13th September 2021
This week we have continued with our Jump into the Jurassic theme. The children have done an amazing job at identifying different dinosaurs and different parts of the dinosaurs' (and their own) bodies.
We have been working on recognising numbers in maths and started to explore different poems and rhymes in 'Stomp Chomp Big Roars, here come the Dinosaurs'. The children are also really enjoying lots of relaxation everyday and TACPAC to help them be calm while we settle back into our school routines.
Week beginning 6th September 2021
This week we have been working on recognising numbers and the bears have been showing off all that they know. They've really been enjoying our carpet times using the Attention Bucket, and having a go at getting involved in our carpet times really well.
We have made the most of getting outside in the lovely weather, spending lots of time moving, mirroring and interacting together.
The children have painted a stegosaurus and made footprints with paint and the small worl dinosaurs. Its been a really great week, getting back together.
Welcome back Bears!
It's the start of a new school year in Bears Class and we are getting underway with our new Dinosaur topic - Jump into the Jurassic. Please see the Curriculum Overview above for more info about what we will be learning.
Hope you have all had a wonderful Summer
Week beginning Monday 12th July 2021
We are having a lovely time getting to know each other in Bears. This week we have started to focus on the Olympics and Karate. This children had a great experience watching and joining in with some Karate experience, check out the photos!
Our summer transition has begun and although there is only a slight change to children, there are several new staff, including myself as teacher, Mrs Austin. We also have the following TA's, Mrs Killeen, Mrs Baxter, Miss Yates, Ms Cheetham and Miss Hodgman. We have three weeks to get to know each other and develop our routines before the summer break, and our topics for this is the Olympics and we will be focusing on Karate and China, see overview for more information.
Bears class have enjoyed sports week, we started with climbing, delicious smoothie making and a fitness circuit outside. We have all loved our time exploring top yard too! All the pupils in Bears have had a look at all activities and been encouraged to do them. They have made some fruity flap jacks with Miss Yates, which were very healthy.
We have had pirate fun!!!
We have had great fun making pirate biscuits, captain's hooks and counting our treasure in maths!
In Maths we have been practicing putting our gold in and out of our treasure chest and counting out amounts of coins out to match our number cards.
In cooking the Bears have rolled out dough and cut out circle cookies, they have decorated with a bandana and eyes. We are going to enjoy eating them at snack time tomorrow.
Bears class are really enjoying the story of 'Pirates love underpants with Mrs Watson this week, its a sensory adventure which uses lots of props and the children love getting involved!
In math's we have been identifying big and small and ordering objects from the smallest to the biggest. The Bears have created some beautiful art work this week, they created waves of the sea where the pirates sail by using brush strokes in paint and foil. They then coloured fish and pirate boats, cut them out and added them to their sea scene. So proud of there beautiful creations!
Week beginning: 10.5.21
In our topic and design Technology lessons this week in Bears we have made some swash buckling cutlasses by wrapping them in tin foil and painting them. We have also made some tin foil boats and tested if they would float or sink with our little pirates on board.
Week beginning: 3.5.21
This week in maths the Bears are focusing on putting things in and taking them out. They are following instructions and identifying if items are in or out. We have had great fun this morning in the water!
Week beginning: 26.4.21
The Bears have been identifying big and small in maths this week identifying items, and grouping them together to match either the big or small symbol. The Bears have particularly enjoyed grouping big and small pirates, ships and gold!
Week beginning: 26.4.21
In Bears class this week we have made our own treasure chests for all our pirate treasure! The Bears used egg boxes which they decorated by painting them and covering in glitter.
Firefighter Ros and the Bears team Staying alive dance.
Firefighter Ros didn't want to leave us without showing us her special message dance..... why not join in at home? :-)
Disasters movement story.
Today, we have been very lucky to have a very special visitor 'Firefighter Ros'. She did a brilliant job of helping us look around the fire station and helping put out the house fire......
Bears class are really enjoying our new topic of disasters!
We have been exploring fire engines, we have made fires and put them out, dressed up as a fire fighter and made a class fire engine!
We have had use of our fabulous top yard which all of Bears class loved!!!
We have also decorated our classroom windows and classroom to celebrate the festive season.
Welcome all to Bears class!
We have made a great start back, we are all loving our space topic and the weather has been kind to us this week, so we have enjoyed some lessons outside! We have made some star biscuits, built rockets and started circuit training to be an astronaut.
Week ending 14th February 2020.
The last two weeks have passed by in a flash but we have had some fun. We are still on the topic of The Blue Abyss and we have been looking at the artic seas. We have looked at the animals that live in them and created art around them. We have had lots of sensory experiences with warm and cold and icy colours which has also helps us investigate liquids and solids. In cooking, we even got to make (and then eat) out own Marshmallow igloo and we have also practiced making sandwiches and wraps. In Maths, we have been practicing grouping, making groups of lots and groups of one and in English, we have been reading the wonderful book 'The Snail and the Whale' where we even got to make out own sparkly snail trails. We've had fun all round but are looking forward to our half term break.
We have had a lovely week in Darwin class, we have been talking about different types of weather and experiencing some rain and even snow during playtime on Wednesday!
The pupils have been sorting clothes you might wear in different types of weather.
During cooking this week the pupils have made some delicious cheese or ham wraps independently making choices of topping, grating cheese and rolling and enjoying!
Week ending 17th January 2020
Well we have returned from our Christmas break feeling fresh and have got straight back into the swing
We've welcomed our lovely, returning teacher into Darwin (Mrs Robinson) who is now working at the beginning of the week and Mrs Watson, working the latter.
We've been working really hard in Maths practicing our counting by putting counters into containers and taking them out. We have also done some fantastic work in English where we have got to meet 'The Singing Mermaid' and look at the book written by Julia Donaldson. And, we have done great job of practising our communication using symbols and learning signs that reflect our Topic.
Week ending 29th of November.
We have had a really fun two weeks. For maths, we had a week of practical maths were we made sandwiches and looked at the different fractions that we could cut it into. We also looked at how heavy things weighed using scales and played shop keeper whilst using money. We then went on a trip to the shop to buy something.
In English, we have been looking at stories and we began our sensory journey on the Polar express. On our moonlit journey, we get to be different characters, we travel through dark forests and over cold mountains. We try new snacks on the train and then at the end, we get to meet Santa.
For Topic, we have continued our journey of celebrations by looking at Thanks giving and Birthdays. We've had great fun, trying different foods and working out which we liked and which we didn't. We've made sensory art work whilst looking at textures and enjoyed lots of music making. We even celebrated one of the pupils birthdays this week and we had a little party which included a fun game of pass the parcel.
Week ending 15th November 2019
We've had a really great, fun two weeks since returning from our half term holiday. Our topic of celebration has given us lots of opportunity to try new things. So far, we have celebrated bonfire night where we made fruit fireworks with chocolate... yum! And we even made Miss Hallam's favourite Parkin. We have watched fireworks and then painted them and made our own firework music. We also looked at Remembrance and had our two minutes of thought. We painted poppies using pumpkins and baked poppy cookies.
Week ending 18th October 2019
The first half term is nearly over and we have had so much fun. We have all settled into our brand new classroom really well and enjoyed getting to know our new class.
This half term, we have been reading the hungry caterpillar. We have enjoyed watching the story (we especially like when the hungry caterpillar himself comes to visit) and have done really well at learning and matching food symbols to pictures. We have also learned about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
In Maths, we have done lots of work on our numbers and on shapes and patterns. We even tried making patterns in music.
During Topic, we have learnt about ourselves and our community. We looked the colour of our eyes and hair and made a collage of our faces. We also made gingerbread men and managed to identify the different body parts..... we especially enjoyed eating those! When looking at our community, we have looked at our families and identified the members in it and we have looked at people and places within the wider community around us. We managed to identify special buildings from our community and identify what we use them for.
Throughout, the half term we have had lots of sensory fun which has included us learning about different animals and the environments that they live it.
We are really looking forward to next half term!