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Dinosaur Roar Class

Class Staff


 Jackie Bladon

Teaching Assistants

  • Natalia Balser
  • Lyn Scholes
  • Charlotte Newton

Class Overview:

Welcome to Dinosaur Roar Class, we are based in the Hollow taught by Jackie Bladon (Class Teacher), Linda Scholes, Natalia Balser and Charlotte Newton (Teaching Assistants). We are a total communication classroom and use different ways for the children to use their ‘voice’ and to communicate their wants and needs throughout the day. This includes the use of symbols in and around the classroom provision, for snack time and for the daily timetable/routine, as well as using Makaton and gestures.

Following primarily the Discovery pathway of the curriculum, the children will be learning through provisional based activities set out daily, this includes having open access to our own outdoor classroom area. We will engage in daily sensory based learning experiences including write dance, squiggle (including mark making in foam/rice etc...), dough disco and water play. We will be exploring sensory stories based on the topic, using objects of reference and items related to the five senses to help bring the story to life. We will also have regular access to the Sensory room, Dark Room, Soft play and Top Garden to develop social, emotional, sensory and physical needs.

We follow a structures daily routine and timetable for teaching and learning with transitions supported by music cues, symbols/pictures specific to individual needs as well as a Now and Next board. We also routinely access interventions including TAC PAC, Intensive Interaction and Attention Autism which supports sensory communication. We enjoy learning in Dinosaur Roar Class! 

Topic Summary:

Welcome back! We hope you had a lot of fun over the summer break. This half term our topic is ‘All Around the World’ during which we explore the local Derbyshire Dales!

In English we will exploring nursery rhymes, including ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’, ‘A Sailor went to Sea’ and a book called ‘Rosie’s Glasses’ we will be handling sensory props and exploring our senses (touch, look, taste, smell, listen) related to each book/theme. For phonics, we will be focusing on environmental and instrumental sounds with some children accessing Set 1 sounds of the Read, Write, Inc programme, encouraging the children to sound out and recognise the sounds. Alongside this, we will be developing our writing skills through write dance, dough disco and squiggle using sensory malleable materials.

In Maths, the children will be exploring number, this will include exposure to number within the environment, practicing counting with one-to-one correspondence and using numicon and physical objects. In measurement we will explore time through routines and following simple now and next instructions for role-play and in cooking activities. We will also be exploring various lengths (long and short) by handling various objects through sensory experiences.

In Geography, we will be exploring our own community, including familiar places to visit in school and progressing onto exploring Derbyshire through sensory role play experiences. We aim to have a class school trip to visit Foremark reservoir at the end of the term.

In science, we will be exploring natural materials through sensory and practical experiences and then creating our own reservoir. As part of our creative curriculum, we will be exploring different textures and colours in Art and creating collages.

In PE this half term, we will be focusing on ball games, with children developing skills on rolling, stopping, watching/following where the ball goes and throwing the ball. As part of our enrichment curriculum, we will also be accessing weekly horse-riding sessions this half term on a Thursday morning.

Outdoor learning:

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind if possible please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions.

General Notices:

Social fund contribution - We would really appreciate it if you could send a social fund contribution of £6 into school. This pays for a daily snack for the children at break time.

Clothing and Sun cream - As the weather is becoming colder, could you please provide your child with a waterproof coat, wellies and any other appropriate clothing to correspond with the weather conditions. Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Bank Holiday – Monday 19th September 2022
  • Break up- Friday 21st October 2022

Home / School Communication:

Please see the homework sheet which is sent out every half term. Sharing books together on a daily basis will support their reading skills and encourage a love of reading. Singing number rhymes and nursery rhymes also really helps children learn numbers and words. Please continue to use Dojo to keep in contact with school. We appreciate your messages-especially photos from home which the children can share with staff and their peers. If you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

Class Dojo

Day-to-day home-school communication will be through Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.