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Dinosaur Roar Class

Class Staff


 Naomi Smyth

(Mon - Tue)

Kelly MacArthur

(Wed - Friday)


Teaching Assistants

  • Chloe Hassall
  • Natalia Balser
  • Olivia Radford

Class Overview

Dinosaur Roar is a class of 7 pupils all having a diagnosis of ASD.

We learn in a sensory way and enjoys lots of physical breaks throughout the day. Music cues are used to help familiarise pupils with routines and communication work threads through all activities.

We focus heavily on social skills and independence. It’s a vibrant class who enjoy quiet sensory times as well as engaging and motivating learning tasks.

Topic Summary

  • In Maths, children will explore 2D shapes focusing on circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. They will try to complete shape inset puzzles. Children will have a try at drawing a rough circle shape. We will also discuss ‘big’ and ‘small’ and the children will handle big and small items. Some will then go onto sort objects into ‘big’ and ‘small’. The children will be exposed to the numbers 0-10 regularly in class and we will continue to sing number songs and encourage counting.

  • In English, children will listen to nursery rhymes. They will be encouraged to join in with the actions and anticipate the actions once they are familiar with each rhyme. The children will try to make marks on paper using pens, paint, crayons, chalk etc. Children will look at books during the daily reading experience. They will be encouraged to turn the pages by themselves, hold the book the correct way up and examine pictures in books. We will talk about the emotions of ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ and children will be asked if the characters in a book are happy/sad.

  •  In Science, the children will be encouraged to recognise a photograph of themselves and select their own photo from a choice of two. They will look in a mirror to examine themselves and their features. We hope they will also begin to recognise a photograph of someone familiar. For example a photo of a staff member or their friend. We will discuss features e.g. eyes, nose, mouth, hair.

  • In History, children will look at photos of the Queen and other key members of the Royal Family. We will make our own crowns and then wear them to role play being a King. We will look at story books with a Royal link like ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. We will listen to the rhyme ‘Old King Cole’ and ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’. We will practice marching for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ rhyme.

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

  • Please can you ensure your child has labelled sun cream and a sun hat in school now the weather is getting warmer. Thank you to those that have sent.

  • Social money for snack and trips is £6 donation each half term.

  • Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child gets wet or soiled. Thanks


Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Family Workshop – Wednesday 30th June 2021
  • Year 6 Leavers Phase 1 & The Hive - Monday 19th July 2021
  • Year 6 Leavers Phase 2 - Tuesday 20th July 2021
  • Inset Day – Thursday 22nd July 2021

Home / School Communication

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to 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.