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Dinosaur Roar Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

 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

Our topic this term is: ‘Christians in the Community’

  • within this theme we will be learning about Christian Values such as helping people, friendship and understanding our feelings. We will discover what is special for Christians; the Church, prayer, songs and celebrations. This will then link in with the lead up to Christmas with lots of music and art projects.

  • In maths we will be thinking about addition and subtraction by removing and adding objects of interest, playing hide and seek with objects and grouping then. We will be sorting objects by colour and size and we will start to understand the value of money and role play with coins. We will continue singing and signing to our favourite number rhymes, focusing on the sequence of numbers 1-5.

  • In English we will be using and developing our fine motor skills during activities and experience a range of large physical movements to prepare us for mark making and early writing. Phonics will incorporate listening, turn taking vocal games and the exploration of percussion, instrumental and environmental sounds during sessions. Sound words to describe noises will form keywords and symbols to learn e.g Splash, Woosh etc. Quality engagement, focus, attention and interaction will be worked on using individualised motivational learning strategies. A love for reading will be encouraged and texts of all types used with props and dressing up during sensory story time. Focus stories will include some traditional Bible stories and values.

  • In Science we will learn about Light and Sound, exploring and interacting with a range of light sources. This will take place in the dark and sensory rooms as well as in the class room.

  • In Music we will be learning some traditional Christian songs and Christmas songs. We will explore a range of instruments.

  • As always we have a big emphasis on developing our sensory regulation, communicative skills and social development.

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:

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.

Telephone

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.