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Handa's Surprise Class

Class Staff


Nicol Hutley

Teaching Assistants

  • Tina Carr
  • Amber Newbold-Cartlidge

Class Overview

Handa’s surprise is a class of 7 pupils all having a diagnosis of ASD. All of our pupils enjoy engaging and motivating learning tasks delivered always in a sensory and fun way. Within the classroom we use music cues to help the pupils to familiarise themselves with the routines of the day. As a class we enjoy singing hands, physical maths, outdoor learning, sensory circuits and opportunities to experience different cultures

Topic Summary

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely break. Nicol Tina Gabi Class Teacher Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant This half term our topic is “Meet the explorers” during which we will answer key questions regarding travel and exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic.

In English we will be learning through non-fiction texts about great explorers and the Arctic. We will also be identifying and using features such as photos, diagrams and captions for information.

In Maths we are initially learning about fractions. The children will be making halves and quarters of objects physically. Later in the half term we will be learning about weight. Children will be using terms heavy and light to compare weight of different objects. We will also use non-standard measurements to weigh classroom objects. Our

Science area of learning this half term is ‘space’. We will be thinking about what we can see in the night sky and explore the orbit of planets around the sun and the impact this has on earth. A space dome experience will be coming into school, where the children will be able to watch an interactive science show all about the solar system.

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.

PE sessions will take place on a Thursday afternoon. This term we will be focusing on gymnastics. We will be practicing different actions and learning how to sequence them. We will also be learning to jump from familiar gym equipment. Please ensure a PE kit is sent into school ready for this session.

General Notices

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to begin cooking and provide daily snack. This is especially important as morning snack time is a great communication opportunity.

Key notices: As the weather begins to change please make sure you send your child in appropriate clothing, during the winter months the windows will still be open to ensure plenty of ventilation so please make sure your child has a jumper/cardigan that can be put on if it becomes chilly.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Week beginning 24.01.22 SEND plan review meetings (information to follow)
  • Tuesday 01.02.22 Behaviour Workshop
  • Wednesday 09.02.22 Family homework
  • Friday 18.02.22 Last day of school
  • Tuesday 01.03.22 School begins again


Home / School Communication

How you can support learning at home:

Encourage your child to read a range of texts. Play phonic games on phase 2 letters and sounds website. Complete tasks set through ‘Family Homework’. I have set some work on purple mash which is linked to what we are learning in class, if you have any problems logging on, please let me know. Keep looking at DOJO for lots of fun activities.

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.