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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

This half term our topic is ‘A long, long time ago … locally?’. Our learning will centre on the Romans.

In English we will initially be reading the traditional Roman tale ‘Romulus and Remus’. The children have been enjoying exploring the story events already. We will be considering the emotions of characters in different parts of the story.

In Maths we are learning about money. Children will be working on exchanging money for items as part of roleplay. They will also be identifying and sorting different coins to make amounts shown on price tags. Later we will developing our understanding of pattern, making them with different objects/shapes and colours.

In science we are learning about the human body. We are learning about the components of a healthy lifestyle such as exercise, having a balanced diet and the importance of sleep as well as looking at the human life cycle.

In history we are focusing on learning about the Romans. We are role playing different traditional Roman outfits, exploring old and new buildings and what the Romans did for us.

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: It is beginning to warm up a bit, please make sure you send your child in suitable clothing.

During this half term we will be horse riding on Thursday mornings, please make sure children’s legs are covered.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Tea party – 29th June
  • Transition days – 6th + 13th July
  • Y6 transition – Friday
  • 17th June Sports day – 7th July


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.