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Hungry Caterpillar Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Emily Deacon

Teaching Assistants

  • Nathan Jones
  • Georgina Gadsby
  • Tia Barker-Hall
  • Yasmin Karim (Mon, Thurs, Fri)
  • Janet Sutton (Tues, Wed)
  • Natasha Whitehouse

Class Overview

Hungry Caterpillars is a Phase 1 Class comprising of 6 pupils. The pupils in Hungry Caterpillars class are following the Discovery Pathway of learning and have access to continuous provision and adult led activities. We love being outdoors and take part in lots of Outdoor Learning including Forest Schools and exploring our school community and wider community to support our Holistic development. Pupils routinely access a range of therapies and interventions including: TACPAC, Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction, Sensory Circuits and Communication interventions.'

Topic Summary

Welcome back to Hungry Caterpillar Class. This half term our topic is ‘Meet the Explorers’ and we will be exploring Space and expeditions to the moon. In English we will be reading, listening to and engaging in our sensory story ‘Moon Landing’. We will be listening to different sounds such as rocket launches and exploring lots of different space related activities. We will explore mark making through rocket flying up and down arm movements as well as moving our hands round and round the moon in foam and using a range of tools. Songs and rhymes related to Space such as ‘zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon’ and ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ will be engaged with using sensory props and massage actions (e.g. circle on their palm for ‘moon’).

In Maths, we will be learning about measurement through sensory physical and sensory activities such as big and small footprints in moon dust, heavy and light planets. In Science, we will be exploring Earth and Space` through sensory stories such as ‘Whatever Next!’ as well as physical and sensory exploration such as making our own planets. To explore D&T and History we will make our own rockets using a range of materials including clothing astronauts use and materials found on Earth and in Space (through sensory malleables).

Outdoor learning

1) 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, as well as sun cream and a hat if necessary.

General Notices

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to cook and provide daily snack.

Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school, as well as any nappies or pull ups they may need. We will let you know when we run out.

We always participate in outdoor learning, whatever the weather, so can you please send a pair of wellington boots your child can keep at school.  As well as a hat and gloves when necessary, or indeed sun-cream and a hat.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include: 

  • Dates to soon to be added.

Home / School Communication

Promote communication & independence appropriate to the level of your child, this may include the use of signs, symbols or spoken communication, feeding themselves, putting on their own coat & shoes.

Please see Family Homework sheet for specific topic related homework

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.