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Hungry Caterpillar Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Emily Deacon

Teaching Assistants

  • Alex Quenby
  • Natasha Whitehouse
  • Shelby Corpe

Class Overview:

Welcome to Hungry Caterpillar Class, a class based in The Hollow taught by Emily Deacon (Class Teacher), Natasha Whitehouse-Brumby, Alex Quenby and Shelby Corpe (Teaching Assistants). We are a total communication classroom and we work on and use different ways to communicate throughout each day (e.g. Makaton, sealed pots symbols and gestures). Following the Discover pathway of the curriculum, we will engage in sensory based learning and love to get messy with our learning activities such as: mark making in foam, water play, edible experiences and sensory stories. We will follow our structured daily routines and timetable for teaching and learning with transitions supported by objects of reference, music cues and symbols/pictures specific to the children's needs. We also routinely access interventions such as TAC PAC which supports sensory communication as well as attention autism, intensive interaction and sensory circuits. We love outdoor learning, getting messy in the outdoors (there’s no such thing as unsuitable weather!) and exploring our school and wider community. 

Topic Summary:

Welcome back! We hope you had a lot of fun over the summer break.

This half term our topic is ‘All Around the World’ during which we explore the local Derbyshire Dales! In English we will exploring nursery rhymes, including ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’, ‘A Sailor went to Sea’ and a book called ‘Rosie’s Glasses’ we will be handling sensory props and exploring our senses (touch, look, taste, smell, listen) related to each book/theme.

For phonics, we will be focusing on environmental and instrumental sounds with some children accessing Set 1 sounds of the Read, Write, Inc programme, encouraging the children to sound out and recognise the sounds. Alongside this, we will be developing our writing skills through write dance, dough disco and squiggle using sensory malleable materials.

In Maths, the children will be exploring number, this will include looking at numbers within the environment, practicing counting through handling sensory props linked to our number rhymes. In measurement, we will explore time through routines and following simple now and next instructions for role-play and sensory cooking activities. We will also be exploring various lengths (long and short) by handling various objects through sensory experiences.

In Geography, we will be exploring our own community, including familiar places to visit in school and progressing onto exploring Derbyshire through sensory role play experiences. We aim to have a class school trip to visit Foremark reservoir at the end of the term.

In science, we will be exploring man made materials through sensory and practical experiences and then creating our own reservoir. As part of our creative curriculum, we will be exploring different textures and colours in Art and creating collages.

In PE this half term, we will be focusing on ball games, with children developing skills on rolling, stopping, watching/following where the ball goes and throwing the ball.

General Notices:

Social fund contribution - We would really appreciate it if you could send a social fund contribution of £6 into school. This pays for a daily snack for the children at break time.

Clothing and Sun cream - As the weather is becoming colder, could you please provide your child with a waterproof coat, wellies and any other appropriate clothing to correspond with the weather conditions as we love to learn outdoors. Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include: 

  • Bank Holiday – Monday 19th September 2022
  • Break up- Friday 21st October 2022

Home / School Communication:

Please see the homework sheet which is sent out every half term. Sharing books together on a daily basis will support their reading skills and encourage a love of reading. Singing number rhymes and nursery rhymes also really helps children learn numbers and words. Please continue to use Dojo to keep in contact with school. We appreciate your messages-especially photos from home which the children can share with staff and their peers. If you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

Class Dojo

Day-to-day home-school communication will be through 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.