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Hungry Caterpillar Class

Class Staff


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 ‘A long time ago…locally’.

In English we will be reading, listening to and engaging in our sensory story ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ written in Victorian times and exploring Victorian transport through ‘The Magic Train Ride’. We will be listening to different sounds in the stories such as oat shakers and train sounds as well as using sensory props such as porridge and bears all in sequence. We will explore mark making using porridge oats and rolling trains. Songs and rhymes related to story such as ‘when Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’ will be engaged with using sensory props and massage actions (counting 1, 2, 3 by touching each finger).

In Maths, we will be exploring money through sensory rhymes and rolling coins etc, trains in different positions and exploring different sized 2D shapes.

In Science, we will be exploring the different textures and temperatures of porridge as well as knowing different parts of the body through a range of sensory activities such as hand and foot printing.

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: 

  • 22nd June – Family Homework
  • 1st July – Tea Party
  • 5th July – Family Workshop

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.


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.