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Paddington Bear Class

Class Staff


Beth Rogers

Teaching Assistants

  • Norsheen Pervez
  • Vanessa Higgibottom
  • Kerry Brown

Class Overview

Paddington Bear class is a Phase 1 class comprising 10 pupils taught and supported by class teacher Beth and teaching assistants Kerry, Norsheen and Vanessa.  The pupils in Paddington Bear class are following the Discovery pathway of learning with our curriculum drivers of Communication, Independence and Community underpinning everything we do.  Pupils routinely access a range of therapies and interventions including TACPAC, Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction, sensory circuits and physiotherapy.  We enjoy learning in the classroom and in our outside area as well as across other outdoor spaces on the school site.

Topic Summary

Our topic this half term is ‘A Long Time Ago… Locally,’ our BIG QUESTION is ‘What remains of the Victorians near me?’ it is a History based topic, we will be learning:

  • English: we will be reading and exploring the Victorian tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ exploring the story of Goldilocks in the Three Bears house, especially the sizes. We will handle the book, looking at pictures and turning pages. We will continue to improve our writing skills through fine motor and gross motor development and begin to explore different tools and surface with which and onto which we can make marks.
  • Phonics: we will continue to develop our knowledge and skills in rhythm and rhyme, instrumental sounds, environmental sounds and vocal sounds through practical and sensory experiences.
  • Maths: in Number we will be exploring fractions and decimals, sharing and handling coins as well as place value through exploring, handling and experiencing 1 to 1 activities including in role-play situations and in cooking activities. In measurement we will explore time through routines and following simple now and next instructions for role-play and in cooking activities. In Geometry we will be exploring, handling and naming 2d shapes, we will group matching shapes and find shapes of different sizes.
  • Science: in science we will be learning about the human body – developing our awareness of ourselves in relation to others and beginning to recognise key facial and body features.
  • P.E.: P.E. will take place on Monday afternoon in the Multi-use Games Area (M.U.G.A) outside, weather permitting and on a Tuesday morning in the hall. Tuesday’s session will be based on Athletics, this half-term focusing on track and field – ‘throwing’ activities. Our Monday MUGA session will focus on getting active: running, skipping, jumping and so on.

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 clothing for the weather conditions, as well as sun cream and a hat if necessary.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Paddington Bear ‘Cake & craft’ – Thursday 22nd June at 1:15pm
  • Family Tea Party – Friday 1st July – 1:15-2:20pm
  • Parent Workshop focused on Intensive Interaction – 5th July at 9.30am
  • Sports Day – Thursday 7th July
  • End of Year Awards – Wednesday 20th July, invitation only
  • Pupil’s Break up for Summer Term – Thursday 21st July

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

If you are learning from home, complete the Remote Home Learning Activities and upload photos and videos for feedback on Class Dojo.

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.