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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

Happy New Year! Our topic this half term is ‘Meet the Explorers,’ our BIG QUESTION is ‘What was Space Like for Neil Armstrong? it is a History based topic, we will be learning:

  • English: we will be reading and exploring a fiction book called ‘Moon Landing’ exploring the story of the Apollo 11 mission in a sensory way as well as handling book, looking at pictures and turning pages. We will watch videos of the rocket launch and the landing on the moon 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 through exploring, handling and experiencing half and whole in sensory tactile learning activities. In measurement we will explore mass and area through handling heavy and light objects and big and small objects, these will be linked to the topic and sensory based activities will be themed around the planets and solar system. In Geometry we will be learning object permanence through sensory learning such as role playing a rocket taking off.
  •  Science: in science we will be learning about Earth and Space through exploring night and day including stars and the moon as well as exploring different sensory representations of the planets in the solar system
  • History: in History we will be learning about the story of the moon landing through handling historical artefacts and watching videos, looking at old photographs, and handling sensory objects linked to the moon landing
  • 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 Gymnastics, this half-term focusing on single body movements including stretching up with hands above our heads, bending our knees and beginning to make jumping motions. 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:

  • SEND Plan, Do, Review week – w.c. Monday 24th January (more details to follow)
  • Chinese New Year – Tuesday 1st February
  • Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 8th February
  • Principal’s Awards – Friday 18th February, invitation only
  • Pupil’s Break up for February Half Term – Friday 18th February
  • Inset day for pupils - Monday 28th February

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.