Paddington Bear Class
(Wednesday - Friday)
- Vanessa Higginbottom
- Norsheen Pervez
Paddington Bear class is a ‘Hollow’ class comprising 7 pupils taught and supported by class teachers Beth & Kelly and teaching assistants Norsheen and Nessa. 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.
Our topic this half term is ‘All Around the World,’ it is a Geography themed topic with a focus on different geographical features in our local area, we will be learning:
- English: we will be listen to stories including Paddington Bear and Julia Donaldson’s Who’s in the Farm, exploring the stories in a sensory way as well as handling books, 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 tolls 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 Maths we will be exploring place value in number, developing our understanding of 1 and more than 1 as well as ordering numbers. In Measurement we will be discovering our understanding of time though routines and structures of the day. In Geometry we will be discovering the language of length, long and short through practical activities.
- Science: in science we will be learning about materials, exploring rocks and spils in a variety of sensory and practical situations.
- Geography: we will be learning about and exploring our immediate environment in the school grounds as well as exploring different means of transport.
- 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 Wednesday morning in the hall. Wednesday’s session will be based on Athletics which is our P.E. focus this half-term. We will be developing our skills of throwing, catching, rolling and competing in running/walking/crawling races. Our Monday MUGA session will focus on getting active: running, skipping, jumping and so on.
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:
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
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.
There is normally member of the class team available to speak to you 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.