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Rainbow Fish Class

Class Staff


Sue Cartwright

(Mon - Wed)

Ruth Thalmann

(Thus - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Sophie Basharat
  • Tanya Lillie
  • Natasha Dumelow

Class Overview

Welcome to Rainbow Fish Class. We have 10 pupils who are taught and supported by Sue Ruth, Mel and Ellie. We operate as an Early Years class, whilst working on the Discovery and Developing Pathways to meet our pupil’s needs. Our class, provides the pupils the opportunity to access their learning through adult led activities, continuous provision, and child-initiated learning. This gives the pupils to explore, build and refine their skills and knowledge through independent and adult-led tasks that encourages them to play, explore, be creative, be active and become critical thinkers. An important part of our learning takes place outdoors, both in the school environment and at Forest School. All pupils participate in targeted interventions, including Attention Autism, TACPAC and Intensive Interaction. Rainbow Fish Class is a creative learning environment where our pupils gain confidence, independence, skills and knowledge.

Topic Summary

 Welcome back to school! We hope you have all had a fantastic half term break. We have had a very unusual school year and the children have coped very well. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone!

This term our topic is ‘People in the Past & The Royals”. We will be linking our learning round the books “Zog” and “Zog and the Flying Doctors” as these stories are linked to a Prince and a Princess.

We will be looking at who lives in a castle and creating our own castle, using junk modelling! We will be designing and making crowns so that we can be a Prince or a Princess.

In Maths we will be focusing on halves and whole ones. We will be cutting playdough and paper into 2. We will also be sharing food between 2 or more people so that they get the same amount. We will also look at ordering objects by size and sorting objects by shape, size and colour. We will also look at what shapes we need to make a crown.

Our Science learning will focus on the growing plants, we will plants beans and watch them grow, recording their progress. As part of our “Zog and the Flying Doctors” book, we will look at how a doctor takes care of us and naming parts of our bodies.

All of our learning will be cross curricular and child initiated learning is an important part of our curriculum, where the children will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in practical and creative ways.

Outdoor learning

We will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon in the school hall and on a Wednesday afternoon in the MUGA. This half term we will be developing our ball skills, through rolling, catching, throwing and retrieving the ball.

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.

General Notices

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to cook and provide daily snack.

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:

  • 26th April: Maths Enrichment Week

  • 26th April: SEND Reviews

  • Monday 3rd May: School closed May Bank HolidayFriday

  • 28th May: School breaks up for May half term

Home / School Communication

How you can support learning at home:

Please see upcoming Family Homework. In addition we want to develop the children’s independence so please encourage this at home too.

Please keep in touch using Class Dojo and if you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

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.