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Rainbow Fish Class

Class Staff


Sue Cartwright

Teaching Assistants

  • Natasha Dumelow
  • Sophie Basharat
  • Hannah Szelagowski

Class Overview:

We would like to send a warm welcome to our pupils and their parents and carers of Rainbow Fish Class. The children will be working with Sue (Teacher) Sophie (TA) Tasha (TA) and Hannah (TA)

Rainbow Fish Class is a child centred class and we follow the children’s interest to encourage them to explore the different learning experiences we offer. We enjoy exploring inside and outdoors throughout the day. We explore the seven areas of learning, which are: -

Ø Communication and Language

Ø Physical Development

Ø Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Ø Literacy

Ø Maths

Ø Understanding of the World

Ø Expressive Arts & Design

In Rainbow Fish Class we use a total communication approach using symbols, signing and verbal interaction to support our pupils. We encourage the children to be inquisitive and explore using their senses and through practical and focussed activities.

Topic Summary:

A warm welcome to all our parents and their children. We hope you have had a fantastic summer.

In Rainbow Fish Class we explore the seven areas of learning – Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design. 2w12x

In ‘The Nest’ we will be using Makaton and picture symbols as we have a total communication environment.

This half term our topic is ‘All around us’ we will be exploring the books ‘Busy Park’, ‘Noisy Farm’, ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ and ‘The wheels on the bus’. We will be exploring the books through sensory experiences, and using our senses. We will be listening to songs and using musical instruments. In Maths we will be exploring number, handling a range of objects and listening to number rhymes. Children will be exploring different areas within in school including Soft Play with a focus on their physical development. They will also access the Sensory Room and Dark Room to take part in Attention Autism sessions, Intensive Interaction sessions and TAC PAC. In Art we will be getting creative and using different tools and materials - we will be getting messy! We will be using paint with our hands, paint brushes and sponges to create shapes and make marks.

We encourage you to become involved in your child’s learning, and love to see your pictures from home. Please add any photos or videos to your child’s portfolio on ClassDojo.

Outdoor learning:

We will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon in the school hall and on a Thursday morning in the MUGA.

This half term we will be continuing to develop our ball skills.

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind, please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions

General Notices:

  • Social money for the term is £6, this is for snack and learning experiences.
  • 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.
  • Please can you send wellies in and a water proof as we will be doing outdoor learning most days.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Coffee & Catch Up session - Tuesday 20th September (09:30 – 10:30)
  • Coffee & Catch Up session - Wednesday 12th October (13:15 – 14:15)
  • Half term – Friday 21st October 2022

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

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 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.