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Welcome to Blue Class!

 

In Blue Class there are 9 children, 3 girls and 6 boys.  

We have a teacher and 4 assistants to help us learn.

 

We are a very sociable and energetic class who love to learn through exploring. In our class we work very hard and at a fast pace, so we might come home very tired. We use signs and symbols to help us communicate and visual supports to help with structures in our school routine, appropriate behaviour, dealing with our emotions and remembering information.

In our school day we work hard on our curriculum targets as well as using the SCERTS approach which helps us with our Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports. 

We are also working very hard on play skills, social skills and independent skills.

 

 

 

Our timetable for the Autumn Term

Our Theme - Habitats (1st half - local habitats)

Our summer term topic is Habitats!

We will be exploring lots of activities linked to habitats and we are hoping the Summer weather will be kind enough to us for us to be able to explore different local habitats.

 

In Communcation, Language and Literacy (CLL) we doing lots of story writing and poetry linked to habitats. We will also be working hard on our handwriting by labelling different animals and their habitats. 

Some of the books we will be exploring this term will include Owl babies, WOW said the owl, The very hungry caterpillar, The Gruffalo and We're going on a bear hunt.

 

In maths we will be doing lots of matching and sorting as well as measuring. We will also be having a focus on time and sequencing.

 

As part of our Physical education we will be focusing on athletics and team games. We will be working in small groups to participate in lots of different athletic games. As part of our P.E sessions we encourage all the children to independently get themselves dressed into their P.E kits.

 

We will be exploring our creative sides with lots of Art, Music and Drama sessions where we will be trying Yoga, making musical instruments and creating art linked to our habitat theme.

 

In Personal development we will be looking at the importance of looking after animals habitats and looking at the basic needs for our animals to survive. We will also be looking at what appropriate clothing we will need for different habitats and what equipment we would need.

 

In our World we will be covering Science, Geography and Languages where we will be looking at life cycles, making habitats and orienteering.

 

 

We are hoping to develop some of our skills whilst out in the community and will hopefully be visiting Holly Lodge, Reigate priory and have visitors come in to visit us too.

 

 

 

Please have a look at our class planner to get a better idea of some of the activities we have planned for this term.

Home Learning Suggestions

  • Go for a walk in the local community - take a camera to take lots of pictures of the different habitats you see on the way.
  • Watch a tv programme or film linked to habitats - bugs life, mr bloom, Deadly 60 - can the children answer questions about what they have seen?
  • Talk about what animals need to survive - if you have pets at home maybe the children can help with feeding them and discussing what they need to stay healthy e.g. water, food etc
  • Maybe have a trip to a zoo or the local pet shop
  • Visit your local library - can you find a book linked to habitats
  • Go on a mini beast trail

 

See the link below for more home learning ideas. We would love to see how you get on with these ideas - send some pictures through the home/school books or through our class e-mail address.

Sports day: The children and their families had a lovely sports morning. The children were very good at waiting their turns and cheering on their teams especially in the heat. Well done blue class and to the winning green team.

ARTS WEEK

This week as part of arts week we have been exploring different continents each day. The children have loved enjoying, experiencing and exploring the daily activities.

On Monday we visited France where the children learnt a few French words including Bonjour, Au revoir, le but, donner un coup and ballon. We talked about famous landmarks in France and some of the children shared their own experiences of when they had been to visit France. We made the Eiffel tower out of giant bricks, decorated French biscuits, had our own version of Tour de France, and ate croissants

On Tuesday we visited Australia and the children put on their best Australian accents to say greetings to their friends. We made boomerangs, made aboriginal dot painting, played digeridoos, we also looked at what animals may live in Australia. We were very fortunate to be able to have our very own balloon animal making session with John who made some fantastic Australian balloon animals as well as a few magic tricks which the children loved

Wednesday we had a lovely day in Africa - we made animal pictures, went swimming, played on the bouncy castle and went on an African safari We also made fruit kebabs. Teresa also did a special dance workshop which the children really enjoyed dancing and playing along to the music.

On Thursday we visited Antarctica - it was very cold. We talked about what animals we may find in a country like this and discussed how they could survive such cold weather. We explored lots of cold things including some snow (that Lisa has been keeping in the freezer from our snowy spell). We also watched ice age and enjoyed some ice cream.

On Friday we explored America and what a brilliant and exciting day we had. We made dream catchers, enjoyed waffles for snack time and went on our very own rollercoaster simulator and a special sensory story with Ruth. We also had a special Mardi Gras session with Kwaku.

Week commencing 2nd July: This week we have been learning all about beach habitats linked to the book Sharing Shell by the author Julian Donaldson. At the start of the week we put together a sensory story which all the children participated in. We have also practiced doing lots of sharing with our peers. On Wednesday we went to the beach to explore beach habitats and had lots of fun too. We also collected shells to decorate later on in the week.

Moving up morning: We had a great moving up morning which gave the new children a chance to come in and meet the children and staff in blue class. We read a sensory story about sharing shells which is linked to our theme. We explored rock pool and and made hermit crabs.

Week commencing 24th June: This week we have been very hands on with our habitat topic. We had Zoo Lab come in to visit and the children were very brave. The children got the opportunity to hold and touch a millipede, snake, tortoise and a snail. We learnt a lot of interesting facts like a millipiede doesnt have eyes and snails have teeth on their tongues. The children were fascinated and asked lots of brilliant questions.

Week commencing 17th June: This week we have been exploring our new sensory garden and searching for habitats

Week commencing 10th June: This week we have been continuing our topic work of habitats. On Tuesday we helped the volunteers from Santandar paint bird boxes and on friday we went on a nature walk. We have also been working really hard developing our physical skills in PE. We are learning to use P.E equipment appropriately and working on team game skills.

Wc commencing 4th June: We have had a very busy week this week. The children have enjoyed our introduction to our next theme which is Habitats. We went into the garden to look at habitats that we may find in a garden. We used magnifying glasses to explore and enjoyed using our new class camera we brought from the money FOBS raised. The children also enjoyed making minibeasts as part of their stage 4 bucket group to make a display. The children were particularly curious when making ant hills and asked lots of questions. In maths we played snakes and ladders and the children were brilliant at counting and turn taking.

Week commencing 21st May: We have been busy preparing for our royal wedding. The children really enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding on the smartboard and were able to ask and answer relevant questions as well as identify specific things. We have also been very creative this week making bunting and table decorations for our Royal Wedding. Blue class had an extra special job to decorate the wedding cake - they did a super job!

Week commencing 14th May: The children in Blue class have thoroughly enjoyed our focus on Fire fighters this week. We have been looking at the letter "F" in our phonics sessions and doing lots of number work. We have also been role playing fire fighter scenarios and enjoyed having Reigate fire brigade come in for a visit.

Week commencing 7th May: This week the children have been looking at people who help us in our community: Doctors and nurses. They have really enjoyed role playing in our doctors surgery that we set up and took turns to do different scenarios. It was really great to see the children use their imaginations and lots of fun was had. The children also attempted to name different parts of their bodies making their own body maps. We looked at why it is important to look after our bodies and to eat healthy and keep fit. In maths we have been looking at shapes and counting. In English the children have been working hard with their phonics and handwriting. We have also been developing our social skills by playing team games such as 'what's the time Mr Wolf'.

Week commencing 30th April 2018: This week we have continued to look at our recycling topic. We have looked at why it is so important to re-use plastic and explored different ways we can recycle our every day waste items. We also have been looking at how we can celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding and have been designing invitations for our very own 'Royal Wedding'.

Week commencing 23rd April. This week we have been looking how we can look after our community. We have been looking at recycling and how we can keep our community clean and tidy. The children have been brilliant at picking up rubbish in the sensory garden with the litter pickers and sorting the rubbish into categories. We have also opened up our snack shop and drink and snack time where the children have to practice paying for their drink and snacks. This also incorporates lots of life skills including communication skills, lining up and understanding the concept of shopping.

Week commencing: 16th April 2018.

 

What a busy week we have had for our first week back after the holidays.

This week we have been looking at people who help us in our community - dentists. The children have really enjoyed this and have been so eager to learn new things. We have been counting teeth in maths and making playdough teeth. In DT the children have made tooth fairy cushions which the children carefully sewed together. They all spent such long time concentrating on this and the results are brilliant.

 

We have also started stage 4 of Attention Autism bucket group. At this stage the aim is for the children to shift and re-engage their attention. The adult models a simple task and the children then goes off and completes the same task before returning. The children were all super stars with this and eagerly carried their finished tasks to me with pride. Well done Blue class.

 

We have also introduced the children to Read Write Inc. The children have really adapted well to this programme and are all so eager to do their phonics groups each day. 

 

Lastly, some of the children today took part in the Santander Road show and were brilliant singing and signing to the staff of Santander.

 

Well done Blue class

Week commencing: 26th April. This week we have been looking at local churches and how and why we celebrate Easter. We have been doing lots of arts and crafts and of course had an easter egg hunt. We were also delighted to receive an invitation from our friends in green class to join them for an Easter party..... We practiced our computer skills by "e-mailing" them our replies - we had so much fun :)

Week commencing 19th March: We have been super busy this week in Blue class. Our focus this week has been people who help us; police. The children have really enjoyed looking at what the police service do to help us. We have tried on police uniform and role played scenarios, used our detective skills by exploring our senses and made patterns with our finger prints. We also made magnifying glasses from different coloured cellophane. The children have also worked really hard on their scissor skills this week making police cars and cutting out disguises. One of the highlights of the week has been how well the children have been with their problem solving skills. Well done to Hollie our Blue class star of the week for her fantastic communication skills she has been verbally communicating brilliantly and using lots of new signs.

Week commencing 12th March: This week we have been looking at local supermarkets. The children enjoyed role playing supermarkets and very carefully made shopping lists. Unfortunately we did not get to visit a supermarket but the children were delighted when the items from their shopping lists arrived and they could make their sandwiches. We also explored colours and what happens when we mix colours. We did this by making coloured toast.

Week commencing 26th February: This week we have been looking at people who help us with a focus on postal workers. We looked at what they do and the journey of a letter. We also wrote a letter home but unfortunately due to the weather so we have had to postpone a walk to the postbox. We also made a post office out of a huge box which the children are very excited about using as part of role play.

Week commencing 19th February: As part of our community topic we have been looking at our school community. We explored different areas of our school and looked at how we could make them better. We also looked at people in our school community and baked cakes and made cards to say thank you.

Exploring our new 'Castle' as part of our topic work

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us then please email using the email address below.

blueclass@brooklands.surrey.sch.uk

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