The class teachers in Octopus Class are Chloe Thwaites, Zoe Ridpath and Sophie Milner-Smith (from January onwards), who are supported by a team of 5 wonderful Teaching Assistants; Di, Clare, Nia, Pauline and Amanda.
In our classroom we support the children to work on their communication and social skills through independent learning sessions, as well as during playtime and on our weekly class trips. We also follow an Attention Autism programme, which is an exciting daily group activity that helps the children to develop their attention, concentration and language skills, as well as their own love for learning!
The children access directed learning tasks with 1:1 support at their work stations, and take part in group activities at the central table. Our class is set up quite differently to others in the school and our additional room is an “Active Room” where we can have physical activities before returning to our calm and quiet classroom. Our aim is to create an environment that empowers children, makes them feel safe and develops their fascination for learning!
Our topic this term is “Yum Yum” offering opportunities for us to explore different foods, with links to farm visits and tasting, touching and looking at a variety of fruit and vegetables!