Squirrels is an upper primary class with 12 children in it. Janetta is the class teacher who is ably assisted by Sam, Kelly, Sarah and Chloe. This term we have P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon, Rebound therapy on a Tuesday afternoon and a trip out on a Monday morning. Every Tuesday afternoon, the children will also have access to the library, where they can choose a book to take home and share with their adults at home.
During the children’s school day they are encouraged to use their independence, social and academic skills in a variety of ways. Squirrels are also taught maths and literacy skills, as well as other subjects on the National Curriculum which encourage the children to learn whilst keeping them engaged. Learning takes place inside the class room, outside, in the library, ICT suite and other sites in and around the school and in the wider community.
Throughout the day, the children access independent learning activities. These are set up around the classroom and when they have finished their directed task with an adult, they then go and complete other tasks independently. This helps to develop the children’s independence and also allows them chance to consolidate and master their learning. In Squirrel class, some of the independent learning challenges are rainbow challenges. Each rainbow challenge has a colour from the rainbow linked to it. Once they have completed that challenge and it has been checked by an adult, they can take the associated colour lolly stick. If they have collected all of the different colours by the end of the week, the children will earn a certificate and they will also be able to pick a prize out of our prize basket! Please ask the children throughout the week how they are getting on with their rainbow challenges.
We enjoy our daily dough disco sessions, which helps to improve their fine motor skills by developing the muscles in their arms and hands. Sometimes, individual children get to lead our dough disco sessions, where they are the teacher and they have to instruct the rest of the class on the moves that they would like everyone to do.
Each Friday, we choose a star of the week for the pupil that has wowed us that week, which gives them a real sense of pride. This pupil will get a special mention in the celebration assembly on Friday and a certificate. Good behaviour also results in the children being given a Dojo. Once they have received 20 Dojo’s they will get a certificate and will also be able to choose a prize from our prize basket.
This term we are learning all about Dinosaurs. We have already discovered some dinosaur bones and fossils that were “found” by the builders in the school grounds and we have also discovered some dinosaur eggs that Andy, from Andy’s dinosaur adventures, asked us to find. We are keeping the eggs in a nest in the classroom at the moment, hopefully they don’t hatch whilst we are at school. We will also be writing dinosaur poems and dinosaur information leaflets and we will also be making our own junk model dinosaurs!
Please get in touch with me, Janetta, if you have any questions or would like to know more about our fantastic class. You can do this by using the communication book, telephoning or emailing me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org