Summer term 2021
This term the topic in Meteor class has been Habitats with a focus on Geography. With that in mind we have been learning about the locations of different rivers, cities, forests and what animals live in these different habitats. We also classified them into human and physical geographical locations, which was hard to understand at first. Learning about different habitats was good fun, and the topic was a creative one too. L.S. Lowrey was an artists who painted simple looking figures in industrial scenes and Henri Rousseau painted rainforest scenes. In class everyone created their own versions of their work, using mixed media.
The 2 stories we have read this term were 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'The Great Kapok Tree', each one set in a different habitat. We worked hard sequencing parts of the stories, writing character profiles and learning about the animals featured in the story.
In math's the focus has been number with calculation, money and time. We have tried different ideas to support with the learning such as playing what's the time Mr Wolf, but saying instead what are you doing Mr Wolf, so the focus is learning what happens at different times of the day. Everyone worked really hard learning more complex things, such as counting in 10's, 2's and 5's, adding using pictorial representation and developing counting skills to 10.
This term has also been a continuation from the Spring term with the RSE topic on growing up and puberty. We learnt about these topics in different ways such as playing the game pairs, a board game about growing up and sorting/matching symbols. It can be a difficult topic to learn and talk about, but everyone showed excellent maturity.
It has been a challenging year with lockdowns and COVID, so I wish everyone a relaxing and well earned restful summer holiday.
It was lovely to have all the children back together again. This term we have been focusing on recovery and settling everyone back into school and routine. We are all proud of each pupil showing respect and resilience to each other. Everyone is now getting used to using colour coded systems to support with their communication, sentence structure and written work, and supporting this we have been doing daily session of phonics and communication. We have been exploring zones of regulations expressing emotions and feelings. This term our topic has been superheroes where we have been conducting lots of science experiments. In yoga we have been working on balancing, movements and breathing exercises, to maintain our wellbeing. In cooking and PSHE we have being concentrating on healthy living, eating and bodies.
This term we have been focusing on recovery and settling back into school. We have enjoyed a new weekly Yoga session instead of swimming and daily relaxation time after lunch play. Our topic has been castles, which has a strong history focus. We enjoyed learning about castles in the UK around the world such as in Japan, German and Syria. We also explored different rulers in history like King Henry VIII and King Ludwig or Bavaria. and the castles they lived in. In math's we have been focusing on money, time and number, this included learning to read the time, ordering the days of the week and sequencing coins. For number, some of us have been learning to do long addition, to help with this number lines and number squares have been used. We have also have been having fun playing bowling and other games to improve our knowledge on number. Communication has also a large focus, 6 students in Meteor class now use iPads and everyone is using a colour coded system to support with their sentence structure written and spoken. As the end of the term approaches we have enjoyed Christmas themed activities such as virtual pantomime which was great fun and Christmas Karaoke.
It has been a peculiar term, one we won't forget about. The sense of community and togetherness has been amazing in the school and everyone in Meteor class has work incredibly hard to keep things running as normal as possible. In class we have been learning about the extreme earth, which has included volcanoes, deserts and storms. We have also had a heavy focus on personal and social development such as hand washing. I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer holiday, finding time to relax and hopefully enjoy some sunny weather.
During the spring term the topic in KS3 was emergency room. Meteor class enjoyed exploring this topic in many different ways including having a look and handling some basic medical equipment such as tongue depressors, bandages and a stethoscope. As well as this we made our own medicine by mixing different ingredients such as peppermint, sugar, ginger and coffee. It was good fun experimenting with this and then writing down the ingredients. Adding to this topic I made a hospital themed board game which helped everyone learn about the purposes of the various departments, and it also supported team building, turn taking and social skills.
In maths we explored length and height, measuring different items using standard and non-standard units of measure. As well as this we continued to learn about number, doubling and halving and multiplication by repeated addition, as well as continuing to develop our addition and subtraction skills.
During the spring term we also covered the topic of relationship sexual education, which involved learning about the body, external and internal body parts, hygiene such as hand washing and the changes we go through during puberty.
The spring term has been enjoyable with lots of exciting new topics covered and achievements from the students. We all hope that everyone is managing well and staying safe during this uncertain time and managing to access the activities to keep some normality. Keep safe and we hope to see everyone in school again soon.
Autumn Term 2019
This term in Meteor class we have been learning all about Magical Worlds. This started with the book ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’; the students enjoyed learning about the adventure of the 4 siblings, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter. We focused on what is and isn’t real, such as witches, magical creatures and strange worlds that have different coloured landscapes. We enjoyed making our own Top-Trump cards, and writing about the different characters in the story. Following on, we read the story Zog by Julia Donaldson, which is about a dragon school following the pupil Zog. Students worked hard on making their own dragon school posters, and making up a new type of dragon.
In Maths, there has been a heavy focus on number, money and time. For number students worked well on improving their adding and subtracting skills, using a combination of games, work tasks and sorting activities to develop their knowledge. This led onto doubling and halving, for which they made a set of dominos, played bowling and more sorting tasks. Money was covered when we went shopping weekly, and followed up in class with coin recognition activities, sorting and games such as bingo. For time, we spent each lesson using clocks which led onto different tasks such as changing the hands on the clock, tasks around the days of the weeks and seasons and finally a focus on timing things, therefore achieving a better knowledge on how long something takes to complete or do.
As we have come closer to Christmas our focus has included related lessons, such as the story changing to ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’. For maths we are now learning about 2D shapes, making Christmas cards as a part of that. Students have also enjoyed Christmas write dance lessons, and coming up a class trip to see a pantomime and a craft afternoon.
Meteor class we have been learning about Dinosaurs. This has been an exciting topic and has given many opportunities to learn and explore in a variety of ways. We have been discovering what dinosaurs ate, what they looked like and how they became extinct.
Some of our English lessons have been split with some students taking part in a dinosaur sensory story called ‘Dinosaur Dinosaur’, and the rest of the class reading ‘The Twits’. There are groupings for phonics and attention autism as well. For both Dinosaur Dinosaur and The Twits we have done creative lessons such as making disgusting spaghetti for The Twits and dinosaur habitats for the dinosaur story.
Swimming has continued to be a focus, has good progress is showing. Swimming is universally enjoyed and it is an important part of the week for social and fitness reasons.
In maths we continued with position and direction during PE lessons and weight and mass during cookery. As well as this we have been concentrating on money, which can be a challenging topic. We have been using real money to help with this and setting up role play scenarios to purchase items.
It has been a busy term, filled with exciting and fun activities.