It has been a very strange term for everyone, but I am so proud of Neptune Class. They have all shown great resilience and have coped with the change so well. It has been lovely to see everyone either in class or on zoom calls from their homes.
This term we have been learning about different types of transport, reading stories such as 'You can't take an Elephant on a Bus!', 'Whatever Next!', 'Dinosaur Zoom' and lots more. We have made hot air balloons, boats, cars, tractors, rockets and diggers in maths, art and cooking. We have been doing lots of attention autism sessions around transport which have been a great success.
In school we have also been focusing on independence, completing workbox tasks every morning. We have combined this with sensory circuits in the classroom every day which has ensured that every student has been ready to learn.
We want to say a huge thank you so much to all of our amazing parents for keeping our students happy and healthy and have ensured a continued love for learning through completing work sent home and feeding back when more work was needed. It has been so lovely to hear what everyone has been doing.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to all my staff who have been superb throughout by making high interest resources, ensuring that strategies and systems have remained constant in Neptune and for making it possible for our students to return to school.
We hope you all have a lovely Summer and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Neptune Class have been following two main topics this term: 'Weather' and 'Festivals and Celebrations.'
We have been learning about how to dress for different types of weather and experiencing the weather in different ways, looking at ice balloons and using salt and warm water to melt them; making windmills and wind wands whilst experiencing the wind outside, from a fan and by blowing; having Attention sessions on the rain and looking at and making rainbows. We have also based most of our Literacy stories on the weather. The most popular stories have included 'Shark in the park on a windy day,' 'Elmer and the Rainbow' and 'The Snowman.'
For Festivals and Celebrations we have made Chinese dragons to celebrate Chinese New Year and done the dragon dance in PE; made colourful T-shirts to celebrate Holi; made and tasted pancakes on Shrove Tuesday; made daffodils for St. David's Day; dressed up and danced for St. Patrick's Day; made cakes to celebrate birthdays and parties and we have made an extra effort to celebrate success in the classroom.
We hope that you are enjoying home learning and keeping safe! We look forward to seeing some of the students' home learning on our web page, so do please send photos in for us to enjoy.
See you all soon,
The Neptune Team
Neptune Class: Autumn 2019
Neptune Class have had a great start to the year, learning about many exciting things including ‘Families and Friends’ and ‘People who help us.’ We have been focussing on communication, interaction and attention, using lots of different forms of communication within the class including PECS, Makaton, symbols, communication boards, e-tran, eye gaze, ipads, speech and doing two bucket sessions each week which everyone has enjoyed.
Activities surrounding our topics have included a class Opticians, making glasses with different coloured lenses and using the eye test board as part of our phonics sessions. We have had a vet's surgery in class, reading symbols to see what is wrong with the animal, taking care and concern when bandaging the correct part of the toy animal to make it feel better. We have put out shaving foam fires by squirting water, made fire engines using different shapes, and lots more fun activities.
The last couple of weeks has focussed around Christmas maths, Christmas Literacy, Christmas crafts and Christmas cooking. Our Christmas Production continued our topic of 'People who help us' focussing on an adapted version of the book, 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. The children all had fun participating and although it was very overwhelming for some to see their family, everyone did really well.
Neptune Class have been out on some trips to the park this term and last Friday we all went on a special visit to Woodlarks or to the Pantomime for our Christmas Outing. (See more in special events.)
We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Love from, The Neptune Team
Neptune Class have had a fantastic start to 2019, enjoying learning about growth, traditional fairy tales, position and direction, big and little, and lots more. They really enjoyed their visit from the fire station where they were able to wear the uniform, sit in the fire engine and learn about fire safety.
Neptune Class are looking forward to their Mother’s Day celebrations next week where we have organised some special activities for our visitors. We are also looking forward to Easter activities and seeing the ducklings in Rocket class.
We hope you have a lovely Easter,
From Neptune team
In Art we have looked at the work by the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We designed our own fruit and vegetable faces in the classroom and were also lucky enough to be able to use the school kitchen to make real fruit faces that we could eat afterwards.
We wish you a peaceful Summer holidays and look forward to seeing you in September.
Heather, Katie and Neptune Class team