Class 9 - Spring Term 2018

It has been another busy term for us in Class 9. We have had a classroom move, ‘snow days’ and a trip to Escot to name a few highlights. We have been very lucky to buy some lovely new resources for the class to support our learning, which the children are excited to use (threading, art and craft, balance board, money, stopwatches, light up/sensory equipment and maths/literacy resources.

This term we have been learning about:

Maths – We have been extending our knowledge of Number, Space,Shape & Measure and Information Handling within the Functional Skills maths curriculum. We link our maths to topics and interests of the children. We have used standard and non-standard units of measure, worked hard on our number bonds facts and enjoyed a range of interactive starter activities on the smart board. We will be going on a shape walk in the next week or two.

Literacy – We have been continuing to make progress with reading and writing skills, and the children are gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities. We have a lovely new library which we use to borrow books for reading and research. We have a new lower case keyboard for us with the computer to help with typing. We have many literacy aids and writing resources to encourage the children to write for fun as well as for their work. One of our literacy topics have led to designing and making junk model monsters!

World Studies (Creativity) ~ Abstract Art - This topic has been a huge success and the children have become quite amazing artists, following designs from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Kandinsky and Mark Rothko. We have tried ‘drip painting’ in layers, circles and squares, and wall art. 

Independent Living ~ Cooking - This term we have been using seasonal vegetables and ingredients to make dishes such as: funny face pizzas; jam tarts; potato, broccoli and pancetta soup and bone/dog shaped biscuits for our ‘dogs helping kids’ week. The children continue to enjoy this weekly session, especially the tasting!

Outdoor Education – Tom has been taking the children out into the gardens, orchard and further afield for exciting activities. Escot sent a man with some of their birds of prey for us to watch in displays. The gardens are being prepared for the new season, and we have been on walks around the grounds to see the animals. The new walking group for Enrichment takes the children to Woodbury Common and surrounding areas. Our new classrooms have an outside space which we will use more as the weather improves. 

PSHE – We are continuing to learn about keeping ourselves safe, bullying, building good relationships with others and being kind to our friends. These sessions take place in class using resources and information from organisations such as: Jigsaw, BBC schools, and teaching websites. The children also developed our own class charter at the beginning of this term with rules they want to have in our class. They all agreed and signed the charter to show it was their own work.

ICT – We have been very lucky to have had 2 brand new laptops donated by the parents of one of our children in Class 9 this term. We are very grateful and the children have benefited enormously by having access to online resources throughout the school week. We continue to have an ICT lesson each week and as well as sending and receiving emails from their friends in school, the children have been learning to open, write and save word documents into folders. 

Enrichment programme – We have a new programme of activities this term for Friday afternoons. Some of the favourites have remained with the addition of: messy play, small world, Wii club, yoga, beauty salon, drama and art club.

Sports barn – We go to the sports barn every week for an afternoon of sports fun with Class 11 pupils. We have been learning about hockey, basketball and athletics this term. 

Topic – This term our topic has been India. We have been very lucky to have had some resources brought back by parents from Dubai such as: a sari, some gorgeous spices, a chapatti board and roller, a metal meal container and other lovely things! We had our first Indian meal yesterday with home- made chapattis which the children absolutely loved. Next week we will be making our own Indian dishes! The children all loved trying on the sari which is a very tricky item of clothing to master.