Polar Bear Class Summer 2017

April 2017


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to you all!  The children have had a fantastic first week back at school and we can see that they are making great progress -so we are looking forward to a sunny and productive summer term – filled with lots of outside activities – weather permitting!


The theme for this term is ‘Inside and Outside’.

Our cross curricular approach which will provide us with inspiration and lots of opportunities to investigate inside and outside, through play and exploration, to develop language, communication and early maths skills, as well as enabling children to gain confidence through expressive arts activities. There will continue to be a strong emphasis on developing speaking and listening skills in conjunction with the use of the PODD communication books and the use of Makaton signs.

Personal, social and emotional development will continue to focus on developing self-awareness and an awareness of others and our environment- in particular, the daily routines in school.


Our curriculum aims to develop an understanding of the world through a varied diet of activities including cooking, gardening, and exploration of the local environment.

We will be reading stories, using rhymes, playing games and singing songs with links to our topic.

There will be weekly dance and music lessons with specialist teachers.  We also have weekly input from Spurs coaches for P.E. sessions, which help to develop a wide range of cross curricular skills.

We will be spending as much time as possible outside – during playtimes – to interact with our mainstream peers; during our P.E lessons with our Spurs coaches; and particularly in our garden –where we will be planting, watering and watching flowers and vegetables grow during the term.

We hope to be visiting Bruce Castle Park regularly and making at least one trip further afield – watch this space!

We have already enjoyed a fantastic workshop with Creative Partners this term and we are looking forward to the next opportunity later this term. These exciting and rewarding sessions also involve interacting with mainstream peers.

There will also be opportunities for inclusion with mainstream peers from Lancasterian School during the school week, both in class and in the shared playground areas.


Please keep using the home/school books to let us know about things you do with your child at the weekends or about any other news you wish to share – so that we can talk about this to the children at the beginning of the day.



With Best wishes from Mary James and the Polar Class Team.