Polar Bear Class Summer Term 2019

Polar Bear Class Summer Term 2019

April 2019


Dear Parents and Carers,


We hope you had a good Easter break and you are ready for an exciting summer term. It’s wonderful to welcome the Polar Bear Class back to school.


I have finished my mainstream placement and I am happy to be back in class this term. I will be leading the class for 4 days a week Mon-Thu and Mary will be teaching on Wednesday afternoon and all day on Fridays. The Polar Class team this term will be Mary James, Lilia Koskinen, Moira Julien, Charlotte Stemp and Mila Boojhowon.  


Our topic for this term is ‘Plants and Insects’.

We will continue to use a holistic and sensory based approach to our curriculum to explore this theme.


We will focus on exploring different insects and their natural habitats. We will carry on providing individuals with the therapy and resources they need to sustain, improve and develop their physical wellbeing and therefore maximise their focus and attention during learning activities. We will also experience a variety of foods through sensory exploration and making activities including healthy smoothies, juices and fruit salads!


There will be many opportunities for individual physical development and expression, including hydrotherapy, dance, music and P.E. sessions with specialist teachers; and personal, social and emotional development, focussing on developing self-awareness and an awareness of others and our environment - in particular, the daily routines in school. We will continue developing our friendships with our mainstream peers, who will be joining us for dance, and music sessions.


Since the end of the spring term two of our friends from the Brown Bear class have been joining us for some of the sessions and we are looking forward to continuing our collaboration for sessions 3 days a week.


Nora will be continuing with Special Yoga which incorporates stretching and strengthening of the body as well as calming and focusing of the mind.


We will be talking about insects and their natural habitats, visiting local parks and making our own wormery and butterfly garden.


Our curriculum aims to develop an understanding of the world through different activities including cooking, gardening, creative mark making, ICT focussed sessions and exploration of the local environment.


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.


Yours sincerely,


 Lilia Koskinen, Mary James and the Polar Class Team