Paddington Bear Class Summer 2019

Paddington Bear Class Summer 2019

April  2019

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break with your families and got to enjoy some of the warmer weather! Paddington Class have had an good start back to the summer term and have already been out exploring the flora and fauna in Bruce Castle Park and our sensory garden, which links to our new topic: bugs, insects and flowers.

 

Topic

Through this exciting and varied topic we will be finding out about bugs, their habitats and the plants that rely on them. We will explore this topic using a multisensory approach, that will make sense for each child and allow for individual targets to be worked on. Specific activities planned for the term include; building a bug house in our sensory garden,planting herbs in the sensory garden, creating a worm house. Maths lessons will use cooking to explore different weights, textures, temperatures to make some creative bug inspired cooking! Please look out for cooking sent home for you in your child’s bag! Our two chosen stories for this topic are Bug Hunt by Tom Story and Snappy Little bugs by Claire Nielsen and Dugald Steer.

 

We will explore the many different types of bugs and habitats including the their movements during dance and their sounds during music.  Children will be encouraged to experience various textures, smells, sounds and movements related to the topic and develop their preferences and communication in response to these. At that end of the term there will be a ‘great-bug-ball’ parade and fayre to celebrate their achievements of the year.  We would love you to attend this and we’ll let you know when this is as soon as a date has been finalised.

 

Trips

Paddington have already been on a ‘bug hunt’ in the local park looking for a different plants and insects we could find.  We also hope to visit the Brook Special Primary school and do some pond dipping and visit their ‘fox forest.’ We hope to visit Lambourne End outdoor centre for our end of year trip and Gospel Oak paddling pool.

 

Therapists

Paddington class continue work closely with the multidisciplinary team including Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Visual impairment specialists. Paddingtons continue to have daily therapy devised by therapists but implemented by their teacher and support staff. This term therapists have already been working with children, refining plans and updating equipment.  

 

Teaching and learning

Paddington Class will continue to work on child specific targets which will be set in conjunction with child, teacher, MDT and parents during IEP meetings. Targets set in Paddington class focus on Communication and Language,Personal Social and Emotional development and Physical Development. Teaching in Paddington Class will be engaging and child centred. Resources used will be exciting and varied, again chosen to develop all the senses. Teaching and learning will be specialised to your child's needs, supporting your child to develop the things that are not only pertinent to them, but also enable them to make the greatest progress, in a fun engaging and holistic way. 

 

Specialists

We continue to have specialists coming in which children thoroughly. Myself, Laura (music specialist and Mary (teacher) are working with Paddington Class to create a collaborative multisensory story  Called ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ which your child will experience next term. We also have  dance and movement, PE, yoga, and swimming weekly.

 

Bits and bobs

 

We ask that you use the home/school book as necessary and check daily for messages.  This includes noting down the times when paracetamol may have been given or whether your child has had any difficulties throughout the night.  All medication request forms will be in the home/school books and require immediate action i.e. making a request for a repeat prescription when the time comes.

  

Outreach and International work

For those children who can't yet join us, you are still very much part of our class and we are hoping you'll come in to meet us soon!!

 

I look forward to seeing you all in the next IEP meeting. 

 

Lizzie Willsher

Paddington Class teacher