Polar Bear Class Autumn 2019

September 2019


Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had a great summer and you are ready for an exciting year ahead. It’s wonderful to welcome Polar Bear Class back to school. We are very happy to welcome new pupils in Polar Bear Class this year – Mawaddah, Kenza, Shahed and Dana are joining Ezekiel, Kristian and Emmanuel.

I have recently graduated from University and am excited to be taking on the role of Class Teacher.  The Polar Bear Class team this term will be me Lilia Koskinen, Moira, Charlotte, Mila and Desi. 


Our next International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) unit of learning will be ‘The World Around Us’ where the children will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding, using a holistic and sensory based approach to explore this theme.


We will continue providing individual children 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. There will also 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.


As in previous terms, friendships will continue to be developed with our mainstream peers through shared activities. Some of them will be joining us for dance and music sessions and Polar Bear children will also have opportunities to join their class for different activities too. Laura will be teaching music lessons twice a week and the children will also be having special weekly dance sessions with Zoe.  Nora will also continue with Special Yoga which incorporates stretching and strengthening of the body as well as calming and focusing of the mind.

During this term we will be visiting local parks and shops including a trip to the Brook school to visit their lovely Foxes’ Forest.


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 that you do with your child at the weekends or any other news you wish to share – so that we can talk about this with the children at the beginning of the day.


Yours sincerely,

 Lilia Koskinen and the Polar Class Team