Paddington Bear Class Autumn 2019

September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a very positive start to the new academic year. The children are obviously happy to be back and they are settling in well – renewing their friendships and getting to know new pupils and adults in class. We are delighted to see them in such good health and return calm and relaxed to the school environment. We are looking forward to a productive term full of creative learning experiences. It will certainly be exciting to watch them explore and develop together this year.

We will be making the most of the warm weather and spending as much time as possible outside in the sunshine – and we have already visited the park to soak it up!


Our topic for this term is “Our World”. Our sensory curriculum will provide us with inspiration and lots of opportunities to investigate this theme through play and exploration. We will make our curriculum as creative and as interactive as possible and explore using a variety of sensory and immersive activities, to stimulate the children’s awareness and encourage participation in their learning.


Communication skills will be developed using a variety of strategies, with an emphasis on looking, listening, making choices and indicating preferences. We will continue to develop speaking and listening through the use of on body signs, Makaton signs, switches, objects of reference and visual aids such as photos and symbols. We will be working closely with speech and language therapists to continue to develop total communication systems tailored to individual needs. We will also have regular opportunities for intensive interaction.


There will be regular input and advice from the physiotherapist and occupational health therapist to focus on individual physical development, wellbeing and postural management. Hydrotherapy sessions will be incorporated into physical development targets. There will also be Special Yoga sessions to develop stretching and calming routines.


Weekly dance, music and P.E. sessions will be delivered by specialist teachers.  Personal, social and emotional development will 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 around us through a varied diet of activities including cooking, gardening, ICT focussed sessions and exploration of the local environment.


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,

Mary James (class teacher) and Stacey, Sandy, Aysha, Fozia, Marlena and Zahida