Tutor Group 1 Spring Term 2020

Dear parents and carers,


We can’t believe its 2020 already! Happy New Year!  There have been no changes to our staff team so we remain as - Lucy Brunnen, class teacher and Paula, Luisa, Judy, Janice, SNAs. 


Our topic, this spring term, is Blast Off! In TG1 we follow the IEYC which is the International Early Years Curriculum which blends in well with the IPC International Primary Curriculum.   The 2 stories we are going to explore this term are The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen and Whatever Next by Jill Murphy.


We are going to be visited by aliens from the Planet Moonbeam who are going to get up to all sorts of mischief!  In fact just today, on the first day of term, we came into our classroom and the aliens had turned the room silver and turned things upside down. Cheeky Aliens! We are going to think about how we might communicate with the aliens and even how we might create a planet of our own. We will be doing lots of arts and crafts including mod-roc, clay and Paper Mache to create our new planets. We will also continue with our anticipation games on a theme of space and light and dark. Lots of sensory fun to be had.


We continue to work closely with the multi-disciplinary team including the Speech and Language Therapists, the Physiotherapists and the Occupational Therapists to create the best learning journeys for your children. Communication is key for the children in our class. We use Makaton signs throughout the day and objects of reference when the children are going to move somewhere else. Some children in class have PODD books and core boards. Some children will use TaSSeLs as part of their daily communication. TaSSeLs (Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners) is a system of touch-speech cues to promote effective communication with people with profound and complex learning disabilities, some of whom may have a visual impairment.  


We are really looking forward to this coming spring term. I look forward to meeting you all for our next IEPs or annual reviews to discuss how well your children are doing and where we think they can progress to next, agreeing individual targets appropriate for each child.


Communication is fundamental to the home/school relationship and we ask that you use the home/school book as necessary.  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.  


Yours sincerely, 

Lucy Brunnen

Class teacher TG1