Tutor Group 3 Spring Term 2020

January 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope that all our students and families in TG 3 had an enjoyable break; we have had a lovely start back in school. Our topic during the spring term is ‘Seeing the Light’ and below is an outline of what your child will be experiencing during the term.



In English we will be reading for pleasure and for information. Students will continue to learn Makaton signs and to use PODD books/symbol boards. They will be learning letter sounds to support with reading through a phonics scheme.



The students will be continuing with number recognition, addition and subtraction and using it in everyday experiences such as shopping. They will also be exploring ‘more’ and ‘less’ and time. There will be weekly cooking sessions as part of the maths/science/PHSE curriculum.



In science/topic the students will be learning about light sources such as the sun. They will be finding different light sources in their local environment. TG3 will be exploring the conditions needed for seeds to germinate and whether they need light.



Students will continue to learn about routines and turn taking and they will be encouraged to be as independent as possible.TG3 will focus on communicating their preferences/opinions and their feelings using PODD books and Makaton signs. The focus will be on making and communicating choices. TG3 will be learning about external body parts and growing up from a baby to an adult. They will also be discussing emotions and who is allowed to help them in their daily lives. TG3 will also be exploring where they feel ‘safe’ in their community.


Creative development: Music, Art and PE

During class music sessions pupils will be working on their listening skills, start/stop abilities and responding to music through movement. They will be learning songs and recalling basic tunes.

A dance student will be taking a weekly dance session as part of the students PE/Creative development curriculum. During art sessions the students will be exploring how artists use light and dark in their work.



Students will use laptops to support with maths skills and concepts as well as engaging with the class Interactive Whiteboard for music, maths, phonics and other activities.



TG3 will be exploring day and night and discussing what different activities they might do during these times.


I look forward to seeing you at IEP and EHCP meetings. In the meantime if you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Yours faithfully,


Catherine Williams (teacher)     Meti and Esther (Support staff)