Tutor Group 1 Autumn 2021

September 2021


Dear parents and carers,


The TG1 staff team this year are me (Lucy - class teacher), Paula, Luisa and Judy (SNAs) Nicole and Anna (SMSAs). We are all so happy to be back at school after the holidays (and lockdowns!!) and we have had a great start to the term.  

This term our topic is The Toy Shop. We are exploring this through our interactive stories which are Kipper’s toybox and Splendid Spotted Snake. We will also use other curriculum areas to get creative and explorative with our topic.


Throughout the term the class will have music, PE, dance and swimming (hydrotherapy swimming is being offered to specific children) delivered by specialists.


We are going to continue thinking about our recovery curriculum:

Relationships – Some children may feel happy to be back, some may be anxious some may be sad. We will not tell them how they should feel but respond to how they are feeling and behaving in a way that lets them know this is okay.


Community – We must recognise that curriculum has been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage with you in the transitioning of learning back into school.


Transparent Curriculum – We will help the children by offering familiar activities such as sensory stories and anticipation games or cooking to enable them to remember the kind of things they have done at school in the past and what is likely to happen again in the future.


Metacognition – In different environments, students will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.


Space – We will give the children plenty of time to be themselves, to rediscover their surroundings, to rediscover their friendship group. We will not rush them into anything. If they appear to need a quiet and restful day then that is what we will give them. If they appear to need to be active then we will facilitate that for them as well.


We will 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 also use TaSSeLs to help with their communication and understanding.


We are really looking forward to this coming Autumn term. I look forward to meeting you all for our next IEPs 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 this term we will be using text messaging, emails or phone calls to communicate about the school day. Please feel free to contact me during the hours of 8.30am and 4pm if you have any comments or queries. 


Yours sincerely, 

Lucy Brunnen

Class teacher TG1