Playing and learning together
At present we have 15 children aged 4 and 5 who have a range of learning needs. Miss Lowe (our class teacher) and 7 Teaching Assistants (Mrs Roderick, Mrs Braden, Mrs Jackson, Miss Harwood, Miss Philips, Mrs McDonald and Mrs Oakley) all support children in Caterpillars during daily activities in this important first year of their education.
Children in Caterpillar Class follow the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), learning and developing through play. The class routines consist of adult-led and child initiated activities in both the classroom and outdoor environment. We use a Total communication approach by using visual cue cards and timetables. We also use Makaton and PECS communication boards with some of our children.
Our topics and themes are based around the seven EYFS areas of learning and development which include three prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. Alongside the classroom and outdoor activities we also support the children to individually develop their personal and independence skills with feeding, dressing, toileting and socialising with others, as well as preparing them for everyday school life.
The topics and themes are based around celebrating special times of the year and favourite stories, songs and rhymes which the children enjoy.
This term we are covering the topic "Our world" with a focus on "Pets", "Jungle", "Zoo", "Minibeasts", "Farm" and "Senses" this half term.
Examples of activities that the children will engage in are found below.
Tuff Trays - Tuff Trays are an opportunity for children to independently complete activities after working with an adult during our adult led sessions.
Mark making area - We provide an area for the children where they can develop their fine motor skills. They will experience a range of mark making tools throughout the week. In Caterpillar Class, we will learn to write our names.
Outside Learning - We love learning outdoors! We are very lucky to have an area where we can take our activities outside. Caterpillar class have the opportunity to use the sandpit, explore inside the play house and even grow some plants in our sensory garden.
Sensory area - We understand that some of our children may need time to themselves or to calm down. Within this area, they have the opportunity to explore the different textures and colours.
Please remember to send in wellies, waterproofs and warm clothing every Tuesday as we visit the forest in all weathers.
We are partaking in PE sessions on Wednesdays. Please cone into school wearing appropriate sports wear.