Class 5 2019 - 2020

 Christy Riding

Christy Riding

KS2: Years 4 and 5


Christy, Emma & Wendy

  • Tuesday: Swimming Lessons
  • Wednesday: PE- 'Dance' this term
  • Friday: cooking or food play (an ingredients list will go home the week before the lesson; please send in all ingredients by the Wednesday, thank you!)
Snack Time: Please send into school any snack items and drinks (or a bottle of cordial) your child might want for our daily snack times, thank you.
Our topic this half term is Zoo Animals and we are all really looking forward to our trip to Blackpool Zoo! (You can find a copy of this trip letter below)

Total Communication:
In Class 5 we use Makaton signs to aide and promote communication, alongside talk, PECS, symbols/ photographs, written words, Intensive Interaction & musical interactions. Our Makaton signs are always accompanied by speech. In our class, we sign throughout the day and use many different signs, including songs (search SINGING HANDS).

This term we are focussing on the following Makaton signs as a whole class: hello, good morning, help me, toilet, drink, more. We model the signs and ask the class to copy. Then the class practice and learn to use them in context. It would be fantastic if you could help your child learn these at home too.

Family photographs to motivate communication:
Please send in to school (or email me) any photographs or anecdotes you have of your children with their family/ siblings for us to share in class. This is a great motivator for the children to communicate and discuss feelings/ emotions.

Play at our school:
This term the class will still be using movement to explore their world/ the extensive school outdoor space. We will explore and enjoy a range of outdoor activities, in all weathers. We will be exploring the school grounds. We will follow tactile trails and obstacle courses. We will continue to learn action songs and playground games. ​

My Play and Leisure:
This is a new subject for this term. We will be developing positive play at school too.  Some of these sessions will be focussing on free play, group play sensory play and integration, peer interaction, and also self-care and developing Gross and Fine Motor skills. 

Your Home-School Chat Book:
Please read your child’s chat book daily, as it is updated at the end of each day and contains important information about your child’s progress. Please remember to let us know if there is anything that may impact upon your child’s day at school, either through the chat book or by giving us a call.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Keep checking back on this page, as we will be regularly updating it with curriculum news, information and photographs.

Thank you,



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