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Class 9 2022 - 2023

Ms Tracey Abbott

Ms Tracey Abbott

Welcome to Class 9! 

We are a mixed Key Stage 3 and 4 class.  There are six pupils in our group – Toby, Ayaan, Leila, Muhammad-Yusuf, Jayden and Darren. 

The class is supported by myself and teaching assistants – Hannah, Lucy, Georgia (Monday – Wednesday) and Linda (Thursday and Friday). 

Over the year, we will follow themes from the Semi-Formal Curriculum.  We will also work towards ASDAN awards – New Horizons / Exploring Aspirations (Key Stage 3) and Transforming Aspirations (Key Stage 4) 

For the first half term, our theme is transport.  In English lessons, we will read a text titled “You can’t take an Elephant on the Bus”.  We will look at different types of transport and complete art activities on the theme of transport. 

The focus for our Maths lessons is Geometry. 

In PSHE lessons, we will be looking at each pupil’s personal strengths. 

Our PE lessons are on a Thursday afternoon – please send a PE kit in for your child.  This half term, we will be developing ball skills (throwing and catching, bouncing a ball and rolling a ball to knock down skittles). 

For our ASDAN work, linked to our transport theme, we will travel on public transport – catch the bus from Longridge to Clitheroe and walk around the grounds of Clitheroe castle. 

We look forward to the year ahead – please keep an eye on the gallery for our class photos! 


Autumn ii – Our theme for the second half of the Autumn term is Enterprise.  We will do our own Enterprise project – making Christmas crafts to sell to parents, staff and visitors. 

Class 9 will also organise a whole school charity event – a Santa Dash – taking place on 8th December 2022.  We will sell Santa hats to pupils, staff, parents, taxi drivers and passenger assistants for the event.  On 8th December, we will all wear the Santa hats and Christmas jumpers and dash around the school grounds.  Sponsor forms will be sent home with pupils.  The money we raise will be split between Cancer Research (a charity chosen by our school council) and funding towards a residential visit to Bendrigg Trust for a group of Key Stage 4 / 5 pupils.  Please join us on 8th December for this event. 

In English lessons, we will read the text “Camila’s Lemonade Stand” – a book telling the story of how a girl called Camila raised money to spend at the fair by setting up different businesses. 

In PE, we will be doing dance activities. 

In RE we will look at the Hindu festival of Diwali and create Rangoli patterns. 

We will continue to work towards our ASDAN awards.  Activities for this will include reading and following a recipe to make cupcakes (key stage 4) and work experience around the school grounds – helping the site team to collect leaves, putting the leaves into a wheelbarrow and taking them to a pile for composting (key stage 3). 

Some of the pupils in our class have joined the secondary and college choir and will take part in a Christmas performance at St Paul’s church in December. 

In November 2022, the class enjoyed a visit to The Space Centre in Preston and had dinner out at McDonalds. 


Spring Term 

Spring i – Our theme for the first half of the Spring term is India.  In English lessons, we will read the text “Elephant Dance – a Journey to India”. 

The focus for our PE lessons will be gymnastics – practising balances and different ways of moving along apparatus. 

For our ASDAN work, the pupils will access visits to Aldi supermarket in Longridge to take part in shopping activities.  


Spring ii – Our theme for the second half of the Spring term is The Orchestra.  In English lessons, we will read the text “First book about the Orchestra” and look at different instruments that make up an orchestra. 

We will explore a variety of music activities including body percussion, desk drumming and music with colours. 

In PE, we will continue with our gymnastics activities, working towards linking movements to create a short sequence. 

In PSHE, we will be looking at our families. 

The class will continue to access weekly visits to Aldi supermarket to develop independence skills when shopping. 


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