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Class 9 2020 - 2021

 Tracey Abbott

Tracey Abbott

Welcome to class 9

We are a key stage 3 class.  There are seven pupils in our group – Charlie, Isaac, Noor, Deema, Ewan, Dylan and Ayaan.  Our class is supported by myself and three Teaching Assistants – Jenny, Linda and Darrell.

During the year, we will be following the themes on the semi-formal curriculum.  We will also be working towards the ASDAN New Horizons award.

For the first half term, our theme from the semi-formal curriculum was “My Friends and Family”.  We compared the eye colour, hair colour, age and birthday month for the pupils in our class. 

In English lessons we read a story called “It’s ok to be different”.  The text celebrates diversity and the differences in individuals.  The pupils worked well matching pictures and key words as the text was read.

In Maths lessons we played Bingo – using counters to cover the numbers on our bingo boards as they were displayed on the whiteboard.

The pupils have all taken part in regular physical activity by walking / cycling around the school grounds.

During the second half of the Autumn Term, our semi-formal curriculum theme was musicals.  In English lessons, we read a PowerPoint about the seven pupils in the class. The text looked at similarities/differences in the pupils, their strengths/interests and the activities they like to do.  Short clips of music were linked to the text.

In PE, we listened to music from musicals and explored different ways of moving to the music.

In Maths we looked at shape – using symbols to make comments using the attributes of number, colour and shape.

We continued to work towards the ASDAN New Horizons Award – looking at the festivals of Diwali and Christmas.

For the first half of the Spring term, our semi-formal curriculum theme was Italy.  The pupils painted a flag of Italy, made pizza and coloured pictures of ‘The Mona Lisa’ - the famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci.

In Maths we learned about money – sorting coins, matching coins and identifying different coins by matching to the corresponding written amounts.

In English we listened to different sounds and used pictures to identify what made each sound.

For our work towards the ASDAN New Horizons award, we looked at our families – the people we live with, our pets and what our houses are like.

We also enjoyed playing turn-taking games with our peers.

During the second half of the Spring term, our semi-formal curriculum theme was World of Work.  In English, we read an information text about different jobs. The pupils worked well matching words and pictures for the different jobs.

For the ASDAN New Horizons Award, we looked at the equipment that people use in different jobs e.g. police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

We practiced throwing and catching skills in PE and continued to enjoy regular walks around the school grounds.

For the first half of the Summer term, our semi-formal curriculum theme is “My Cooking”.  Some of the pupils have made Swiss roll – yum yum!  Whilst thoroughly enjoying this sweet treat, our PSHE lessons have seen us exploring some healthier food options.  We have tasted different fruits / salad items and used PECS to express preferences.

In our English lessons, we have enjoyed reading the text “Kitchen Disco”.  We have matched words and pictures from the text and enjoyed listening to disco music.

In Maths, some of the pupils have been learning about time (o’clock and half past).  Other pupils have been developing their number skills and completed counting activities.

Our site supervisor (Darren) kindly donated a go-cart for the pupils to use at break time.  This has proved very popular and the pupils have been practising good turn-taking skills.

Some of our pupils will be celebrating Eid this half term.  We have made Eid cards in class and wish all the very best to our families celebrating this festival – “Eid Mubarak” to you all.

Our theme for the second half of the Summer term is “Journeys”.  In English, we have been reading a story called “The Journey”.  The story is about the journey taken by a boat that is lost by a boy at the start of the story and found again at the end.  We listen to music and sound effects linked to the journey.

In Maths, we have completed activities about shape – using the whiteboard to sort shapes and continue repeating patterns.

We are looking forward to taking part in sports day this half term.


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