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Welcome to Anaconda Class!

We are a Key Stage 2 Autism specific class of 7 delightful children. 

 

MEET THE STAFF

Teacher - Jane

Teaching Assistants - Amanda, Charley and Louise

HLTA - Sharron

On this page we will show you some of the great things we get up to and some of the magnificent work we produce. 

 

04.03.24 Design and Technology: The children have made their own felt caterpillars. They look brilliant!

15.02.24 We visited Tweddle Farm this afternoon and we were over the moon to feed the calves some milk.

14.02.24 Today in Literacy, we read the story: 'Happy Valentine's Day Little Mouse'. In the story, the little mouse made loads of valentine's day cards for all his friends. After reading the story, we made our own valentine's day cards. They were lovely!

13.02,24 PANCAKE DAY: We have been making pancakes this morning. The children chose their own topping to put on them. We had strawberry, caramel, chocolate sauce and golden syrup.

06.02.24 SAFER INTERNET DAY: We have been reading the story about: ‘Mo and Jaz’. We discussed that if we see something online that makes you feel worried or upset, you don’t have to carry on looking at it. Always tell a grown-up if something changes online that makes you feel worried or upset. The children drew and labelled their trusted adults who would help them to stay safe online at school and at home.

05.02.24 CHINESE NEW YEAR: We have been learning about Chinese New Year. In cookery we have been making our very own Chinese 'Egg Fried Rice'. It was delicious!

29.01.24 OUR CLASS ASSEMBLY: The Hungry Caterpillar!

COMPUTING UNPLUGGED: The children have been playing 'Dino Hop' and 'Foot Print Algorithms'.

30.01.24 COMPUTING: The children have been sequencing some of their favourite nursery rhymes and creating our own pictorial algorithms. We discussed our logical reasoning and Jane our teacher supported the children to explain what picture card came next and why. Jane then mixed the cards up and we had to do some debugging.

25.01.24 SCIENCE: PLANTS The children went to their local Garden Centre in Hartlepool this afternoon to look at a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers. The children looked closely at the colourful primroses and they enjoyed smelling the different herbs.

23.01.24 Speaking and Listening - The children used the PECs board to help them to communicate/request what they needed to make their own strawberry jam on toast. The children practiced their spreading skills and their mathematical development by 'halving' their piece of toast into 2 equal halves.

17.01.24 Geography: We visited Ward Jackson Park and we took photos of all the different features we saw e.g. trees, clock tower, pond, cafe, playground, park benches, hedges, bins, sculptures etc. We also saw swans, geese, ducks, a squirrel and a robin! 23.01.24 We looked closely at these features and differentiated them into two groups: things that are man-made and things that are natural.

17.01.24 Maths: The children have been practicing cutting 'whole' food objects into 'two halves'. We have been sorting pictures of 'whole' and 'half' objects into two groups. We have learned that 1 whole is equal to 2 halves.

16.01.24 COOKERY: We have been making pear crumble! With adult support, the children peeled and chopped up the pears into small chunks. The children tasted the crumble when it was cooked and they thought it was delicious!

11.01.24 ART: The children have been creating their own hand printed caterpillars using different coloured paints!

9.01.24 Science PLANTS: The children have enjoyed going for a nature walk around our school ground to look for different types of trees, bushes and plants. When we returned to class, the children had a go at drawing and labelling what they found.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Animated Film

We are reading the story called: 'The Hungry Caterpillar' for the first 3 weeks in January. Please take the time to watch this story with your child at home.

Caroline - Autumn 2023 - Topic Web 'Old & New'

Week beginning 11th December 2023

Christmas Activities

 

This week we have had a lot of Christmas fun going on.  We started the week with our Christmas play on Monday and Tuesday and I am sure you will agree we had amazing little snowflakes on that stage.  Then on Wednesday we all enjoyed our Christmas party, we had some fabulous dancing from the Anacondas.  Then on Thursday we had a lovely visit to Imagination Village and Anacondas had the best time role playing in all of the different areas.  Then to finish the week off we had our Christmas dinner, with crackers, party hats and some singing to finish off.

Week beginning 4th December 2023

Maths - Positional Language

 

This week in Maths we started our positional language.  We put the teddy under, on and in the box.  Anacondas were very good with putting the teddy where asked, some with a visual clue some just being asked verbally.

Week beginning 27th November 2023

History

 

This week we have began our History lesson and it is all about ourselves and how we have changed from then to now.  We looked at our baby photos and decided who was who and matched them with a recent picture.  We did some role play with the doll, feeding, changing, playing and putting the baby to bed and we talked about how that is different from how we do things for ourselves now.

 

 

Week beginning 13th November 2023

Maths - Odd One Out

 

This week in Maths we have been concentrating on the Odd One Out from a group of objects.  We started off by using teddies, spoons, dinosaurs and plates and adding an object that was the odd one out.  We then moved on to finding the picture that was the odd one out.  We have worked really hard and are now very good at spotting the odd one out.

Week beginning 6th November 2023

Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative and Expressive. 

 

 

This week we had our first music session with Mike the Music Man (Tees Valley Music Service).  We enjoyed singing along with all the songs, faster and slower (especially heads, shoulders, knees and toes). We also loved it when we could play our own musical instrument.

 

Week beginning 23rd October 2023

ICT - Art Attack

 

This week we began our ICT work and it was all about drawing using a simple graphic package.  The children used different colours and sizes of the pens to draw a food of their choice.  

Week beginning 16th October 2023

Literacy - Stomp Dinosaur Stomp

 

This week we have started a new story in our literacy lesson.  We are reading 'Stomp Dinosaur Stomp'.  Anaconda class have enjoyed acting out the story by stomping and strolling around the classroom.  We then created our own dinosaurs and dinosaur feet, have a look at our lovely work.

 

Week beginning 16th October 2023

Science - Understanding the World

 

In Science we have been exploring how things work and this week it was parachutes.  We used bags to throw in the are by blowing into them and watched them fall.  We then got out the big parachute and moved it up, down, fast and slow making lots of different movements.  We all loved this activity and loved sitting underneath it to make a tent.

Week Beginning 2nd October 2023 - Physical Development: Gross Motor Skills

 

For the last couple of weeks we have been developing our dance skills during our hall time. We have been experimenting with moving our bodies in different ways and concentrating on moving different body parts. We have been listening to the music and following the lead of the adults. We love moving around the hall - especially running. 

Week Beginning Monday 25th September 2023

Understanding the World: People, Culture and Communities.

 

We have been exploring our local area and have enjoyed visiting Grayfields Park. We have experienced all of the different equipment and enjoyed running around. The children are shown the 'walk' symbol and then they look closely at where they are going to walk to. On our second visit to Grayfields Park the children were encouraged to lead the way and show that they understood where we are walking to. Back in class they completed an activity of selecting symbols and images associated with the park and discarding any symbols or images that are not related to the park. Well done Anacondas. 

Week beginning 18th September 2023 - Understanding the World; The Natural World.

 

This week in our Understanding the World work we have been exploring different toys.  We have loved these activities and found our favourite toy to play with.  We started looking at toys that move by pushing, pulling, pressing buttons or remote controlled and toys that do not move such as teddy bears.  We then moved onto exploring cars, using ramps and car mats.

Week Beginning Monday 11th September 2023 - Mathematics: Number

 

We have been continuing the count from any given number (0-10), counting out up to 10 objects from a larger amount and recognising number sequences and continuing them. We have worked hard and carried out a number of activities. Look at our work below: 

Week Beginning Tuesday 5th September 2023 - Literacy: Comprehension. 

 

We came back to school with a bang and immediately set down to work! We have started reading the book Kipper's Toybox as a class. We have enjoyed exploring the story through props and have watched as Caroline acted out the key moments. We made our own 'Sock Things' and decorated an image of Kipper. Some of us could copy the language of the story and name key characters and moments. 

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