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Welcome to Lion Class

Our teacher is called Jane and our teaching assistant are called Pam (HLTA), Emily, Sue, Becky and Susan.



The children in Lion Class follow the new 'SPARKLE CURRICULUM'

Sparkle curriculum is delivered in a multi-sensory, creative way which will enable pupils to access learning using their senses through a holistic approach. It has been designed for our pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) who require specialised management for physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex medical needs.



· MOTIVATING Our pupils learn when they are interested, stimulated and engaged.

· RELEVANT It is relevant to the learning styles of the pupils and takes into account their prior knowledge and learning needs.

· CHALLENGING All teaching staff have high and realistic expectations of the pupils and with specialised, inclusive teaching — progress is evident.

· FOCUSED Shared targets from EHCP, physiotherapists, SALT etc. are central to the pupils provision.


Sparkle curriculum is predominantly made up of sensory themed learning and therapeutic activities. More time will be spent on more beneficial, holistic and individualised activities e.g.  positioning in specialised equipment, visual stimulation, hand and finger work (exploration – sensory play), therapies (hydrotherapy, rebound therapy etc), movement, relaxation, Tac Pac, story massage etc.


Important Dates

Monday 6th January 2020 - Return to School

Thursday 23th January 2020 at 9:30am  - Lion Class Assembly

Friday 24th January 2020 - Chinese New Year Lunch

Tuesday 4th February 2020 - Safer Internet Day

Friday 4th February 2020 - End of Term

Monday 24th February 2020 - Children return to School

Wednesday 4th March 2020 - World Book and Maths Day

Friday 13th March 2020 - Sort Relief

Wednesday 11th March 2020 - Parents Evening

Monday 30th March 2020 - Easter Service at St Hilda's Church

Friday 3rd April 2020 - Break up for Easter Holidays 

Monday 20th April 2020 - Childremn return to school.

Week Beginning 30.03.20 – Week 2

Cuddle up together on the couch or stomp your feet as you read these entertaining dinosaur books to your child: ‘If you happen to have a Dinosaur’ , ‘Mad about Dinosaurs’ and ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’

Here is a fun ‘Dinosaur Rap’ that you can watch, sing along and dance to .

Here are some suggested activities you can do at home with your child this week:

  • Draw, colour or paint your own dinosaur and give it a name. If you have paint in the house your child could use their fingers to mark make a dinosaur. Do the children notice the marks they are making? How many legs does it have? Does it have sharp teeth? Does it have horns? How many claws does it have? Does it have wings? Is it spikey?
  • Can you create your own 3D model dinosaur using the recyclable materials you have at home? Support the children encounter, experience and explore all the different types of recyclable materials.
  • Can you make a dinosaur volcano? Fill a little bottle with warm water but leave a couple of inches empty at the top. Put a drop of washable red paint or red food colouring in the water if you have some. Add 5 drops of washing up liquid and 4 teaspoons of baking soda into the water. Give all the ingredients in the bottle a good stir. Now it’s time for the eruption! Pour vinegar into the bottle until its starts foaming over like lava. How effective was your volcano?


26.03.20 - Would you and your child like to take part in the 'Rainbow Window Campaign' to help spread positivity amid corona virus isolation gloom?

If you would like to take part, all you have to do is create a picture of a brightly, coloured rainbow. You can use coloured pencils, felt tips, crayons, paints, glitter, anything you have in your house to create your rainbow picture. Once you have finished could you please take a photo and email it to Our rainbows pictures will be added to a video slide show along with rainbows pictures that children have created from Catcote School. This video will be shared on social media hoping to bring kindness, joy and to positivity to everyone.

Thanks Jane 

Week Beginning 23.03.10 – Week 1

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well and keeping each other happy at home.

While the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home wherever possible, I thought it would be a good idea to upload a story/song each week with some related activities for you to do with your child at home if you wish. 

This half term, we have been learning about dinosaurs. We have read already in class: 'Dinosaurs Roar' and 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs'. It would be great if you could read 'The Dinosaur who Lost his Roar'  to your child and complete some of the suggest activities below:

  •  Encourage your child to 'roar' like a dinosaur. Make some different dinosaur noises yourself. Vary the pitch, tone, tempo and volume of your voice. How does your child respond? Do they turn there eyes and head towards the sound. Do they try to copy? Do they like the loud noises best?
  • If you have any toy dinosaurs at home, support your child to explore them using their hands and fingers. Remind the children that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, before people. As the children are exploring the different dinosaurs with their senses (or looking at the different dinosaurs in the story on YouTube) emphasis the following: 
    • Some dinosaurs walked on two legs and some on four. Some could do both

      Some dinosaurs were speedy and some were slow and lumbering.

      Some had thick, bumpy skin. Some even had feathers.                                                                             Some were armour plated, some had horns, crests, spikes or frills to defend themselves.               Most dinosaurs were plant-eaters. These are called herbivores.                                                   Some dinosaurs were meat-eaters. These are called carnivores.

  • Number Activities: How many dinosaurs have you got? Count the dinosaurs feet? How many horns do they have? etc.

  • Have some fun and sing along to the 'Dino-Pokey' song and model, support and encourage the children to preform the actions.

    • Dino-Pokey (Tune: "The Hokey Pokey")

    • You put your claws in,
      You take your claws out,
      You put your claws in,
      And you scratch 'em all about.
      You do the dino pokey,
      And you turn yourself around.
      That's what it's all about!


      Additional Verses:
      You put your feet in, You take your feet out....
      And you stomp them all about........


      You put your teeth in, You take your teeth out....
      And you chomp them all about........

  •  Fill a balloon with water and place a small dinosaur inside the balloon too. Once frozen, peel the balloon off, creating a ‘dinosaur egg’. Support the children to feel the frozen dinosaur egg. How do they respond? Encourage the children to work together to release the dinosaur from the egg. This activity is great for problem solving, as the children try to work out the best way to rescue the baby dinosaurs.
  • If you have any toy dinosaurs, hide them around the house or in your garden. Tell the children they are going on a dinosaur hunt. Support the children to find the dinosaurs. How many can they find? Ask them to describe the dinosaurs they find. If you don't have toy dinosaurs, draw some pictures of dinosaurs and hide them. Or better still... hide some eggs and go on a dinosaur egg hunt. How many can you find?

The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar - Please read this story to your child.

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World book Day 2020!

The children were very brave this afternoon, exploring an assortment of fish, razorshell clams and crabs! (February 2020)

Mental Health Week - The children in Lion Class are been awarded a certificate for being brave! (February 2020)

Class Assembly - Old and New Toys (January 2020)

This is "Class Assembly - Old and New Toys (January 2020)" by Jane on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

January 2020 - The children are enjoying been in the hydrotherapy pool.

We are Kings! (December 2019)

Our Christmas Party! Dancing, Games and Singing! We all had a fantastic time! (December 2019)

Christmas Lunch and Singing Christmas Carols (December 2019)

Making Christmas Cakes - All the children enjoyed exploring all the different ingredients. (December 2019)

Our Polar Express Day - The children came to school dressed up in their PJs. We had fun making 'I Believe' dust and tasty chocolate treats (December 2019).

All Lion Class wore odd socks for Anti-Bullying Day!

All Lion Class wore odd socks for Anti-Bullying Day! 1

Making our own hedgehogs with the autumn leaves we collected (November 2019)

Experiencing and Exploring Autumn Leaves - We all had great fun!

Rememberance Day (11th November) - Making Poppies using our hands and fingers.

Halloween - ICT - Pressing switches to activate lights, sounds and vibrations.

Sensory Art - Creating a green witch using our footprints! (October 2019)

Making a 3D model of a Turtle (October 2019)

Art/Literacy - We enjoyed making penguins (October 2019)

World Mental Health Awareness Day - Making Heart Shape Biscuits (October 2019)

Bubbles, Bubbles and Bubbles (October 2019)

ICT - Pressing switches to activate a cause and effect toy (October 2019)

Mark Making (October 2019) The children happily moved their fingers in the red paint, creating a big red bath for our Literacy story display.

Lion Class Assembly - Home and Away (26.09.19) Hartlepool, Poland, Croatia

This is "Assembly Hartlepool, Poland, Croatia CORRECT" by Jane on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Having more fun in our new soft play area! (September 2019)

Ward Jackson Park - Looking for signs of Autumn (September 2019)

Croatian Cooking - Vanilin Kiflice (Vanilla Cresent Cookies) September 2019

September 2019 - We are all having an amazing time in our new soft play area!