Welcome to Otters Class!
This year in Otters Class we are a group of 8 boys from a mix of age groups from Year 2 to Year 6.
The adults in our class are:
Class teacher: Ms Ruiz
Teaching Assistants: Ms Ratcliff, Ms Irving and Ms Kennedy.
We follow the National Curriculum by participating in meaningful and accessible short tasks with small step targets that are individual to us. All of us 'work for' our favourite activities. We like to look at books with an adult, play with the trains, build with duplo, dress up, complete jigsaws with help and we are also learning to play simple board games with our friends. This gives us some much needed downtime after we have worked so hard and is also an opportunity to focus on our social skills and listening to instructions.
We enjoy tracking our day using a class visual schedule. We all benefit from the consistent structure and routine including the grown-ups!
Every morning we start the day with a Meet and Greet register. We use this time to sing songs, identify everyone in the class using photos and say hello to them. We also look at the days of the week, months of the year and the weather. This helps us settle into class after our long journeys in and sets us up for a good day at school.
After our Meet and Greet we have English and Maths. Tuesdays afternoons we have swimming. It is our favourite day. During the week we have one session of Science, ICT, Music, Topic, Art, also PE on Thursdays. Term 3 we will have the opportunity to enjoy Soft Play in Faversham as part of PE enrichment every Thursday morning. We enjoy spending time outside on the playground and all children are supported to build social skills with other children. We also have the opportunity to play with children from different classes. Lunchtime is another opportunity to develop our independence and social skills, helping each other and sitting together at the dinner table. We start the afternoons with Phonic and a short Meet and Greet to check we have all come back from lunch. We then all participate in Clever Hands activities to help us with our fine motor skills. This is a very popular session in the day and we all participate without knowing we are actually learning!
In the afternoons we continue to develop our maths and English skills through our topic work which includes art, our environment, the past and investigating how things work through science discovery and exploration.
We also have the opportunity to share a snack twice a day, morning and afternoon. We have the option of water and sometimes there is fruit available. You may like to provide a snack or some squash for us to dilute during these times.
If you have any questions please write in the contact book or ring and leave a message with Reception and I will get back to you as soon as I can.