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Blue Class

 

In Blue Class the current Class Teacher is Mrs Agate with Miss White and Miss Welsh as supporting staff. Blue class is centred around creating a nurturing environment that in turn develops social and academic development. The school day begins with morning meeting and eating breakfast together, we then take part in circle time where we play games to develop communication and healthy relationships, alongside discussing key events and topics throughout the year. Following this, the children will take part in 3 lessons a day that match their academic ability. In the morning, the children take part in Maths lessons and Read Write Inc. sessions to support their reading and writing. Practical strategies are used as much as possible to encourage engagement, understanding and a love of learning. Children are encouraged to read and write as much as possible, but this is built up in small steps to develop confidence and accuracy. In the afternoon the children engage in longer lessons including Science, Topic and Computing. These lessons are more creative and encourage the children to explore the world around us and develop skills they will need to live an independent life, these include cooking, using a computer programs and exploring different countries through Topic.
The children enjoy rewards to promote positive outcomes, they can earn these by meeting their personalised targets and showing a positive attitude to learning. These rewards include Maplepoints to spend in the toy shop and bistro, rock climbing and using the climbing frame, but are not limited to this. Blue Class have a covered outside area that they share with Green Class. We use this space to work, play and explore the environment and it has a positive impact on the children’s social and academic progress.

 

Blue Class act as a transition group between Green Class and UKS2 (Red and Purple class). The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in Blue Class:

 

Table tasks (based around literacy and numeracy) to promote independence

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly, one intervention session a week, circle time and Primary reward assembly – 20 mins each.

4 x Read, Write Inc or Handwriting sessions – 45 mins each

Maths x 4 - 45 mins each (one session includes active maths)

Skills Builder or group games session every day – 15 mins each

Story time session each day – 15 mins each

Science x 1 – 45 mins

Reading intervention session x 1 – 45 mins

Topic (covering Geography/History/Art/DT) x 2 – 45 mins each

PE x 2 – 45 mins each

RE x 1 – 45 mins

Music/Computing (alternate weeks) x 1 – 40 mins

Forest School/ Swimming/ Horse riding (rotating carousel)

PSHE x 1 – 40 mins

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Guided reading sessions wherever possible (these can be implemented in place of a Skills Builder or Story time session where appropriate).

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

Opportunities relating to Food technology and Performing Arts are weaved throughout the areas above

 

 

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