Welcome to class 3 – class teacher, Niamh Anderson

Children in class 3 are a group of pre-formal learners and semi-formal, which means that we are learning about all the areas of the curriculum but incorporating time to move, explore and learn meeting our sensory needs.

Class 3 follows the Equals Curriculum, this means we focus on the core curriculum areas of my communication, my personal, social, and emotional development (PSED), my thinking and problem solving as well as my creativity and the world about me.

The academy day

Morning

The school day begins with children being met by a member of staff as they get off the minibus. They then put bags and coats on their pegs, put lunch boxes and diaries in the box and choose an activity or a tray of sensory materials while the rest of the class arrive.

Communication, social skills and the developing tolerance to others is practiced during registration where there is ample opportunity to greet friends, share any news, check the weather and acknowledge the days’ timetable.

Once morning registration is complete it is time to go outside to the main playground where time is spent developing social skills and playing with friends. There is access to the ‘bike shed’, which allows great sensory modulation and improves gross motor skills and communication.

The first lesson follows themed work and reading, which gives children a context for their learning helping them to remember and demonstrate skills. All children have individual targets to meet and after celebrating what we have achieved we have movement and sensory diet break.

The children then come into class for a light snack and a drink, which they help to make. The second lesson of the day is based around numeracy or literacy skills, this finishes with 10 minutes choosing time before lunch, which is an opportunity to engage in a range of activities, carry on with work or to choose a book.

Lunch time

We split into two groups and have our lunch in the classroom, children can have a packed lunch brought in from home or choose from the school lunch options. After lunch, we have our main break time outside or take part in lunchtime activities.

Afternoon

After break, we come back into class for 15 minutes of quiet time. Quiet time provides a calming environment with visuals and sensory fiddles to help prepare pupils for learning. Once quiet time is finished time is spent saying hello, washing hands and brushing teeth prior to the afternoon lesson.

We tend to do our literacy and numeracy work at the beginning of the week so that we can do more creative sessions at the end of the week when we are more tired. When we have finished our work we have choosing time then snack. Our buses are staggered so we watch something on the whiteboard while we wait.

Home time

All children are supported with transfers from their class equipment into their home chairs, their belongings are all put together and they are supported onto the bus home.

Assemblies and star of the week

We join in the main assemblies on Monday mornings, where we share our school prayer, weekend news and Friday afternoons, where we celebrate our star of the week and learn about different themed days.