Whale Class News
Whale Class Term 6 2021-2022
This term we have explored lots of different forms of transport and how these vehicles move. We have really enjoyed creating ramps for our vehicles with lots of different resources such as guttering, tubes and tyres!
We have continued to thrive completing our learning outside this term and have really enjoyed spending time in the sun. It has been lovely to see how the children’s interactions have developed over the year.
For sports day we completed a colour run and explored our outside area. We all had lots of fun and listened excellently.
The children visited The Chalet school main site for a whole school transition afternoon this term and visited their new classes. The children really enjoyed having playtime with their peers at the main site and enjoyed exploring the playgrounds.
This term we also visited Coate Water for our annual ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. All the children really enjoyed their turn on the miniature railway and their ice lolly. During the day we played lots of chase games with our peers and enjoyed the sunshine.
In cooking we have explored food from around the UK. We have been exploring British fruits, biscuits and dairy products. We also really enjoyed making our own milkshakes.
As the weather has warmed up, we have also enjoyed lots of water play and especially getting to play in our paddling pool with our friends. We were also lucky to have some volunteers from St James Place come and plant us some new plants in our garden. We even played a game of Hokey Cokey with them to say thank you!
Well done Whale Class on an amazing final term. We are all very proud of you and everything you have achieved. It has been a pleasure to see you thrive in your first year at Chalet school and we are excited to see you in September. Have a lovely summer break 😊
Whale Class Term 5 2021-2022
Down at the Bottom of the Garden
Another very busy term in Whale Class. We have welcomed Ira to our team as a PGCE student who will also be joining The Chalet School as a teacher in September.
We have enjoyed learning all about ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ this term. We have also explored lots of minibeasts and insects that we might find in the garden.
The children have really enjoyed our focus on planting and gardening during our topic this term. We have planted strawberry plants, pansy plants and made our own cress heads. We have watched these grow over the term and have taken turns to water these.
We have continued to thrive completing our learning outside this term and have really enjoyed spending time in the sun. We have introduced lots of parachute games this term which all the children have really enjoyed. We have completed lots of messy play and water play outside.
In cooking we have explored lots of different fruits and vegetables that we might find in the garden. We have used these to cut, mash, smell, taste and even make into smoothies. Making smoothies has been Whale Class’s favourite cooking lesson this term.
This term we have celebrated the Queens Jubilee with a garden party. We made crowns and paper chains in Art in preparation for the party. For the party we celebrated with music, balloons, party games and finished off with a special snack of ice cream and strawberries. We all had lots of fun and enjoyed the celebrations.
Great work Whale Class, it has been a very busy term. Our next and final topic of the year is ‘Full Steam Ahead’.
Whale Term 4 2021-2022
People Who Help Us
We have had a very busy term learning all about ‘People Who Help Us’. We have had a focus on Dentists, Doctors, Police officers and Fire Fighters. We have enjoyed lots of role play around these and enjoyed our themed sensory story.
This term we have also celebrated lots of events- World Book Day, Festival of colour, Red Nose Day, Mother’s Day, Autism Acceptance week and Easter! We have also celebrated some of our peer’s birthdays this term. It was lovely to have our families visit us for World Book Day we had a fun afternoon filled with lots of reading through play. We had lots of fun completing our colour run for Autism Acceptance this term. We all really enjoyed getting messy and taking part in this celebration.
In cooking we have explored breakfast foods this term and have worked on exploring different spreads. We have tried jam, butter and lemon curd on a variety of different breads. Our favourite being the hot cross buns!
This term we have been completing ‘Attention Autism’ sessions daily. We have completed Stage one, Stage two and Stage three! Stage three is where we add another activity and develop skills to take a turn in an activity. We do not get a turn in every session as it is also about learning to focus on others. We have made amazing progress with this and will continue to work on these three stages next term.
Great work Whale Class, it has been a very busy term with lots of amazing WOW moments! Our next topic is ‘Down at the Bottom of the Garden’
Whale Term 3 2021-2022
Term Three-On the Farm
This term we have had lots of fun learning all about the Farm. We started the term by exploring lots of different sensory trays filled with mud, straw and foods that can be found on the Farm.
In cooking we have explored produce from the farm. We have made milkshakes, tasted cheese and different fruits and ended the term with tasting melted chocolate and our favourite fruits. Surprisingly the children preferred to eat the blueberries and strawberries instead of the melted chocolate!
In art we have made pig and cow masks by collaging different materials to paper plates, we have printed using different vegetables and made marks with our tractors.
We have also celebrated Safer internet day this term. During the day we looked at different cause and effect toys, explored the iPads apps safely with an adult, used our remote-control cars and listened to a sensory story about how to stay safe online. The adults modelled the signs ‘safe’ and ‘help’ to support our understanding whilst using these technology devices.
This term we have been completing ‘Attention Autism’ sessions daily. We have completed Stage one and Stage two. Stage two is where we add another activity and develop skills to attend to the session for a longer amount of time. We have made amazing progress with this and are looking forward to introducing Stage three next term.
Well done Whale Class on another brilliant Term and for Thabani for settling in amazingly to Whale Class. Thank you to all our families for supporting us this term with lots of spare clothes and socks! Our next topic is ‘People Who Help Us’.
Whale Term 2 2021-2022
This term we have had lots of fun learning all about different celebrations. We started the term learning all about Bonfire night and Diwali. We painted fireworks, dyed water different colours and even had a tasting session where we tried some different Indian snacks- our favourites were poppadum’s!
The next celebrations that we learnt about were Remembrance Day, World Kindness Day and Children in Need. We all decorated a poppy and used these to make a wreath to display in our classroom. We also made a ‘friendship’ paper chain where we all decorated a different piece of the chain to resemble our differences and finally, we had a Pudsey tea party!
We also celebrated Road safety week and World Nursery Rhyme week. We took part in playing the traffic light game as part of our rainbow challenges and decorated traffic light biscuits. During World Nursery Rhyme week, we sung lots of different Nursery Rhymes, used props from our favourite rhythms and sung circle games.
To conclude our term, we looked at Hannukah were we explored different light toys and celebrated Christmas. Christmas has been our favourite celebration. We have enjoyed decorating our classroom, making salt dough and clay decorations, wrapped presents, brought toys from our toy shop and made our Christmas cards for our families. We all had a lovely afternoon during our Christmas party. We were very lucky to have an adult from all of our families come and celebrate with us. Thankyou again for everybody that attended it made the party very special.
This term we have been completing ‘Attention Autism’ sessions daily. We continued with stage one which is called Bucket Group and have progressed to also completing Stage two towards the end of the term. This is where we add another activity and develop skills to attend to the session for a longer amount of time.
Well done Whale Class on another amazing Term. You have all continued to thrive and we are all excited to welcome you back in the New year. Ready for our next topic ‘On the Farm’.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Whale Class Term 1 2021-2022
Term One- I am Special
Wow what an amazing first term in Whale class. Whale class have settled into routine brilliantly. This term we have enjoyed exploring our new classroom and outdoor learning space. We have really enjoyed using the musical instruments, the water tunnel and our mud kitchen! Whale Class have also enjoyed exploring the playroom (softplay) this term and have all now learnt when the playroom is open for us to play in and when it is closed.
We have been exploring which toys we like and dislike and have been using these to help build our communication strategies.
This term we have been completing ‘Attention Autism’ sessions. We are currently completing stage one which is called Bucket Group and have been learning how to attend to these sessions. We have all made excellent progress with these sessions and our favourite item in the bucket has been balloons!
Towards the end of the term we have enjoyed participating in Halloween themed activities. We have made potions, decorated ghost marshmallows, decorated pumpkins and completed a fizzing experiment using pumpkin faces, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Well done Whale Class on an amazing start to the year and we are excited to see you continue to progress next term. Next terms topic is ‘Special Times’.