As always we have been trying to be as independent as possible!
We have been going for weekly walks into Southfields to see what our community is like. We have visited different places and shops, learnt how to send a parcel at the post office, how to borrow a book from the library and how to order a drink from the café.
We have also redesigned our classroom with the support of our Occupational Therapist, this is providing enhanced opportunities for independence in the classroom e.g. use of power chairs, collecting our own equipment and moving from activity to activity.
We have been continuing to work on Number and Calculation in every Maths lesson as well as explore different areas of Maths each half term. This half term we have focused on Measures (Money) and Position & Direction.
Phonics and reading – we have been developing our skills through the phonics phases and sight reading. We have been applying this to our reading in class and individual reading. You will have received individual information about the sounds and words that the children have been working on.
In music we looked at and applied key words to describe music and how we like our music to be played e.g. fast/slow, loud/soft.
We are continuing to swim on Monday mornings.
On Thursdays, we were joint by Venus for PE. Half of us enjoyed dance this half term, the other half were working on our PE/ Physio goals such as throwing and catching and playing team games. These groups will be swapped around next half term.
We have learnt how to type words on a laptop or an iPad. We will continue to use technology to support our outcomes in other lesson e.g. developing some simple PowerPoint presentations.
The Formal Curriculum
Areas of learning include:
Spring 1 (2018/19)
Our Topic this half term is:
Communication, Language and Literacy
Through our theme pupils will continue to work towards their differentiated goals and supported as appropriate through visual prompt sheets, communication aids, Makaton signing and speech. We will continue to develop our reading and spelling skills through our Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Reading will be in both individual and shared groups. Our writing this half term will specifically focus on how we develop our composition of sentences and about writing for different purposes including writing about art and learning new vocabulary related to our art theme. Naomi, our speech and language therapist will continue Lego Therapy sessions to help us develop our speaking and listening skills.
In our Maths lessons we will cover Number and Calculations, Shape, space and Measure and Money. In number and calculation we will be developing our ability to do calculations with addition and subtraction, counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 100s. We’ll also be developing our skills in place value and how this helps us understand better about addition and subtraction. In Shape, Space and Measure; we will be developing our knowledge and understanding on 2 and 3D shapes and their properties through our artistic theme as well as on patterns and symmetry seen in art. This half term we will continue with our weekly shopping trips out into the community so that we are able to apply our money skills by being able to identify coins, make up amounts and exchange the right amount of money for the goods we buy. We will also be making sure that we understand how to read a price label so that we know how much money we need to find in our purses/wallets.
Understanding of the World (History)
We are very excited by our theme, ‘Gallery Rebels’ as this will have us the time to learn about different types of artists and be able to identify their work. We hope to have local artists visiting us to inspire us in our own art work. We will be learning new vocabulary associated with art including; abstract, impressionism and expressionism. We will specifically be looking at the art of Kandinsky, Monet and Munch and using their artwork for inspiration in creating our own pieces of artwork.
Social Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Many of us from Jupiter class, will be moving to secondary school at the end of this year so we’re all making sure that we work on developing as much independence as possible, making simple choices to improve our health and well-being and learning skills that allow us to share our opinions on things that matter to us. We are also all feeling different emotions about either moving or seeing our friends move and so we’ll be learning about different emotions and how to deal with these in helpful ways. We will also learn about how we can express our emotions through art.
Of course, our theme means that we’ll be getting very creative. We’ll be having a go at creating our own abstract, impressionist and expressionism artworks and having a go at creating portraits using different medium including photography. We will continue our weekly music lessons with Lauren.
This half term some children will go horse-riding whilst the rest of us do physio therapy programmes. We’ll continue our weekly swimming sessions on a Monday morning. We will continue to work on our physio goals integrated into our daily routines including bench sitting, time in our standing frames, sitting programmes, etc.as directed by our physio.
Computer and media
Our theme lends itself nicely to using art and media. We will use technology purposefully to create artwork, learn how to organise our work and store it and then how to retrieve work. We will also be learning about how we use technology safely and respectfully.
A very warm welcome to all our children, parents and staff who have joined us in Jupiter Class this year.
We have exciting topics to look forward to learning about this year!
But what better place to start than ‘home’…so as ‘Street Detectives’ we have started exploring and learning more about the area in which we live in.
The pupils can look forward to trips to the local shops, the library and also restaurants close to our school over the year. A particular focus will be on learning about shopping, the value of money, time, making requests and promoting independence. This is especially important for our year 6’s who will be preparing for their transfer to secondary school, next year!
Our book for this term is ‘The Detective Dog’ and the children are already loving it!
We are also excited about swimming, music and our whole school assemblies on Friday afternoons.
Don’t blink…before you know it, we will be singing Christmas carols!!
Wishing you all a happy Autumn term!
We have had another busy term in Jupiter Class. After Christmas we were happy to return and see our friends and began learning all about Mexico. We now know what the Mexican flag looks like and where Britain and Mexico can be found on a world map. Our favourite part of the topic was when we had a fiesta and got to eat Mexican food with Mercury Class! Jupiter also attended the Panathlon this term along with some of our friends in Venus Class and we were very excited when we helped Wandsworth come in first place! We competed in manual and electric wheelchair slaloms and relay races, the bean bag toss and adapted Kurling. We have been invited to now compete in the Semi-Finals at the end of this month so please keep your fingers crossed for us.
Currently, we are learning all about the author Roald Dahl and have been enjoying reading the story Fantastic Mr Fox as well as some of his other classics. Next half term Jupiter will have a new teacher, Dimitra, and our topic will be Superheroes. We are all also beginning to get very excited for our first ever residential trip! Check back with us soon to hear how we get on in the Panathalon and to see some photos from our camping trip!
Jupiter Class explored our new building in our topic ‘Changes’ during the first half of the Autumn Term. We also looked at changing states by carrying out various science experiments and the changing seasons when we went on an Autumn walk on Putney Heath. We created art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and celebrated Black History Month. Jupiter Class also attended the Wandsworth Parasports Boccia competition and both of our teams came in 2nd place! Up until December we will be learning all about the Victorians, including what school was like for them and how they celebrated Christmas.
The Friends of Greenmead (FOG) is the registered charity of Greenmead School. It depends on the support of parents, friends and staff for its success. Through FOG’s fundraising activities, Greenmead pupils have access to a range of facilities which would not otherwise be available. This includes funding Music Therapy. New parents are encouraged to join. If you would like to make a donation to the school please contact the school office or go to www.justgiving.co.uk
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