Donard School

A Bridge to Learning

22a Castlewellan Road, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4XY

028 4066 2357

Class 1 -  April 2022

Class 1 enjoyed a short month in April . We finished off our Spring topic with lots of exciting activities. We also enjoyed 'The Great Outdoors' cookery challenge. We got stuck into lots of exciting and practical hands on Easter activities.

Class 1 - March 2022

During March we enjoyed the changes in the weather and had great fun in the sensory garden and enjoyed outdoor play. The pupils explored and experienced the season of Spring with lots of practical and sensory activities. We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day.  The pupils also completed art, cookery, literacy and numeracy tasks.

Class 1 - January 2022

We started off Term 2 looking at the season of Winter.  Some of us were lucky enough to be able to get out to play in the snow on our first week back. The pupils have explored winter through lots of sensory trays - real snow, ice cubes and arctic animals. We completed lots of art activities- painting snowmen, creating snowflakes, silhouette polar bears, foot and handprint penguins.  The pupils also completed fine motor tasks, Literacy and Numeracy activities, made bird feeders during World Around Us and snowman biscuits in Cookery.


Class 1 - December 2021

A very busy but fun filled month in Class 1.  We finished off our ‘Celebrations’ topic and the pupils explored the theme of Christmas.  They completed lots of sensory play experiences, enjoyed our weekly Cookery and Art sessions, fine motor tasks, Literacy and Numeracy activities and continue to enjoy being outdoors.  The pupils also enjoyed our ‘Santa Daily Mile’ and Christmas jumper day.

Class 1 - November 2021

Another very busy month in Class 1.  The pupils explored the theme of Autumn, Diwali and Nursery Rhyme Week.  They completed lots of sensory experiences and thoroughly enjoyed exploring, experiencing and using their senses during our indoor autumn walk.  We have enjoyed our weekly cookery sessions, fine motor tasks, numeracy activities and continue to enjoy being outdoors.  We also welcomed a new pupil to our class, and he has settled in so well.

Class 1 - October 2021

 We’ve been busy bees again this month.  The pupils explored the theme of Harvest, enjoyed well-being day and our jungle themed numeracy week.  They completed lots of cookery, fine motor tasks,  numeracy and enjoyed being outdoors. The pupils have also been learning to work together.  We also enjoyed two fun filled weeks of Halloween activities, exploring and getting messy with lots of sensory activities.

Class 1 - September 2021

The boys and girls have settled back into school life with full gusto.  They enjoyed lots of play based learning activities and loved heading outdoors.  We started our topic ‘Happy Days’ and the pupils have explored and experienced the themes of birthdays and Chinese New Year.  We love our sensory play, relaxation time and attention autism sessions. 





Class 1 Update - January 2020

This month Class 1 have been very busy exploring our topic ‘Winter.’ We have been very busy painting with coloured ice, making our own snow and creating Melted Snowmen pictures.

We have also been focusing on Healthy Eating and used the blender to make yummy smoothies to share with the school. We loved the sound of the noisy blender!

We look forward to see what the rest of the year brings!

Class 1 Update - November 2019

Class One have had a lovely month exploring all things Autumn. We have created lovely artwork using our handprints to make hedgehogs and have loved exploring the Autumn colours—red, yellow and orange.

This month we enjoyed music therapy and made lots of delicious treats in cookery! Class one celebrated an 8th birthday this month!

Class 1 Update - October 2019

Class One have been working hard to complete Autumn sensory activities and explore the different textures and sensations from various materials. We have been busy making chocolate apples, buns, jelly and fruit salads. We really enjoyed the Maths Dinosaur Week. We had great fun learning the “Five Little Dinosaurs” rhyme.


5 Little Dinosaurs
Five little dinosaurs trying hard to roar,
One stomped away and then there were four.
Four little dinosaurs hiding near a tree,
One stomped away and then there were three.
Three little dinosaurs peeking out at you,
One stomped away and then there were two.
Two little dinosaurs ready now to run,
One stomped away and then there was one.
One little dinosaur not having any fun,
He stomped away and then there were none.

Class 1 Update - September 2019

Welcome back to all our wonderful pupils in Class One. We are looking forward to a fun filled year of fun and exciting activities.

Our topic for this term is Materials and Seasons. We have been busy discovering lots of different textures and materials. We have been exploring the story of the Three Little Pigs.

Class One have had lots of fun exploring and learning about all the different materials the Three Little Pigs used to build their houses. They really enjoyed trying to blow the houses down using the fan.

We have been enjoying lots of sensory play exploring lights, sounds, smells, textures and taste.

We are all looking forward to a great year in Class One.

Class 1 Update - June 2019

Class 1 have been celebrating summer time in spite of the weather. We have had lots of sensory fun with sand castles, water pistols, pineapples and lollipops, - not to mention making our own ice-cream and walks in the Park. We also enjoyed a beautiful morning in Newcastle with a walk along the Front. All our pupils did so well at Prize Day—they are all exceptional and we wish we could give them all a trophy!

The Staff in Class 1 want to wish all our pupils and their families a very happy and healthful summer. We will miss you all!

Class 1 Update - April 2019

This month class 1 have had lots of fun exploring our “Up” and “Easter” topics. We have listened and moved to a variety of ‘sport’ and ‘mini-beast’ music. We explored sports equipment and a variety of mini-beast toys through water play, attention grabbing activities, art and our toy bars. We used the touch screen to explore balls bouncing, flying kites and rockets.

We had a fun time when we joined the junior classes for the “Easter Sensory Sensations”. In class we made cards for our families, explored eggs by rolling them through paint to create marks and made nest buns in cookery.

Class 1 Update - March 2019

Look how much fun we have in class 1!

Class 1 Update - February 2019

Class 1 have started their new topic Up, Up and Away, by exploring balloons and bubbles. Of course we couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without spoiling our Mums with chocolates and a lovely card. All the pupils enjoyed a little bit of pampering too with rose-water foot baths and massage.

Class 1 Update - January 2019

Class one have had a lovely month. We had snow storms in class - one was dry and the other was wet.
We enjoyed walks in the local area and also liked exploring ice and real snow!

Our special story this month has been “Sneezy the Snowman.” We’ve created snowmen in art and participated in many other snowmen activities e.g. exploring images through ICT. We also made yummy snowball buns for cookery.

We had lots of fun dressing up and we dressed up in hats and mittens and enjoyed the “Three Little Kittens” rhyme time!