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Donard School

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Class 1

May 2024

In May we enjoyed lots of time spent outside in the good weather and exploring our current topic of minibeasts through activities such as numeracy, literacy, play-based learning, art, Attention Autism, and cookery. We're excited to move on and start learning all about summer and the beach.  

April 2024

April has been a busy month. We went on a school trip to Global Adventure Play with Class 2 and have enjoyed lots of different spring themed activities in class. We had a Spring Big Play in the hall as part of High Five Friday. We've also had a few April birthdays to celebrate. 

March 2024

In March we had fun celebrating lots of different events. We dressed up for World Book Day and learnt all about St. Patrick's Day, finishing the month with some Easter celebrations. We also had a visit from Scripture Union for some Bible Stories and enjoyed our usual activities such as numeracy, literacy, art, cookery and PE. 

February 2024

February has been a busy month in Class 1. We have celebrated events such as Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day and Pancake Tuesday. We've also started looking at our new topic, 'On My Street', and have spent some time learning about different types of transport and People Who Help Us. 

January 2024

In January we spent some time settling back into school after the Christmas holidays and explored all things winter. We looked at winter clothes, winter weather, and arctic animals. We've had fun with activities such as sensory play, art and attention autism as well as working hard with numeracy and literacy. 

December 2023

In December we got fully into the Christmas swing. We practiced lots for our Christmas show and enjoyed performing for all the families. We got invited to Bridge to see their Nativity and enjoyed a trip out of school on the bus for the first time. We've had lots of Christmas art, cookery, play, and activities and have found some time to learn all about the Nativity. We've been so busy and are excited for our Christmas holidays. 

November 2023

November was all about Fairytales. Throughout the month we looked at The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. We also took part in Friendship Friday as part of Anti-Bullying Week. Towards the end of the month we started our preparations for Christmas, practicing for the Christmas show and decorating baubles for the Christmas tree. We're excited to get into the full swing of festivities in December. 

October 2023

Throughout October Class 1 have enjoyed learning all about Autumn as well as exploring themes such as transport for Numeracy Week and Halloween. We've been busy with cookery, Attention Autism, play based learning, PE and tabletop work. It's been a very busy few weeks for us all.

September 2023

Class 1 have had a lovely time settling back into school again this September. We've been spending time with friends old and new, taking part in all our favourite activities like art, attention autism, outdoor learning, and cookery. We've been enjoying our theme All About Me and exploring topics like My School, My Name, My Birthday, and My Body & Senses. We've also managed to squeeze in lots of work, working hard during our numeracy and literacy lessons. We can't wait for the rest of this school year. 

Class 1B May 2023 update

This month our pupils have been working on the topic of Nursery Rhymes. They focused on practical activities relating to 'Incy wincy spider', 'Little Miss Muffett', 'I'm a little teapot', 'Hickory Dickory Dock', 'Hey Diddle diddle' and 'Twinkle twinkle little star'. Everyone enjoyed musical activities and related artwork. They also made crowns and enjoyed the King's and Queen's Ball!

Class 1B April 2023 update 

Everyone in Class 1B has been busy after returning from their relaxing Easter holidays. Pupils have been learning about lots of Nursery Rhymes as part of our new topic. We have been focusing on 'Humpty Dumpty', 'Baa baa Black Sheep', 'Little Bo Peep' and 'Mary had a Little Lamb'. We also have been working on other Numeracy and Literacy activities through practical learning activities. 

Class 1B March 2023 update

March has been a busy month for our Class. Everyone has been continuing to learn about our topic 'Food' and we role played working in McDonalds! We explored 'Spring' and 'Easter' through practical based learning activities. They enjoyed developing their creative flair to celebrate 'Saint Patrick's Day' and 'Mother's Day'. Everyone has enjoyed looking for signs of Spring outdoors. 

Class 1B February 2023 update 

This month we have been learning about different food and explore, smell and taste these. Everyone enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day and we made beautiful cards for our parents. 

Class 1B January 2023 update

Our Pupils were excited about returning in the new year. We were learning lots about Winter both in class and outdoors.  

Class 1B December update 

Our pupils have enjoyed learning about Christmas through practical activities and creative work. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our families a very happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing all the pupils back again in the New Year.  

Class 1B November update

Our class have been continuing to learn about 'People who help us'. We particularly enjoyed learning about the Hairdresser and the 

Dentist. The pupils took part in Junior School Nursery Rhyme week with lots of practical activities. We have used indoor and outdoor learning to develop skills in early Literacy and Numeracy skills. 

Class 1B  October Update 

All the pupils have been enjoying learning about Autumn and Halloween. We also started a block of Music Therapy and got to play lots of instruments. 

Class 1B

September update 

 The pupils in Class 1B have enjoyed settling into the new school year. Everyone has been enjoying lots of activity based learning both in the classroom and outdoors. Here is some of the fun we have been having!