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Class 5

2023 - 2024

May 2024

This month we have been exploring our topic's 'Spring' and 'In the Garden'.  We have engaged in lots of multi-sensory activities such as exploring in the sensory garden, planting seeds, making flowers during art, participating in garden themed music sessions and sensory stories.    

April 2024

It has been lovely to finally see some sunshine in April.  Class 5 have been enjoying outdoor time in the sensory garden to explore seasonal change.  We have been learning about Spring and engaging in lot of sensory related activities.  We have been planting cress seeds, making popcorn cherry blossom trees and popcorn lambs, along with lots of other activities.  This month we enjoyed a Spring Big Play session in the hall for our Hi-Five wellbeing Friday.  We have had a wonderful month in class.

March 2024 

March was filled with lots of different themed activities.  We continued our class topic of 'Up, Up and Away'.  This month we also celebrated Literacy week and had a fabulous time dressing up for World Book Day.  We participated in Saint Patrick's Day craft activities and watched some Irish Dancers in assembly.  To finish the month we had Paris Bubbles visit school, everyone had a wonderful time experiencing lots of different size and textured bubbles.  We enjoyed the cause and effect element, watching them pop!

Class 5 would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to Summer Term. 

February 2024

February was an extremely busy month with lots of celebrations.  We enjoyed learning about Chinese New Years through a sensory story, sensory music session and our favourite was using our senses to explore a range of Chinese food.  The sweet and sour was a hit! We also celebrated Pancake Tuesday and Valentines through a range of activities and had a wonderful time at our school disco before midterm break.  Our new topic this month is 'Up, Up and Away'.  

January 2024

This month we have explored all things Winter.  We were exploring Polar Bears through sensory stories, sensory music, exploration, craft and cookery.  I think Class 5 highly enjoyed our Polar Bear Sensory story where everyone had the opportunity to dip their toes into cold water and lets not forget the chilly ice.  We even got to taste some scampi fries when the Polar Bear caught some fish for dinner.  Class 5 have had a great start to 2024! 

December 2023

December has been a busy month for Class 5. We had a wonderful time joining up with our Junior School Friends for our school performance 'The Night Before Christmas'.  Everyone had a magical time and staff are so proud of how well everyone participated on stage.  This month we did not manage to take as many photographs as usual as we have been busy engaging and getting messy! We been making Christmas tree decorations, Christmas cards, and Reindeer food.  We enjoyed using our hands to make messy Christmas trees and we even managed to make some yummy festive shortbread and chocolate truffles.  Let's not forget Christmas Dinner when Class 6 joined us for some festivities. 

Class 5 staff would like to wish all of our pupils and their families a safe and enjoyable Christmas Break and a very Happy New Year. 

November 2023

Class 5 enjoyed our Sensational Story of Cinderella.  We engaged with a range of sensory props from a broom to a ball dress to a clock striking midnight.  This half term we enjoyed participating in Nursery Rhyme week and Odd Sock Day.  Pupils have worked hard working towards individual IEP targets and Intensive Interaction.  

October 2023 

October we focused on Seasonal changes and explored Autumn.  Class 5 enjoyed taking part in an Autumn walk around our school ground and exploring change.  This month we enjoyed Music Therapy where we have had the opportunity to explore music through the soundbeam.  We ended the month with Halloween activities and a spooky disco.  We had a busy month with skill based activities where we were learning to reach, grasp and post items.  Class 5 staff, hope that everyone has a well deserved half term break.

September 2023

Meet Class 5! 

We have been busy settling back into school routine.  This month we focuses on 'All About Me' and Birthdays.  We are now enjoying our Term 1 topic of Sensational Stories and have great fun with our theme 'We are Going On a Bear Hunt'.  In class we have been using Objects of Reference to support transition and we have been developing our independence skills during 1-1 work.  We are looking forward to a busy, fun filled school year ahead.  

2022 - 2023 

October 2022

Harvest, Halloween and happy days!

September 2022...

Starting a new school year in Class 5!

Class 5 - February 2022


Class 5 - January 2022

Everyone in class 5 has been getting involved in "Attention Autism" sessions. We have been sitting, watching and listening very attentivley.

December 2021

During the month of December our children have enjoyed Christmas themed worksheets, Christmas posting tasks and painting their Christmas trees. They did some Christmas craft and made button pictures of Santa's beard. They enjoyed the sensory garden and making Christmas tress for the Christmas Craic-er. Merry Christmas from Class 5!

September 2021 update





Class 5 Update - January 2020

A very busy month for our little learners. In numeracy we have been continuing with counting and making sets and have started time - sequencing how to do things. During literacy time we have been reading lovely books, doing lots of fine motor tasks and writing activities. This term our topics are Winter and Celebrations. We have done lots of winter art and been exploring and experiencing a Chinese New Year. Everyone has loved it. In cookery we made hot chocolate and smores and had a Chinese buffet. The children have loved our Attention Autism sessions and been so focussed and engaged.