Welcome to Seals

Teacher - Seals Cate Sadler-Barker
Photo of Cate Sadler-Barker

Hello!

We are Seals Class.

There are nine pupils and five adults in Seals. We are carefully transitioning from a play-based curriculum into a more formal and focused curriculum.

We are very energetic and therefore we love to keep busy! We spend lots of time every day going outside, doing arts and crafts, reading and engaging in subject specific activities.

Seals Summer Term 2 Timetable 2022

 

 

Summer Term 2 2022 Topic: Food Curriculum Info for Parents - Support communication and language development, emotional growth and generally embed a positive attitude to learning and developing.
EnglishWe will be continuing with our new reading and phonics scheme, Twinkl phonics, again this half term. Each time we learn to read and write a new sound I will send a sheet home for you to practise, when convenient. We will also be using a new reading scheme; Rhino readers. Please download the app at home and select Level 2 books to read. Pupils love sharing their Weekend news on a Monday morning so please send me some photos (csadlerbar8rrf@nsix.org.uk), when possible. The children enjoy reflecting on these photos so we have made a display in class. Please send in any photos of your child and their family (pets included!) so we have a photo of everyone on our Family display board. We will be doing a Show and Tell session every Friday afternoon to support our speaking and listening targets. Pupils may bring something in from home or they can use something they have made at school during the week.
MathsWe will be working on counting through nursery rhymes, stories, songs and role play. Can you sing along to the “Animals went in two by two”? How animals will we have by the end of the song? How many pigs did Old McDonald have on his farm? How many fish friends does Tiddler have in his class? At home incorporate ‘guessing and counting’ into everyday situations, e.g. how many dogs will we see today? How many cows do you think are in that field? We will also be working on sorting animals into groups according to different criteria, such as ‘feathers’ and no feathers’, ‘farm’ and ‘jungle’. Can you do this at home with the animals you come across? We will also be learning to copy patterns and sequences. Whose footprint comes next, the mummy or baby elephant’s? Can you copy the rhythm of the sound of the animals stomping onto the ark? What patterns and sequences can you see when you are out and about? What comes next?
PSHEPupils have made an impressive start with their new teeth cleaning routine at school. We are so proud of them all for keeping their teeth so clean. We will continue with this alongside other aspects of independence with self-care. We will be exploring foods from different cultures and countries. What do they eat in Mexico, China, India and Australia? Do we eat these foods in England? At home explore and discuss foods that originated from different countries. What are you having for tea tonight? Where does this food originate from?
SceinceWe are going to learn to identify soil, plant and animals. We will sort animals and plants into the correct piles. Whilst looking at the animals we will be learning to talk about their specific features (e.g. paws, feather, ears) and learning to use simple biological vocabulary (e.g. move, eat, water). When you next go into the garden or visit a field or some woods, look out for animals and plants, talk about them. Can you use some wonderful words? Please do let me know if you do.
ArtWe will be looking at artwork by Henry Rousseau - which animals might we see/find in his jungle scenes. We will also be making our very own jungle scene by creating ‘Hanging monkeys’. We will also be creating sensory cacti and savannah sunset scenes. When out and about do you notice any artwork with animals in? Can you use this as inspiration for the scenes we create at school?
History / GeographyWe will continue to have lots of fun on Julie’s Mystery Tours (we all know where she is going really, but it sounds more fun pretending only Julie knows!). Where will she take us? What will you see on the way? Can you answer some more complex questions about the specific places you pass (e.g. What did you buy from the supermarket?, Who did you take to the vets?). Can you answer questions like these when you go out and about at the weekend? Please let me know via the diaries how you get on with this. In History we will be learning to recognise ourselves, familiar people and places in photographs of the more distant past, alongside communicating obvious differences in photos from the more distant past of themselves and familiar people. Can you bring/email in some photos to support us with this? Can you look at some photos at home, and discuss them?
Computing (led by Nikki Wardell)In our computing sessions we will be revisiting areas with a focus on animals. For example, we will be learning how to use software to record sounds of the animals. We will also be using specific programmes to create graphs to show our favourite kinds of animals. We will continue to enhance our skills when using class whiteboard, I –pads and specific coding toys (such as Bee Bots) linked with the theme of animals. When at home and in the community, consider using a recording device to photograph or film a pet, or bugs found in the garden. Can you change the image, for example, black & white?
PE (led by Nikki Wardell)In PE we will be focussing on multi skills. We will be sometimes working with a partner or in a small group. Our sessions will include moving like animals. We will have personal targets set for PE. We will aim to get changed into PE kit which will help our life skills. When at home and in the community (park, beach etc) take the opportunity to move like an animal. For example, slither on the floor like a snake; hop like a rabbit; jump like a frog, run like a cheetah etc
DT (led by Nikki Wardell)During DT we will be creating a variety of animals that live around the world. We will be using a variety of craft materials and tools, whilst working on our targets. When at home consider researching a favourite animal and making it with junk modelling material. We would love to see anything that you have created at home, so please feel free to send it in or a picture of it.
YogaCate is learning yoga (I am currently doing a course in Special Yoga). We will be practising some of the techniques I have learnt to support our emotions, energy and learning. Which techniques do you prefer? The breathing ones (Pranayama), the postures (Asanas) or the singing and chanting (Omming, Hari Oms and HA breaths)? Can you practice these at home too? Maybe ask some of your family to join you?
Focus Stories and rhymesWeek 1&2: Noah's Ark / Week 3&4: Old McDonald / Week 5/7: Tiddler / Week 6: Enrichment week