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!
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.
Look how much fun we have in class 1!
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 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!
In Class 1, we are continuing to investigate our Topic of ‘Sensational Stories’ through a range of sensory-based activities, and often go home to our mums rather messier than we came in! (Sorry mums!) We have had fun exploring the story of ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’, as well as making lots of noise on the interactive plasma screen as we made our own fireworks display on Guy Fawkes Day. Pupils from Classes 1, 4, 7 and 10 worked to share some sensory learning experiences from 4th Year students from Stranmillis University College.
We have been busy using all our senses to explore lots of Autumn textures and smells. We hope our families enjoyed the Pumpkin Brownies we made—our Staff enjoyed the left-overs! We have continued to do lots of painting, cooking and ICT related to our Topic ‘Sensational Stories’ and we dressed up as princesses and tasted yummy ice-cream. We had some very special visitors to our classroom who had come all the way from Paris. Thank you Mickey and Minnie!
Happy Half-Term Everyone!
Welcome back to all our lovely pupils! A special welcome too to our newest pupil who joins us from Scotland!
Our Topic for this term is ‘Sensational Stories’ and our pupils have been experiencing a wide range of activities around two stories - ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Two of our pupils dressed up as two very beautiful ugly sisters, and the class have all had fun making and wearing their very own Mad Hatter hats.
We continue to work on a daily basis to develop the important skills of engagement, anticipation, noticing and attending.
We look forward to a busy year of fun and activity.
Class 1 had a lovely day out in Newcastle as an end of term treat. Given that they are the best pupils in Donard School nothing would do but that we would have our Break in The Slieve Donard Hotel, followed by a beautiful walk along the Promenade. We didn’t have time for ice-cream – that will have to be a treat for another day!
Class One pupils have been exploring Springtime. We have recently had a few opportunities to go for a walk in Solitude Park to discover some signs of Spring. We found daffodils which we handled and smelled.
We have been learning about some Spring animals including chicks and lambs. We all had a chance to dress up as a lamb– we looked very cute! We also made a lamb collage using different textures to represent the fleece. These materials included cotton wool, porridge oats and shredded paper.
We have been enjoying the “Hungry Caterpillar” story and we all got involved by helping to create a caterpillar for our story board. We used green paint, plates and our feet to paint with, it was very messy. We had a foot spa and massage afterwards which was nice and relaxing.
Recently we got a swing in class and everyone has enjoyed having a swing in it.