RE Day

Today we have had RE Day. This time, we focused on Christianity and The Easter Story. In our sensory story, we learnt all about the origins of Easter and why Christians celebrate it. We also had a great afternoon on our Easter Egg Hunt!

Class Visit to Magna

We had the best time at Magna! We were busy exploring everything water-related as part of our current topic. We also got to experience the Fire, Earth and Air areas of the centre. Lots of smiles and laughter!

Another Sensory Story!

This week, we have been learning about how water can change between states and have focused particularly on frozen water by exploring ice and snow. We experienced a sensory story called ‘Sheldon Snail’s Snowman’ and enjoyed investigating different objects such as ice, artificial grass and even cocoa powder!

Conductive Education Awareness Week

In honour of CE Awareness Week, we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the amazing work our pupils do every day during their CE programmes and beyond. Chatsworth pupils have been working incredibly hard on their individual targets, whether that be initiating a movement, maintaining their grasp or having an active … Read more

World Book Day!

We have had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day here in Chatsworth. We experienced a sensory story, worked as a class to create our own story, and enjoyed dressing up as pirates!

Treasure Hunt!

Our new mini unit is Pirates, so today we had lots of fun doing a treasure hunt in Maths! We worked really hard to search for objects like buried treasure and a lost parrot!

Children’s Mental Health Week

We have been celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is ‘My Voice Matters’ so we have been practising expressing ourselves using switches and symbols. We have also enjoyed painting and making stress balls.

Millie the Mermaid

This week, we have been focusing on mermaids as a mini unit of our overarching topic: ‘Water Adventures’. We heard the story of Millie, a mermaid who was afraid of the sea but had to face her fears when crisis struck! We really enjoyed this sensory story and explored lots of different props such as … Read more

Music and Touch Communication

We’ve had so much fun exploring lots of different objects for our new water adventures themed ‘Music and Touch’ communication!

Water Adventures

We are having a whale of a time exploring our new topic ‘Water Adventures’ through music, mark making and water play!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What a fabulous end to the term we’ve had – Christmas Fun Day! We’ve enjoyed the photo booth, cookie decorating, making Christmas decorations, and karaoke. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday!

Feeling Christmassy!

We loved getting our classroom ready for Christmas today. We chose baubles, explored tinsel and listened to lots of Christmas songs!

Music Time!

In our Music sessions, we have been enjoying exploring a range of instruments to traditional African music. We love making as much noise as possible!

Children in Need

We really enjoyed our Children in Need fundraiser this afternoon. We did hook-a-duck, played ball games and explored the amazing Paces bake sale!

Our Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

As part of our learning on Africa, we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park and had lots of fun seeing all the animals!

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to 2024. The pupils in Chatsworth Class seem happy to be back at school and we can’t wait to see how they progress further as we move through the Spring term.

Our topic for this term is: ‘Water Adventures’. We will be covering interesting water-related units such as Pirates, Mermaids, Sirens and Selkies, and The Water Cycle. As always, we will be exploring our topic through lots of exciting multisensory ways to encourage as much engagement as possible. Our core text is ‘Once Upon a Raindrop: The Story of Water’ but we will also be experiencing some exciting sensory stories alongside this to maximise learning. In Humanities, our work will also link to Water Adventures, as we begin to look at different bodies of water like the ocean and rivers.

In our Maths sessions, we will continue encountering early numbers through a range of activities that appeal to the senses. We have already had so much fun counting frogs and getting them to jump onto lily pads in the water! There is also a particular focus on position within the shape, space and measure area of Maths and we will be working hard to develop our understanding of positional language, including words like ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘under’ and ‘out’. In Science, we will be investigating how water may look and feel different when it changes between the states of solid, liquid and gas. We can’t wait to start experimenting!

You will receive your child’s new termly targets shortly, and we hope you will find these an encouraging clarification of their next steps. Of course, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team and we will be happy to help.

Best wishes,

The Chatsworth Team