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Upper School

G1's topic of 'Under the Sea' has been running through our formal curriculum this half-term, with a specific focus on pollution, animal welfare and sea-based career opportunities. We've helped our local area by litter picking on the beach, and we've had great fun researching the weirdest and most wonderful sea creatures we could find and writing non-chronological reports about them. We've cooked fish fingers & chips from scratch in HE - which we had to budget for, shop for and write our own recipe cards for - and we visited a fisherman in Redcar to learn all about life at sea and the process from catching to eating. We've even dissected mackerel to investigate the anatomy and skeleton of a fish! 

G2 have had a very busy and very exciting term so far. We continue to work on our ‘Under the Sea’ topic visiting local beaches learning about our shore line, plastic pollution and the effects on sea life and people. We have taken part in Enterprise Week rising to the challenges presented demonstrating fabulous team work and problem solving skills. One of our students was presented with the Tees Valley student award whilst out group won the scrap book challenge award – we couldn’t be more proud of our class. Well done G2!!

G3 have been learning about different events and celebrations this half term. They enjoyed learning about Ramadan, Eid and King Charles’ Coronation. They thoroughly enjoyed having their parents in for our Coronation picnic and country dancing. They were amazing during Enterprise week and gave their all to every challenge and especially loved racing their model cars at Redcar beach! 

We have had a busy spring term in G4.  We have been learning about the Coronation of King Charles and have demonstrated creativity whilst making flags, bunting and crowns for our celebration.  We loved having our parents visit school to join us in our classroom celebration and our country dancing session.  Our topic is 'Under the Sea' and we have enjoyed a sensory poem and some of our students have been learning about the Titanic.  We have participated in a fantastic Enterprise Week with students from other specialist schools in the Tees Valley area.  The emphasis of this week has been placed on developing skills including problem solving, leadership, teamwork, speaking and listening and aiming high.

Our topic this half term is ‘Under the Sea’, G5 have been busy learning about different sea creatures and have created an Aquarium role play area in our classroom to showcase all the amazing animals we've discovered. We have also worked together to set up our very own fish tank and visited Maidenhead Aquatics at Strikes Garden Centre to choose and buy some guppies to add to our tank - we've enjoyed watching the fish interact with each other and learning how to care for them, including feeding them! Our topic-related story is The Rainbow Fish, and we have been working hard to learn all the signs so that we can retell the story using sign language.

G6 have been enjoying the topic 'under the sea' this half term. We have been engaging in a range of activities tailored to sea creatures. We have loved visiting different beaches on our educational outings even getting very wet! Our learning has covered healthy living within PSHE. We played a game of bullseye tailored to healthy living identifying what foods are healthy and unhealthy.

This term we have been exploring our ‘Under the Sea’ topic. We have two sensory stories that we really enjoy. The class engage in lots of stimulating activities as you can see by the pictures. We have even popped to the beach to collect some shells!

This half term G8 have enjoyed exploring our new topic ‘Under the Sea’. We have used it to help tailor our sessions throughout the week such as attention autism, 'what's in the treasure chest' and our movement and music session linked to under the sea themed dance. We also enjoy our weekly community visits, our independent skills are very important to our curriculum, and we have enjoyed visiting a local seaside, each week we have challenged our pupils and enjoyed playing in the sand and paddling in the sea. We have a lot of fun through our learning in G8 and getting messy shows it!!

This term in G9 we have been exploring our ‘Under the Sea’ topic. We have enjoyed an under the sea themed music box, complete with boom whackers for the sea shanties, and Pom Pom jelly fish. We have explored sand, water, bubbles and shells in the tuff trays and used our senses to smell and taste coconuts and ‘seaweed’ in sensory lessons.  In the pool we have been doing songs and rhymes including ‘five little frogs’ five little ducks’ and ‘baby shark’ - with a shark water squirter - lots of fun!

This half term G10 have enjoyed their new topic of 'Under the Sea'. We have enjoyed a sensory story about Pirate Frank and lots of creative sessions linked to the sea.  Our educational visits have been mostly to Redcar beach where the students had the best time playing in the sand, paddling in the sea and collecting shells. We have also had a big focus on road safety this half term and have practised crossing the road in our school car park and in the community.