Mission Statement and Termly Overviews
We will John: Class teacher, Julie: LSA,
Our Class Governor is: Gary Bullock
Heatherwood School’s Mission Statement
Seeking to develop a better tomorrow for all learners, with profound and complex needs, through a holistic blend of quality first teaching experiences; celebrating pupils’ strengths along a highly personalised learning journey.
In Early Years we will endeavour to achieve this by:
- Adapting our lessons and experiences to suit the individual needs of our students.
- Respecting all pupils’ voice and choice; and celebrating their individuality.
- Providing a narrative: what is happening, what has happened and what is coming next.
- Maintaining high expectations that challenge and inspire.
- Equipping students with life skills that build independence.
- Having a classroom that offers a safe, stimulating multisensory environment that enriches the pupil’s learning; and encourages positive relationships with both staff and peers.
- Having a fun, warm, welcoming and caring atmosphere.
- Being a positive role model and always praising good work, achievement and positive behaviour.
What we are learning in the Spring Term:
Our Topic this term is: Food and Lifecycles.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
This term we will be learning about two topics. Firstly we will be learning all about food and how things are grown; this will include looking at aspects of spring, growing plants, and exploring different fruits and vegetables by using all of our senses. Our second topic links very nicely with this, in that we will be looking at spring wildlife and exploring the life cycles of creatures such as butterflies. To support this topic our book is: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Throughout this term we will access our sensory garden and the wildlife garden in order to explore many aspects of growing, seasonal changes and lifecycles, and we will explore in a multisensory way many aspects of food. These topics will encompass all aspects of the Early Years and will cover the Prime Areas of Learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social, Emotional Development; as well as the Specific Areas of Learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design; as well as the Characteristics of Effective Learning ( Playing and Exploring – engagement, Active Learning – motivation and Creating and Thinking Critically – thinking); through each child’s individual journey of fun, experience, exploration and discovery!