Visit to Horton Lodge

On Wednesday Class Jonah went to visit Becca and her friends in her class at Horton Lodge. Becca was so excited to see us she showed us to her class. When we got to the classrooms we went into groups and got to work on Jack and the Beanstalk activities with some of the children from Horton. We made flowers for the beanstalk, painted and stamped leaves for a beanstalk, decorated plant pots and planted sunflower seeds, had a treasure hunt and used instruments and a interactive story to retell Jack and the Beanstalk.

Then we had a picnic lunch with our friends and then went to play on their play area. We said how much we liked their school and their toys and that we had made some new friends.

We are excited about Becca coming to her class next term.

Class Jonah’s reinactment of the Easter Story

On Tuesday we talked about the Easter and what Easter meant and what we got at Easter. We then talked about the story and what we thought it was about. Lots of us knew some things about the Easter story. Miss Irwin showed us a story on the whiteboard that was made from Lego people.

It showed how Jesus went to Jerusalem on a donkey and all the people waved palm leaves at him and were excited to see him. Then we saw how Jesus’ friend wasn’t kind to him and that people plotted against him to kill him. We learnt Jesus was put on a cross and died. Then he was put in a tomb. But then a few days later when they checked in the tomb he wasn’t there! Then we heard how Jesus was still seen around helping people and he had come back to life. After that then he went to heaven with an angel. It was a lot for us to try to understand. But with a bit of role-play and some props we made a few of us rein acted the Easter story as we think it happened.

Please watch our story.
Video coming soon.

Toads in the classroom!

During our morning learning we happened to find a new member to class who had hopped in through our door!

After we had finished screaming at it we thought about putting it somewhere where it wouldn’t get hurt!
Miss Irwin suggested the big garden in the allotment.


That’s where we left the Toad but we might go back tomorrow and see if he’s still there!


Newsletter 27.3.14

Dear Parents,

This week has been full of exciting days, we’ve been excited about learning our last two sounds in our purple set of phonic sounds- er and ure. We know that ‘er’ sound is like ‘ur’ but it usually comes at the end of words. We really like ‘ure’ which we say like a short ‘yor’. Our action for ‘ure’ is to point at an imaginary pile of cow manure and pull a disguseted face and say ‘ure’.
This week we have also made our mothers day presents and had our mothers day afternoon with our yummy cakes and we planted our tomato plants to grow at home. Then we finished today with our day of making disgusting recipes, which we made lots of our teachers eat! HA HA HA (Evil laugh). Mrs Cameron was definitely not keen on eating spider goujons!

Next week is our last week before Easter half term. We will be having Easter fun by learning about the Easter story, creating an Easter Garden outside, doing Easter crafts and who knows we might even have a visit from the Easter Bunny…if we’ve been doing good listening! Which is something we are also going to focus on next week- listening skills and sharing skills as sometimes as a class we forget that we need to do good listening and share nicely with our friends!

On Wednesday we are also going for a visit to see Rebecca at Horton Lodge to see how she learns before she joins us in our class next term. Wednesday is wear an item of blue for Autism Day, however we would like for Class Jonah to make sure they are still wearing their school jumpers as we will be going to Horton Lodge.

How you can help at home
*Practise writing our new sounds and finding them in words around us in our every day lives.
*Our writing of super sentences if getting really good now but we do need to practise using our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Why not try and write Miss Irwin some disgusting recipes at home!

Have a nice weekend
Miss Irwin and Miss Kippen

10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices


Is there a reason to be scared of technology when it can improve our children’s learning? Is it not the future?

Miss Irwin found this blog post and thought it might be something to consider when thinking about using tablets and phones at home- their benefits and how to use them effectively. It shouldn’t rule children’s lives but technology should support and develop it. Have a read.

Originally posted on Hipmombrarian's Blog:


My children, both on handheld devices, learning and laughing.

Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.

1) Because banning things never, ever, ever works. 

Remember when your parents wouldn’t let you watch rated R movies so you just went to your friends’ houses to watch them? I think I’d rather have my kids using technology and handheld devices with me beside them. Where I can engage with them, answer questions, and limit content if I have concerns.

2) Problem solving.

When my kids…

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Making and eating disgusting recipes

Today was the day we finally got to make our disgusting recipes and oh my word did we have fun making them. We practised using all sorts of skills like spreading, cutting, mixing, cooking and pouring. It was a very busy morning.

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We had to think about what ingredients we could use to make our horrible recipes. When we had finished we laid them all on the table to have a look.

Then we invited Mrs Cameron, Alison, Mrs Gifford, Mr Wood and Mr Robinson to come and try our disgusting recipes. They were a little resistant when they read our recipe titles but with our encouragement they tried some food. Then of course Miss Irwin and Miss Kippen had to have some too.

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We loved watching them eat the food.

Horton Lodge Visit

Next Wednesday 2nd April, Class Jonah are going to visit Charlotte’s sister Rebecca at her school Horton Lodge. We are going to see how she learns and stay for dinner with the children. This is so we get used to how Rebecca learns because soon she will be coming into our classroom once a week, as of next term.

We are all very excited about Rebecca coming as we have met her before and think her wheelchair is very cool.

Our trip will only be a couple of hours and will be within in school time. We are going to make a book of our experience so we can keep a record for ourselves and for Rebecca when she comes.