Welcome to Key Stage Two! We are made up of two classes that are both mixed year group classes. Our staff team that support and guide the children through the school are made up of these wonderful adults:
We get up to a range of different learning experiences in Class LM and LR but here is a snapshot of what we have been doing so far this school year.
English – Poetry
We have looked at poetry in English, where we have explored the patterns in poems. We have read poems by others and looked at how they created rhythm and rhymes. We took inspiration from a poem called “Through the Jungle” and wrote our own versions. We then played with the performance of poetry and worked on our own. Some of us have already performed them in Sharing Assembly recently. We practised before in the classroom and here is a sneak peak!
Science – Materials
In Science last term we were exploring the topic of materials. We did a lot of practical activities including testing for strength and absorbency. We went on a learning walk around the school looking at objects and why they are made from a particular material. The vocabulary of “air resistance” and “gravity” was explored whilst choosing suitable materials to make parachutes. We made our parachutes and tested them by letting them fall from the stage in the hall to the floor.
Topic – Healthy Body
We looked at “Healthy bodies” last term as our Topic. We learnt about the skeleton and the organs and their functions. We also learnt about different healthy foods. We were food critics for the day and took part in a healthy food tasting session. We tried a range of healthy foods including passion-fruit, avocado, mango, banana and oranges – the same fruits that Handa had in her basket from the book “Handa’s surprise” that we were studying in our English lessons!
PE – Hockey
In PE we were working on our hockey skills. This has allowed us to develop our hand eye co-ordination and our approach to team games. We have all really enjoyed learning new skills and having the opportunity to be healthy through regular exercise.
School trip – Barleylands
Last half term we went on a school trip to Barleylands to learn about where our food comes from. We spent the morning making our very own healthy pizza from scratch and we enjoyed the afternoon being outside to explore the farm and the discovery barn, grinding wheat, meeting and feeding the animals and taking a tractor ride around the farm!
Social Development – Police Visit
Recently we had a visit from our local PCSO officers Kevin and Sarah, who brought with them a police car for us to explore. We were able to hear the siren, get inside and see how it is different from other cars, as well as try their police hats. We enjoyed spending time with the officers and felt comfortable to talk with them about what they do as a job
We are all very excited by the school’s new playground equipment. We have plenty of opportunities to use the equipment before school, at break time and lunch time play, as well as some time at the end of PE. The swings are a favourite!
Fine and Gross Motor Skills – Games
The classes have a weekly session of one and half hours of Games led by Miss Blood, the School’s Occupational Therapist. The children complete a range of stations from building on their functional skills like dressing, opening and closing storage, to building core stability through balance based exercises. We all think it is a lot of fun playing games together.
Miss Duzsko and Mrs Ivey, our Speech and Language Therapists, along with our Communication Leaders from each class are always teaching us new signs. Here are some signs that might be useful at home, don’t forget to say the words too!
At the end of the week we have timetabled into our day some time to enjoy play with our friends. As some of our pupils travel far to come to school, during the busy school week it can be hard to arrange play dates. we want to encourage our young people to build friendship with their peers. We like to do lots of things but our current favourite are board games, Speed Stack cups and puppets.
In Key Stage 2 we all have our snack together before break time. We enjoy spending this calm social time together before we go out for fresh air on the playground. It is an opportunity for us to practise good table manners and take on the responsibility for laying the tables and clearing away.
Some weeks rather than the adults in school leading the assembly it is the children instead. Class 2M led our recent assembly on Diwali. They all enjoyed acting out the story that this Hindu celebration centres around.
Grove House School is a special school for pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. All pupils have an Education, Health & Care Plan and may be working at a level below age expectations.
Swimming Competency of our current year 6 pupils
3 of our Year 6 pupils can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
3 of our Year 6 pupils can use a range of strokes effectively
3 of our Year 6 pupils can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations