Terrapins Learning Blog

Fine Motor
We work on fine motor activities daily to help strengthen and coordinate our small muscles. Our hands and eyes work together to complete a variety of tasks. This helps improve our concentration and ultimately our ability to copy and write independently.
 English Language
Our class is a signing class and we communicate with our peers by using both speech and Makaton sign. We are developing our language skills by using a variety of manipulatives that will help us to read and write. 
We read daily in Terrapins Class and enjoy listening to lot of stories. We are learning to listen carefully and follow instructions through drama. We are developing confidence as we act out different characters.
During numeracy lessons the children's understanding is supported by the use of symbols, manipulatives and hands on practical activities. We have been learning about lots of mathematical concepts such as 2D and 3D shapes, time, money, addition, subtraction, multiplication and measures.
We have learned about the moon's surface and the different phases. We enjoyed singing the planet song and learning the names of the planets. Last half term we have been fossil hunting and have made our own fossils.
Sensory Time
Children enjoy exploring their environment using all their senses in a calm and safe space.
Physical Education
We use the Smart Moves Programme which is related to each of the National Curriculum PE areas. Activities are differentiated to meet each child's physical and developmental needs. 
Forest School and Gardening
We are fortunate to be able to learn about the environment through our forest school. We have helped to plant trees and we often join Turtles class to maintain our sensory garden and feed the birds.