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Otters

Otters is a mixed ability class of Key stage 2 pupils. We currently have eight children, 2 girls and 6 boys. Our teacher is Kate W T, and we have good working team of special support assistants; Caroline T, Rachel J, Debbie S-F and Carolyn H. Jane S is our MMA and she supports us at lunch time. We eat in our classroom first and then we join the rest of the primary classes to play outside. 

We follow the National Curriculum, adapted to meet our individual needs, and work on our literacy and numeracy skills daily. A lot of our teaching is through topic work, but we also have time to work on our individual targets. This year the topics are ‘All About Me’ and ‘Fantastic Fairy Tales’ in the Autumn Term. ‘Moving Around’ in the Spring Term and ‘Seaside’ in the Summer Term. We work in groups and independently in our class as well as sometimes individually one to one with staff. 

In Otters we work on independence, self-help and communication skills across the week. A visual timetable helps us to understand what we are doing each day and we use speech, Makaton signing & Widgit symbols, PECS and switches to help us communicate. We are a busy and active class and enjoy weekly PE, swimming, play barn and soft play sessions, in addition to using the playground and outdoor equipment. We regularly visit the sensory room and the dark room. We also work on our independence through computing and cooking sessions, in addition to trips out into the community and some outside learning.