J2 have been really busy in October learning about Autumn and the changes that happen during the season. We talked about animals that come out at night when it is starting to get dark earlier in the day, and all the colours the leaves change before they fall from the trees. We were able to dig up vegetables for Harvest and used them to make prints. We had a great time taking part in lots of Halloween activities during the last week of October and dressing up for the Foundation Department party.
J2 is made up of pupils who are of Primary 1 age within the Foundation Stage. We enjoy a play based approach to learning throughout our school day in all areas of the NI Curriculum which is adjusted to suit our needs. We focus on developing social and communication skills such as listening, following instructions, making requests and waiting our turn, and forming good habits to promote future learning and development. Within school we love to make use of the different environments including the outdoor areas where we can explore with natural materials and use the play equipment, the sensory and lights rooms, and soft play where we can develop our balance and gross motor ability while getting rid of extra energy. We are able to take part in educational outings within the local area to put our new skills into use outside school. We use a range of strategies and programmes such as Makaton signing, PECS and visual strategies to promote communication, promoting positive behaviour and Team Teach. Most of all we like to have fun with our friends and staff, developing positive relationships in the safety of our classroom.