J1 started our topic off with Polar Areas and Winter which was great fun when there was snow outside. We thought it was really exciting when it snowed, but very cold when we went out to play. We are just starting our topic ‘Under the Sea’ now. We’ve loved the pirate ship in small world and the fish filled role-play area. On one of our Educational Outings we went to see the different colours of fish at Hillside Garden Centre and watched them swimming with their friends.

J1 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’re working on balancing and peddling during P.E. and outdoor play, and had loads of fun making new friends with P1 from Rosstulla during our first Shared Education Play Date. We had a great time taking part in lots of Halloween activities during the last week of October and dressing up for the party.

J1 is made up of pupils who are within the Primary 1 year of 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 J1 classroom.

J1 are settling well into school. It’s been a busy month for everyone being P1 with lots of things to get used to like staying longer in school, having dinners and going on educational outings. Our topic is ‘Getting to know you’ and this is exactly what we’ve been doing. There has been lots of art, lots of mess and lots of fun as we made face biscuits, our school bus and painted our special hands and feet. We’ve been out for break a couple of times and all enjoyed getting sausages then going to the park with our friends in J2.