It’s been such a busy term in J2. Our topics were ‘Songs and Stories’ and then ‘Christmas!’ which is always the most fun. We made mice with the playdough and made ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ run up and down the clock during play, explored a star themed sensory tray in ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and were singing ‘Little Donkey’ in our sleep as we got ready for our Christmas Play. The Christmas house corner was a huge hit, with lots of present opening, tree decorating and of course art and cookery in between all the special Christmas events and parties!
J2 is made up of pupils who are a mixed class of Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils 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.