J4 is a vibrant class of Primary 2 pupils within the Foundation Stage. We focus upon building positive relationships with both staff and our peers to aid learning through play. Through various topics we have access to the NI curriculum which is modified to meet our individual needs.

We have enjoyed exploring our new classroom, exciting timetable, and a range of learning environments such as Sensory Lounge, Soft Play, Sensory Garden, Lights and Educational Outings.

To support our development, we use a range of strategies and programmes such as Visual Strategies, PECS and Makaton to promote positive behaviour and further develop a range of fundamental skills for learning.

An exciting year ahead for J4!

S2 is the second class in the senior school, with pupils from Year 8 to Year 10. In S2 we focus on practical skills, including practical literacy and numeracy. We also focus on learning to do things for ourselves. This includes class jobs like making our own break, washing dishes and doing our class jobs. We follow the ASDAN Transition Challenge scheme which allows us to achieve a certificate for all our hard work through the year. We also enjoy going on class trips to practice our money skills. This year we are reading JK Rowling’s series Harry Potter. We have already started with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s. We are joining with S1 this year for PE and are already enjoying Kurling.

S1 is the first class in the senior school, with pupils from year7-year9. In S1 we enjoy learning about new things in class and through our subject groups on a Tuesday and Thursday. We follow the ASDAN New Horizons scheme which allows us to achieve a certificate for all our hard work through the year. We also enjoy going on class trips to practice our money skills and enjoy breakfast clubs. So far this term we have been very busy. We have enjoyed a breakfast club at Ikea, played fidget spinner maths, started our new class novel Charlotte’s Web, have weeded our flower beds for planting, are enjoying Kurling in PE with S2 and are doing an art project on Keith Haring. Later in the term we hope to start our mini enterprise, but its top secret for now!

J15 is the last class in Junior school with pupils from P6 and P7. Our focus throughout the year is to prepare each young person for their transition into senior school. This involves a focus on becoming more independent and developing our social and life skills through activities such as outings, shopping trips and links with other classes. We continue to follow the same topics and curriculum areas as our other friends in Key Stage 2 but with the focus on functional literacy and numeracy skills, alongside a drive to develop our self-esteem, resilience and self-help skills. We take part in a wide variety of subjects and activities throughout the year both within school (e.g. cookery, PE, circle time, choir etc) and out in the community including pony-riding and swimming sessions. We are really looking forward to a year filled with fun, new experiences!

J14 have a good start to the school year. We have been spending time getting know more about ourselves and each other. Our favourite activities have included singing, Tac Pac and outside play.

We have also enjoyed expressing ourselves and creating masterpieces through the medium of art and cookery.

Our first outing was to café Cosh and the Valley Park. We loved observing wildlife, collecting seasonal items but, most of all, the V36 playground. It was the ‘icing on the cake’!

This year, we hope to continue to develop our personal and social skills to a greater degree through activities such as attention autism and other group work sessions.

J13 is a junior nurture class of 7 fun loving boys and 3 enthusiastic staff. We all enjoy exploring the curriculum through activities that awaken and engage the senses. These include lessons such as Attention Autism, Tac Pac, Sensory Stories, Sensory Circuits, Music and our favourite messy activity is Sensory Play.

As part of our daily routine we enjoy exploring the sensory rooms throughout the school and our new sensory garden which celebrates our school’s 50th Anniversary.

This term we are learning through the topic ‘All About Me’ were we are looking at our emotions, our body and our families.

J13 have also enjoyed weekly trips pony riding and even ventured to Staks for sausage and toast treats alongside their friends. J13 really enjoy being together as a class, playing with each other and engaging in learning. All pupils have settled well and are looking forward to a great year together at Hill Croft School!

J10 enjoy exploring the curriculum using our senses. We like to get involved in lots of movement to help develop our muscle tone and balance. Every morning we take part in Sensory Circuits to stimulate our sensory system and help develop our muscle tone and balance. All pupils like to engage in activities such as Tac Pac, Sensology and Attention Autism. We have messy days which can include play in pasta, rice, foam and various forms of gloop or simply enjoying the simplicity of water play. The class like to access the lights room, sensory lounge and soft play areas exploring the area and the resources available. Each pupils works on tasks individually and as a group with some sharing happening between other classes. We are a busy class with lots of fun and excitement happening.

J9 consists of seven lively, fun loving boys who like to learn using their senses. We approach the curriculum in a sensory way which allows us to make lots of mess and have lots of fun!!!

We learn through activities such as Attention Autism, TAC PAC, Discovery Time, Movement, Sensory Stories and Play.

We have a lot of energy so we need lots of opportunity for movement and our new classroom with outside space allows us to do this frequently during the day.

There is never a dull or quiet moment in our class, we like to keep busy which keeps our staff busy too!!

Our topic at the minute is Getting to know you and we have had lots of fun getting to know all our friends in the classroom. We have been learning what we all look like and getting used to the names of our body parts and what we can do with them, so if you come to visit J9 we can all give you a wave with our hands!!!

J8 is made up of 4 girls and 4 boys from P4 and P5 who enjoy lots of play and activity based learning. We have work tray time every day during which we work on our individual targets and we enjoy getting out to the playground at break and lunch time to mix with our friends within the department. We have a busy timetable throughout the week with activities like art, cookery, P.E and attention autism. We are all settling in well, getting used to our routines and making new friends -we are all ready for a super year in J8!

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.