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.

J1 is a foundation stage class made up with Primary 1 pupils. In our class 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. We are very busy throughout the school day and enjoy using our outdoor areas, the lights rooms and sensory areas to do Tac Pac and reflexology and soft play to burn off some energy. We also love Attention Autism, music, singing and sensory play activities.

We’re a very busy class but we make sure to have lots of fun during the day too.

J13 loved exploring technology at the science fair in the waterfront with J14. We also learnt about the world’s ugliest animals as well as watching science experiments.

Thanks to everyone who came to the sponsored walk. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! Thanks to staff and PTA members who volunteered and organised it and to the Rapid Relief Team for providing the gorgeous food.

J13 have been very busy recently! We celebrated two birthdays, celebrated Chinese New Year and been on two trips. We went bowling and we also went to the Play Zone at the valley and had so much fun! It was Literacy week in school so we have a very special visitor called Helen come to our class and ready two stories; The Lion who wanted to Love and an Itch to Scratch. Our pupils enjoyed Helen doing all the different voices for the different characters.

This term we have been working hard on our targets.

Hill Croft are organising a sponsored walk on Saturday 21st April between 11 and 1. We will be meeting and finishing at the school and there will be refreshments available upon return to school. There will be two routes which are both accessible by wheelchairs and buggies. The 1km route will have a Hungry Caterpillar theme and the 3km route will have a Disney/Star Wars theme. All pupils and their families are very welcome and we are hoping to have a great day’s fun while raising money for our sensory garden. Sponsor sheets will be sent home after Easter.