Welcome to Juniper Class.
Juniper Class is the oldest class in the primary school here at Nancealverne and the children are between the ages of 8 -11 years old. We have a wonderful mix of smart, funny and caring students and staff who are driven by teamwork, problem solving, fun and creativity.
There are 4 awesome teaching assistants and 1 teacher who leads Juniper class. We currently have 10 fantastic children. Our students study an array of subjects across the curriculum including, English, Phonics, Maths, PSHE, Science, DT, RE, Geography and History and our class offer is bursting with a variety of practical opportunities such as: swimming, Zumba, soft-play, art, cooking, gymnastics and dance.
Our beautiful classroom is our gateway to inspire our students and we pride ourselves in our aspirational, colourful and interactive displays which really help our student’s creativity to ignite. We have had a class room full of Greek mythical creatures, magical fairies, enchanted woods and even a hot air balloon to celebrate some of our best immersive learning environments we have created. Our room is right next to the hall so we are usually the first class to get ready for dinner, and we have doors straight out onto our lovely playground so we also get to make the most of being outside too!
We try to focus on our sensory learning every day and this leads to some very fun (and messy) sessions, but we also have a structured cross curricular time-table which helps to prepare our students for further Key Stages in their educational journey. High expectations and aiming high is key!
Have fun exploring our wonderful class!
Jodie and the Juniper Team
In Juniper class reading is our absolute passion and books are the driving thread to everything we do.The class read every day after lunch- either their book of interest from the library or their phonics ability linked reading book. Encouraging our children to read each day, being read to and opportunities for immersive learning is essential to reading progression for our children. Everyday we find a new way of expanding knowledge and a love of literature.
The class has 20 minute phonics session 4 times a week- Below are some ReadWriteInc resources for SET 1 &2 and some websites with fun phonics games to help your child continue learning at home. The Oxford Owl link offers free digital reading books and the story-tellers link has some wonderful stories to share and listen to.
Every half term we have a wonderful inspiring new topic focus which invites exciting book choices to drive the curriculum. The Curriculum covers every subject area and links to the topic or book as creatively as possible.
Spring term is: 'It's a kinda' magic!' we will be looking at interesting characters, narrative sequences, instructional writing, spell experiments, Storms and Islands, arts & DT projects, role-play, sensory stories and mini world activities linked to the magical stories of ;
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Some brilliant links to help introduce the plays and texts of study can be seen below.
Our class love all practical Maths lessons where they can explore problems and strategies through using equipment and having a hands on approach to solve queries and questions.
We adore our current area of learning of measurement as we get to use lots of sensory materials to fill, measure and compare mass and compacity. We look forward to exploring money and time later in the year. We have lots of opportunities to get creative and bring play and role-play to our maths sessions as well as using Power- Maths activity books and White Rose resources for our more able learners too.
Again there are some great websites to explore below.
In our PSHCE and our well-being sessions we have been focused on relationships. Exploring friendships, learning to share and take turns and discussing how to express our emotions and feelings.
Our Recovery Curriculum has focused massively on well-being, mindfulness and being active. Below are some websites and apps to access.