Class Blog for The ARC

April in the ARC 

April in the ARC

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Spring time and Science

Solids, Liquids and Gasses.

We have been busy with our science this term to witness the changes that happen during some solid and liquid experiments.

First we made Ice decorations showing that liquid can change to a solid and then back to a liquid using the freezing and melting method.

Secondly in science we cut up fruit and mixed with our liquid (yogurt) and froze it to see if we could make it into a solid. It froze and made delicious fruit lollipops.

When we froze water, milk, vinegar and apple juice, some of us thought the milk would freeze first, some the water and some the vinegar. The water froze first with the milk at a close second.

Finally we decided to see if we could turn a solid into a liquid by using the melting process. I think the boys enjoyed this the most. The water that reached boiling point during the melting process turned into a gas (we could see this by the the steam rising).


February in the ARC 

February in the ARC

There has been lots to celebrate in the ARC this February with birthdays and Valentine's Day. 

Our topic is Dinosaurs. We have been baking Dinosaur biscuits, creating fossils like the ones that Mary Anning found, creating Dinosaur skeletons out of pasta and building large scale 3D dinosaurs. Watch this space for the Dinosaur stories that we have worked on in literacy. All the ARC children have engaged really well with the topic! 

Freddie has been enjoying his piano playing and messy play. He is getting brilliant at using some of his symbols to communicate. We are very proud of him. 

Our newest member of the ARC, Eddie is settling in nicely. He loved making his dinosaur skeleton! 




We have been busy this January working on our water theme. We have recreated Monet picutres in Art and made fish out of willow and tissue paper. In Geography we have looked at the wonderful world where we have been learning about the seven Continents and five Oceans. Our cooking sessions have also been connected with water and liquid.

In Science we are learning about Solids, liquids and gases. We decided to make a Lava lamp to see what happens to the oil and water. The oil had greater density as it stayed at the bottom while the water stayed at the top. The bubbles were created by the fizzing tablets.

We enjoyed making Ice decorations, using natural items such as leaves, sticks, fir cones, conkers and flowers. We showed that liquid can change to a solid and then back to a liquid using the freezing and melting method.

Finally we decided to see if we could turn a solid into a liquid by using the melting process. Using chocolate buttons we conducted a fair test by using two chocolate buttons in each container. We used the same amount of water but 3 different temperatures (cold, warm, boiled). I think the boys enjoyed this the most and concluded that the cold water left the chocolate as a solid, the warm water slightly melted and the boiled water completely melting the chocolate. They noticed that the chocolate still tasted the same on all three.


Spring Term in the ARC 

The Topic this term will be all about Water. It is a short term so we have lots to fit in!

In Art we are looking at the paintings of Monet and then creating our own water scenes with chalks and textiles. We will also be making 3D fish. We will also be working on some Computer Art this term.  Geography will focus on our Wonderful World where we will investigate the 7 continents and 5 oceans. In Science we will be learning about solids, liquids and gasses. Our cooking sessions will all involve using water. 

In the ARC we provide sensory activities for our pupils. This term, alongside individual sensory diets, we will be focusing deep pressure activities. 

We are all learning  Makaton together so that we can use to communicate using signing. This has been lots of fun! 

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 


December in the ARC 

It has been a very busy December in the ARC. We have enjoyed Christmas dinner, role play activities where we dressed as characters from the Nativity. We have made Christmas cakes and cards and enjoyed learning about the Christmas story in RE. We wish you all A Very Merry Christmas!


November in the ARC 


This has been another busy month. We  celebrated Bonfire Night at the beginning of the month and created fantastic firework pictures. We have also celebrated Anti-Bullying week. The children learnt about what bullying is. They thought about how they could help a friend that might be bullied; Joe suggested being extra kind to them. David said that they should tell someone. We created odd sock designs, wore odd socks and made odd socks biscuits. They tasted delicious. 

This term we have been learning about writing letters. The children have written letters to fairy tale characters, marked letters saying what could be improved. Jake read 'Dear Dinosaur' and has been exchanging letters with his own Stegasaurus. 

This month we celebrated David's birthday. He is now 11! The boys all posed together so that we could get a photo of nearly all of them together. 


October in the Arc 

October in the ARC has been a busy month. This week we celebrated Halloween. We created these spooky collages of pumpkins. We have also carved pumpkins and used the flesh to bake cheesy pumpkin puffs! 

In literacy we have worked on comic strips. They also enjoyed working on their discussion texts - Should Animals be kept in Zoos?   What do you think? 

We had a great visit from the fire brigade this month. We got to hold a fire hose, try on a fire-man's equipment and look inside a fire engine. 

We are settling in well to our new school year and routines and looking forward to some winter learning. 


September in the ARC 

September in the ARC. 

It has been a busy month. We have welcomed our newest member, Eddie,  into the ARC. Eddie has made a great start and we are looking forward to him joining us full time in the near future. 

We have focused on working together this month and there have been many times during the day where we all sit together; music, circle time, feelings time and snack/ lunch times. The children are really learning how to be respectful with each other which has been lovely to see. 

Life skills continues to be an important aspect of ARC learning. The children now have a morning/ afternoon jobs routine. They also take turns to be our snack monitor. 

We have also begun a daily yoga session in the morning. The children are learning new yoga poses and it has proved a very popular session. 

All of our learning in the ARC is planned on an individual basis according to need. Freddie has been learning to build towers ( and knock them down!) while Eddie has been practicing his mark making with paint sticks. We look forward to  more October/ Autumn learning


Welcome back to the Autumn term in the ARC 

I hope you have all had a lovely Summer holiday. It is great to get back and be ready for lots of fun, exciting activities this term.

This term we are looking at ‘The Food Journey’. Where does food go once we have chewed it up? What happens to our food?

We are also learning about discussions:

·         Are you for or against Zoos?

·         Is it important to wear school uniform?

·         Should we eat chocolate ice cream every day for dinner?

·         Should Children have a bed time?

We have a Geography focus this turn where we will be exploring ‘Magical Mapping’ looking at different types of maps, our local area and school.

Being Me is a one of our PSHE subjects this term and we also will be exploring our emotions, feelings and have we can connect with each other.

This term we are having a big emphasis on life skills. We will follow different job rotas at the beginning and end of the day. For snack time we now will be taking it in turns to be snack monitor, make choices, prepare and clean up after we have finished.


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