Caterpillar Class

Caterpillar Class

Teacher: Kirsty Smith

Support Staff: Sarah, Hayley, Charlotte and Kerry.


In Caterpillar Class we are learning through lots of sensory experiences.
Our class has daily routines which give our day structure. Our routines give the children a sense of security and safety and knowing what to expect next helps to calm any anxious minds.

Feeling calm and safe helps Caterpillar students to be ready to learn.

This page will be updated every week and will give you a snapshot of our activities and achievements.


We’ve had a really good first week back to school and Caterpillar students have all settled back into school really well. We have a new staff member, Kerry. She says that she’s loved her first week in Caterpillars J Welcome to the team Kerry!

Here’s a selection of photos which are a fantastic reminder of just how much learning has taken place in the week.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Lilly Mae Hotchkiss for: great participation in Phonics lessons



Caterpillar class is fast moving and full of energy; Here’s a selection of photos which are a fantastic reminder of just how much learning has taken place in the week.
We have learned more about feeling happy and have laughed ourselves silly both while listening to The Laughing Song (Muppets version) YouTube link  and also while using puppets. Oakley has been fab at his ‘Ha, ha, ha’ laugh while Divine has beamed lots of big cheesy grins!
In maths we have practiced ‘putting-in’. Abaan is the master at using chunky peg boards while Divine has proven his learning so well by almost ‘knocking- out’ Hayley and Sarah while throwing/putting bean bags into buckets.
In PE we made progress with our working-together skills by using the parachute to play a group game.
In Outdoor Learning we explored the space more; while also hunting for eggs with fluffy chicks inside. This was very funny because of course big sticks are more interesting than eggs (Oakley)!

‘A BIG Happy Birthday to Oakley Fowler who will be 7 on 5th April

Abaan’s Wow moment was being so enthusiastic to complete his peg board that he then went and picked up the pegs from the floor. Sorry no pic of that so here he is holding his spoon perfectly ….again!

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was working with Charlotte and learning how to carefully use her fine motor skills to make the pop-up man spring up high PLUS then put the man back in for another go.

Oakley’s Wow moment was showing me that he thinks that speed and colour matching are much more important than learning how to use the hammer when using the peg board.

Divine’s Wow has been how calm he has been while walking in the corridor. BUT also how gentle and friendly he has been with other students both in class and while outside in the playground. Here he is smelling our Monday smell (Vanilla) and also drinking milk from a cup.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Divine Nwadioha

for: fantastic participation and learning in Maths





This week we had more fun with a new Traction man adventure; Oakley got a surprise with the shaving foam and Divine made a new ‘best friend’; the stripey sock who traps the squeaky cupcake.
Divine has responded really well to his Sensory Swing Sessions and Lilly Mae is being great at having a go with all activities even if we had to bring the sand to her on the trampoline!

Divine showed us just how MUCH he enjoys rhythm and sound when we listened to some beatboxing videos.

Abaan’s Wow moment was using his spoon to eat pudding …. 2 days in a row!!
Here he is also doing some excellent independent work in art. He held his brush in a tri-grip first but then changed to a fist grip.

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was patting Hayley’s hands to clap at just the right moment for Wind the Bobbin Up.

Oakley’s Wow moment was having fun dressing up with hats (including his safety helmet).

Divine’s Wow was when he showed us just how MUCH he loves the interesting vocal sounds made by French beatboxer, Eklips.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Oakley Fowler

for: coming to circle straight away and for good participation in Good Morning routine.




Liz, our visiting Sensory Occupational Therapist was back this Monday morning and she was impressed to see the positive results of us following her advice. She also brought some goodies; a ‘twanger’ elasticated band for Abaan’s chair legs, a couple of poppers (a bit like bubble wrap) for Abaan and Oakley and also a mini weighted blanket (which so far has been a favourite of Lilly Mae and Oakley).
Some highlights from our week:
Another brill painting session…. started with using stamps to print stars and (superhero) flashes and moved on to finger painting.
Independent Living Skills (AKA getting to know our vegetables) ended up in a very smelly classroom; Spring Onions!
Moving our bodies and learning how to put umbrellas UP and DOWN and also how TURN pedals was a maths activity this week. Moving our bodies was a fun (Maths/spatial awareness session) where we opened and shut umbrellas and also used our table top pedals for some bilateral movement. Here’s a link to our umbrella song YouTube link

Abaan’s Wow moment was when he finally took part in stacking the cups instead of nesting them. No photos of that…. but here are a couple of him having an amazing time building with the mirrored blocks

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was her great work in Maths; where she used her hands to grip and manipulate the plastic numbered fishes.

Oakley’s Wow moment was his good participation and sharing in PE

Divine’s Wow was his sheer delight shown when he used the new school Sensory Swing. Here’s a photo of him in another moment of delight… when he showed his weakness for a tickly massage from our vibrating bug massager.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Abaan Khurram

for: excellent participation in all activities and exploring of new toys and equipment



We started the week with a special visitor, Liz; a Sensory Occupational Therapist, who spent Monday morning with the students in Caterpillar Class. Divine demonstrated his need for movement and bouncing and also his love of dance. Look at that leg stretch (see pic below)!

In Maths we continued using new tools to scoop and measure; Abaan and Oakley especially loved the new clear plastic scoops.
Lilly Mae was one of our super veg washers when we learnt about washing fresh veg in Independent Living Skills.

We had one of our best ever painting sessions to make Superhero facemasks (see pic of Oakley later).
Oakley also enjoyed playing with our Superhero glove puppet as well as taking part in our Sensory Story where Traction Man flies in his super speedy Space Trainer. Here’s Lilly Mae getting thoroughly involved with both the trainer and Traction Man.

Finally, we had a fabulously sticky two sessions using Slime Jam (which we have renamed ‘SUPER STICKY Slimey stuff’. We are so very lucky to have such understanding cleaners at NorthRidge

Abaan’s Wow moment was when he (with only a tiny bit of encouragement) pulled up his own trousers. Working on those Independent Life Skills

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was when she SPEEDILY sneaked up behind Sensory Occupational Therapist, Liz, and quickly knocked down the stacking cups before anyone else could get a look in!

Oakley’s Wow moment was his fantastic use of paintbrushes, sponges and scrubbing pads when he painted his own superhero painting.

Divine’s Wow was when he followed on his Independent Living Skills lesson with a demonstration of how to blow bubbles using only his mouth and lips.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Divine Nwadioha

for: Developing your communication skills and showing excellent improvement in using symbols to choose at snack time.



This week in Independent Living Skills we learnt about leafy vegetables. The students handled cabbage and lettuce, separated leaves and washed them.

We started a new Sensory Story. Traction Man is a toy who is a superhero. In this week’s episode he rescues some farm animals from two pillows who are being unkind and holding the animals captive. This has been great as it ties in with our phonics this week; which has been listening to and learning the sounds that various farm animals make.

We have enjoyed the sunshine and used the Outdoor Learning Area to collect leaves, twigs and grasses.

Abaan’s Wow moment was when he worked out the order of the nesting cups. He has loved playing with these since.

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was her great work in Maths. She’s done lots of good work this week but here she is sorting numbers from pasta.
She has also been fab at wearing her glasses!

Oakley’s Wow moment was when he played with e stacking cubes and built this huge tower.

Divine’s Wow has been his good effort at using the table top pedals. He has also shown us how much he enjoys listening to Phil Collins Greatest Hits!! Divine is quite a dancer!

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Lilly-Mae Hotchkiss

for: Wearing her glasses in school and for such fabulous engagement and focus in lessons.



This week in cookery we made a treat for the birds. The students mixed birdseed, breadcrumbs and raisins together to make bird seed balls and then yesterday, in Outdoor Learning, we went out and tied the food balls into some bushes. It was lovely and sunny but really cold so the birds should be hungry.

Our Phonics lessons this week have focused on wild animal sounds. The students have all shown an interest in playing with the toy safari animals and listening to the sounds that they make.

Abaan’s Wow moment was when he drank at snack time for the first time in Caterpillar Class. We discovered that he had to see with his own eyes that I was putting squash (and not just water) in his drinks bottle!
No pic of that moment so here’s another of him closely inspecting our birdseed mix instead.

Lilly Mae’s Wow moment was her great work in Maths. She’s done lots of good work this week but here she is working with an inlay puzzle.

Oakley’s Wow moment was when he pressed the doll’s tummy to make the music play. He did this loads of times but is quite camera shy when playing so I only got one sneaky pic of him.

Divine’s Wow was his brilliant drumming in our Phonics Session that turned into a percussion session.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Divine for using his new therapy chair so well and also for participating so well n Sensory Story time and Music sessions.



This week has been a good one. Snowy weather always makes things more interesting.

Our Phonics lessons this week have focused on sounds in the environment, on Monday we had a fantastic waterplay session while we listened to a common bathroom sound; the sound of a bathroom shower. It was a brilliant session especially as Abaan, Divine and Oakley all shared the water tray and explored and played alongside each other. The photos show it all!

On Thursday we listened to sounds of snow crunching. Everyone enjoyed handling snow inside as well as outside.

Abaan’s Wow moment was when he made a car sound while moving his favourite toy car along one of the wooden ramps in our construction session.

Oakley’s Wow moment was when used the Henry vacuum cleaner nozzle to suck up balls. He experimented to see if he could suck up two balls at once.

Divine’s Wow was his brilliant five minutes of Intensive interaction with Hayley on Wednesday.

Our Caterpillar of the week goes to:

Abaan for really good participation at circle times and coming to circle when tidy up music is played.


Star of the Week W/E 29.01.21
Oakley Fowler
For fantastic engagement with lessons. Using tools to fill and empty and showing curiosity about new materials.


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