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Banjo Class

Welcome to Banjo Class!


Banjo Class are a very busy and happy class with a wide variety of activities to provide a wide range of learning experiences for the students.


In Banjo class we follow a semi-formal curriculum with lots of opportunities to learn by doing, getting up, moving around and trying different things. We like to make use of our outside area and hall spaces to carry out lessons where students can move around and learn skills. We love bucket time in banjo class, a time where we all stop, sit still and focus our attention on lots of different exciting bucket toys and activities. We are working on stage 3 and building up to work on stage 4.


Independence is very important to our students. We aim to make them as independent as possible both in the classroom and in the wider school. Each student in Banjo class has a class job that is their responsibility for the week. Jobs involve doing the register, collecting and distributing out lunches, getting resources for activities and many more. Students enjoy checking to see who has what job and making sure their friends remember to do their job.


What's happening this Spring Term

In conjunction with Trumpet class, the Banjo students have started their new topic "Dancing with Dragons" which is based around Chinese New Year and the traditions surrounding this time of year.  PE lessons include learning about dragon and lion dancing, while "my thinking" lessons include using money to purchase objects of Chinese culture they want to look at.  Fine motor skills are being honed by practising with chopsticks - some students have picked up the knack really easily! An art lesson is being run once a week and the students are working on creating a lovey 3D piece of art which is ever-changing - they are very proud of all their work.