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Oxclose Road, Washington, Tyne And Wear, NE38 7NY

0191 691 3940

Columbia Grange School

Little Steps, Big Aspirations For All

In Mint Class Team We have 

Louise - Class Teacher

Eve -Curriculum Support Assistant 

Christine - Curriculum Support Assistant


Donna - Lunch Time Supervisor  


Monty the Monkey  - Mint Mascot   


We like to get messy (staff too), have fun, learn lots of new things. We like to give the children in Mint lots of opportunities to promote Language, Independence skills, and be themselves.   

 We have 9 children 3 girls and 6 boys,


Together We make up Mint Class. 

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Here is an explanation of some of the activities that we do in Mint Class, please feel to have a look.


MAN MAN - helps children with their body awareness.


Dough Disco - Dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.


Phonics - Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Each term we will be looking at different sounds and trying to find the picture that makes that sound. 


Attention Everyone - is an intervention approach by Speech and Language Therapist Gina Davies which aims to work on the early fundamentals of language including awareness of others, attention, listening, shared attention, switching attention and turn-taking.


Write Dance -Write dancing is a Method developed for young learners to prepare them to learn how to write. Music, Art and Movement will be combined to prepare a child. Before a  child can master a skill such as writing, the brain, muscles and senses need to work together as one. To develop this skill children need practice. This method will first help children to get control over their upper body, shoulders and arms before moving to fine motor skills.

Squiggle while you Wiggle - It is an Early Writing Program created by Shonette Bason. Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle uses dance and large movements to help children develop the fine muscle control they need for writing. They will learn a new gross motor movement to a piece of music.
Sensory Story -  Sensory stories are all about bringing a story to life using your senses. Telling a sensory story involves using various items to create sensory experiences that mirror what's happening in the story.