The Hive

The Hive team consists of Lizzie Waterman
Claire Lynch and Indi McMillan

This is our Hive page where you can read all about what we will be getting up to during 2023-2024!

We will update you on what’s happening in the Hive via the Hive email. Please also check the  St Michael in the Hamlet tab on Dojo, as whole school activities will go on there.  You can also see what’s going on in the wider school community on our Twitter feed – @st_michaels_ham.

Below you will find important dates and information for the Hive, our curriculum newsletter and topic webs to see what exciting things the Hive will be learning about this year!

PE – Children have PE sessions on Monday afternoons and will come to school wearing their PE kits (white top, dark jogging bottoms / leggings, school jumper, cardigan or hoodie and trainers). 

Water Bottles – We encourage all children to bring a water bottle in school to stay hydrated!

Times Tables – To support the maths curriculum, all children are encouraged to continue learning and practising their times tables. Regular practice is the best way to make times tables stick, so having them up around the house, listening to times tables songs and regularly using Times Tables Rockstars will help!

Our Curriculum

Topic Web

Spring 2024

Hive Learning

Meet the team

Ms Waterman (Lizzie) is The Hive’s Class Teacher. She has worked in education for 23 years in a variety of roles. She holds the National Award for SEN co – ordination and greatly enjoyed her role as SENCO at her previous school.  Lizzie lives with her mother, two children and two dogs – Sonny and Stanley. She likes to spend any spare time in her allotment growing fruit and vegetables.


Ms Lynch (Claire) is one of The Hive’s LSAs.  She is the newest member of the team and has several years of experience working in SEN schools with pupils who have autism and other educational needs. She lives with her daughter and one cat called Ponyo.  She loves to travel and swim in the ocean.


Miss Mc Millan-Parker (Indi) has worked at the KIND children’s charity for many years. She was based at Kind’s Centre in town where she worked with groups of children on a variety of projects.  Indie has worked as a classroom assistant in both mainstream and nurture provision.  She has also worked as a community artist in Liverpool. Indi is keen to further her professional development by working in the Hive. She is especially looking forward to getting to know the children and employing strategies to support them.  Indi lives with her son Roman and enjoys selling her art work at various maker’s markets across the city.

Hive Rationale/Mission Statement

The Hive is a Resourced Provision supporting 8 KS2 children, which is a part of St Michael in the Hamlet Community Primary School. Each child will be on roll with the mainstream school and assigned a class.  Most learning however, will take place in the Hive. The Hive has a teacher and 2 support staff.

Pupils referred to the Enhanced Provision will have:

  • A diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or be on the neurodevelopment pathway.
  • A full range of cognition from moderate learning difficulties to average range.
  • Pupils with an Enhanced Provision place or referred for an Enhanced Provision place will have significant demonstrable difficulty accessing the curriculum within a mainstream setting with reasonable adjustments made for them.
  • All pupils accessing the Enhanced Provision will have their needs identified formally through an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or will be under assessment.
  • Placements in the Enhanced Provision will be made by the LCC’s SEND Team.

The aim of the Hive is to create an enabling environment where each child can learn, socialise and explore independently, taking ownership of their learning journey. We aim to form a safe, predictable area where each child can fulfil their potential alongside their special interests. We aim to produce a bespoke curriculum to complement and enhance more formal learning, incorporating sensory breaks, opportunities for structured social time, emotional regulation and independence alongside the National Curriculum in hoping to break down barriers to learning. Whilst building a strong link with home to ensure a consistent approach in meeting the child’s needs.

World Book Day 2024






Further info:
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information