We have three classroom bases in our specialist unit and pupils are placed in a class depending on their stage rather than their age.
Grasshopper Class (Pre-formal learning)
There is a focus on experiential and play-based learning in this environment with our Total Communication approach supporting the development of communication and language skills. Structured interventions include: Speech and Language Therapy, Intensive Interaction, the TEACCH approach and Attention Autism.
Ladybird Class (Early formal learning)
This is a mixed KS1 and KS2 class with a combination of play-based learning and structured learning in small groups. Interventions form our 'Personalised Curriculum' for pupils and include: gym trail, finger gym, Speech and Language Therapy, communication skills, social skills, sensory circuits and emotional literacy sessions.
Sparrowhawk Class (Formal learning)
The Sparrowhawk Class offers small-group learning delivered in a more formal style with inclusive lessons in line with the children’s individual needs and abilities. Additional targeted interventions include: handwriting, spelling, communication and emotional literacy sessions. Suitable mainstream integration opportunities are provided and particularly successful sessions are often related to social communication e.g. assemblies, playtimes and weekly class meetings. Mainstream integration for lessons related to a specific area of the curriculum can be considered and this would be on an individual basis in collaboration with parents and carers.