Welcome to Squirrels Class
Meet the Team:
Ms. Taylor, Class Teacher
Ms. Bennett, Teaching Assistant
Ms. Coleman , Teaching Assistant
Ms. Deacon, Teaching Assistant
Ms. Leach, Teaching Assistant
Squirrels Class is for pupils with multi-sensory impairment. There are 7 pupils in total, ranging from Reception to Year 2. Squirrels Class follows the ImPACTS Curriculum which means that we can make sure that all children's needs are met, not just their learning needs. Our approaches are carefully considered and designed to meet the very specific needs of the children in this class. We offer a total communication approach to learning in class which means that signing, symbols, PECs, body signing, visual/auditory prompts and gesture will be part of our every day.
In Squirrels Class we use Focus Pods. These are designed to offer a quiet, calm place where pupils with a range of sensory impairments can work in a distraction free area. Pupils in this class take extra time to filter and interpret the information they receive through their senses. The Focus Pod therefore, enables these pupils to work on a focused task in an environment that supports the senses rather than be in direct competition with them. This is achieved through the use of screens, modified lighting and the positioning of the pods [natural light coming from behind].
As a team, we work very closely with other agencies such as the Specialist Teaching Service for Visual and Hearing Impairment, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapists as well as medical professionals. All targets and interventions are fully integrated into our daily routines whilst in school.
We have topics which we follow for a seasonal term. This term our topic is ‘The World Around Me’ where Squirrels Class will focus on personal journeys through movement and sensory-based experiences such as ‘This is me’ and ‘Look What I Can Do’ as well as ‘My School Day’. Term 2 will focus on ‘Journeys through sensory experiences and stories’ which will provide opportunities for pupils to explore new environments within school and outside areas.
As a general reminder:
- P.E. sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons.
- Hydrotherapy sessions will be held on Thursday mornings on a rota basis. You will be notified on a weekly basis when your child is due to use the hydrotherapy pool.
Please ensure your child has their swimming kit and PE kit in school at the start of each week and that all items are clearly labelled.