A warm welcome to Sapphire class!
Our team consists of:
Gemma, Class Teacher
Debbie, Teaching Assistant
Lucy, Teaching Assistant
Julie, Teaching Assistant
Lisa, Teaching Assistant
Heidi, Teaching Assistant
Sapphire class is a KS2 class with 7 pupils, each with a range of complex needs. This class follows a specialised curriculum focusing on six key skill areas. These are: Communication, Cognitive Skills, Physical Skills (Gross and Fine Motor), Environmental Control Technology, Social and Emotional Well Being and Engagement, to ensure that all pupils needs are met. These six key skill areas are broken down into smaller, smarter objectives and targets which the pupils focus on. The IMPACTS curriculum values and recognises the importance of ‘learning via ongoing routines’ such as feeding regimes and personal care. Therefore, learning is always taking place throughout the school day.
Sapphire class offers a total communication approach to learning. This means that signing, symbols, on-body signing, visual/auditory prompts and gestures will be used as part of our daily routine.
There are different sections within the classroom to allow maximum learning opportunities. These include an Eye-Gaze area, Physical and Floor area, Sensory, Communication, Reading and a Focus area. By having these areas, our pupils are able to work on their personalised targets in an environment that supports their senses and develops their skills in all areas of learning.
These areas are designed to offer a quiet and calm learning environment 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 and life skills.
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’ therefore Sapphire’s will focus on topics such as ‘All About Me’ and ‘Space’ through a range of sensory- based experiences and movement. In term 2 Sapphires will continue to with the topic ‘All About Me’ and ‘Space’, as well as looking at ‘travel and transport’. These topics will allow pupils many opportunities to explore using all their senses and develop their experiences both in school and outside areas.