Welcome to Squirrels Class

Meet the Team:

Ms. Taylor, Class Teacher
Ms. Coleman, Teaching Assistant
Ms. Lewis, Teaching Assistant
Ms. Collar, Teaching Assistant
Ms. Fletcher, Teaching Assistant

Squirrels Class is for pupils with multi-sensory impairment. There are 8 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 ‘Imaginary Worlds where Squirrels Class will focus on exploring new worlds through our tactile senses such as touch/smell and sound. This awareness will be developed through a range of sensory experiences including storytelling [The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk], songs and action rhymes, therapeutic singing sessions, massage stories as well as using technology [including eye-gaze technology] to stimulate the senses. In Term 4 we will continue to promote active listening and engagement across a range of sensory experiences, undertaking activities that support sensory discrimination and fine motor control such as exploring sensory tubs on theme as well as exploring music and rhythm as part of sensory storytelling.

Hydrotherapy: Please ensure that your child has their swimming kit in school at the start of each week and that all items are clearly labelled. Hydrotherapy will be accessed on a rota basis across the week for IMPACTS Classes.

PE sessions are held on a Monday morning.

Home Learning Terms 3 & 4

Home Learning Terms 5 & 6