In Primary 1 we have 3 classes; Poppy, Bluebell and Daisy covering ages 4-8. We follow the main school curriculum which is a quality creative topic based curriculum which is split into six main areas of learning. We place a high emphasis on developing the pupils independence through physical activities, literacy strategies and personal skills. We have a kitchen where we do some small group cooking activities, a shared dark room and a large outside space where we like to do some of our learning as well as play and leisure time.
Our learning experiences are enhanced through a multi-sensory approach which is tailored to meet our individual needs. We all just love to explore, have fun while we learn and experience lots of new and exciting activities. Our classrooms are very stimulating and set out in the different areas of learning and we have lots of exciting toys and multi-sensory resources to play with and if you come into to class to visit there is usually lots going on.
In Primary 1 we continually work on early communication skills with all pupils using a range of differentiated strategies such as PODD, PECS, Eye gaze systems, Objects of reference, TaSSels (on body signs) and Makaton signing.
In Poppy Class we follow a PMLD curriculum which focuses on the very early developmental stages of learning. It uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching and we enjoy using our senses to explore. We learn through termly Topics which are differentiated to meet all of our individual needs. The curriculum has four areas of learning which are Communication, Cognition, Personal Education and Physical development. Our classroom is set up in different areas of learning including a floor area to work on our physiotherapy programmes, sensory boxes, book corner, creative & messy play, ICT, switch and computer areas. We also have a dark room where we can work on our visual programmes and cause and effect skills and an outdoor sensory play area. In Poppy class we work hard to develop our communication and interaction skills, from showing responses to a wider range of stimuli to developing our understanding that we can affect other people’s behaviour through our actions. A wide range of teaching strategies are employed including using consistent routines, Intensive Interaction approaches, TaSSels (on body signs), co-active working, objects cues, photos, symbols, Makaton and PODD.
We follow the MOVE programme for physical development, with opportunities to work on our physical targets embedded into our daily routine in addition to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions. Our topic this term is ‘Superheros- Making things Happen’. We have been using lots of different cause and effect toys and stimuli to ‘make things happen’. We are also going to be making superhero capes in creative development sessions ready for our Superhero Parade. We have also been celebrating all our fantastic achievements in Poppy, we are all SUPERHEROS!
In Bluebell Class we learn through topics differentiated to meet all l of our individual needs. As well as learning together as a whole class, we split into small groups to make the most of the different ways in which we learn enabling us to concentrate on our individual skills. We have lots of fun learning through play as well as focused activities and much of our learning is delivered through a multi-sensory approach. We work hard on our communication skills using a variety of different strategies such as eye gaze, symbols, Makaton signing and Tassels and our Physical skills are incorporated throughout our day and you can often see us standing while we work.
Daisy class are a very active and enthusiastic class. We learn best through exciting, attention building activities aimed to support us in practicing our concentration, communication and turn-taking skills, as well as learning through termly topics. We like a lot of structure and strive on lots of adult modelling to support our development. We love to talk! Communication is really important to us, so we keep practicing through Makaton, PODD, PECS, objects of reference, photos and symbols. During our lunchtime, you will often see us practicing physical skills such as climbing, running and riding bikes and scooters and it is great fun!