We look forward to welcoming you to SECONDARY 3. You will come to us from PRIMARY 2 when you are in either year 5, 6, or 7. We really value that we will be teaching you at a very special time; as you begin to change from children into young adults.
We follow the main school curriculum which is a quality creative topic-based curriculum split into 4 main areas of learning; Communication, Cognition, Physical, and PSHE. We place a high emphasis on developing independence through physical activities and personal skills and we continually work on communication skills using a range of differentiated strategies such as PODD, PECS, Eye gaze systems, Objects of reference, TaSSels (on body signs) and Makaton signing.
In the coming year we will have a big focus on the environment through our topic-based learning – beginning with ‘Recycling’ in the Autumn term, then ‘Planet Organic’, where we will be growing our own foods and ‘Waterworks – Our environment’ next Summer.
Students work through the curriculum at their own pace. We have high expectations for everyone and we will do our very best to build on the achievements you have already made to ensure we challenge you to make further progress. We look forward to encouraging you to be the best you can be.
Hawthorn Class is a fun and sociable class. We learn through a range of activities, including attention building, and lessons are differentiated to meet all 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 focused activities that challenge us whilst enabling us to achieve and learn. We work hard on our communication skills using a variety of different strategies such as eye gaze, PODD, and Makaton signing, and our Physical skills are incorporated throughout our day.
Ash class is a very active class. We can often be found taking full advantage of our great resources, in particular soft play, the swimming pool, and our well-equipped playground. We learn through a range of attention building, physical and sensory activities that engage us and help to keep us focussed on our learning. We are working hard on communicating with adults and our peers through Makaton, PODD, and PECS.
Willow class is a sensory focused class with lots of exciting sensory experiences to explore and engage us. We work hard on our communication skills and are learning lots about our environment through exploring all our senses. We have a new sensory PMLD curriculum that focuses on our individual needs whilst challenging us to achieve. We also work hard on our physical skills and we are all making fabulous progress which is helping us to access our wonderful curriculum. We each have physiotherapy every day and swim or have a hydrotherapy session once a week. Pupils and staff have a lot of fun in Willow class working and playing together and building really strong relationships.