This year, Purple class welcome 8 young people all boys. The class teacher is Isabelle and the Teaching Assistants are Sian, Sarah, Sharon and Thomas.
Our classroom is structured in a way so the young people learn and progress aiming to become as confident and independent as possible.
Learners follow our semi-formal curriculum, which is delivered primarily through a thematic based approach. Thematic learning is a holistic, integrated teaching approach that promotes wider coverage of the curriculum through variety of interconnected activities. The curriculum is designed to be fun, engaging practical and meaningful and matched to pupil learning and developmental needs. designed to support learners for whom subject base learning would not be appropriate.
The curriculum is composed of 5 main areas including
Maths and English
Communication and Interaction
Thinking and Problem solving
Social and Emotional
Sensory and Physical
Skills for Life
Support Our learning
We favour a Total Communication Environment (TCE) to support the individual language needs in our group by using a language rich environment supplemented by:
- Makaton signing;
- Visual timetables;
- Listening to music cues to support our transition from one activity to the next;
All our young people have sensory needs which means throughout the day, sensory breaks and activities take place. These are supports by our sensory diets
Keeping on track
To help with our routine and behaviour we have a set of simple classroom rules.
Our classroom rules are:
- Good Looking
- Good Listening
- Good Sitting
- Good Signing
- Good Talking
The young people also respond well to choosing time at the end of the day as part of Golden time so it works as an incentive to keep up the good work all day long.
Our Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are written to break down any barriers to learning that we have and these are included into daily life in Purple class.
School Home Communication
Each young person has a diary that travels between home and school daily with messages and important information provided by the school. As a team, we value parental input and strongly encourage parents to write us a little note so we can be aware of important information before the school day starts.