Ash is a specialist class catering for pupils with complex learning needs and as such requires a high level of personalised learning with a higher staff to pupil ratio.
At Manor Green we understand that children with ASC achieve their potential and feel happy when their environment, learning, communication and routines are structured and personalised to meet their individual needs.
We believe that a consistent approach to teaching and learning, structured classroom environments and cross-curricular use of visual supports enable the pupils to be independent and engage in learning.
Every child in the specialist classes has complex learning needs and as such requires a high level of personalised learning with a higher staff to pupil ratio. The activities throughout the school day are structured around a highly individual and personalised timetable which is child led and tailored to the child’s needs.
Children in specialist classes follow a curriculum that is relevant, broad and balanced to their needs. Each class follows a thematic approach to teaching and learning which changes half termly. The classes follow the same themes and topics as the generic classes in each year group. The curriculum focuses on four key areas Communication, Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science), Foundation subjects and Physical, Personal and Sensory Development.
In addition, children have access to a multi-sensory programme including use of the light and sound room, sensory circuits, outdoor learning environments and soft play. All children have personal, social and emotional targets which help develop skills in expressing and exploring likes and dislikes, high interests and friendships with others.
Individual children are assessed by the Occupational Therapist for sensory integration programmes which area implemented throughout the school day. Hydrotherapy and rebound are key strategies used to develop physical, social and communication skills.
Ash class have been looking at different habitats animals live in, exploring what is found in each habitat.
This week Ash class have been having a fantastic time learning about Chinese New Year. In cooking lessons we chopped up vegetables for a stir fry and explored noodles. Some of us practiced following a recipe and others requested for different items and practiced using ‘chopsticks’ to eat them! We also looked at photos and videos of Chinese dragons and painted them using bright reds, oranges and yellows – plus a good few scoops of glitter! We have had a brilliant time using this topic to work on following instructions, trying new foods and listening to Chinese music to go alongside our current ‘Music Maestro topic! (January 2020)
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