Bluebirds


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Welcome to Bluebirds Class

Curriculum Focus and Topics

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Time

The world around us

Shopping

Events & Daily Activities (in & out of school)

We start each day with a multi-sensory Good Morning session which includes using switches to share news, singing and signing and is generally a brilliant way to start the day.

We have physiotherapy sessions which may involve equipment such as an Acheeva bed, standing frames, walkers, Langham Steps, physio bench, physio wedge and ball. Postural Management plays a big part of our day; if we’re not comfortable, learning cannot take place!

Time is given to work on individual tasks from the Profound Curriculum which covers five core areas of development – Communication, Life, Motor, Social and Sensory Cognitive Skills. `

Multi-sensory sessions in class or in the Sensory Studio are based on the whole school termly topic and are always hugely successful and much loved by pupils and staff. P.E. is often a music and movement based activity but we also like games such as New-Age Kurling, skittles and Boccia. Life skills, such as eating and drinking, are a focus at break and lunchtime and washing hands and face and teeth cleaning are part of our lunchtime routine.

Aromatherapy & Massage is a favourite activity as are our topic based L.A.R.C. Packs (communication through rhythm & touch). Intensive Interaction is integral to our day and is an amazing way to make communication a realisation for all. Its success can be quite remarkable.

Yoga is a truly fantastic addition to our learning experiences and has had a significant impact on the holistic well-being of our pupils.

We look forward to a week of wondrous experiences when the Multi-Sensory Art Project creates an environment within a geodome that is not only based on the term’s topic but also linked with Artists exhibiting at Roche Court, a sculpture Park near Salisbury. It is truly astounding and is a wholly multi-sensory learning environment, all the more special as it is contained within the atmospheric dome.

We love our ICT sessions where we can try eye-gaze technology and the Sound beam, use a switch operated toy or maybe have a visual / auditory experience without input. Switch use is important across all area of our day and in many of our activities at varying levels of skill.

Curriculum Information – Summary

Owls and Bluebirds Classes are otherwise known as the Therapeutic Learning Group, or the TLG. Both classes follow The Profound Curriculum which is a wonderful skills based assessment which is totally appropriate to the pupils who each have individual ‘tasks’ in each of the 5 areas of the curriculum. The areas are Communication, Sensory Cognitive, Life, Motor and Social. Progress can be clearly shown as the steps are tiny and are tailored to suit individuals. Skills, such as being able to reach out or hold a spoon, attend to a peer, track a moving image or sort objects from 2 types, for example, may take weeks, months or years but are 100% valued, recorded and celebrated.

 

What we do best / What makes our class amazing?

We are a great team. We have routines and systems of work firmly in place but we are extremely flexible. Our pupils are amazing and never fail to astonish us with their reactions and responses every day. We are very enthusiastic and committed to providing a multi-sensory environment.

Our multi-sensory stories are created to ensure all pupils are engaged and challenged. We are keen to make all activities age-appropriate but need to also bear in mind the developmental stage of individuals. We make sessions fun and engaging for pupils and staff. We have tremendous fun!

We respect each other and put postural management and personal care first as no learning can take place unless there is comfort. Physiotherapy is a priority too and our dedicated staff are committed to following individual physio plans, devised by the Physiotherapist.

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