Owls


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Class Name & Teachers Name(s)

Welcome to Owl’s Class

Teaching the class is Janine Dutton 

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 pupil led Soundabout style Good Morning which is  great fun  as the pupils dictate what  happens next.   We have daily physiotherapy sessions which may involve equipment such as an acheeva bed, standing frames, walkers, Langham Steps, physio bench, physio wedge and ball. Time is given to work on individual tasks from the Profound Curriculum and 1:1 work. 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, skittle 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 is our much valued L.A.R.C. Pack (rhythm & touch). We love our ICT session where we can try eye-gaze technology, use a switch operated toy or maybe have a visual / auditory experience without input. 

Intensive Interaction is just part of the way we communicate and is beyond doubt the way through to many of our pupils. Its success can be quite remarkable. 

 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 amazing and is a wholly multi-sensory learning environment, all the more special as it is contained within an atmospheric dome. 

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 an amazing 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 can be tailored to suit individuals. A skill, such as being able to reach out or hold a spoon or attend to a peer for example, may take weeks, months or years but are 100% valued. 

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 may, for example, be a trip to London based on the call and response story, The Bear Hunt or maybe a journey to the jungle full of the sounds and sights of the jungle. 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 have joined Film Club and like to order films for a Friday afternoon when pupils can sit and socialise with adults and peers have a cinema experience  or opt out if it’s not appropriate or we just choose not to! 

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.

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