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Welcome to Orchard!


What do we do in Orchard Class

Orchard class is the secondary class at Woodlands School for pupils who benefit from a highly structured approach.  We aim to develop and enhance our pupils' communication and social skills. We work together, following the principles of TEACCH and use a variety of tools such as individual timetables, schedules and workstations to best meet the needs of the pupils in the class. We use a variety of communication tools including Makaton, PECs alternative language displays (ALDs) and PODD, hi-tech PODD and Eyegaze.

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Learning opportunities are provided using workstations and through individual and group work activities. We also spend time as a whole class to develop social skills, promote friendships and develop a sense of class community. We are committed to positive behaviour reinforcement.


We encourage social situations and like to use opportunities of outings into the community that will help develop independence and life skills and an awareness of appropriate behaviours. These also help to increase confidence self-esteem.

In Orchard Class, we enjoy sensory integration each morning in the hall or outside in the playground. This helps us to regulate our emotions and prepare ourselves for learning activities and the challenges of the day ahead.

Balanced Literacy

We are following the elements of the Balanced Literacy Model each day to help us develop our literacy skills.






We use Makaton signing and try to extend our signing vocabulary at every opportunity.



We develop our independence and our engagement through food technology and cooking activities.





We access the curriculum in creative and practical ways, which motivate and engage our pupils.





We try to keep learning activities as fun and as engaging as possible often with a sensory twist.






Orchard Class Newsletters

Meet the Staff


                                                      Phil Cox                          Sarah Barker

                                                 Class Teacher               Classroom Assistant



                       Katie Jennings                        Nikki Bailey                          Debi Whiting

                            SNCA                                     SNCA                                    SNCA



                            Liam McDowell                                 Helen Sole                                 Daniel Glover

                                   SNCA                                         SNCA                                            SNCA