Welcome to Squirrels!
Squirrels’ class is a class for pupils in Year 2 and KS2 who benefit from a highly structured daily routine. The class follows the TEACCH approach, which allows the pupils to learn in a structured environment with clear expectations. The pupils are also supported through the use of sensory integration and individual workstations. A varied and engaging curriculum, tailored to the needs of each pupil, allows everyone to extend their knowledge and explore the world around them.
The use of TEACCH and workstations helps our pupils to develop independence and life skills. We encourage all the pupils in Squirrels Class to be as independent as possible and promote independent self-care.
We have a very strong emphasis on developing our communication and literacy skills. We use the Balanced Literacy program and a total communication approach, including signing, PODD and aided language displays, which are all paramount to ensuring that the pupils reach their full potential. The class has regular outings, including horse riding. We also particularly enjoy Swimming, PE, Science, Music, History, Geography and Reading.
Here are some of the activities we do in Squirrels' Class:
We use a visual schedule and symbols to help us transition effectively around the classroom and school between our activities. We are encouraged to be as independent as possible when transitioning and checking our schedule.
We complete set routines and a sensory circuit each morning that helps us to keep us in a calm / alert state ready for learning. We also use sensory equipment throughout the day to keep us focused.
We have a strong focus on communication and we are encouraged to communicate throughout the day using our PODD books, ALDs and voices.
We follow the TEACCH approach, which helps us to organise our activities and ourselves. We try to do this as independently as possible.
We follow the 'Balanced Literacy' approach, and make sure we include literacy in everything we do across the day.
We enjoy going on trips in the community, horse riding and exploring the world around us.
We like to learn about different topics through lots of fun and creative lessons. We especially like getting messy and going swimming!
Meet the Staff
Emma Dawson Debbie Gilbert
Class Teacher Classroom Assistant
Donna Scivier Claire Chierighini