We are a group of 11-14 year olds. We are creative and inquisitive, we love to learn. We enjoy everything messy, loud and colourful. There are five pupils in our class and we always have four or five staff members working with us as we have a varying degree of medical and sensory needs within our class. We go out into the community once a week to learn about our local community, the people within it and everyday life skills. We are trying to develop our life skills and have fun as we learn. We use a total communication approach with signalong, voice, photos, symbols or objects.
Each of us enjoys eating and cooking food, we can become very creative when cooking and baking. We can operate kitchen equipment using adaptive switches. One of our favourite lessons take place in the sensory room where we can activate the technology around us with our switches and participate in sensory stories. Some of us have hydrotherapy sessions twice a week where we get to relax and play with our friends in the pool. We also use this session to stretch and work hard to control our own movements. On Thursdays we each have a turn on the trampoline for rebound therapy. Not only does this give us a physical work out, we also get to use our own voices and communication skills to communicate our enjoyment and what we want. We take every opportunity we can to get outside, we spend playtimes with the other pupils on the well equipped primary playground. Once a week we visit the sensory garden in the patch to do a spot of gardening.
We have our own tailored PMLD curriculum and assessment which we follow that helps us to meet all of our learning needs.