Welcome to Sennen!
Sennen class is led by Jenny Buckland assisted by a team of teaching assistants who are extremely knowledgeable of the needs of the pupils. We are supported by a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists with whom we work closely to produce targets and programmes for the pupils. These programmes are built into our everyday learning and the therapists enjoy joining us to see their programmes in action! Sennen class provides a happy, stimulating, fun and safe place to learn.
Sennen class learn through a structured and holistic multi-sensory curriculum. This is informed by a developmental perspective where the starting point is the individual learner (EHC plan). The curriculum is personalised for each pupil and addresses the priority areas relating to the development of the learners throughout the day. The aim in Sennen class is for each learner to achieve his or her potential in terms of
Cognition & learning (Areas of Engagement), Communication & interaction (Receptive and Expressive), Sensory development, Physical & motor skills, Social, Emotional and Mental health. We develop our Cognition and learning through a wide range of activities in and outside of the classroom. We practice our communication and interaction skills with our friends, class team and the wider community. We learn through physical, fine and gross motor activities benefiting from spending lots of time learning in different environments and when out of our chairs. We learn through social & emotional activities which often include working and playing with our friends from other classes and from Illogan school.
Reading in Sennen Class.
In Sennen class we are working on our pre-reading skills. We really enjoy songs and rhymes,these are part of our phonics learning. We are also learning to recognise environmental sounds, enjoy rhythm and identify difference in sounds, for example focussing on fast and slow rhythms, or listening to loud and quiet sounds. All of this comes into Letters and Sounds Phase 1 phonics, and all of the skills we are practicing will support us to learn to ‘read’ our environment. For all children this is the first building block in their reading journey. Additionally, we will be taught how to interpret photographs and signs, another component in early reading development. In Sennen Class reading and communication are closely linked and often cross over.
Many of our topics are taught through or using books, helping us to develop a love of literature. We enjoy sensory stories and rhymes, massage stories and we are encouraged to share books with adults, a great way to develop the relationships that we have with each other.
At Curnow Lower school we access a range of learning environments which support and vary our learning opportunities. We have a spacious classroom, a covered balcony with a nest swing and access to a sandpit, trampoline and wheelchair accessible roundabout. We theme our balcony to link in with our topic so that our outside learning is an extension of inside learning. Our sensory room is used for a wide range of sensory, social, physical and conceptual development activities and the movement room provides a soft play area for structured and free movement sessions. The pupils work in small groups in different learning environments throughout the school day ensuring their learning is stimulating, varied and fun!