Welcome to Lamorna!
In Lamorna we are a multisensory needs class of secondary and post-16 aged students with high health and physical needs. Our teacher is Emily who is supported by a committed, fab, fun and energetic team of learning support assistants and a HLTA.
Lamorna works very closely with The Hub (therapy teams) to ensure our students get the best from their physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language programmes. We also work very closely with the school nurse to ensure all health and medical needs are met.
The teaching in Lamorna is delivered through a multi-sensory curriculum based on the Victoria Curriculum in which we use 5 specific domains; (Communication, Conceptual Development, Social Relationships and Emotional Development, Sensory and Ownership of Learning) linked to the core areas of the national curriculum. Alongside this, we use our own bespoke assessment methods, including 5 Individual Education Plan targets linked to the individual students EHCP to ensure progress encompasses all areas of the young persons continued development (we work very closely with wider professionals and families when setting these targets to ensure they support appropriately and across all settings).
Our curriculum is theme based and provides a wide range of stimulating and engaging activities for our students to be immersed in over the term and to allow a common theme to run through all their sensory learning. Communication, social interaction, responses to their environment and independence at an individual level forms a major part of the learning whilst ensuring all medical and health needs are always a priority and that everyone is having fun.
We are very lucky in Lamorna and have two classroom spaces to use. This enables the students to enter a space set up to enhance their sensory engagement. For example, leaving the hustle and bustle of the classroom at lunchtime to enter the second room set up as a woodland with the smells, sounds and lighting atmosphere of a forest. The majority of our learning takes place in our classroom and we use the space in the moonlight room for physical therapies and sensory engagement sessions, it has also been a bake-off tent with a white canopy and a camping tent with a ‘camp fire’ for hot chocolate and marshmallows.
The school has a hydrotherapy pool which all students access, a small library and different outside areas with accessible equipment that the students can be supported to use.
For our older students we look to link them with wider learning environments such as our school workshop, college links and Tregoweth life skills and conference centre. Our aim is for our students to enjoy learning and to prepare for life.