Eden Class - KS1/KS2
Welcome to Eden!
Class Eden consists of Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils. The children are supported by an experienced and dedicated team who highly value relationships and work very closely and co-operatively alongside a range of professionals including a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietician and Music Therapist. We maintain strong links with these professionals who regularly review and set individual therapy programmes and carry out small group work or 1:1 focused sessions with pupils as required.
Planning is developed to maximise engagement and motivation in learning, using focus topics as a vehicle to support activities, whilst further developing our knowledge and skills through cross-curricular activities. Many of our pupils have high sensory and movement needs and we maintain a similar approach to the EYFS setting by ensuring a multi-sensory, practical and hands on approach to learning. Within our weekly timetable, we use strategies such as Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction, TACPAC and play based learning to support the children’s focus and attention skills. Communication and social development are at the heart of learning in Eden class and we are committed to doing all that we can to enable the children to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to maximise learning in these areas. To support this further, we use each child’s EHCP to set termly individual targets. We strive to create a fun and happy learning environment in which pupils feel secure and are able to achieve their full potential.
Reading in Eden Class:
In Eden class we are predominately working on our pre-reading and comprehension skills. We really enjoy interactive sensory stories, songs and rhymes which we also incorporate into motivating sessions such as Attention Autism. The majority of our phonics sessions are based on phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, and all of the skills practiced will support us to learn to ‘read’ our environment. There is a correlation between phonics and communication within Eden Class as many of the group are developing the early communication skills of recognising photographs, symbols and signs, which forms a component in early reading development.
Pupils learning and development of reading is further supported through strategies and interventions appropriate to the pupil’s needs and cognitive ability and ensures differentiation within our learning. Within Eden Class we currently have pupils working on:
- ‘See and Learn’ – used to support the development of early vocabulary, sight words and simple phrases whilst learning to relate pictures to words through repetitive visual representations.
- ‘Colourful Semantics’ used to develop reading comprehension, grammar and to support understanding of question words and sentence structure.
- TACPAC, HANDYPAC and story massage used to support pupils with severe sensory processing difficulties whilst building communication skills and relationships and enabling them to access stories through more meaningful sessions.
We love looking at and sharing books in Eden Class and this helps us to form and develop relationships with others. We also use stories and books as a vehicle to create topics that then form cross curricular links and further learning opportunities. We encourage the use of choosing boards to make a choice of which book to look at as well as to communicate what can be seen within pictures. Ensuring that stories and rhymes are interactive, motivating and accessible to all pupils is our main focus and we strive to find texts to share which create a love for reading.
We are very fortunate and love having the opportunity to work and play in a variety of learning environments which include our spacious classroom with an enclosed, covered balcony area, our outside playgrounds, sensory room, movement room, learning pod, teaching kitchen, library area and school hall. We have opportunities to use these different environments for 1:1 and small group work throughout the day to ensure our learning is personalised and varied. We also use our links with Illogan School to provide opportunities for integration and developing our social skills. Most of all, we recognise the importance of maintaining a fun, happy and nurturing environment which enables pupils to continue striving and progressing through all areas of life!