Welcome to Blossom Class

Mrs Bradley (Class Teacher), Miss Crake, (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Sumner (Teaching Assistant).

Blossom class offers Specialist Provision for pupils with children with social communication and interaction needs, including those with an autism spectrum condition diagnosis.

Blossom class can accommodate a maximum of 8 pupils. Staffing levels are set depending on the specific pupils and their needs. Staffing includes a qualified teacher, two full-time Teacher Assistants and another Teacher Assistant for 2 days per week. The qualified teacher has extensive experience of working with children with a wide range of SEND including ASC. She is currently studying for the National Qualification for SENCO. As well as whole school training, she has attended specific training for autism, PDA and trauma-informed approaches through regular Inclusion Forums presented by Inclusion Learning North. All Teacher Assistants have experience of working with pupils with autism and various intervention packages.

All pupils within Blossom class have an EHCP. The admissions criteria are separate from those of the mainstream school and children are placed through the Local Authority after consultation with the school. As most children have to travel further than their nearest school, transport can be arranged through the Local Authority. Particularly if children attend via transport, this can reduce face to face contact between parents and teaching staff. To overcome this issue, the school has a communication platform called ClassDojo where messages can be sent between parents and staff. Staff also phone and speak to parents regularly.

Blossom is based in a log cabin accessed via steps from the main school. It is easily accessible from the school, but yet has no adjoining walls and so does not experience noise from other areas. The cabin includes a small sensory room and toilet facilities. The cabin is set within a grassed outdoor area with opportunities for outdoor play, an outdoor learning bench, horticultural beds for children to grow various plants, including fruit and vegetables, and an area to investigate nature including a bug hotel.

Children are taught lessons within the Unit, just like the mainstream part of school however these lessons may look different to the mainstream classes. The Unit’s topics do not follow the same scheme of work as the mainstream classes (Lancashire Planning) however topics are planned on children’s interests, subjects are covered through topic webs and lessons are planned from there. Coverage is ensured by looking at a range of year group’s objectives and the curriculum overviews of each subject area. Children are able to access regular movement and sensory breaks throughout the day to ensure children’s focus and concentration is optimised and their sensory needs are met. Children are also given opportunities to access their mainstream class for any of these subjects and are given the necessary support to be able to do so. Work is recorded through Phonics, Maths and English books and through a learning journey to not only show the progress within topic work but also in the children’s PSED journey.

Area  What learning looks like? 
Phonics 

Children who need phonics as a base for learning access phonics sessions on a daily basis.  Staff follow the SEND programme for Little Wandle and plan sessions based on the 4 weekly summative assessments that take place with each individual child.  This means that staff are aware of what GPCs need to become a focus and whether children need extra sessions of blending.  The 4 weekly assessments ensures that the graduated approach is considered to help children progress.   

Alongside phonics, children access Word First sessions to help build their word recognition levels, these sessions are done on a daily basis as well and give children opportunities to read and write words and whole word level. 

English  Through the chosen topic area, children are taught whole class in English.  Carpet sessions are short whilst remaining fun and interactive.  Activities are then planned on an individual basis depending on the children’s cognitive level varying from sensory activities to writing/reading activities.  Children work 1:1 with adult during these sessions.  This allows children to be supported but also challenged throughout. 
Maths  Children are taught through a practical and multisensory approach, sessions are provided on a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 depending on the objective covered.  A short carpet session with a teacher is delivered covering a quick recap/starter activity and then introducing the new skill.  Children are then expected to complete a follow up activity 1:1 with a TA, this will generally be a practical activity but is based on the needs of the child.   This allows children to be supported but also challenged throughout. 
Music  Children follow the model music curriculum on charanga – children have started at Year 1 however more able/talented children are challenged during these sessions if staff feel they need to.   
RE  Lessons are delivered through a variety of different ways, sensory stories, chatting, practical activities or writing activities.  Children are able to talk about what they have learnt and reflect on how that impacts on them during each session. 
Computing  Lessons follow the computing scheme that the mainstream follows, staff are able to dip into each year group in order to best meet the needs of the class. 
Art, DT, History, Geography, Science  The children’s interests’ leads on to a chosen topic and from this objectives are chosen to match from the curriculum overviews of each subjects.  Some lessons are delivered as standalone lessons whilst others are a progression of skills.  Each objective covered is taken note of so that progression can be done in additional topics throughout the year.  Lessons are delivered practically where possible. 

Regular sensory breaks are built into the day and planned from the child’s sensory profile. There is a small sensory room which can be blacked out when required and where children can take resources designed to meet their sensory needs.

Learning plans for individual pupils centre on Individual Education Plans written by the class teacher. These are based on a graduated response which identifies targets and strategies using advice from a range of professionals. These include an external specialist teacher from Reach Out ASC, Educational Psychologists, a Speech and Language Therapist, an Occupational Therapist and Medical reports. These professionals train our staff in delivering daily intervention to ensure success of the intervention.

Whilst children in Blossom class will always receive specialist provision for at least 50% of the week, most are initially in the class full-time. Once the pupils are secure within the environment and have built positive relationships with the adults, many begin to access aspects of the mainstream provision such as playtimes, lunchtimes or specific lessons where they feel confident and secure. Within classrooms, pupils utilise the same techniques such as visual timetables, pictorial cards and sensory breaks.

Curriculum intent for SEND Unit

 

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