The children are given opportunities to play with ideas in different situations both indoors and outside and with a variety of resources, individually and with adults to support and extend their thinking and to help them make connections in their learning.
We adapt resources to support and provide opportunities for children to use all of their skills in a range of situations and to ensure equality of opportunity, recognising the unique skills and abilities of each child. This includes providing a variety of methods of communication to aid their understanding including pictures, Makaton non-verbal communication, signing photographs, visual timetables, visual prompts and symbols.
We encourage children to be as independent as they are able and to support children's emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and celebrate what they can achieve.
We plan activities for working outside and we are aware that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
We provide an enabling environment that has first hand experiences to explore and discover, developing a positive disposition for learning.
We provide work stations and areas of learning where pupils have space to work on self initiated activities and teacher led activities allowing them opportunities to sustain their concentration for extending periods of time.
The three classes specifically for pupils with autism work slightly differently. The follow the TEACCH principles to help develop understanding (http://www.autism.org.uk/teacch). Generally people on the Autistic Spectrum are visual learners so we ensure that teaching and learning is as visual as possible and use these visual clues throughout their school experience. We also use Makaton to assist our communication. The pupils have their own individual work space which is screened off to help them concentrate and a group table to help develop social skills.