Teacher: Miss Dyson
Dolphin class is a KS2 class within the SLIC provision which provides an adapted mixed KS1/2 multi-sensory curriculum. A multi-sensory approach means all pupils can access a curriculum through the use of practice and exploratory activities.
We currently have a class of 9 pupils, between years 3 and 5, each with a primary need of ASD.
The classroom is organised to be a calming and welcoming space with low arousal displays and plenty of accessible resources. We have a reading and role play corner, social and group learning areas, a reflection area, and plenty of movement space. We are also very lucky to have an outside area which is currently being developed in to a sensory and produce garden and woodland classroom.
The adapted curriculum in Dolphin class closely follows the 'White Rose' Maths scheme, English following the national curriculum, 'Little Wandle' Phonics scheme, along with a number of foundation subjects and social and emotional workshops. We use a mixture of practical, auditory and visual teaching approaches to help the pupils engage, whether this be in supported or independent activities. Makaton signing is playing a larger part in our classroom this year with the children being taught alternative ways to communicate alongside talking.
As well as delivering an adapted curriculum, targeting the needs of each individual, we also focus largely on developing social, emotional and life skills through cooking, circle time activities, and various projects. Team work, sharing, communication and being supportive to each other is modelled and encouraged throughout the school day.