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    Sensory Approaches

    Approaches used for our pupils with sensory impairments

    Environment in a sensory class

    A day in a sensory class would include clearly defined activities during the day, using Objects of Reference and music to make them obvious. All sensory classes have an open plan feel to them, to encourage movement in pacers or other large equipment. An over-head hoist system is used to enable pupils to move about freely with standing slings or in and out of their wheelchairs. These classroom environments are designed to facilitate continuous sensory and motor development, with MOVE philosophies, ‘head up learning’.

    We have mobile touch screen smart boards and IPads to encouraging independent movements and cause and effect activities. The classroom blinds can be pulled to make the room become dark enough to use any sensory room equipment. In additional there are two sensory rooms in the school and everyone is timetabled for as much access as possible.

    Wider Curricular

    All therapy sessions are included within timetables and have meaning and are counted towards assessment processes. Rebound Therapy sessions and Hydrotherapy sessions happen at least once a week.

    All sensory classes use the same aromatherapy oils each day, making the smells consistent in all classes.

    Many classes throughout the school, not just sensory classes are using TAC Pac sets. These are used daily to help pupils to become more aware of their bodies and others around them. visit website

    We work closely with The Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service to provide the best possible provision for all our pupils with severe sensory impairments. visit website

    We use The Sensory Curriculum and IPC to develop exciting and motivating activities for our pupils with sensory impairments. visit website