Welcome to Scafell Class
Scafell class is a specialist class for pupils with Multiple Sensory Impairment (MSI), Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairment (MDVI) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). Scafell class are taught by a qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment (QTVI) and three teaching assistants.
We follow a multi sensory approach to the curriculum, and use specialised equipment to help us understand the world around us.
Our Targets are taken from B-squared Engagement Steps which takes a holistic view of learners by focusing on; How each individual learns, acknowledging different abilities and achievements, learners preferred sensory and learning channels, individual ways of processing information and early Communication, Cognitive and Social skills that are the foundation of all future learning.
In Scafell class we use total communication strategies including: Daily signifiers to provide a better understanding of daily routines including daily; smell, sound and sensory colour bag, Objects cues and objects of reference, Sign, pictures, symbols and real objects, Communication aids, and technology help us to access learning and respond to the world around us.
Mobility and Orientation
Mobility and orientation is important to us and we all follow a mobility and orientation route around school using sensory cues and markers to help us better understand our surroundings.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions at present we are unable to access swimming. Swimming sessions take place on a rota basis, weekly. Please send in swimwear weekly, and ensure that your child has swimwear with a built-in incontinence panel, or brings a swim nappy each week. Rebound Therapy is on a rota basis. This takes place each Thursday morning.
Our topics this term is: Team Games.
Please let us know if your child has any food allergies
Our Topic this term is: Healthy Eating
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, at present we are not participating in Community Based Visits.
All pupils in the class take part in an enterprise activity each term. Enterprise supports children and young people to use their numeracy and literacy skills in a different context. This term we are making and selling Christmas decorations and novelty items.
We ask parents and carers to return the home / school diary each day, as this will enable the class teacher to provide comments and information about your child’s day in school. If there are particular things you wish to be informed about, please speak with me.
We kindly ask that you send in £2 each week. This contributes to sensory items, for your child to feel and explore, taste and smell.
Individual Education Plan(IEP’s)
This plan sets out educational targets that your child is working on for the term. There is a section in the plan which provides parents and carers with activities or tasks you can do at home to support your child’s learning. Plans are updated each term and sent home.
All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of stories. Please encourage your child to engage with the characters and stories. As we are not sending reading books home at the moment due to COVID- here are some links and ideas to promote reading at home:
You tube can also be a good source of people reading stories online- Type in the book title on the you tube search bar to find story
Links and Societies support Curriculum and Learning.
Tacpac (Communication Through Touch and Song)
Spring Term 2022
This term we will be focusing our learning on;
Literacy- 'Harry Potter' Sensory Story and experiences.
Numeracy- Cookery linked to healthy eating..
Creativity – Artist of the month 'Edgar Degas' Art and Movement.
Science – Energy Sources/ Energy Week
Work Related Learning- cookery Scafell soup Kitchen
Understanding the World- About me 'Photography'
Pathway to Adulthood- Working Together/Going Places
PSHE – ASDAN Modules and Accreditation.
We all love a great story and have lots of favourites. Try sourcing some props/ objects to make one of your favourite stories into a sensory story. We have some stories in our resources to try or you could make your own. Sensory stories are great for developing imagination and having fun!
You can use resources at home to retell classic children's stories with props, e.g. the Gingerbread Man (animal toys, smell ginger, mix flour and ginger in a bowl), Goldilocks and the three bears (porridge oats, hard and soft resources for the three bears' beds), the Hungry Caterpillar (food sensory trays to explore texture, smell, taste), We're going on a bear hunt (cold water for the river, cornflour gloop for sticky mud, shredded green paper for the grass), the Three Little Pigs (sticks, straw, building blocks/clay for the houses)
You could also try some story massage they offer live story massage along sessions on their Instagram page.
You can also create your own instruments with household objects.
You can use your voice/ music to create sound effects.
Tins/ pans make great weather noises or drums.
Use rice in a sealed tub or tin to create a rain maker.
Movements with your body or on your body
e.g footsteps fingers walking up your arm.
Hugs in a story can be shoulder squeezes
Body taps- using your hands to tap different parts of your body.
Stretching your hands arms or legs to make shape movements. Your arms making a circular movement could represent the sun- especially if you were holding some shiny paper/ tin foil
Sensory items to touch- soft materials, crinkly paper, ice, fans to create wind, something warm to mimic the sun. Fake grass to touch or go underfoot. Sand, stones, water beads, water. There are lots of household items you can use. Consider temperature - Something warm to represent a hot climate or warming up. Ice cubes, Ice pools or ice packs to represent a cold climate, getting cold or something cold in the story.
Frozen water balloons are a great visual and tactile prop. They could be planets or bubbles, treasure or under the sea creatures.
Create a sensory bag using a zip lock bag and some goop or hair gel. A lovely tactile resource which can be water/ something cold/ soft. You can add orbeez, sequins, glitter to change the texture/ visual
You can use plastic eggs/ tubs, tins, boxes to reveal objects or to feel for objects. Feely bags are also a great idea. You can use a pillow case or a large envelope too.
Tin foil can be the sun or the moon, dark material can be the night sky. You can use fabric to make great visuals- even using items of clothing.
Bubbles are a fantastic fun and easy resource to make. You can have fun trying different sizes with different objects.
Pictures from magazines or photographs.
Toys- different characters
Objects from around your home
You can explore all kinds of lotions and positions to create smells. Petals and water can create a perfume.
Herbs and spices can recreate cooking smells or outdoor smells. Fruit tea bags can also add smell.
Citrus fruit can add smells but is also interesting to touch and maybe even taste!
Smelly playdough or putty (also good for tactile- mud or squashing sensation)
Jelly or Angel Delight can be great to hide things in- lovely sensory play. And you can smell and eat it too!
The Blue Abyss a sensory story about the sea. See the printable for the full story.