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Class Teacher: Nafisah Khalil

Senior Support Assistant: Tamanna Vats

Dragonfly class consists of children with severe learning difficulties from Reception to Year 2. Using a cross-curricular learning through play approach, we follow a Combined Early Years curriculum with SCERTS and the philosophy of learning through play approach in a low arousal environment. We follow a routine that is simple and repetitive, indoors and outdoors, that involves a range of sensory and practical activities that are engaging and tailored to the children’s interests to promote a love of learning. 

There is a mix of adult led and child-initiated activities. The play is child-led but the environment has been carefully structured and enhanced to promote confidence, social interaction, self-esteem and development in all areas of learning with a particular focus on communication. We have an adult-led learning area which includes individualized activities to encourage specific skills tailored to each child’s needs and develop their independent learning skills. Within the timetable there are various circle time sessions to develop numerous skills such as attention span and turn taking within a group, plus we include lots of opportunities to assist children in regulating their bodies and emotions to ensure a positive learning environment, so that children feel ready to learn.