Department Lead: Helena Austin
Little Wings Department is for the youngest children in the school and comprises of four classes. The children in these classes have a range of additional needs including Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Social, Physical and Sensory related difficulties. Our Early Years Curriculum is underpinned by exciting, engaging, child-led learning that builds on each individual child's next steps to ensure that children make good progress in all areas. Assessment through observation is a key and daily task that ensures that the teacher is planning according the children's needs and interests.
Independence and life skills are a key focus within our department and we work closely with families and outside professionals to create individualised learning programs for each child incorporating their therapy, educational and life skills targets.
Speech & language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy activities are interwoven into each day. Depending on their individual needs children may also access individual or group activities including: Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction, Makaton signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs), Augmentative and Alternative Communication Aids (ProxPads), See & Learn Whole Word Reading Scheme, Numicon mathematics scheme and gross motor skills programs (P.E.G.S and First Funs Real PE schemes)