Department Lead: Claire May
The Coppice department comprises of four classes for children with a range of moderate to complex needs including Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Social, Physical and Sensory related difficulties. We combine a broad and balanced skill-based creative curriculum which is informed by the national curriculum with a ‘learning through play’ approach. Language and enquiry is developed through the delivery of a motivating curriculum that is personalised to each and every child, and fosters a ‘have a go’ attitude.
Consistency and routine bring familiarity, and with it a sense of security that allow children to explore independently with confidence. In addition, it enables the children to understand their day and what is expected of them. It builds in opportunities for social interaction, effective communication and the ability to transfer skills. Independence and life skills are a key focus within our department and we work closely with families and outside professionals to create individual learning programs incorporating therapy, educational and life skills targets.
Speech & language, physio and occupational therapy activities are interwoven into each day. Depending on their individual needs children may also access the following nurturing programmes:
- Forest School
- Music therapy