Owls class are a primary class with predominantly sensory and multiple learning needs. We’ve welcomed Rose into the class as Evie is now a ‘Flamingo’, and although we will her very much we know she will have a lot of fun. We welcome back Joeli, Joshua, Luke, Ruby and Thomas.
The staff supporting Owls class consist of Jo, Hollie, Barry, Sharron, Cathy, Caroline and Salma. Our other lovely SSA, Caroline has now moved to Otters class where she will be as great as she was when she was in ‘Owls’.
We like to be as creative as possible in Owls and much of the learning occurs through sensory stories, messy play, music, art, TACPAC, resonance and the use of the specialist sensory rooms. Cooking also features heavily in our curriculum and although not everything we create is edible, we have a lot of fun exploring ingredients. Swimming is a very popular activity and each child in Owls follows an individual physiotherapy regime. We often attempt team games / sports, although the adults regularly cheat at these, and our participation in the ‘Shaving Foam Relay’ in Sports Day was unparalleled! We enjoyed a campfire evening last term where we enjoyed jacket potatoes and beans, sang silly campfire songs and drank hot chocolate. Other highlights have included our ‘Mr Twit’s Beard Orchestra’, our representation of ‘Dirty Dancing’ for ‘Dress Up and Dance’ and making some of the audience cry with our ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in the Christmas play!
Each child is encouraged to communicate through their preferred and chosen methods of communication, each of which is valued and celebrated. We promote the use of switches, Makaton, Tassels, vocal and physical gestures. We have created curriculums that allow the individual child to have a degree of ownership over their own learning and become stronger agents of communication.
We love to have fun in Owls and provide a supportive environment for each child to achieve their full academic and social potentials.