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Flamingos

Flamingo class is a Key stage 3/4/5 group for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) 

* Sensory Curriculum 

* Class Teacher: Gill Linkins 

* Supported by: Kelly, Alexis, Gaynor and Sylvia 

Flamingos has 6 pupils who all have a high level of physical needs, severe learning difficulties and complex health needs. The pupils are fully supported by a friendly committed team of adults with a great sense of humor whose priority it is to make learning sensory and fun. 

The class follow familiar routines which help to reduce levels of anxiety by establishing and consolidating a sense of chronology. The routine also assists pupils in developing their levels of anticipation. However, flexibility and adaptability are key features within this class in order to support and meet the wide range of pupils’ needs, which can fluctuate throughout the day. 

Pupils in Flamingo class follow a stimulating sensory curriculum which enables learning through topics. KS5 pupils are supported to complete sensory ASDAN modules as well as continuing to follow an individualised empowering curriculum to encourage each pupil to progress in their priority areas:- 

Personal care and comfort 

This involves full adult support in both feeding and bathroom routines. Regular changes of position and engagement in an individual physiotherapy program as identified by the Physiotherapy team are carried out daily. Emergency action plans are in place to meet all medical and health needs, and all staff are trained to administer medication. The pupils’ personal care and comfort is of paramount importance as without this the pupils are unable to engage in or access any meaningful experiences or interactions.

Communication 

In liaison with the Speech and Language Therapist each pupil is encouraged to develop and use an individual method of communication and total communication methods. Wherever possible, switches are used to help the pupils share News from family members and carers. A range of objects of reference are used as cues to help pupils to anticipate forthcoming activities. All pupils are encouraged to accept and cooperate with on-body signing with a view to developing the ability to sign co-actively, and where possible use sign with increased 

independence. Where pupils are able to use photographs and symbols to make choices, or express preferences, these are incorporated into their daily routines.