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SLD Provision at Allenby in Cherry and Sycamore Class


Teaching and Learning

The learning environment is different in Cherry and Sycamore classes because children with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn in a different way. Our specialist teachers are trained to ensure children with SLD and ASD reach their potential. A variety of teaching and learning strategies is used to help meet the needs of each pupil, drawing from a range of different approaches.

  • TEACHH Approach 
  • Small classes
  • Visual Timetables
  • Educational Psychology Support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • A calm learning environment
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • 'Workstations'


Cherry and Sycamore Classes


Our Cherry and Sycamore classes are a huge part of school and although a lot of the teaching takes place in classrooms in small groups, we take every opportunity to make sure our school is as inclusive as possible. Children from Cherry and Sycamore classes attend assemblies, take part in enrichment, and have weekly PE lessons within the school. Children from Sycamore class, our juniors, take part in swimming in the summer term at Dormers Wells Leisure Centre. When ready, all children will attended stage not age phonics supported by our specialist classroom staff and may even attend formal lessons in mainstream classes. We have weekly sessions where children from the main school will have ‘Game Time’ within the Sycamore and Cherry classes and as far as possible; all play times are inclusive with the main school. We see our children from Cherry and Sycamore as part of our school and work hard to make all stakeholders feel this.

  • Phonics
  • Music
  • Science lessons, literacy, maths, art and design lessons
  • Fun days and events
  • Trips
  • PE lessons
  • Assemblies
  • Dinner Times

Reporting to Parents

Daily contact with parents is kept in a number of ways, this can be  

  1. Class Dojo, our secure online communication tool where we share images, videos clips and even your childs work on a regular basis. It can also be used to make direct contact with your class teacher. 
  2. Home school diaries
  3. Telephone calls and face 2 face meetings
  4. Teacher reports on pupils’ progress through end of term curriculum progress summaries and termly evaluation of Individual Education Plans.  
  5. Each pupil has an Annual Review, which is a statutory requirement. Parents and professionals involved with the pupil are invited to discuss the progress of the pupil and ways forward.

Outside Agency Support

A speech and language therapist visits each unit class regularly to assess progress and work with the class teacher to set new objectives.  The occupational therapist visits each unit class every week and works with staff to train them on the delivery of OT programmes as well as to assess progress and set new programmes.  The Educational Psychologist liaises with the SENCO and the unit leader during the SENplan meeting and assesses pupils as necessary, particularly around times of transition or where there has been a significant change in a pupil.

Occupational Therapy Room

Additionally, the unit classes have an occupational therapy room which is attached to the infant unit class.  This has a beam from which specialist equipment can be hung.  The occupational therapy room is used to deliver programmes which support the pupils in developing appropriate arousal levels so that they are ready to learn. 

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