The Cherry Room is set up to meet the complex learning needs of up to 12 children from Nursery to Year 1. The provision is a nurturing environment which is designed to allow children to follow their own interests and develop as competent and independent learners. Each child in the provision has a great deal to offer and so we plan recognising each child’s individuality, their efforts and achievements.
As an Inclusive school the children in the Cherry Room also access mainstream inclusion. This develops their confidence to join in and learn with their peers and provides excellent opportunities to access other areas of the curriculum. The unit is highly staffed with all adults trained to a high level of expertise, we work closely with outside agencies for each child to follow a personalised curriculum where progress is tracked daily.
As well as developing their academic skills, our major focus is teaching communication and social skills in context, developing their emotional understanding, helping them deal with stressful situations and enabling them to understand and function in the world we live in to the best of their abilities and as independently as possible.
All children have the right to access the same opportunities as their peers and benefit from the modelling that takes place in a mainstream setting.
What we do
We provide high quality staff who are well trained to meet the exceptional needs of the children.
We provide structures that help with the organisation and making sense of what can be a very confusing world, and carefully planned aims and activities to reduce anxiety.
We provide a variety of learning environments to address the pupils' very specific learning needs.
We adopt a multidisciplinary approach that is informed by the principles of TEACCH, PEC's and intensive interaction.
We provide each child with specific targets that acknowledges areas of strength and where they need support.
Tips, activities and Advice for parents:
http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/media/3508/small_talk_final.pdf How children learn to talk from birth to age 5
In Cherry Room we try to be as independent as possible, learning lots of skills that will help us to become independent learners. Using the TEACCH structure we complete activities independently at the workstation. After our lunch we wash and dry our own plates and cutlery.
We have been reading the story the Three Little Pigs and learnt about the Big Bad Wolf. As part of this we investigated how to build structures that would stand up to the Wolf’s huff and puff. We worked as part of a team to build a structure then made predictions as to whether the house would stay standing. Then we used a hair dryer to be the wolf and ‘blew’ our houses. We were very impressed with our building skills as they both stood up to the wolf.
The Cherry Room took part in the whole school bake off where the theme was inventions. We were inspired by George Garrett who was from Manchester and created the Resurgam Submarine. We looked at the Beatles Yellow Submarine and based our design on this, we also learnt the song!
Thanks to all the parents/carers who helped with our library visit. On the way there we spotted shapes in the environment. This linked with our topic of shape. This is a fun activity to do on your walk to and from school.
At the library we enjoyed sharing books together all about Polar Lands. We talked about the animals we could see in the books. Some of the books were non fiction so we learnt lots of information about the animals. Thanks Sue the librarian for finding lots of super books for us.
The Pendleton library link is below if you would like to become a member. It's free and the children's library has lots of super books to borrow as well as activities for children to join in with.
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