Hill Croft School

Sensory

Our Sensory Department focuses on providing a specialist environment to meet a range of sensory, medical and physical needs and comprises of five classes:  Sen1, Sen2, Sen3, Sen4 and Sen5. 

In the Sensory Department pupils are taught in a specialist environment designed to meet a range of sensory, medical and physical needs. They have access to 1:1 programmes developed through consultation with a multi-disciplinary team. Teaching and learning opportunities encourage participation and engagement, focusing on the development of communication, cognitive and sensory skills. We use a range of sensory specific programmes including Sensology, Body Awareness and Tac Pac. Our aim is to have pupils who are happy, content and enabled to engage in a range of learning experiences.

 

IN THE SENSORY DEPARTMENT:

We believe that pupils should be taught in a specialist environment designed to meet a range of sensory, medical and physical needs.

Pupils should access 1:1 programmes designed through consultation with a multi-disciplinary team.

 

This is how we teach and learn:

  • A sensory based curriculum, focusing on communication, cognitive and sensory skills.
  • Teaching considers the complex interaction between sensory impairments, motor disabilities, medical conditions and cognitive processing difficulties the pupil may experience.
  • Use of a range of sensory specific programmes, such as Sensology and Tac Pac.
  • Fun and exciting teaching and learning opportunities that encourage anticipation and engagement.
  • Close links between school and therapy staff and outside agencies to ensure the needs of the whole child are met.
  • Repetition and reinforcement of activities and skills.
  • Planning includes time for medical and care requirements.
  • Pupils must feel safe and be positioned comfortably.
  • Pupils given time to process and respond.
  • Learning takes place at the pupils own pace using small steps.
  • Learning takes place in different social environments.

 

As a result, we have pupils who:

  • Are happy, content and enabled to engage in learning experiences.
  • Can make sense of their surroundings.
  • Can communicate their needs and preferences in an appropriate way that can be recognised by others.
  • Can use their senses to actively explore and respond to their environment.

 

This rationale has been devised in conjunction with all department staff, parents and, where appropriate pupils.