Blackthorn Class

Blackthorn Class teacher is: Joy Ward

Joy Ward

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Blackthorn Class – Investigators Department

Welcome to Blackthorn Class! We are a fun-loving class within the Investigators Department. All pupils in Blackthorn Class have sensory impairments and require sensory integration throughout the school day. Our pupils benefit from using tactile strategies alongside visual and auditory cues. We use musical references to provide predictability and understanding of routines and ensure cues used within Blackthorn Class are not dependent on visual strengths.

We follow the Leaders Curriculum, based on stimulating and engaging learning challenges, whilst meeting our pupils individual EHCP areas. Each week focuses on a learning challenge question and as a class we investigate this, learning through play and continuous provision but also have adult led focused activities throughout the week.

Our pupils engage in a variety of activities throughout the week which link to the curriculum and our topic. These include art, music, cooking, PSHE, and role play. We enjoy developing our physical skills throughout the week through Sensory circuits, hydrotherapy and rebound therapy.


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