Red 2 is led by Mrs Donna Kerr (beginning of the week) and Mrs Joanne Yarrow (end of the week) and supported by Mrs Fiona Josh and Ms Sarah Mead.
Red 2 class is an ASC specific environment- an environment specifically designed for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum. The environment follows the philosophy of TEACCH, having clearly designated areas for given activities, the use of work stations and screens to teach independence, aid concentration and lesson distractions. A high level of visual scheduling is used to support pupils to know what they are doing, who with and where in their environment. A visual timetable is in place to structure the daily routine for pupils, enabling them to see what is happening throughout the day and easy anxiety. A range of other visuals are used to support pupils, these include a class jobs list, a feelings chart and a visual register displaying who is in class on a daily basis.
Pupils in Red 2 have full access to the national curriculum, however it is modified and adapted to their specific needs, supporting them to achieve and make progress. Pupils are involved in whole group, small groups and individual tasks; all of which are differentiated and personalised accordingly. Tasks are short and punctuated with rewards to optimise successful learning.
Pupils in Red 2 each have their own personalised reward charts which are pertinent to their interests. All pupils individually work towards achieving ‘thumbs up points’ on their charts. If pupils gain 10 points, they will be encouraged to take a ‘dip in the box’. The box contains a range of personalised toys, stationary and choice cards. In addition, pupils also enjoy the reward of a short ‘Social Time’ at the end of each day if work has been completed. Reward are given in red 2 for following the class conduct of rules; a set of 6 rules created by the pupils during a PSHE circle time activity. Rules focus upon pupils’ effort, behaviour and work.
Red 2 children benefit from quiet dining and therefore eat their lunch in the café. Pupils play outside on the yard between red and blue zone at both break and lunchtime. A sanctuary and zone lunchtime clubs are also available for pupils who do not wish to play outside.
We will continue to use Home school books to communicate with parents/carers, as well as posting regular tweets on our schools' twitter page.