​Headteacher: Mrs J.Dambach

Mailto:headteacher@hortonlodge.staffs.sch.uk

Tel: 01538 306214

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Introducing Early Years Exploreres Class...

The Explorers Class follows a curriculum and ethos firmly grounded in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The class currently consists of children whose age places them in the foundation stage. If it is felt that a child, who has reached year one or two, would benefit from more time in Early years, they can remain on this 'Pathway.

The EYFS framework requires Teachers to consider individual needs and stages of development. At Horton Lodge we use this to plan challenging and enjoyable learning experiences for each individual child. There is a focus on three prime areas, communication, physical and personal/ social skills. These three skills are vital for successful life long learning. The Exloreres curriculum places a strong enphasis on all three areas to help children grow in both confidence and ability.

 

Learning in Exploreres...

Horton Lodge's Early Years curriculum creates opportunities for learning through a range of specialist programmes designed to stimiulate and challenge individuals with more complex learning difficulties. These Include...

The Tac Pac combining touch and music to promote communication, social interaction, emotional development, physical and sensory development.

Sound/Resonance boards thin, flexible sheets of wood raised off the floor to create an acoustic space beneath to create stimulations through sound vibrations. 

The Sound Beam uses motion to create sound. The smallest motion can break the beams to create feedback encouraging individuals to can learn through exploration. 

Objects of Reference are objects which hold a particular meaning. Objects may be accompanied by a sound cue which may be a piece of music. For eample an activity such as dinner time may be accompanied by spoon (visual object) and "Food glorious food," (Musical cue).

Sensory Stories made interactive through the use of objects of reference, actions and emotions, helping to communicate the words and pictures.  Stories are repeated, usually over half a term,so that students become acostomed to the story developing individual responses, anticipation, emotions and communication. 

Treasure Baskets based on heuristic play and Montessori principles. Treasure baskets contain a number of everyday or natural sensory objects to offer direct hands on sensory experiences. Students can explore their world through hands, feet, fingers and mouth which helps promotw curiosity while developing motor skills, confidence and communication.

Rebound Therapy is a form of physiotherapy. It uses trampolines to provide therapeutic exercises to people with a wide variety of disabilities

and additional needs. The therapy involves using the moving bed of the trampoline to facilitate and promote movement and balance, fitness, increase or decrease muscle tone, relaxation, sensory integration,  concentration, and communication.

Swimming sessions where children take part in group activities and games in our on-site hydrotherapy pool. Activities help children develop competitive skils, as well as individual physical skills.

Physical/Outdoor Activities are an important part of our curriculum. Most movement activities help to stimulate the vestibular system in the inner ear , helping the body to know that it is moving and how fast. Such activities can be stimulating for an under responsive child or calming to those who are sensory seeking.