THE SENSORY CURRICULUM

A sensory approach to learning is fundamental for many of our pupils in order to help them make sense of the world around them and is therefore embedded in the Routes for Learning and Foundation Phase curriculum (Ages 3-14) and the Teal Pathway (Ages 14-19). The curriculum includes activities that help to develop vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell and movement/balance either in isolation or as part of a multi-sensory approach. Theme-related activities are designed to be motivating and fun and to allow the pupils to progress and develop at their own pace.

Pupils with a specific sensory impairment will follow an individual programme to develop skills and may also work with the specialist teacher for visual or hearing impairment.

Our Occupational Therapy Department produce Sensory Profiles for many of our pupils (particularly pupils with diagnosis of ASD) and advice on resources and activities that can contribute to a sensory diet, which can be integrated throughout the day.

Ysgol y Deri has a wide variety of resources available to support the sensory curriculum including:

·Touch Therapy

·Sensory Studio

·UV/Dark Room

·Rebound Therapy

·Aromatherapy

·Magic Carpet

·Immersive Environment (Holodeck)

·Sensory Pool

·Music Therapy

·Soft Play Room

·Mobile Sensory Trolleys

·Sensory Outdoor Provision