Elms class is a Key Stage 2 class catering for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Using the Cornerstones Curriculum, they adopt a topic-based approach, which enables cross-curricular learning throughout curriculum subjects. Each child is seen as an individual within the classroom and staff strive to ensure their needs are met in a child-centred way. By developing individual targets for each child, staff are able to focus teaching to help all pupils achieve and develop at a pace which is appropriate for them. 


Elms Class use a range of methods to communicate, including speech, Makaton signing, PECs, Aided Language Boards and objects of reference. By providing children with a variety of ways to express themselves, everyone is given support to find their voice. 


Elms’ classroom is set up to encourage as much independence as possible. Each child has their own tray, in which they are responsible for keeping their books and retrieving them for each lesson. There are also a variety of resources accessible to the children at all times, providing them with choice on which items they feel are most beneficial to their learning. The classroom also includes a small padded sensory room, a tuff tray for multi-sensory learning and a book corner for children to enjoy. Each child is encouraged to take responsibility for jobs around the classroom using a weekly rolling rota.


Many of Elms’ lessons include multi-sensory aspects, including musical elements, messy play and sensory stories. Including these aspects within our curriculum means that learning is accessible to all, exciting and exploratory in nature. This is also supported by a sensory team who provide input on specialist sensory diets to meet all pupil needs.