Hythehill Primary School benefits from enhanced provision known as the Base. Pupils with a range of additional support needs access the Base on a needs led basis. Outdoors there is a secure play area often used to develop social interaction skills. Inside, there is soft playroom, cooking area, quiet room, main work area and sensory zone.
The curriculum is delivered through a variety of multi-sensory activities and real life learning contexts. A multi agency approach is used to support pupils accessing the Base with all key people involved in target setting.
Activities may include:
- LEGO Therapy – designed to develop communication, interaction and collaborative skills (especially amongst our pupils with autism).
- Tasting Sessions – designed to develop a range of life skills such as setting the table, washing dishes, cooking skills as well as exposing pupils to new foods.
- Circle Time – small group activity to develop communication, listening/talking, turn taking and ICT skills.
- Movement Groups – designed to develop gross motor and co-ordination skills as well as listening and collaborative skills. Movement groups include children from P1 – P7 with a range of additional support needs.
- Social Skills – intended to develop empathy, cooperation and social understanding in a variety of contexts.
- Community Visits – often pupils visit the local supermarket and cafes. These visits encourage the development of life skills such as money exchange, road safety, shopping skills, communication and interaction skills.
The secure play area can be utilised as an outdoor learning area with the playhouse providing opportunities for imaginative play and the development of life skills.