In Gecko class we follow a curriculum which is designed specifically for learners with Complex Needs and is based upon nurturing and individualised teaching approaches and relationships. Each term our learning will have a topic focus and these topics are on a rolling programme in order to provide our learners with a wide range of experiences to engage with. Our curriculum has four main areas:
· Communication, Cognition and Learning
· Environmental Control Technology
· Personal, Social, Emotional, Well-being and independence
Our curriculum aims are to prepare our learners to be happy, comfortable and confident. It aims for our learners to express themselves and have a voice, encourages independence, experience fresh air and physical exercise, all through a holistic, nurturing and person-centred engaging sensory curriculum so that they can each fulfil their potential and be ready for their future. Gecko Class is part of the complex Needs phase at Brooke School and currently ranges from Year 2 to 7.
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As part of their ‘Me’ topic, Gecko class learners have been exploring mirrors in a range of musical and messy activities to develop their self-awareness, body awareness and emotional expression. They identified body parts through familiar songs like ‘I’ve Got a Body’ and ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, explored mirror songs in morning circle time like ‘I Look in the Mirror’ to reinforce self-awareness and name recognition, and have observed and copied facial expressions for some feelings like happy and sad.
As part of their 'Christmas' topic this term, the learners in Gecko class have been exploring movement to a range of Christmas songs. In Environmental Control Technology, they have enjoyed using a switch to play songs on the smartboard or with a musical Christmas cause and effect toy. Through music and movement, learners have been exploring a range of Christmas action songs, observing as Christmas sensory lights move to the music or playing instruments along to their festive favourites such as 'Jingle Bells'.