Sarah Paterson and Helen Stokes are the class teachers in Seahorse. They are supported by a team of experienced Teaching Assistants: Karen, Kaz, Beki, Kim, Tanya, Fiona, Jayne, Zoe and Ali.
Seahorse class supports children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). All our children have one to one support, due to complex medical needs and/or dependence on adults. Our classroom is a big, spacious and well equipped space which benefits from its own bathroom with a hoist and its own dark room / sensory room. Our environment is quiet and calm, uncluttered with simple meaningful display.
In Seahorse class, we use a child centred approach where medical and personal needs are absolute outcomes. Our children follow the ImPACTS curriculum and work on 10 targets for the length of time necessary for the children to acquire, consolidate and imbed important skills. The children are offered varied experiences throughout the week which give them plenty of opportunities to explore new things and learn while having fun. Targets support the children to work with the 5 key areas of ImPACTS, which include communication, wellbeing and independence and fine/gross motor skills. The children work at their own pace in group activities or individually. All the children benefit from additional support from Occupational, Speech and Language and Physio therapists and the Manual and Handling team as well as outside specialist input, depending on individual needs. Seahorse class have two hydro pool sessions each week, where physical programmes can be delivered and early swimming skills can be developed. Learning in the community is an important life skill for our children and Seahorses benefit from regular off-site visits.