Integrated Sensory Learning Groups (ISL)

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Integrated Sensory Learning Groups (ISL)

Throughout Cycles 1, 2 and 3 we have Integrated Sensory Learning groups (ISLs) which are for those pupils idenitified as having significant sensory communication and learning challenges

ISL 1 are currently using Rashid Early Years Curriculum which is “Playful Beginning to Learning”. It is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), and its Areas of Learning and Development are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Whereas, in the older ISL classes the emphasis is on areas in the British National Curriculum which include:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Physical education (PE), including swimming (for most classes)

We use different teaching approaches such as:

  • Sensory Integration - Understanding hidden and overt sensory challenges is a multi disciplinary approach to enabling children to respond sensory input from their own bodies and the environment.
  • Intensive Interaction – This is started when the child is very young as it forms the basis of communication. It is an informal, child-led approach that develops early communication and positive relationships.
  • Total Communication – This involves using any, or all modalities, to communicate, which would include spoken word, Makaton Signs, Picture, Exchange, Communication, System (PECS), Body languages, Standardized gestures and symbols.
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