Welcome to Class Apple’s Class page

Within class Apple, we have 10 pupils and 4 adults; Miss Hewitt (class teacher), Miss Hillyard and Miss Button We are a busy and active class and follow an adapted Early Years Curriculum that is personalised to the needs of our children.

One of the key focus’ within our curriculum is developing children’s speech and language and communication skills. We provide a total approach to language, using spoken language, visuals and gesture. Some of our children also benefit from the use of PECS and Makaton.

In class Apple we explore and learn in lots of different ways using all of our senses to explore and learn new skills. We hope you enjoy seeing some of the lovely activities we will be doing through our class page.

Key Information

Every Tuesday morning we visit soft play. This is very good for our gross motor skills and developing interactions. We always have lots of fun!

Other key information:

 The children have access to a variety of sensory experiences throughout their school day including; sensory ‘light’ room, sensory circuits’ and sensory trays within class.

We also have regular Attention Autism sessions that help to develop our concentration, attention, functional language skills and turn taking. They are lots of fun! 

We have a great outdoor area with a trampoline, swing and climbing frame and love to spend time outside exploring and learning through play. 

Every Tuesday morning we visit soft play. This is very good for our gross motor skills and developing interactions. We always have lots of fun!

Miss Hewitt

Class Apple Teacher

Mrs Hillyard

Class Apple TA

Miss Button

Class Apple TA


We all participate in daily communication activities; these may be through our Attention Autism sessions, Intensive Interaction, 1:1 structured sessions or just through using the visual supports around our class, such as choose boards and visual timetables. These help the children to understand what is happening throughout the day and to communicate the things they want or need. We work closely with Sophie, our Speech and Language Therapist, to develop targets and activities to help all our pupils to progress.


Our sensory programs are based upon lengthy observations of the children and we have worked closely with Shine Therapy to put in place a range of strategies to support children’s sensory integration and, in turn, their ability to attend to activities calmly throughout the day. These strategies involve the use of sensory circuits, relaxation activities and messy play. The children also benefit from a weekly trip to soft play which is always lots of fun as well as great sensory time.

Physical Education & Development

Pupils have access to many outdoor areas which have trampolines, climbing apparatus and sensory equipment to choose from. In class pupils work specifically on fine and gross motor skills through a variety of activities including cosmic yoga & sensory circuits. The pupils also access soft play and sensory swimming activities off site to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is available with a variety of learning environments.