Within Class Chestnut we have 9 pupils and 4 adults.  Ms Bell (class teacher), Mrs McWaters (TA), Miss Patterson (TA) and Miss Waine (TA).  We are working on an adaption of the National Curriculum called the Stepping Stones pathway for our curriculum areas. 

All our lessons/ activities are based on where the children are on their learning journey. Lessons are multi- sensory  and supplemented with sensory breaks/ Brain Gym if needed.  Children work on personalised reading and spelling activities everyday and also take a reading book home.  Extra intervention work is also offered to the children if needed- Thriving Readers, Accelerated Readers The power of 1 and Plus 2 (maths) and Lego club (speech and language). 

We also have access to sensory circuits, Rebound Therapy and a light room.  We have a busy year ahead of us, recapping previous learning and rebuilding on key skills through a range of topics.

We hope you enjoy reading about all our activities/ learning opportunities through our class page

Key Information


Key Activity


Soft Play
Home work returned to school


Sports Coach- Progressive Sports
Peer Massage with Mrs Brown


Sports Coach- Gymnastics


Attention Autism
Music with Mr Jones
Home work is taken home

Ms Bell

Class Teacher 

Mrs McWaters

Teaching Assistant 

Miss Waine 

Teaching Assistant 


In Class Chestnut, we participate in daily communication activities; these may be through our Attention Autism sessions, focused speech and language English lessons, 1:1 structured sessions, 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 also have a Lego Therapy session each week. Each morning we check in using our Lego feelings men.  This helps the children to say how they are feeling and helps their development of emotional literacy and overcome any barriers to learning. We work closely with Sophie, our Speech and Language Therapist, to develop targets and activities to help all our pupils to progress.


Class Chestnut’s 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, sensory trays, sensory snacks, relaxation activities, learning using a multi-sensory approach and messy play. Identified children also have their own sensory diets and equipment to use. 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 in Class Chestnut have access to many outdoor areas which have trampolines, climbing apparatus, bikes, scooters and sensory equipment to choose from. In class pupils work specifically on fine and gross motor skills through a variety of activities including art and craft, Dough Disco, Cosmic Yoga, Go Noodle, Gymnastics with a qualified coach, Progressive sports with a qualified coach & sensory circuits. The pupils also access soft play activities off site to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is available with a variety of learning environments.