SRB - Panda Class
Welcome to Panda Class!
Panda Class is a Specialist Resource Base (SRB), providing specialist teaching for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). We work very closely with our speech therapy colleagues. Places are allocated by the Local Authority.
A full time teacher and two teaching assistants work in the SRB supported every morning by a speech therapist.
Norfolk's Speech and Language SRBs also employ an outreach teacher who works with all five SRBs to provide advice, support and training for mainstream colleagues across the county.
Mrs Baker, Miss Kennedy and Mrs Dacre work in Panda Class every day.
Our Speech Therapists work with us for two full days every week and see all of the children. Our trained Teaching Assistants then continue this work each day through the week.
There are lots of things to remember every week!
- Monday is breakfast day - We have breakfast together first thing in the morning and catch up on news from the children's mainstream schools and from the weekend.
- Thursdsay is PE - Don't forget to come to school in your kit!
- We will also be using the wildlife garden for outdoor learning on a Tuesday and plan to do so whatever the weather! We have plenty of wellies and waterproofs and will try not to get too wet and muddy!
- Friday is 'home school' day - The children all attend their mainstream classes.
Our learning in Panda Class
To meet the children's speech and language needs we offer intensive speech therapy support as well as specialist teaching throughout the school day.
The children are taught in line with the National Curriculum at the right level to meet their needs and we teach the full range of curriculum subjects - always with a focus on the children's speech and language targets.
Alongside daily literacy and maths teaching in small groups, we use a combination of 'theme based' learning and subject teaching to cover the curriculum.
This term we will be thinking about the life of Mary Anning and learning about the important work that she did in finding fossils that have helped us learn more about the prehistoric world. We will learn about her life in our history lessons and about fossils and dinosaurs in science, thinking about the differences between reptiles and other animals and about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Spring Term 2
How can you support your child?
Talking and listening are the most important things. Give your child time to talk and be the best role model you can be when you talk to them as well. Try to make sure you have a quiet time to talk and listen at least once every day, without a lot of background noise! Share books and talk and ask questions about what you read together.
We will let you know what your child's speech targets are and they will also have a number of 'target words' that you can look out for and help them with when you are chatting. It is best to focus on the things they are learning at the moment - rather than trying to correct every mistake that they make!
We will communicate with you each term about your child's targets and the progress that they are making. This will also be shared with their home school, with visits from home school staff always encouraged. We will also go to see your child in their home school setting to share targets and information with the staff there.
For day to day communication, we have a class webpage as well as email and telephone communication whenever parents have a question or concern.