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Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by jumpingstar, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    I am starting a new role as an ARB teacher in September in a resource base attached to a school.

    I have 7 austistic children 1 with cerebral palsy 1 PMLD child

    They are mainly KS1 with 2 KS2 children

    Just looking for planning ideas regarding structure of the day from experienced practitioners in a specialist setting

    Many thanks
  2. Jo3Grace

    Jo3Grace New commenter

    Hello Jess

    That's a broad group and a broad question to match. I wouldn't know where to begin answering you. Are there any elements of the upcoming job that you feel particularly worried about, or do you have some ideas that you'd welcome a second opinion on?

    You'll want a reasonably structured day, with a good clear timetable so that your students know what to expect and when. You'll be thinking about the physical needs of some of your students as well as their learning needs. You'll be doing a lot of sensory stuff.

    Some of the planning from http://jo.element42.org might be a good start point if you want ideas.

    I'm sure lots of people have read your question, and like me, not known where to begin. I imagine once your job has begun you'll have much more specific questions to ask the forum - and hopefully lots of people to answer them for you.

    Kind regards

  3. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    Hello Jo

    Sorry for the broadness - I think I am just worried as I am an experienced primary practitioner and feel a bit like an NQT again.

    It's more the expectations I of learning as I am used to a structured day hour of maths hour of literacy then phonics guided reading etc etc in a mainstream school but have no idea of expectation of lesson structure in a special setting.

    ie - I know I create individual lesson plans for each child but where do I start with that? I know their levels (ranging p4 - 1c) but how do I approach lessons? I'm so used to carpet talk - explanation of activities then go for 30 children .. it's kind of hard to know where to start. I don't want to plan stuff in a mainstream "head space" and it be pointless.

    I was just looking for some examples of planning etc really to give me a start point. Thanks for the link I will start with looking at that.

    The children are all non verbal so I am aware I will need to plan in lots of time for SALT support and physical support etc - so I was also looking to see how people timetable this into their day and how they fit all the meeting needs bits alongside literacy/numeracy etc .. I am assuming each childs daily timetable will be in VERY small chunks -to cater for this.

    I guess I am just confused as I am still very much hearing the "expectations" voices in my head from mainstream ...

    Thanks for your help
  4. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    I teach in a secondary special school setting but can send you an example of a "subject" lesson plan for a whole class of students ranging from P2 to 1C - that may be closer to what you've written before but aimed at the level of student you are going to work with, if that would help? PM me your e mail, (you don't want it on a public forum!)
  5. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    Thanks that would be a great help
  6. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    you should have mail.

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