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Welcome to Lion Class

Our teacher is called Jane and our teaching assistant are called Pam (HLTA), Sandra, Emily, Sue, Zoe and Sandra

About Lion Class

All the children follow an individualised multi-sensory curriculum. They are fully supported by experienced and skilled teaching staff at all times. The children also have access to Hydrotherapy, Rebound Therapy, Passive Movements, Sensory Integration, Intensive Interaction, TacPac, Body Awareness, Occupational Therapy, Orthotics and Physiotherapy.


Important Dates


Monday 3rd June 2019 - Return to School

Thursday 13th June 2019 - Visit to Butterfly World (PM)

Wednesday 3rd July 2019  - Lion Class Assembly at 9:30am

Friday 19th July 2019 - Leavers Assembly at 1:30pm St Hilda's

                                        Break up for Summer 




Sensory Cookery - Making 'Under the Sea' shortbread biscuits (July 2019)

Making 3D rainbow models (July 2019)

Exploring ice cubes and observing what happens when the ice cubes melt (July 2019)

All the children enjoyed playing with play dough and cutting out sea creatures.(July 2019)

Art - The children enjoyed working along side an adult this afternoon, creating shell rubbings outside in the sunshine! (July 2019)

The children enjoyed making marks using their hands and fingers in the sand. Together, we mark made a fish in the sand! (June 2019)

It was our turn to look after our Springwell chickens this week. We made a chicken swing for the chickens to use as a perch! (24.06.19)

Class Assembly - The World and Explorers (Pirates/Rainbow Fish) Summer 2019

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Meeting our school therapy dog! (June 2019)

Our visit to Butterfly World. It was fantastic! (June 2019)

ICT - Using Tux Paint - With adult support, all the children helped mark make all the different coloured scales on rainbow fish (June 2019)

23.05.19 Pretending to be Pirates along Seaton Seafront - We had fun playing in the water park too!

Sensory Cooking - We enjoyed making cheese straw twists in the shape of pirate swords (May 2019).

Meeting our own 'Springwell' baby chicks (May 2019)

Dressing up as Pirates! - May 2019

World Book and Maths Day 2019

Springwell School Safer Internet Day 2019

Sensory Themed Learning - Chinese New Year! (February 2019) The Year of the Pig

Sensory Themed Learning - Stories - Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Teddy Bears Picnic

CLASS ASSEMBLY - Our Favourite Stories (January 2019)

Therapeudic Activitives - Physiotherapy - Passive Movements - Stretching and Strenghtening our Muscles (January 2019)

Therapeudic Activities - Jacuzzi (January 2019)

STORY CHARACTER/SENSORY ART - The children enjoyed sticking multi-textured fabric onto Goldilocks (16.01.19).

SENSORY ART - With adult support the children finger painted a landscape view of Hartlepool Marina using multi-coloured paints and glitter. They are fantastic! (15.01.19).

Our topic this term is 'stories'. The children visited the library today and listened to an array of stories about bears (14.01.19).

SENSORY ART - The children painted the bears with adult support. Once the paint was dry, we stuck tiny pieces of brown tissue paper onto each bear (11.01.19).

Sensory Cooking - The children enjoyed making different sized bear shaped, shortbread biscuits (08.01.19).



Sparkle Curriculum


Sam and Jane have been working together this term, creating a new ‘Sparkle Multi-Sensory Curriculum’ for Lion Class and Pangolin Class. Our new curriculum will start in January 2019 and it will be fantastic for our children.


Sparkle curriculum will be delivered in a multi-sensory, creative way which will enable pupils to access learning using their senses through a holistic approach. It has been designed for our pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) who require specialised management for physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex medical needs.



· MOTIVATING Our pupils learn when they are interested, stimulated and engaged.

· RELEVANT It is relevant to the learning styles of the pupils and takes into account their prior knowledge and learning needs.

· CHALLENGING All teaching staff have high and realistic expectations of the pupils and with specialised, inclusive teaching — progress is evident.

· FOCUSED Shared targets from EHCP, physiotherapists, SALT etc. are central to the pupils provision.


All the children will have a (PLP) Personalised Learning Plan. This plan will include all the targets your child will be working towards and it will include targets from everyone who works with your child in school e.g. physiotherapy targets, occupational therapy targets, speech and language targets and targets from visual impaired teacher if applicable. The PLP will reflect the same targets that will be included in your child’s Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).


Our Sparkle Curriculum, endeavours to provide our pupils with motivating experiences and activities that will ensure a high level of engagement.

Pupils following the sparkle curriculum require a high level of adult support, both for their learning needs and also for their personal care. They need sensory stimulation and a curriculum broken down into very small achievable steps.

This new curriculum will predominantly be made up of sensory themed learning and therapeutic activities. More time will be spent on more beneficial, holistic and individualised activities e.g. positioning in specialised equipment, visual stimulation, hand and finger work (exploration – sensory play), therapies, movement, relaxation, Tac Pac, story massage etc.

For more information on our new 'Sparkle Curriculum' please read this leaflet.

13.12.18 Our ABC Christmas Nativity! The children in Lion Class were all little super stars!

Our Class Nativity Song: "Sing with me!"

Coding Week 29.11.18 PLAYING A WATER PIANO The children enjoyed dipping their fingers into jars of water in turn to activate the musical notes on the virtual piano.

Coding Week 28.11.18 The children enjoyed pressing the tin foil keyboard using the MaKey, Makey kit to activate the musical notes on the virtual piano.

Coding Week 27.11.18 The children enjoyed pressing the banana keyboard using the MaKey, Makey kit to activate the musical notes on the virtual piano.

Coding Week 26.11.18 The children enjoyed pressing the vegetable keyboard using the MaKey, Makey kit to activate the musical notes on the virtual piano.

Letters and Sounds - Phrase One (November 2018)

Anti-Bullying Week - Wearing Odd Socks (November 2018)

Remembrance Day - Painting Poppies (November 2018)

Creating Firework Pictures using Neon Paint and Glitter! (November 2018)

Hydrotherapy Pool - November 2018

Cookery - Making Halloween - 'Scary Bats' Shortbread Biscuits (October 2018)

Healthy and Active Lives - Class Assembly

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All the children in Lion Class happily participated in a game of 'Table Cricket' - October 2018

Whole School Topic Web: HEALTHLY AND ACTIVE LIVES (Autumn 2018)

Geography - Visiting Waverley Terrace Allotment - Where does our food come from? Exploring different vegetables growing in the allotment (13.09.18).