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Welcome to Lion Class

Our teacher is called Jane and our teaching assistant are called Pam (HLTA), Emily, Sue, Susan and Vicky.

The children in Lion Class follow 'SPARKLE CURRICULUM' which is delivered in a multi-sensory, creative way which will enables 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, OT, SALT etc. are central to the pupils provision.


Sparkle curriculum is predominantly 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 (hydrotherapy, rebound therapy etc), movement, relaxation, Tac Pac, story massage etc.




  • 04.01.21 - School is open for children - beginning of Spring Term 2020
  • 05.01.20 -  Following last night's government's announcement school is closed - only key worker and vulnerable children should attend.
  • 06.01.21 - 08.01.21 - Lion class should remain at home and under go remote learning.
  • 11.01.21 - 15.01.21 - Lion class is open - Lion class children can attend school all this week.

  • 18.01.21 - 22.01.21 - Lion class should remain at home and under go remote learning.
  • 25.01.21 - 29.01.21 - Lion class is open - Lion class children can attend school all this week.
  • 01.02.21 - 05.02.21 - Lion class should remain at home and under go remote learning.
  • 08.02.21 - 12.02.21 -  Lion class is open - Lion class children can attend school all this week. 
  • 12.02.20 - Break up for Half Term. 
  • 22.02.21 - School should reopen - depending on future government's announcement - further details to follow.
  • 26.03.21 - End of Term 


Alternative Week Arrangements


  • If you child, or a member of your household, shows any symptoms, they must not attend school and must isolate at home. Testing is available for staff and children who show symptoms and Heather can give you more information on this if you ring school.
  • Please take your child's temperature each morning and do not send them to school if it is 37.8 or above.
  • All classes will continue to be 'cocooned'. Lion Class children and staff with remain in their own little bubble, in their class/outside area throughout most of the day.
  • There will be no swimming, whole class soft play, assemblies or out of school trips. We hope to resume these when it is safe to do so. 
  • Hand washing will occur regularly throughout the day. 
  • Regular cleaning of touch points, toys, tables, equipment etc will occur in an ongoing manner throughout the day.
  • Where possible, resources will not be shared between classes.
  • Social distancing will be followed as much as possible, though as you can appreciate, this will be more difficult in some classes than others.
  • There will be hot school dinners available and they will be eaten in class.
  • All parents and carers must wear a mask.
  • At the moment, parents and carers are unable to come into our school building so any messages can be written in the children's orange 'Home School Books'. Please phone school if you require any further information or want to speak to a member of staff. 

  • If essential, outside professionals e.g. physiotherapist, OT etc can come into school but it must be by appointments only.


Start and the end of the day arrangements will remain the same


  • Lion Class will promptly start school at 8:40am.
  • Lion Class will finish school promptly at 2:50pm. 
  • The children in Lion Class who are usually transported to and from school via bus will be travelling in their own class bubble in a bus of their own. Transport will be in touch with parents and carers before school commences to notify them with times of collection and drop offs.
  • All children in Lion Class will enter and exit school using their own classroom (entrance/exit) side door.
  • Parents and Carers who transport their children to school will be greeted by a member of staff within the school grounds at 8:40am and 2:50pm. Social distancing between adults and staff must be adhered to at all times. Parents/carers must wear a mask and stay outside of the school building.





Physical Development - The children are looking very tall when positioned in their standers (January 2021)

Mark Making - Exploring paint and making marks (January 2021)

Sensory Story - The Gruffalo (January 2021)

VISUAL STIMULUS - The children experienced tracking multi-coloured, spinning lights in a variety of directions (January 2021).

Lion Class had lots of fun making a banana and raisin loaf today! (January 2021)

Merry Christmas from all the children and staff in Lion Class! xxx

SPRINGWELL SCHOOL - Merry Christmas Everyone!

Our Christmas Song

We all enjoyed participating in the 'Santa Run' this afternoon to raise money for the hospice (December 2020).

ICT- Using a switch, can the children switch the Christmas tree lights on and off? (07.12.20)

We put our Christmas tree up today! (01.12.20)

Art - Creating a picture of a clowns face using their handprint (November 2020)

The children are beginning to mark make using TuxPaint by reaching out, touching and making controlled movements on the interactive board using their hands and fingers.

The children enjoyed the sensory experience of making marks in the sugar, flour, butter and dough. (November 2020)

We had fun this morning dressing the children up as clowns! 20.11.20

Children in Need (13.11.20)

Bonfire Night - Making Firework Pictures and Bonfire Collages (November 2020)

Our Spooky Halloween Cards (October 2020)

Our Halloween Themed Exploration Day (October 2020)

Lions Class had fun making Halloween Biscuits! (October 2020)

Lion Class enjoyed a lovely sensology session.

Lion Class - Topic Web - Our whole school topic this term is 'Entertainment' - Autumn 2020

We have been reading the story: 'Giraffe's Can't Dance'. The children have enjoyed creating their own hand print giraffe (September 2020)

Ayva has been happily, walking around our classroom using her walker. Excellent effort Ayva! (September 2020)

The children in Lion Class are having fun, experiencing and exploring a variety of light sources (September 2020).

We have been making apple, cinnamon and raisin cookies with the children today (September 2020)

We have been exploring and counting apples up to 10. In cookery, all of the children have enjoying taking an active part making some delicious apple crumble! 22.09.20

Jeans for Genes Day! 25.09.20

Making a 3D Birthday Cake (October 2020)

Wrapping Birthday Presents (October 2020)

Making Colourful Birthday Hats


Making Birthday Cards October 2020

Standers October 2020