Total Communication Environment
We are committed to building a learning community where all children are able to participate fully, using their preferred mode of communication. Many children at Fairfields School experience communication difficulties therefore we strive to provide a total communication environment. This is a combination of lots of different ways of communicating. It is not just about speech.
The tools we use for total communication include objects of reference, photos, symbols and words, BSL and AAC. We are committed to building a learning community where all children are able to participate fully, using their preferred mode of communication.
Our work is based on the principles of Conductive Education and included in the daily timetable. All children who will benefit from this approach take part in these sessions. Conductive Education encourages pupils to learn to control their movements and to use these movements to assist daily living skills.
We run a ‘School for Parents’ group which enables children with physical needs from birth to 4 years to join us weekly with our two Conductive Education Teachers and parents to begin to develop their physical and social skills as early as possible.
Music is an important part of our curriculum and each class has a weekly music lesson with our specialist music teacher. Children participate in concerts and other performances with visiting artists and other schools.
Music therapy is available for individual pupils and small groups depending on their needs.
We have our own large hydrotherapy pool; we try to ensure that, across a school year, all pupils have access to weekly swimming sessions. Currently pupils have swimming sessions in blocks of a term, usually two terms in any school year. However there are some children who access the hydrotherapy pool on a more regular basis as part of their individual learning plan.
Physiotherapists also carry out hydrotherapy with individual children.
For further information you can contact Emma Turland our swimming teacher on the school number.