Welcome To Mr. Mellor's Class!
Mr. Mellor's class
caters for children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old with social, emotional
and behavioral difficulties. AlThey all have a personal education and behavior
plan tailored to their individual needs, the national curricuum is adapted to suit the need of the learners within the resource base. All children have individual targets which are
discussed three times a day for which they receive incentives if they are
achieved. Many reward systems are used to promote positive behaviour and
involvement in activities with many de-escalation strategies in place to
alleviate possible triggers. The children are encouraged to integrate into the
mainstream classes whenever and wherever possible.
There are 7 children who have access to the resource base, all spending variable
amounts of time within it.
evaluated through the PIVATS programme and progress is closely monitored.
National curriculum subjects are followed but may be differentiated according to
their individual needs. The children who work within the mainstream are also
evaluated through school national standard evaluation books, assessments and
The children have
access to all aspects of school life, including assemblies, games, special
events and outside trips.
There is close
contact between the school and parents/guardians with diaries sent home daily
concerning behaviour and academic tasks.
information can be found on the school's 'local offer' regarding all aspects of
the resource base which can be located here or from our home page.
Most children love dogs. They're cute, cuddly and friendly. But did you know that growing up with a dog can actually benefit a child's physical and psychological development? Here are some of the many benefits of dogs being in children's lives.
Dougie is our school dog! He comes to school everyday with Mr Mellor and stays in our classroom.
Although childhood isn't always easy, having a pet provides constant companionship through the ups and downs. Dogs can be a great source of comfort for kids — even when they're coming to grips with difficult life lessons. Whenever kids feel sad, angry, or afraid, they can always turn to their pet. Petting and cuddling dogs has also been shown to relieve stress and help people relax.
A More Active Lifestyle
Caring for a dog also encourages a more active lifestyle. In fact, a recent study showed that kids with dogs exercise eleven minutes a day more than their non-dog owning peers. That might not sound like a lot, but over a week or month, it really adds up. Many dogs require daily walks or runs and plenty of play time. Those adorable puppy eyes they give you are sure to motivate you — even when you're not feeling up to it.
Having a pet is a great way to teach responsibility to kids. Making sure that the family dog has food and water gives children a first glimpse of accountability and obligation. Children also learn empathy and compassion by caring for their pet, while developing a higher level of self-esteem by taking care of their pet-owning responsibilities.
Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of dogs in early childhood is simply that they make children happy! Interaction with animals has been proven to raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the chemical building blocks of positive feelings. All science aside, playing and interacting with dogs is just plain fun — and it's bound to brighten any kid's day.
• Children with no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment can see, feel, touch and make connections to the wide world of animals.
• Observing and caring for an animal instills a sense of responsibility and respect for life.
• A pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.
• Children learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival.
• Students will see directly how their behavior and actions affect others.
• Studies show that the presence of animals tends to lessen tension in the classroom.
The children in
Mr. Mellor's class frequently have the opportunity to develop their personal,
social and emotional skills through the outdoor environment. There are a wide
range of activities accessible to all children. Such activities include den
building, adventure games and co-operative games. The children enjoy the time
that they spend outdoors and this gives them the opportunity to express their
imagination and gives the children autonomy over their own
In the relaxation room the children in Mr. Mellor's class have the opportunity to access range
of interactive educational games and programs. During the activities in the 'relaxation room' the children can develop
their ICT skills whilst completing interactive activities on numeracy and
literacy and other core Subjects. The children enjoy working in the relaxation room
independently and with their peers. The children also have to opportunity to use mindefulness meditation programs to develop their understanding and management of emotions.
Developing Through Music
The children in Mr. Mellor's class have the opportunity to develop their personal, social and emotional skills through active participation in stimulating music activities. All children in the resource base are provided with the opportunity to take part in musical activities such as an introduction to keyboard skills, introduction to guitar, composition work and expressive music.
Access to musical activities, supports our children who sometimes find it difficult to express themselves in other social, day to day situations and can be used as a tool which allows the children to develop their confidence, self-esteem and take charge of their emotions.
In our class, we also use music to make cross-curricular connections with: Numeracy - counting and keeping the beat. Literacy - composition. Geography - Music from around the world.
We encourage and promote regular exercise. We hope our children learn the importance of exercising for a lifetime.
Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy body and healthy mind. It is a postivie alternative to watching television, playing on phones, tablets and computers.
Exercise can be a confidence builder that can help children discover new talents and interests. Sport can be an excellent tool to develop disipline and the understanding of commintment. Overcoming challenging situations is an important life skill that can be developed through sport.
Exercise can ease stress, tension and anxiety. Many children struggle to manage their feelings and physical activity is an excellent way to help deal with unwanted and negative thoughts. Through sport we encourage cooperation and leadership skills.
The social aspect of participating in sport is important to children along with developing an abilty to be a good loser and winner. Some children struggle with communication and cooperative games develop this skill.
We always encourage physical activity and we include it across our curriculum at any opportunity.
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