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Mr. Mellor's class caters for children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. They all have a personal education and behavior plan tailored to their individual needs. They 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 at present 9 children who have access to the resource base, all spending variable amounts of time within it.

 
Pupils are 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 tests.

 
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.
 
Further information can be found on the school's 'local offer' regarding all aspects of the resource base which can be located here or from the home page.

​Dougie​

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.​

Constant Companionship

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.

Learning Responsibility

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.​​


 


 

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Outdoor Learning Area
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 learning.

 
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New Room
In the 'new room' the children in Mr. Mellor's class have the opportunity to access a wide range of interactive educational games and programs through our interactive whiteboard. During the activities in the 'new 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 new room independently and with their peers.
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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, 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
 

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