The Hedgehogs class caters for Primary aged students following the Pre-Formal pathway. This class works closely with Foxcubs class and provides the next steps as the students are ready to move on. At present there are 6 students within the class all aged between 6 and 11 years old. There are 3 boys and 3 girls.
Learning is usually hands on and often looks like play, it is sensory based and investigative allowing lots of opportunities to link learning to physical experiences. All students in Hedgehogs do some 1:1 work in English and Maths 4 days a week. This is working on specifically targeted small learning goals.
The students in Hedgehogs all have very individual needs but find companionship with each other and form good bonds. This can be seen in the small ways in which they greet each other in the morning, or sit together in the reading corner. Most of the class have complex learning needs relating to communication and social interaction. Many are starting to develop their own independence. Some of the students in Hedgehogs require additional nurture and a calm environment to help them build their confidence and become acclimatised to school before they then move on to a different class in Foxwood.
There are three main staff members in hedgehogs: Miss Amanda-Claire Millington (Class teacher), Ms Donna Higgins (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Ocean Turney- Buchanon (Apprentice). The hedgehogs have different teachers for some sessions, Mr Owen Liddington teaches them PE, Mr Daniel Lee has a maths session and Mrs Lucy Korneluk is this year leading some PFA sessions. All staff work together to ensure that planning, delivery and learning approaches are consistent.
Hedgehogs are class based in their own large space with an attached care suite with a shower. The classroom has various areas created to encourage independence, sensory learning and reading. Some sessions may be spent in the hall, soft play area, sensory room, sensory garden, outdoors areas or the kitchen. Hedgehogs also go out into the community to add real world experiences to their learning activities.