Willow Class

Willow Class is a specialist class catering for pupils with complex learning needs and as such requires a high level of personalised learning with a higher staff to pupil ratio.

At Manor Green we understand that children with ASC achieve their potential and feel happy when their environment, learning, communication and routines are structured and personalised to meet their individual needs.

We believe that a consistent approach to teaching and learning, structured classroom environments and cross-curricular use of visual supports enable the pupils to be independent and engage in learning.

Every child in the specialist classes has complex learning needs and as such requires a high level of personalised learning with a higher staff to pupil ratio. The activities throughout the school day are structured around a highly individual and personalised timetable which is child led and tailored to the child’s needs.

Children in specialist classes follow a curriculum that is relevant, broad and balanced to their needs. Each class follows a thematic approach to teaching and learning which changes half termly. The classes follow the same themes and topics as the generic classes in each year group. The curriculum focuses on four key areas Communication, Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science), Foundation subjects and Physical, Personal and Sensory Development.

In addition, children have access to a multi-sensory programme including use of the light and sound room, sensory circuits, outdoor learning environments and soft play. All children have personal, social and emotional targets which help develop skills in expressing and exploring likes and dislikes, high interests and friendships with others.

Individual children are assessed by the Occupational Therapist for sensory integration programmes which area implemented throughout the school day. Hydrotherapy and rebound are key strategies used to develop physical, social and communication skills.


In Willow class this week we have been consolidating our knowledge and understanding of Numicon by creating number patterns, adding and beginning to multiply using this resource.

The children have begun to really anticipate key elements of our developing sensory story linked to plants and animals.

Our children continue to work hard at developing their independence skills throughout the day across a range of environments.

We welcomed some children from Ash class to attend our Attention Autism sessions – up to stage 4.