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Purple Class 

Teacher | Hannah     

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Welcome to Purple Class!

Purple Class is the Secondary Autistic Resource Base for Key stage 3 and 4 pupils. We offer a highly adapted curriculum in a smaller class of pupils supported by a higher ratio of adults than many other parts of the school.

Pupils enjoy learning through our thematic curriculum, focusing on a new and exciting topic each half term. In Purple Class we pay particular attention to developing skills in the following areas: the functional use of communication, increasing pupils understanding of emotional regulation, the use of tools to support self- regulation and also developing independence skills in preparation for the Post 16 Department and ultimately life beyond Harford Manor School.

"we take a holistic approach to learning, considering the individual needs and abilities of our pupils through a highly structured and sensory based timetable"In Purple Class we take a holistic approach to learning, considering the individual needs and abilities of our pupils through a highly structured and sensory based timetable. This allows us to work on the 'personalised learning goals' of each pupil using a variety of stimulating and sensory experiences embedded throughout the weekly timetable. These are delivered through a range of approaches, which include sensory circuits, Attention Autism sessions, opportunities for sensory exploration and heuristic play, individualised work tasks and use of the therapy room for regulation and communication practice.

Further to this, pupils benefit from accessing regular community outings to generalise this learning. Current class favourites include: trampolining at High Altitude and the use of a private swimming pool to practise skills in a calm environment. We make weekly shopping trips to a variety of local supermarkets to buy our class snacks. Pupils have thrived when given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own individualised shopping lists, find the correct food items, pay for them and pack items in their own backpacks.

Take a look at our autumn term gallery to see what we have been up to:

Please take a look at our Class Learning Overview for our recent 'The Seasons' topic, which also contains a range of ideas for home learning.

Purple Class 'The Seasons' Topic Information

We have created a 'Home Learning Support Sheet' for anyone in class who needs to access learning away from school at this time. On the sheet you will find activity ideas and links covering each of the school curriculum areas. For further support or information please contact your class teacher Hannah in the first instance. 

Purple Class Home Learning Support

All of the staff in Red Class are really missing you and have made this short video to say hello!

Purple Class Communication Videos:

Below you will find a series of Attention Autism videos created by the Purple Class Team to enjoy at home. They hope to add to these on a weekly basis whilst pupils continue to learn from home!


                                          Flour Faces                                             Rainbow Sponge

Vitamin Pops

Attention Autism Videos:

Here are some longer Attention Autism videos based on various themes that can be watched, replicated and enjoyed at home.



Sensory Circuits:

A Guide to Sensory Circuits at Harford Manor School