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Priestmead Primary School & Nursery

Moving Onwards and Upwards Together

Rainbow Resource

RR Village

What is the Rainbow Resource Village?

Inclusion in Mainstream

The Learning Environment

The Rainbow Resource Team:

RED CLASS/ Teaching Room 1

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Red class is mainly for children between Reception to Y2, although depending on the numbers of children in the resource, this is a flexible approach.

PURPLE CLASS/ Teaching Room 2

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Purple class is mainly for children between Y3 to Y6, although depending on the numbers of children in the resource, this is a flexible approach.

Our Autism Friendly Policy

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  • Sometimes I might need objects, pictures, photos or symbols to help me understand.
  • Give me time to understand and process your words.
  • I don’t always understand your facial expressions and I can take things literally.
  • I might have difficulty with my senses, noises, smells, sights and vibrations can upset me.
  • Rather than just saying no, please tell me what I am doing wrong.
  • Think about why I am upset. There is always a reason. This might be the only way I can tell you that something is wrong.
  • I may have difficulty making friends and communicating with others.
  • Always try to include me, I like to laugh and have fun, but sometimes I may find this difficult and do not want to join in.
  • Please try to tell me when there is going to be a change.
  • I may be unpredictable when I get distressed. Please stay calm.
  • Try to reassure and redirect me. I will need lots of adult support.
  • Don’t always take my comments personally. It’s good to keep a sense of humour.
  • You are part of a team so you can share your worries with other people that know me.
  • It’s good to have high expectations of me and give me opportunities to join in.
  • You are a special person and so am I. Please have respect for me.
  • Accept  who I am. Work with me and do not try to change who I am.
  • Be supportive and non-judgemental of my family and me. They know me best.

Our Curriculum

Children in the Rainbow Resource will follow the National Curriculum, however this will be tailored to meet their individual needs, focussing on communication with practical, functional and meaningful learning situations. Our children may do this as part of a class, in a small group or individually either in the resource or in mainstream.

It is our aim to provide the children with access to a curriculum similar to that in Priestmead Primary School. Where appropriate, modifications will be made to help children participate in all areas of the curriculum and learn effectively from their experience.

ICT is taught as an integral part of the curriculum framework as well as a stand alone subject. Children in the Rainbow Resource will have access to lap tops, an interactive whiteboard and a class computer. They also participate in a weekly ICT session in the main school ICT Suite.

The children are given carefully monitored access to the internet for information and research. We use a wide range of educational websites to support daily teaching and learning in other subjects. We also have other programs such as Writing with Symbols and Communicate in Print, which are a sign and symbol program to enhance children’s understanding of written information, as well as a way of conveying information to those children who are not yet able to read.

How we aid learning

The emphasis in The Rainbow Resource, is on a child centred approach to learning. We aim to start with the experience of each child, and then use this to develop their confidence and interests in all activities they partake in.

We will provide visual and sensory experiences to encourage and assist learning.

It is our aim to motivate the children to learn using their interests when possible to attract them and maintain their concentration.

A Typical Day

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A typical day in the resource would be as follows:

8.50 - School Starts and Registration
8.55 - Good Morning / Social Interaction and Jogging
9.00 - Phonics
9.30 - Teaching Session 1
10.30 - Play Time / Break
10.45 - Fruit Time
10.55 - Independent Work
11.10 - Session 2
12.00 - Lunch Time
1.00 - Registration and Good Afternoon
1.05 - Independent Work
1.20 - Session 3
2.15 - Play Time / Break
2.30 - Circle Time
2.50 - Privilege / Choosing Time
3.00 - Story Time / Social Interaction Game
3.20 - Good Bye – Children return home

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