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Welcome to Pathfinders Class

Our shared school vision

To support all children and young people to hold their rightful place in society, equipped with the knowledge to shape their own futures, skills to lead an enriched and healthy life and voices to make a positive contribution in the world.

In Pathfinders Class, we strive towards our shared vision by:

  • Working as a team - adults and young people together - to enable us all to grow and be the best we can be.
  • We build positive relationships with each other and get to know each other's likes and dislikes, appreciating that the teenage years are a challenge and supporting  our young people through their big emotions.
  • We encourage our young people to develop strategies to meet their needs.  
  • We have a strong focus on communication to enable our young people to develop the skills for making their own life choices in whatever way is suitable for them.
  • We develop skills for adulthood, including household skills , cooking, socialising and leisure activities and explore our local and wider communities, experiencing a variety of familiar places we will need to use eg. shops, supermarkets, cafes and a range of less familiar places, including woodlands, parks, museums and art galleries.
  • We encourage parents to come and visit and appreciate when they share the different cultures that are represented in our class.  
  • We believe that having fun together is the best way for us all to learn new things. 

Our Curriculum

We believe in a broad and balanced ‘no limits’ curriculum that develops and nurtures life-long learning, builds interests, is meaningful and imaginative and promotes togetherness in the school and wider community. It is happy-centred; driven by confidence, positive relationships, support, coping skills and achievement and success.  

In the Autumn term, we will strive towards developing the following skills:

Our guiding question is:  "What else can it do?" and we will be exploring recycling and reusing a range of different products.

  • Exploring reusing plastic boxes and packaging for pouring and filling in water and sensory play.
  • Imitating actions with tools to make recycled crafts.
  • Exploring cause and effect activities.
  • Exploring a range of recycled objects, being curious and investigating different ways of using them.


We will also continue with our regular life skills, sensory and communication activities including:

Things to remember:

  • As we do a lot of food-based and community activities, it would be very helpful if you could send in £1 per week to help cover the costs of these activities.
  • We go outside in all weathers so please make sure your young person has appropriate clothing for the weather.  A pair of wellies we can keep in school would be brilliant and spare clothes for when it is wet - we like puddles!
  • Swimming will happen every week, so leaving a swimming kit in school would be fantastic - that way the young people can take the responsibility of using the washing machines too.
  • If you would like any more information about the learning and sensory activities that happen in school, please let us know.  We're very happy to share what we do and love it when we can work closely with parents and carers to make the young person's experience ever better.
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