Base for Visually Impaired Children
At Sunnyside there is a resource base for children with a visual impairment. All Children who attend the base are integrated into mainstream but may be withdrawn for individual lessons in Braille, mobility etc.
We hold a weekly activity session with all the children together to help further develop skills that will be useful in the mainstream class. Within the class, children have access to a range of adaptations to help them access the curriculum, from raised work boards, electronic magnifiers through to Perkins braillers and electronic braillers. We have a number of specialist teaching assistants who work in class, who are able to adapt class resources or make tactile as appropriate.
We firmly believe that all our students should have a go at everything and are we privileged to work with a local judo club who provide judo lessons in school. This helps to ensure that children are confident and integrated with their peers.
We work closely with the Peripatetic Service for children with a visual impairment and access a range of events and activities aimed at promoting independent life skills.
Our children come from across the four boroughs in the Teesside area and are transported to school as required.
There are two secondary bases for children with a visual impairment, Kings Academy and Northfield in Billingham.
We liase with charitable organisations such as Action For The Blind and Useful Vision to help ensure our children are able to access as wide a range of activities as possible.