Here at Sunnyside, we have two High Needs Base (HNB) catering for children with moderate learning difficulties.
HNB1 is for the year 3 and 4 children, while years 5 and 6 are in HNB2. Our staff are well experienced in working with children who have a variety of special needs and promote a positive approach to school life.
The children in our bases may need extra help in a range of areas, for example:
- reading, writing, number work or understanding information
- expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
- making friends or relating to adults
- organising themselves
They are often at school action plan plus; have been given a note in lieu or may have a statement of special education needs.
Children learn at different rates and in different ways and so we follow a modified curriculum, differentiating work as appropriate to meet the children’s individual needs. Our aim is to help the children access the curriculum and reach their full potential. Some of the children are integrated back into mainstream classes, while some mainstream children may come into our bases to work for various sessions.
Our pupils come from all over the Middlesbrough area and some have even traveled in from Redcar and North Yorkshire. Most were pupils in infant assessment units, although some were in mainstream classes.