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Chimes Class

Welcome to Chimes Class!


We aim to provide the students with a relevant curriculum that is interesting, meaningful to their lives and most importantly fun!

The students learn best from the multi-sensory approaches we use and we aim for every student to achieve their individual best.

Our activities focus on looking, listening, touching, smelling and tasting!

Communication is a vital life-long skill learned whilst in the Chimes Class.

We are proud of all our students who learn to communicate so successfully through body language, gestures, facial expressions, eye pointing, vocalisations and using switches.

Another focus is good quality physio and hydrotherapy and we aim to engage the students in some kind of physiotherapy every day.

Getting out and about into the community is also important to us. We enjoy our weekly bus trips to the allotment, the garden centre and the library.

We also venture further afield on day trips.

What's Been Happening This Summer Term

Chimes students have been busy out and about. They had a lovely time on a windy, yet sunny, morning at Cocum Farm in Barton Stacey.  They fed and stroked some lambs and looked at some sheep dogs and hens.  They then drove  through an enormous field full of sheep and lambs, but unfortunately the buses scared them away!  The children also admired a huge John Deere combine harvester. Thank you to Chris Read and Isobel for arranging this great trip.


The FE Chimes students have been working hard at the allotment. They had a good tidy up, whilst stopping to check the herbs were smelling beautiful and then got planting sweetcorn seeds.


Chimes have also been practising their singing and dancing for the Hampshire Music Service Special Schools' production "Hot Rock". They have performed a dance for the show, pretending to be volcanoes! It all got very hot!


The students have been making the most of the hot weather recently and taken some lessons outside the classroom.  They have been exploring messy play substances in the summer house in the Sensory Garden and have made sure to keep the lovely pots in the courtyard well watered.