Autism Introductory Classroom


The Maple Tree Class


 

This classroom is designed to provide maximum support to younger learners with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The use of visual aids, communication aides, and sensory equipment are central to providing a consistently highly structured environment, where the learners can feel safe and successful. 

 

Their Individualized Educational Development Programmes are geared towards establishing and maintaining their pre-requisite skills; such as eye contact, symbolic representation, imitation and joint attention. These skills undergird all learning, and set the children up to be independent learners. 

 

Ceby
Teacher Intern
Ceby Mvubu
Teacher Intern
Amanda Clinton
Teacher Apprentice
Nokukhanya "Khanyi" Nzama




Autism Pre-Primary Classroom


The Willow Tree Class


 

This classroom is designed to provide maximum support to pre-primary learners with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The use of visual aids, communication aides, and sensory equipment are central to providing a consistently highly structured environment, where the learners can feel safe and successful.  Their Individualized Educational Development Programmes are geared towards establishing and maintaining their pre-requisite skills, such as eye contact, symbolic representation, imitation and joint attention.

 

Alongside the above, foundational literacy and numeracy skills are beginning to be introduced into the learners’ programs.

 

 

Teacher:
Constance Gumbo
Teacher Apprentice:
Annie Mhiripiri
Bridging & Support:
Nosipho Duma




Autism Primary Classroom


The Oak Tree Class


 

This classroom is designed to provide maximum support to older children with diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The use of visual aids, communication aides, and sensory equipment are central to providing a highly structured and consistent environment, where the learner can feel safe and successful.

 

Alongside the maintenance of pre-requisite skills, foundational literacy and numeracy skills are incorporated into the learners’ programmes, and additional consideration is made towards their learning styles and special interests.

 

 

Teacher Apprentice:
Marcel Hill
Teacher Intern:
Lungile Ngobese
Unit Support Intern:
Divine Solomon




Mixed-Ability Primary Classroom 


The Palm Tree Class


 

This classroom caters for learners with mixed-abilities, such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Delays and some undiagnosed conditions. It is a beautiful space where each learner is free to learn within a careful balance of structure and creativity.

Due to the variety and wide range of needs and abilities in this class, each child follows a highly specialised Individualized Educational Development Programme, which is creatively merged and managed throughout the school day. 

 

Teacher Intern
Bianca Meyer
Teacher Apprentice
Maureen Kupiso
Unit Support Apprentice:
Facilitator Linda Mukanya




Mixed-Ability Primary Classroom 


The Boabab Tree Class


Teacher Intern
Saskia Kusel
Teacher Apprentice
Norline Moyo
Unit Support Apprentice:
Nonkululeko "Happy" Zungu



Mainstream Classroom 


Kingdom Kids


 

This classroom consists of typically-developing learners aged from 3 to 6 years old. The Kingdom Kids class offers the Grade 000, Grade 00, and Grade R programmes. The curriculum focuses on pre-requisite skills, as well as foundational literacy & numeracy skills through themes and exploration of the world around them. It is Christian-faith based and encourages learners to explore a relationship with God.

 

The reception year learners work through ACE’s Grade R curriculum, which provides a phonetic foundation to reading, amongst other things. Additionally, our mainstream learners integrate with the special needs learners on a daily basis, which has been shown to reap benefits all-round. Our learners are individually taught with an Individualized Educational Development Program (IEDP) used as the basis of tracking their development and accomplishing goals.

 

Teacher
Zainab Mlongo
Teacher Apprentice
Mphume Thusi