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ASD Base

Hello and welcome to Cherry ASD Base. We are all excited to be working in Cherry with all the children and staff.


In Cherry ASD Base, we have Cherry Blossom class with Miss Rebecca Lavender and Cherry Tree with Miss Natasha Sutharsan. We are helped by Miss Kelly Chamberlain, Miss Giovanna Burgess, Miss Enomfon Etim Mrs Berzaghi and Miss Dorothy Lukwayi.

Mrs Uta Bergner-Sington is our Speech and Language therapist. She works on Tuesday and Wednesday doing individual or small group work with all the children in the Base and incorporates one of the children from mainstream into her social communication a friendship session. Miss Ann Popowich is our Occupational Therapist and she works Thursdays working with small groups and individuals to implement individual programmes.


In Cherry Blossom our painting for Autumn Term is Weeping Woman by Picasso.

In Cherry Tree our painting is Starry Night by Van Gogh.

We follow a mainstream curriculum but teach it using strategies that are suitable for children with autism or communication difficulties.


•Small steps.




All pupils are taught in the Base for all or part of the day, where they work on core subjects and develop their independent learning, social and emotional skills.

•Maths and English.

•Guided Reading.

•Life skills – going to the shops, getting public transport etc.


In the afternoons, children from Cherry ASD Base attend their mainstream class for foundation subjects, where appropriate. Our aim is for the majority of children in the Base to have 50% of their timetable in their mainstream classes.


Children who don’t access mainstream follow a topic based curriculum in the afternoon in Cherry Blossom Class.


Please ensure that you child brings their PE kit into school on a Monday. We want the majority of children in the Base to have PE sessions with their mainstream classes which are all on different days! Having their PE kit in their locker all week will be easier for us all. We will send it home on a Friday.


All the children will have a reading record and be sent home activities to complete  and support them at home within a range of learning areas. If your child comes to school on transport, they will also have a home contact book. Please check your child’s bag daily for important message.


If you have any questions please ask Miss Lavender or Miss Sutharsan on the playground at the beginning or end of the day, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment.


We are so excited for autumn term in Cherry ASD Base!


Thank you for all your continued help and support.


More About Cherry Class...

•Reading with your child every day and signing their reading diary.

•Ensuring homework is completed.

•Speaking and listening activities at home.

•Imaginative play and games.

•Turn taking games.

•Using the Autumn IPM to support learning at home - using the key targets to focus on.

How You Can Help

Below is the video with the Jolly Phonics song for our Phase 2 sounds! Watch the video with your child and see if they can teach you all of the sounds and actions. Which sounds can they write?

Useful Links

Diary Dates

Meet the Teachers – Tuesday 10th September @ 3.00pm

HALF TERM – Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October

INSET Day – Monday 28th October



Click here to view the UNCRC (United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child) Articles which are learned, practised, respected, protected and promoted at Southmead.

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