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ASD Base

Happy 2019 and welcome back to Cherry ASD Base! The children worked so hard during the Autumn term and all the staff are happy to be back with the children!


In Cherry ASD Base, we have Cherry Blossom class with Miss Natasha Sutharsan and Cherry Tree with Mrs Katherine Stockdale. We are supported by Miss Wendy Adams, Miss Kelly Chamberlain, Miss Mairead Hickey, and Miss Giovanna Burgess. We currently have a TA staff vacancy which is currently being covered by an agency. We will update you ASAP when we have recruited.


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.


For the children who remain in Cherry Blossom in the afternoon, their painting for this term is ‘Tiger in the Storm’ by Rousseau. The children who access mainstream lessons will be looking at the same painting as their mainstream class. Please look at the picture curriculum section on the website to find your child’s painting.

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 / life skills / sensory 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 homework book. 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 Sutharsan or Mrs Stockdale 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 Spring 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

- IPM meetings – week beginning 21st January 2019

- Wimbledon Tennis sessions start – 22nd January 2019 (please send your child to school with a PE kit).

- ASD Open Afternoon (for prospective parents) – 22nd January 2019 at 2pm

Tiger in a Tropical Storm

Nonsuch Orchestra – 7th February 2019

-Half term – 18th to 22nd February 2019

-Parents Evening - 13th and 14th March 2019

-End of Spring term – 5th April at 1.30pm

N.B: Annual Reviews start in this term until July 2019. Please see Mrs Stockdale if you want to know the date of your child’s meeting. o insert body text here ...


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