Talking Base
The Talking Base


There are currently 11 children in The Talking Base, from YR to Y6, working with Mrs Wynne, Mrs Darvill and 3 teaching assistants, to improve their communication skills.


Specialist resources and strategies, including signing (Signalong, Cued Articulation) and the computer programmes  Communicate In Print and Clicker 6 are used to support the pupils in their learning.


Pupils spend about 60% of their day in The Talking Base, which includes a dedicated free flow play area and a therapy room as well as teaching and playing areas.


The focus is primarily on speaking and listening activities and each day the pupils work on English and Maths as well as daily reading  and speech and language targets , as directed by our NHS speech and language therapists, Sophie Bishop and Abi Uttley, who see the children once a week. Pupils may also follow motor skills and social and life skills programmes.


This term our topics are ‘Artists and Musicians’ and ‘Clothes’.   The associated vocabulary and concepts will then be reinforced through role play, music, written work, art and craft, cooking, early number work and social skills activities. In addition this term there will be 2 dance workshops and monthly sports sessions with coaches from Charlton Athletic. The children integrate, usually with support, into mainstream classes for other lessons. For more information about The Talking Base curriculum please look at The Talking Base Curriculum Overview on the Curriculum page of our website.


Towards the end of term there will be a coffee afternoon for parents and carers when Sophie and Abi, our NHS speech and language therapists, will be available to talk about the children’s speech and language work.


Throughout the year we hold regular parents’ evenings and annual review meetings; however, should the need arise,  parents are encouraged to contact Mrs Wynne and Mrs Darvill via the home/school contact book or by phone to arrange a meeting. 



Please click here to see our Spring newsletter - Talking Base class newsletter

British Values in The Talking Base

Our Values Statement

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.


We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

Pupils placed in The Talking Base will have opportunities to experience British Values and the SMSC curriculum both in their mainstream classes and through a more personalised approach in the Resourced Provision. 

Please click here to read about British Values and SMSC in The Talking Base.