Welcome to The Base – Birch Squirrel Class

Welcome to Birch class. We provide specialist provision for children with Autism and social and communication difficulties.  We are an 8 place Resource Provision and positions are allocated by the Local Authority. Mrs McGowan is the full time class teacher with teaching assistant Miss Ellis.  Our school day starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:00pm.  Our themes this year will include ‘The Stone Age’, ‘Liverpool’ and ‘The Anglo Saxons’.  


Learning in Birch Class

We strive to ensure that the individual needs of your child are supported and we aim to recognise and nurture their potential; this is achieved by adapting the environment, by implementing individualised programmes of support and ensuring that staff knowledge is continually developed.  Your child will receive interventions according to their needs as part of the school day and lessons will be tailored to match each child.  Teaching strategies promote positive behaviour and include clear routines, sensory approaches to learning, structured teaching, social stories and supported play.  The Base has been adapted to provide a friendly environment for children with ‘social communication difficulties’ and we have access to an outside area.

We believe each pupil is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to his/her educational needs.  Our aim in Birch Class is to ensure that all children have their needs met within a caring and supportive environment. We understand the importance of pupils with ASC socialising and learning with their peers.  This is why integration into mainstream classes is the ultimate goal for the children attending the Resource base.  We are sensitive in the area of reintegration ensuring the best possible outcome for each child we support. 

Themed Planning – Spring Term

Theme Planning – Summer Term

Please click on the link below to have a look at what we are learning about during Spring Term!

Theme Planning Spring Term Birch

Long term Plans Birch

Open Door

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please come and speak to a member of the team.  We are always happy to listen and try our very best to help.

Useful Links

Secondary Schools

Claremount Specialist Sports College 

Foxfield School

Hilbre High School


Brilliant groups to look at and join for the whole family

M.A.C.S – Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society – parents run group

Wirral Autistic Society

Autism Together


Activities to do outside school

Did you know that the Light Cinema in New Brighton do autism friendly cinema sessions – with

dimmed lighting and lowered sound? Check out their websiteThe Light Cinema

Wirral riding school and Foxes riding school provide Riding for the Disabled sessions.

Visit Tam O’Shanter Farm Its Free!

Autism Friendly Shopping at Cheshire Oaks

School holidays

Did you know that Manchester Airport provide a unique service for Autistic passengers and their family?

Good links for specialist equipment – E.G ear defenders

Have a go at making your own sensory toys!!

Staying safe on the internet