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We would like to say that we are so proud of all of our pupils and their resilience and attitude in what has been a difficult year and a half, thanks you wonderful children you are FAB. A special mention to the year 6 pupils who leave us today; we sincerely wish you the very best as you move to secondary school, but offer an open invitation if any of you would like to come and see us in the future......... keep us informed of how things are going. Stay safe over the summer period and we look forward to seeing everone back on Thursday 2nd September- bright eyed and bushy tailed. .................. please keep an eye out for parentmails during the summer break as there is lots to share with you all........................Let us hope that next year is 'normal' and that we can enjoy being together in class and in school. Thanks to all the parents that have worked so hard to help their children through lockdowns, both academically and emotionally...........we know how difficult it was. Stay safe!
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Meet Mrs Conner

 Three very special reasons for my love of communication.


I have been a Speech and Language Support Assistant (SaLSA) since 2013.  I can honestly say that it’s the best job I’ve ever had and I absolutely love it.


I have worked in primary schools since 2005, when my youngest son, then 4 years old, started in Reception.  My first job was supporting a Year 1 child on a 1:1 basis.  He had a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  I learnt to sign Makaton and to differentiate whole class planning to his compliment his abilities.  My passion for working with additional needs pupils was born.


I was qualified and registered to deliver S.L.C.N. (speech, language and communication needs) therapy to primary school children on behalf of the county of Hampshire.  I am an H.L.T.A. and have passed a number of professional courses including Cued Articulation, Makaton, Attention Autism, and recently attended the A.E.T.’s Good Autism Practice course.  I am very proud to be the S.a.L.S.A. for Freemantle C.of E. Community School.


I have a very special reason for my love of communication, well 3 reasons actually!  Each of my 3 sons has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (or A.S.C. as it is now diagnosed).  They are all in their 20s now and each one has a job in their chosen field, their passion since they were little.  My oldest is a tennis coach; my middle son has just graduated in acting from Bath University and my youngest is working as an apprentice mechanic.  I am so incredibly proud of them.   As with most people on the Autism Spectrum, they have faced the associated    difficulties at school and whilst growing up.  Things like social communication challenges; echolalia; anxiety and difficulty with the semantic pragmatic uses of language.   When they were little, as a family we joined Hampshire Autism and benefited enormously from their experience and specialist days out.  Things like cinema trips with the lights on and the volume down!  I love the way that mind type can focus and create.  Years later, I worked as a volunteer for Hampshire Autism at their Lego Therapy for teenagers group.   


There are so many positives to having A.S.C. and I am so happy to say that it was my boys led me to my career!