Schools can be full of noise, activity and demands with little time set aside for peace and quiet. SEN pupils, especially those with literacy, numeracy, working memory and processing weaknesses, can often feel bombarded by noise. In addition, for many, the ‘noise inside their heads’ is frenetic as they try to keep up, try to absorb and make sense of the information coming their way. Noise can be negative if their thoughts are always on catch up. For autistic pupils with social and communication difficulties, constant noise including instructions and discussions can be overwhelming.
This project looked at the concept of peace and how this helped SEN pupils cope with anxiety about their learning differences and what they perceive they can and can’t do. The project involved the design and creation of an embroidery to symbolise peace. This combined my own peace memorial to the WW1 peace centenary celebrations with peace across faiths and also used a rainbow of peace related words to create the colour interpretation links for SEN pupils.
The concept of colour was successfully used as a form of language to assist an autistic pupil express thoughts and feelings. The idea of ‘talking’ or ‘praying’ in colour helped him to find a peaceful non-threatening means to express himself when words or emotions were difficult. This work looked at the question of whether words have a colour and whether this could be a helpful way to describe and understand God, prayer and religious concepts.