Key Stage 1 & 2
Curriculum Subjects: English, Maths, ICT, Science, Art & Design, History, Geography, Drama, PE, Design & Technology, Food Technology, Citizenship, Music.
Group Speech & Language Therapy: These are weekly timetable lessons delivered between 3 and 5 sessions a week. The programme delivered aims to:
To provide impairment based therapy which targets specific areas of language and social communication impairment.
To provide functional based therapy which seeks to devise and implement practical strategies to support the individual in a particular setting (e.g. the classroom/ playground).
To support educational progress by providing targeted therapy in areas of impairment that are affecting an individual’s ability to access the National Curriculum.
To support behavioural functioning and emotional wellbeing by providing targeted support in areas such as emotional intelligence and verbal reasoning.
The input is tailored to target specific areas of need and may include: developing pupils’ attention and listening skills, understanding and use of language skills and developing pragmatic language abilities. There is also a considerable focus on developing play and social skills, enabling the pupils to develop their friendships and to learn to interact appropriately with each other.
There is a Speech & Language therapist assigned to each class group who works collaboratively with teaching staff to ensure a holistic provision for all pupils. This key therapist is able to provide therapy, advice and assistance to pupils on a needs-led basis. Speech and Language therapists and teachers plan together to provide a curriculum whereby the academic demands are supported and reinforced by the Speech and Language therapy team. This helps generalise these skills into different contexts and reinforce key vocabulary.
Individual Speech & Language Therapy: In addition to the group provision, some pupils may receive individual/paired speech and language therapy according to their needs.
Occupational Therapy: Our occupational therapist provides both individual and group therapy on a needs met basis. We carry out the Alert programme throughout the school which includes proprioception and vestibular rich movement activities. The team also provide teacher support and environmental adaptation for the pupils as needed. Equipment and sensory strategies are provided to help pupils access the curriculum. (See Therapies)
Educational visits and trips: There are a number of supporting educational visits throughout the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum to facilitate and support learning and further the pupils’ ability to access the curriculum. Trips include The Science Museum, the theatre, visiting London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the London Aquarium.
Group Reward System: In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the group star chart works effectively to promote and reward learning.
Individual Targets: Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 the pupils work on targets, usually linked with their IEPs to help build and support key life skills.
Daily Positive Feedback: This is given to the pupils both verbally and in written form to recognise achievement on a day to day and weekly basis. The pupils are encouraged to recognise their positive achievements and rewarded with stickers and certificates throughout the school year.
Promoting self awareness and self esteem: Pupils are encouraged to recognise their strengths on a daily and weekly basis and individual aspects from different lessons and different parts of the day are identified and highlighted to the pupils as a way of promoting their confidence and self esteem. It is also an effective way for children to learn to identify and maintain friendships within their group.