Foxcubs is one of four primary classes and is part of the Pre-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are 5 students within the class; all boys who are aged between six and eight years.
The students in Foxcubs are working within the following ranges:
English P2(ii) to P5
Maths P2(ii) to P5
Science P3(i) to P5
Each one has a very special and unique character and it is wonderful to see them developing both as individuals and as a class! All of the class have complex learning needs related to communication, social interaction and self-help skills. There are a range of diagnoses within the class including ASD, Tuberous Sclerosis and Epilepsy; quite often the children also have complex sensory profiles.
There are three members of staff in Foxcubs: Mrs Helen Hadley (Teacher Monday to Wednesday), Mr Daniel Lee (Teacher Thursday and Friday), Mrs Bev Verney (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Cheryl Stubbs (Learning Support Assistant).
The children access most of the curriculum in their own classroom space which is a vibrant and stimulating environment; but full advantage is also taken of the Academy facilities including the kitchen, hall, soft play, sensory garden and sensory therapy room. The class also have a weekly opportunity to venture off-site to enhance their learning.
We start each day with our ‘Hello Time’ in which we establish the daily timetable and welcome everyone to the Academy. A creative and multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted across all core and non-core subjects of the National Curriculum supported by the use of signs and symbols; these are essential to develop key literacy skills including reading and comprehension. The Preparing for Adulthood curriculum is now well-established which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health.
We work closely with a range of other professionals given the nature of need in Foxcubs including a regular session with a speech and language therapist and occasional input from an occupational therapist.
Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students’ planners are checked each morning and a note written from the Academy each day. Classroom staff are always happy to talk with parents and carers at the beginning and end of each day too. Our class mascot, Fizz, also visits the children and their families at the weekend and over school holidays.
By providing a fun, safe and engaging environment the students in Foxcubs are enabled to succeed and achieve. This is celebrated on a daily basis and is further recognised by our ‘Star of the Week’ award which is part of a weekly assembly.