3O is one of the four KS3 classes and is part of the Semi-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present, there are ten students within the class; who are aged between eleven and thirteen.
The students in 3O are working within the following ranges:
English P8 to Level 2A Maths P8 to Level 2A Science P8 to Level 3C
3O have a range of diagnosis including ASD, Down’s syndrome and a variety of other conditions. Students have a variety of learning needs including communication, social interaction and self-help skills. A small percentage of students have more complex needs. 3O has some big personalities and some children who are more reserved. They work very well together and are supportive of each other. They all work very hard at their studies and work hard to try to be the star of the week. They have a good sense of humour and enjoy using role-play to demonstrate their ideas.
There are three members of staff in 3O: Louise Howard (Teacher, Full Time), Kerry Riley (Teaching Assistant/ Head of Medications, Full Time) and Kiaya Piggott-Gardner (Apprentice Teaching Assistant, Full time). The pupils in 3O are also taught by the following: Sam Hicklin for one lesson of PE a week and Kevin Franklin for E-Safety.
The children access most of the curriculum in their own classroom space, which is a stimulating environment; they take advantage of the academy facilities including the hall and soft-play. They also use our specialist rooms for Art, Science and Computing and sometimes use the Kitchen for their Health lessons. We are continuing with our Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. They follow the new national curriculum for literacy, maths and science.
Our morning routine is to have registration and look at the timetable for the day. Some students then go for their daily physio exercises, whilst the rest have reading including 1:1 reading time. We put great emphasis on enjoying books in class and visit the library whenever we can to choose different books to enjoy. A multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted across the curriculum supported by the use of signs and symbols. There is a star of the week in assembly each week.
We aim to listen to the students read at least twice a week on an individual basis. We have a dedicated phonics lesson each week and a reading lesson where we have a guided reading session focusing on reading and understanding text. Each student has a reading record which will go home daily. The Students have a recording sheet, which is filled in, by parents or family when they read at home. If a child reads regularly at home, they receive a class reward each week for their efforts.
We work closely with a range of other professionals given the nature of need in 3O including sessions with a speech and language therapist and the nurse. Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students’ planners are checked each morning and a note written from the Academy every day. If a parent requests a phone call about an issue then we endeavour to make that the same day.
Students who make good progress throughout the year may move onto a higher ability key stage 3 class the following year. Those moving into 14-19 generally move into either Group 3 or 4.