3O is one of the four KS3 classes and is part of the Semi-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are nine students within the class; all boys, who are aged between eleven and thirteen.
The students in 3O are working within the following ranges:
English P6 to Level 1A
Maths P6 to Level 1A
Science P6 to Level 3e
3O have a range of diagnosis including ASD, 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 collect their WAM’s for achieving good work. They have a good sense of humour and enjoy using role play to demonstrate their ideas.
There are two members of staff in 3O: Miss Louise Howard (Teacher, Full Time) and Mrs Bev Verney (Learning Support Assistant, Full Time) Children have specialist teachers for PE, Computing and Creative. Gordon Fearn and Sam Hicklin (PE) and Nikki Glover (Creative) and Kevin Franklin (Computing).
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, D&T, Science and the computer suite. 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.
In literacy we are looking at books that relate to our ‘Settlements’ theme in Foundation. We will also be looking at some of David Walliams’ books. We put great emphasis on enjoying books in class and visit the library whenever we can to choose different books to enjoy.
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. A multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted across the curriculum supported by the use of signs and symbols. We have a positive approach to behaviour with student’s good behaviour and hard work being celebrated each day achieving WAM’s as a reward. There is a star of the week in assembly each week.
We aim to listen to the students read at least 3 times 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 focussing 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. After reading at home on 10 different days they get a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.
We work closely with a range of other professionals given the nature of need in 30 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.