Learning for Life
Foxcubs is one of the three EYFS/KS1/KS2 classes and is part of the Pre-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are 8 students within the class; 7 boys and 1 girl who are aged between four and ten years.
The students in Foxcubs are working within the following ranges:
Early Years Foundation Stage: Developing stage in all areas
Key Stage 1 and 2: English P3(ii) to P5 Maths P3(ii) to P4 Science P3(ii) 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, ADHD, Pitt Hopkins, Tuberous Sclerosis and Smith–Magenis.
There are four members of staff in Foxcubs: Mrs Lynn Tytherleigh (Teacher Tuesday to Thursday) cover for Mrs Helen Hadley (Maternity), Mrs Angie Potter (Teaching TAMonday and Friday), Mrs Donna Higgins (Teaching Assistant), Miss Lucy Belton (Learning Support Assistant) and Miss Eden Weaver (Classroom 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 and sensory room. 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 foundation subjects of the National Curriculum supported by the use of signs and symbols. Signs and symbols are essential to begin to develop key literacy skills including reading and comprehension. This year we have introduced a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum 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 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 every day. Full advantage is also taken of 'MarvellousMe' to provide regular updates to parents and carers. We also have a class mascot, Fizz the Foxcub, who visits each pupil in the class for an entire weekend. Fizz’s adventures are recorded in a diary which is then shared with everyone!
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.