Learning for Life
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; 7 boys and 2 girls who are aged between eleven and fourteen years.
The students in 3O are working within the following ranges:
English P8 to Level 2B Maths P8 to Level 2B Science Level 1b to Level 3b
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. As expected the students have a variety of personalities. Some are quiet and more reserved whilst others like to make themselves heard. They are generally a ‘happy bunch’ who like to help each other. They all work very hard at their studies and collect their WAM’s for achieving good work. They like to have fun and a bit of a laugh.
There are three members of staff in 3O: Mrs Karen Croft (Teacher Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), Mrs Kate Williams (Teaching TA Thursday, Teaching Assistant Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and Mrs Sue Birch (Learning Support Assistant Tuesday and Thursday).
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.
Janet Smith (Art), Kate Williams (Drama) and Nikki Rowlands (Music) will be teaching the arts and preparing for our performance this year which will be ‘The BFG’. They are following the Arts Award Explore or Bronze, and accreditation will be given where students gain a basic knowledge of the arts as a whole, working towards a production and performance. In literacy we are learning about Roald Dahl and the books he wrote. 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 read 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 folder which will go home daily. There is a sheet specifically for parents outlining how you can read with your child and get the most out of it. 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, occupational 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, 4 or 5.