3F is one of our four KS3 classes. At present there are six students within the class – 3 boys and 3 girls aged between 11-14 and is part of Pathway 1 within the Academy. There are 3 members of staff in 3F who are all full-time: Mrs Lucy Korneluk (Class Teacher), Miss Jessica Redfern (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Donna Higgins (Teaching Assistant). The students have a specialist teacher for ICT and E-Safety on a Monday afternoon and for P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon.
All learners within the class have a range of complex needs. Most students have a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD and other learning needs, which inhibit their social, personal, and independent development skills. Some of the children have limited verbal communication skills and find social interactions difficult with both peers and unfamiliar adults, we liaise with the speech and language therapist to support this. Some students in 3F also have a range of sensory needs and we liaise with the occupational therapist to support this where necessary. 3F are generally a very happy and enthusiastic class and have a good sense of humour.
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 sensory studio, kitchen, hall, soft play, and the sensory room. We follow a bespoke curriculum which is adapted to suit each of our varied individual needs. Wherever possible we participate in group activities but much of our learning is completed on an individual basis with support from our staff. We love the outdoors and wherever possible we take our learning outside the classroom. It is hoped that through the range of skills we learn through our individualised curriculum that we will be able to transfer these skills to a variety of environments both in and outside of the Academy.
We start each day with activities which are set up relating to each child’s specific EHCP targets. Whilst the children are doing these activities, they read on a 1:1 basis with an adult. We then gather and begin ‘Hello Time’ in which we establish the daily timetable and welcome everyone to the Academy, we check in with how we are feeling using our zones of regulation board. A creative and multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted across all subjects supported using signs and symbols. The class particularly enjoy our stories in English and lots of interactive maths where we make great use of our interactive whiteboard. We take part in mind/body practise each afternoon in between lessons, which 3F engage really well with and it helps us all to feel so much more relaxed. 3F focus on developing independent reading and writing skills in a way which suits our individual needs, this is reinforced by use of visual and interactive methods, we also share stories as a class and some accessible books using symbols are sent home for home reading. We follow a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. It is hoped that through the range of skills we learn through our curriculum that we will be able to again transfer these skills to a variety of environments both in and outside of the Academy.
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, where possible.
By providing a fun, safe and engaging environment the students in 3F are enabled to succeed and achieve. We have a positive approach to behaviour and learning attributes are celebrated each day achieving dojos and further recognised by our ‘Star of the Week’ award.
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