3F is one of our four KS3 classes. There are five students within the class – all 5 boys are aged between 11-14. We are part of Pathway 1 within the Academy. There are 4 members of staff in 3F: Mrs. Alex Stevens (Class Teacher), Ms. Kerry Riley (full-time), Miss Marnie Shell (Monday, Thursday and Friday) and Miss Eve Girvan (Tuesday and Wednesday). Until the October half-term, the class is having Mrs Laura Wright for Community on a Wednesday morning. The students also have a specialist teacher Mr. Tom Fewtrell for P.E. on a Friday morning and Mr. Robbie Jones teaches Creative on a Friday morning.
All learners within the class have a range of needs including, ASD, ADHD, and other learning needs, which may inhibit their social, personal, and independent development skills. Some of the students have limited verbal communication skills and find social interactions difficult, in this case we may liaise with the speech and language therapist to support this. Some students in 3F also have sensory needs and we liaise with the occupational therapist to support this where necessary. We also liaise with other professionals where appropriate such as physiotherapists.
The children access most of the curriculum in their own classroom space, 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, we will be able to transfer these skills to a variety of environments both in and outside of the Academy.
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 focuses on developing independent reading and writing skills in a way that suits our individual needs, this is reinforced by the use of visual and interactive methods, We also share stories as a class. We have recently adopted a new phonics scheme which is delivered daily and is proving to be very effective throughout the academy.
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.