3O is one of the four KS3 classes and is part of the Semi-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are ten students within the class; made up of 3 girls and 7 boys. The students in 3O are working within the following ranges:
3O have a range of diagnosis including ASD, and a variety of other conditions. Pupils have a variety of learning needs including communication, social interaction and self-help skills. A small percentage of students have more complex needs. Pupils in 3O work very well together and are supportive of each other. They all work very hard and collect credits for their achievements. They have a good sense of humour and enjoy using role play to demonstrate their ideas.
There are three members of staff in 3O: Miss Anna Breeze (Teacher, full time) Miss Katie Sewell (Teaching Assistant, full time) and Luke Parry (Teaching Assistant, full time). The pupils have a specialist teacher for PE.
Pupils in 3O access the majority of the curriculum in their own classroom which is a stimulating environment. They make use 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. Pupils access the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develop skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. They follow the new national curriculum for Literacy, Maths and Science.
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 “credits” as a reward. There is a star of the week in assembly each week. Within 3O we also have a WOW work of the week where fantastic examples of work are displayed for everyone to see. The children can choose a prize from the prize tin.
We aim to listen to the students read at least 3 times a week on an individual basis. We have a dedicated phonics lessons each week and a reading lesson where we have a guided reading session focussing on reading and understanding text
We work closely with a range of other professionals 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 class staff every day. If a parent requests a phone call about an issue then we endeavour to make that the same day.
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