3S is one of the four KS3 classes and is part of the Formal pathway within the Academy. There are 10 students in the group: 7 boys and 3 girls whose ages range from 11 to 14 years old.
Students in the class have a range of learning needs. These include needs relating to communication, social interaction, visual impairment, self-regulation and anxiety. Many of the class have a diagnosis of ASD and some of the students have medical needs. The students in 3S have lovely mix of personalities and a variety of interests which include buses, history, dancing, cats, football, taekwondo, the armed forces, Harry Potter and books. They like to share their experiences and knowledge with each other and do so with the confidence they will be shown interest and respect.
There are 2 members of staff in 3S. They are Susan Porter (teacher) and Tracey Wood (Teaching Assistant).
The students access the curriculum in various areas of the Academy. The timetabled lessons include Maths, English, Science, Computing, P.E. and PHSE. In addition they also access a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health.
Our reward system is a very encouraging tool for our students and helps them engage with their work and improve their behaviour. Credit prizes are awarded weekly and a class Star of the Week is chosen.
The first half hour of every day is tutor time. As students arrive in class they hand in their planners and complete the “How am I feeling today” board. During the rest of the session there are activities which either support students’ reading, writing, numeracy, social skills or knowledge of the world around them. These activities help students work towards the targets set at their last EHCP review meeting. On Wednesday mornings 3S participate in an assembly.
We work closely with a range of other professionals, including an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist and our physiotherapist who visit Foxwood. Communication between home and the Academy is encouraged. Students’ planners are checked each morning for parental messages and, at times, a note is written in by staff to inform parents of any important or interesting issues. Staff are always available for parents to talk to about any concerns relating to their child.
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