Foxcubs is one of four Primary classes and is part of the Pathway 1 progression route across the Academy. At present there are six students within the class; all boys who are aged between four and nine years of age.
The students in Foxcubs are working towards Key Stage End Points (KSEPs) in all core and non-core subjects as well as the Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum. It is hoped these KSEPs will be achieved by the end of Key Stage 2, when the students are eleven years of age.
Each student has a very special and unique character which is valued and celebrated. It is wonderful to see them develop as individuals but also alongside each other as a group. All of the class have complex learning needs related to communication, social interaction and self-help skills. There are a range of diagnoses within the class including ASC and Epilepsy; quite often the students also have complex sensory profiles.
There are four members of staff in Foxcubs: Mrs Helen Hadley (Teacher Monday to Wednesday), Mr Daniel Lee (Teacher Thursday and Friday), Miss Eden Weaver (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Cheryl Stubbs (Teaching Assistant).
The students access most of the curriculum in their own classroom space which is a large and stimulating environment. Full advantage is also taken of other Academy facilities including the hall, sensory garden and sensory therapy rooms. The class also have regular opportunities to venture off-site to enhance their learning. Each school day begins with an interactive Hello session in which we share the daily timetable and welcome everyone to the Academy. A creative and multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted across all subjects and is well-supported by the use of signs and symbols. The Preparing for Adulthood curriculum develops skills, knowledge and understanding within four key strands (Employment, Community, Independence and Health). Within the class there is also a focus on developing the Fundamentals of Communication using approaches such as Intensive Interaction.
To further support their learning and encourage a love of reading, class staff create bespoke reading books which relate to our termly topics. We encourage parents to share these books regularly at home. Homework is also provided each week; this is not meant to be too arduous but rather a chance for the students to consolidate their learning at home.
We work closely with a range of other professionals given the nature of need in Foxcubs including a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist. Their input is focused and will usually result in a personalised programme or plan being devised.
Communication between home and school is especially important. Students’ planners are checked each day and a note written from the Academy. Classroom staff are always happy to talk with parents and carers at times that are convenient for all. Our class mascot, Fizz, also routinely visits our families at the weekend and over school holidays.
By providing a fun, safe and engaging environment the students in Foxcubs are enabled to succeed and achieve. This is celebrated on a daily basis and is further recognised by our Star of the Week award which is part of a weekly assembly. This award is given to the student who has tried their best to show important character traits such as effort, curiosity and kindness.
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