Foxcubs is one of four primary classes and is part of the Pre-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are six students within the class; all boys who are aged between five and eight years of age.
The students in Foxcubs are working towards Age Related Expectations (AREs) in all core and non-core subjects as well as the Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum. It is hoped these AREs 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 and it is wonderful to see them develop both as individuals and as a class! 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, Tuberous Sclerosis and Epilepsy; quite often the children also have complex sensory profiles.
There are five members of staff in Foxcubs: Mrs Helen Hadley (Teacher Monday to Wednesday), Mr Daniel Lee (Teacher Thursday), Mrs Lucy Korneluk (Trainee Teacher Friday) Mrs Bev Verney (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Cheryl Stubbs (Learning Support Assistant).
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 other Academy facilities including the kitchen, hall, soft play, sensory garden and sensory therapy room. The class also have a weekly opportunity to venture off-site to enhance their learning as well as termly whole-day visits.
Each day begins with our ‘Hello time’ in which we establish 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 interactive approaches such as Intensive Interaction.
To further support their learning, students in Foxcubs are provided with a bespoke reading book which relates to our termly topic. We encourage parents to share this with their child on a regular basis. Homework is also provided each week and feedback is very much welcomed from parents.
We work closely with a range of other professionals given the nature of need in Foxcubs. This includes a weekly session with a speech and language therapist and regular input from both an occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students’ planners are checked and a note written from the Academy each day. Classroom staff are always happy to talk with parents and carers at times that are convenient for all. Our class mascot, Fizz, also visits the children and their 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.
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