How will Cherry Orchard First School support my child in their learning?
Class Teachers follow the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum to plan children's education. This curriculum will be differentiated to meet a pupil's individual needs and the pupil may receive support from their Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant during lessons.
If it is felt that a child would benefit from short term additional support then they may receive small group intervention.
Teacher assessments are carried out termly to monitor children's progress.
Children who are on the SEND register will receive regular intervention to work towards their individual targets. These targets are reviewed regularly to monitor the child's progress. If a child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) then they may receive additional support and/or resources to meet their needs. The EHCP will be reviewed formally on an annual basis.
Our additional provision is divided into three levels of need called ‘Waves’. Each wave identifies what support is available for the specific areas of need:
- Cognition and Learning: This includes general learning difficulties as well as some specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
- Communication and Interaction: This will include autistic spectrum disorder and speech and language needs.
- Social, Mental and Emotional Health: This includes children who have difficulties managing their behaviour.
- Physical and Sensory: This includes children with physical disabilities and sensory impairments such as visual or hearing impairments.
These are the measures routinely taken by all teachers in the classroom to ensure that children of all needs can be successful.
Sometimes children may need specific additional help for a short time. This may be offered through interventions delivered in small groups, pairs or 1-to-1. For example, additional phonics ‘catch up’ groups or extra help with basic maths. If a child still needs additional help, outside advice may be sought.
Following advice from other professionals, more detailed and longer term support structures are put in place. This may include providing an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Needs (EHCPs will gradually replace Statements over time).
If you are unsure about any of these categories, or are worried about your child’s needs, please speak to your child’s teacher, or telephone our Head Teacher, Mrs Sarah Bitcon, on 01386 552515.