Listed below is a brief overview of some of the additional programmes which we use, when appropriate, to support learners.
BLAST! (Boosting Language, Auditory Skills and talking)
This is a 6 week, daily programme for children in the Foundation Stage, which teaches attention, listening, memory, rhyme, turn-taking and group work.
This is a language programme which helps to develop basic receptive and expressive language. Children are tested within the school during the Foundation Stage using this specialised computer programme called “Language Link”. Teaching Assistants then deliver the suggested individualised programmes. There are occasions when the tests show that a child needs to be referred to a Speech and Language Therapist for additional guidance and/or intervention.
Speech and Language
Individualised programmes developed by a Speech Therapist assigned to our school which are delivered by our Teaching Assistants. These are for children who have been referred by the school, or by a medical professional, to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs.
Speaking and Listening Through Narrative (KS1)
This is a scheme that supports children’s language skills. It is suitable for children with delayed language, specific language disorders or autistic spectrum difficulties. It supports children telling news and narratives and compliments the Chatterbox programme.
Fresh Start (KS2)
This is the intervention programme linked to the phonics programme “Read, Write, Inc” and is for children in KS2 who require extra support with reading and spelling.
‘Quick Look, Close Look’
These are materials which have been produced by Barrington Stoke, and consist of activities to support children with a low reading ability but with age appropriate interest levels. The activities cover a range of tasks in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and develop the pupil's comprehension skills and knowledge of the text. These materials are particularly useful for children with dyslexia.
The JumpAhead programme has been developed by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. It is graded and measurable in three stages and works to develop co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills.
Social, Communication and Friendship Skills including Lego Therapy
This is a programme to support children with speech and language and communication difficulties including those with ASD and behaviour difficulties. We explore issues through drama, discussion, games, role play, short tasks and worksheets.
Play Therapy/Draw and Talk
This intervention is accessible to pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement which may impact on their school life. This is a programme delivered usually in exceptional circumstances. It enables young people to express deeper worries in a supportive 1:1 environment.