At Hasmonean Primary School we support all the children to progress and develop in all areas of their learning including their social and emotional development.
We want children to be as independent as possible; to be happy, confident and enjoy coming to school and have successful relationships. We believe that children learn best when they are happy and settled.
Children’s attainment and progress is reviewed regularly and intervention groups are put in place where appropriate. Reading is a priority at Hasmonean and we read with the lowest 20% of readers every day to encourage accuracy, fluency and understanding.
Where children are not making progress or appear to be struggling in a certain area, key adults in school will approach parents and the school SENDco to meet together and discuss the issues which are presenting. Strategies, resources and interventions are discussed and put in place and then reviewed termly.
We work closely with parents to ensure they are a part of the process and can work with their child to support them at home as best as possible.
In more complex situations, the school SENDco may need to refer to outside agencies for further support and advice. At Hasmonean we work closely with a number of professionals to seek advice and input for children to make their experience at Hasmonean as positive as possible.
In a small number of cases, for a child with complex needs, the SENDco may need to apply for an Education Health and Care Plan through the local authority for funding to support that child further.
When supporting children in school, we scaffold support to encourage the child to think how a task should be approached. We want our teaching and support staff to encourage the child to have a go as long as they have understood what they need to do. We promote small group working to avoid over reliance on an adult and to encourage turn taking and social skills.
At Hasmonean, we expect all teachers to know and understand the needs of the children in their class. Class teachers plan for children with SENDco and encourage support staff to use resources and strategies recommended by outside agencies and the SENDco.
Our Nurture Room opens in September 2022, to support children in a small, predictable and nurturing environment. Children will have the opportunity to develop their emotional literacy skills, social skills, self-esteem and confidence, fine and gross motor skills, ability to ask and answer questions. We hope to run sessions including circle time, collaborative activities including games and puzzles, preparing and eating a snack, Lego, planting, drama, Bingo, Small World and exploration of musical instruments.