The lower school at GANF consists of nine classes ranging from year one to year eight. Classes are based on both sites so include SLD, PMLD, MLD and ASD pupils. Parallel age classes work together on planning and assessing.
Classes are grouped as follows:
- Lower KS1 – Trent Bridge and Willow
- Upper KS1/Lower KS2 – Cherry, Twickenham and Oval
- Upper KS2/Lower KS3 – Beech and Wembley
- KS3 – Ascot and Oak
Lower School Literacy
Lower School Literacy is structured to promote pupils of all abilities to build on the Early Learning Goals and to acquire the skills and knowledge across all the areas of the English National curriculum.
Objectives are age appropriate and taken from the National Curriculum and The EQUALS Schemes of Work, which provides support and guidance from the earliest developmental level. Literacy teaching is partnered with Phonics, PECS, Intensive Interaction and Makaton, to support development in reading, writing and communication for all pupils.
Lower School Literacy strives to inspire and inform pupils, providing them with the tools necessary to engage with the rest of the school curriculum and everyday life. Literacy lessons and all corresponding activities, such as Phonics teaching, are part of the daily timetable for all students in Lower School.
Phonics is taught regularly across Lower School using the Phonics Bugs Scheme and resources alongside Letters and Sounds and elements of Jolly Phonics. All classes in Lower School have their own set of resources depending on ability. These resources include reading books, flash cards, games and activities. Phonics is used to help our students with their reading at any age through the use of segmenting, blending and decoding to teach students how to read and interpret meaning from books. Students are taught letter sounds using Jolly Phonics actions and encouraged to also learn the letter names. All teachers in Lower School receive regular Phonics training, either from CfBT or in-house.
Reading is an important part of the Literacy curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to read regularly in class and also at home. Reading books are taken from the Phonics Bug scheme or the Rapid Readers depending on pupil age and ability. We also have a range of ‘free reader’ books for those pupils who have completed the schemes available. Pupils in Upper School are encouraged to read magazines and newspapers to develop their reading skills. Some pupils receive more targeted intervention for their reading in the form of one to one sessions outside of class with a member of the Intervention Team.
Lower School Numeracy
Within Lower School, pupils work on mathematical activities that are appropriate to their age and ability, with the aim of working towards greater independence to enable pupils to cope with the challenges of everyday life. The Lower School Mathematics Curriculum is designed to be useful and fun packed with knowledge of the four main disciplines in Mathematics taken from the National Curriculum: Using and Applying, Number, Data Handling and Shape, Space and Measures. Pupils receive daily maths lessons ranging from 45 minutes to one hour depending on their age.
Lower School Topic
In Lower School we have topic themes to support the learning of Non core subjects. Topics range from Toys to Victorians. The non core subjects are based on Equals Schemes of work and include the following subjects PSHCE, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Design and Technology, PE and Religious Education. These Schemes of Work have been written by teachers who have expertise in Special Education working with pupils who are achieving within the eight levels of the P Scales, the first two levels of the national curriculum and across all four key stages. The information has also been critically reviewed by another group of teaching professionals, including Head Teachers and School Inspectors. The Schemes of Work consists of exemplar teaching units that can be combined in different ways to address Special Education. The Schemes of Work illustrates the different ways in which teachers can develop Special Education learning opportunities to respond to the specific needs and priorities of the pupils, their communities and the schools themselves. It also builds on pupil’s experiences and earlier learning from the Foundation Stage. Lower school Art and Music are planned using Schemes of work taken from the Standards site. The subject coordinators have adapted the objectives and activities to match the needs of our pupils.
The Lower School at GANF has a huge variety of pupils with mixed abilities. There are a number of pupils who take part in an inclusion link. Currently we have students access Isaac Newton primary school and a year 8 undertaking a morning at Sir William Robertson academy. This enables our pupils to learn and socialise with age appropriate mainstream pupils giving them the opportunity to work in a subject area they have a talent. Inclusion links also run across sites enabling pupils to access different parts of the curriculum as appropriate.
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