Learning Support run intervention programmes in morning and afternoon form times for specific pupils. These are run with one of the team of LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) or the SENCo and are either a 1:1 or a 2:1. These sessions are designed to meet specific needs of pupils as identified in internal or external assessments. The interventions and the progress made by pupils are reviewed every term so adjustments can be made.
Learning Support run a paired reading club two mornings a week in form time where invited pupils are partnered by a sixth form pupil to read and discuss a book of their choice in the Library. Paired reading club runs on Tuesday and Friday morning form times.
Lunch time clubs are run by the Learning Support team in A1, Monday is Art and Craft, Tuesday is Spanish, Wednesday is Drama in The Hume, Thursday is games club and Friday is the ever popular chess club. These clubs are open to all students.
Literacy Support in Year 7, 8 and 9 are planned to directly support their English curriculum as well as building on their basic Literacy skills which are needed in all National Curriculum subjects.
In year 7 we study a range of short texts. The children develop skills in writing simple, complex and compound sentences to make writing more interesting. They practice using verbs in different tenses, including the passive. They are encouraged to proof read and consider the use of full stops, capital letters, speech marks and exclamation and question marks in their work.
In year 8 we study a range of short non-fiction and fiction texts, including plays and poetry. The children develop skills in writing paragraphs and sentences, using simple, complex and compound sentences to make writing more interesting. They practice using verbs in different tenses, including the passive. They are encouraged to proof read and consider the use of full stops, capital letters, speech marks and exclamation and question marks in their work.
In year 9 we study a range of short texts, identifying different types of sentences and their functions. Pupils learn how to paragraph their writing, forming simple, complex and compound sentences to make their writing more interesting. They are encouraged to develop skills in proof reading and to consider the effect of more advanced forms of punctuation such as commas, colons, and apostrophes, as well as the punctuation needed for use with speech marks.
Year 10 & 11
A very small number of students are invited in Year 10 to drop one GCSE and have this time as Curriculum Support. These students have an extra English lesson taught by the SENCo and an extra Maths lesson taught by a member of the Maths department.The SENCo liaises closely with the Maths and English departments to ensure these lessons directly support the core subjects. One lesson is designated to independent study where pupils can complete homework or course work and receive support from the SENCo and the Learning Support team to help them consolidate their learning, and revise effectively.