At Millennium Primary School we are able to offer a specialist provision which ensures all learners across all spectrums of educational needs are able to meet their full potential.
Where appropriate, our pupils still benefit from National Curriculum coverage of Maths and English at a level that is suitable for them. There is also a strong emphasis on functional Literacy and Numeracy skills even for those pupils who are not yet ready to access the National Curriculum or need a more modified approach. These are delivered in tailored Maths and English sessions every morning and also through practical activities in the afternoon such as sensory groups, individual or group Speech and Language sessions, and practical life skills sessions.
This term, some of our younger children have been learning about number and place value. They have been developing their fluency with their counting skills starting from 0-20 and progressively working their way up until they can count to 100 forwards and backwards securely. Next, we will be learning about addition and subtraction by finding one more and one less and will be taught their number bonds to 10. They will be learning about how to use manipulatives such as cubes and a number line to help them count and recognise numbers. They will begin to look at money and budgeting skills to develop practical application in everyday scenarios.
Our older children in the DSP have been focusing on getting back on track with maths. We identified any gaps in their knowledge through carrying out baseline assessments at the beginning of the term, and are now targeting these areas. One particular area we have started with is place value and number as this underpins much of the other learning that will take place. We will be working on accuracy and efficiency with regards to various mental and written methods of calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division broken down into many steps, including a mix of number and word problems.
So far, our younger children in the DSP have been focusing on how to use their oracy skills to develop their ability to write short and simple sentences. We are learning how to use punctuation correctly, beginning with full stops and capital letters. In the coming weeks, the children will be using their language skills to improve their communication and interactions. This will enable them to articulate their ideas and thoughts which will help them to become descriptive writers. There will also be a particular focus on spellings and how to use their knowledge of phonics to spell words.
The learning in the DSP acts as a vehicle to teach the skills that are related to the pupils’ specific areas of need as opposed to delivering a set of National Curriculum objectives related to specific subjects. National Curriculum subjects and objectives will still be used where appropriate and where they support and extended the skills pupils need to develop such as:
KEY FUNCTIONAL SKILLS- including communication, application of mathematical and number skills and using information and communication technology.
SKILLS FOR LEARNING- including working with others in a team, reflecting on learning and problem solving and independent inquiry.
THINKING SKILLS- sensory awareness and perception and philosophy
PERSONAL SKILLS AND OTHER PRIORITIES - physical, orientation and mobility skills, organisation and study skills, personal and social skills, daily living skills and leisure and recreational skills.
Finally, as a school, we recognise that in order for pupils to fully engage in learning experiences they need to use their ‘thinking’ and ‘feeling’ brain together but strong feelings such as confusion, anxiety or anger can overwhelm some pupils and make it difficult for them to make effective use of their whole brain. Through developing emotionally literate environments and providing learning opportunities through activities such as Drama and sessions such as Speech and Language, Lego Therapy and Social Skills, our key aims are to enable pupils to:
- recognise their emotions in order to label and find them
- understand their emotions in order to become reflective and effective learners
- handle and manage their emotions in order to develop and sustain positive relationships
- appropriately express emotions in order to develop as ‘rounded people’ who are able to help themselves and, in turn, those around them.