At Nettlesworth Primary School, we have designed our interventions with the intent that all children will have maximum opportunities to achieve their full potential, across the whole Primary School Curriculum. The children will develop building blocks to become successful adults in terms of being able to gain employment, live healthy lifestyles, be moral citizens and to take opportunities to extend their horizons.
These themes are central to our vision: Inclusion, Pupil Voice and Respect.
Our ethos at Nettlesworth Primary is one of inclusion; all children have the right to be included in all aspects of their learning, and our interventions aim to give the individual child the necessary tools to achieve their goal.
At Nettlesworth Primary School, we aim to develop a ‘Love to Read’ ethos for every individual child. Children have a Home Reader book that has been specifically chosen by the class teacher pitch at the individual child’s ability, and a library book that the child can choose themselves from their Class Library; children are encouraged to read with their adults with their library books at home.
In school, the children are read with at least once a week by a member of staff, more depending on ability. The children are encouraged to read a wide range of genre, giving their own interpretation of the text read and drawing inference from their books. The children are guided to make comparisons between a variety of authors, as well as developing an opinion as to which books and authors they prefer.
At Nettlesworth Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. programme to teach our children phonics, reading and to inspire our writing. Read Write Inc starts in Early Years Foundation Stage, beginning with distinguishing between environmental sounds and progressing to learning the Set 1 Speed Sounds through the year. The Read Write Inc. learning journey then continues into Key Stage 1, as well as Key stage 2 for children who need additional support. Our children access their phonics in small groups daily, where they are encouraged to sound out the phonics they are working on and identify the sound in a variety of words. Please look out for your child’s new sounds each week and offer encouragement to find objects that contain these sounds.
In Breakfast Club, we have a selection of hot and cold foods to help our children start their day in a full, nutritious way. We welcome our children from 8.00am where they will choose from Pancakes, toast, crumpets and cereals to mention just a few!
Once they have had their breakfast, the children adopt their Leadership roles and organise a variety of activities designed to enhance social, emotional and academic skills.
The children are encouraged to take ownership of their activities, consistently offering their own views on its progress. The children work in collaboration with their peers to maximise the potential for each activity on offer. All our children are able to offer suggestions on how to improve each activity, as well as any potential new activity they would like to see introduced. Activities include: board games; strategy games; Lego; role play; writing; drawing; reading; motor skill activities…
The children also have the opportunity to read with a member of staff during breakfast time, who will also write in the child’s reading record.
Lego therapy is a collaborative play therapy in which children work together to build Lego models.
Our children work in pairs or teams of 3 with the ultimate task of building the ultimate Lego construction. Our Lego Therapy is divided into different roles such that social intervention is necessary to participate. By doing this, children practice key skills of collaboration, joint attention, sharing and turn-taking.
LEGO therapy is in both individual and group sessions during which natural opportunities are used to practice social communication, social problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
The children really enjoy this intervention, and simply cannot wait to see whether they are going to be the Engineer, Supplier or the builder.
Each role has a specific job to play in the construction of the final goal. Essential skills are developed each day whist the children attend Lego Therapy, as well as beautiful models created for our displays!
Speed, Agility, Quickness – SAQ
At Nettlesworth Primary School, we provide Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) sessions for our children throughout the week. The SAQ sessions start with the children participating in basic movements on a variety of equipment in a round robin format. These activities become progressively more challenging as the weeks go on.
The program aims to help develop children displaying challenging behaviour, movement difficulties based on a system of progressive exercise and instruction aimed at developing fundamental motor abilities, balance, co-ordination and ultimately better control of body movement.
Our children are encouraged to enhance their Leadership Skills within SAQ where they will specifically plan activities independently, appropriately resource the activity, and lead the session. The children will then offer their own evaluation.
The SAQ program involves the teaching of selected motor-skills employing the same techniques and protocols used by professional athletes. The program is suitable for all children and is particularly beneficial to children with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.