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Corpus Christi

Catholic Primary School

A Newman Partnership School within the Diocese of Portsmouth

Care, Courtesy and Concern

How will Corpus Christi support my Child?

Our school aims to be:

  • a learning community, enabling all individuals to realise their full potential, recognising the primary role of parents in educating their children;
  • a caring community, giving time and thought to valuing each and every individual for their uniqueness, within an atmosphere of friendship and understanding.

We are an inclusive school, who match learning to the needs of the children. We believe in Care, Courtesy and Concern and this runs through everything we do and set out to achieve.

Our Inclusion Leader oversees all provision for and progress of children needing additional support across the school.  The class teachers plan for and work with each individual with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities in their class to ensure that maximum progress is made in every area of the curriculum and school life.

 

Teaching assistants sometimes work with children in carefully prepared lessons in a group or individually, according to their needs.

 

Your child may also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which sets out achievable targets in learning. These get reviewed at least termly and are shared with you in order for us to work together to help your child achieve.

Your child may also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which sets out achievable targets in learning. These get reviewed at least termly and are shared with you in order for us to work together to help your child achieve.

 

We respect the fact that children:

  • have different educational, emotional, social and behavioural needs and aspirations;
  • require different strategies for learning;
  • acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates;
  • need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.

In response to this we aim to set suitable learning challenges and put in a whole range of strategies and resources to ensure children meet these challenges, overcoming potential barriers to accessing and learning in all areas of school life.

Where appropriate, we will liaise with other professionals and specialist services to meet the needs of your child. We act upon their advice and monitor and review progress and support regularly, with you and your child being central to this process.

 

The groups and provision in school are constantly changing according to the needs of the children. Currently in school we have:

  • Socially speaking groups –The children work as a group with a TA trained in supporting children with social and emotional needs (an ELSA) to work on the skills needed to develop and maintain friendships, raise self-esteem, calm anxieties and improve listening skills and teach children how to express their emotions positively.
  • One to one sessions with an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who is trained and supervised by Educational Psychologists. These can be focused upon your child’s unique needs and situation and look at a range of needs, from anxiety, loss and bereavement to anger and difficulty in expressing emotions. We see these sessions as vital in ensuring children live happier more purposeful lives, ready to learn and contribute in and out of school.
  • Sunshine Circles - These are theraplay groups which promote positive attachment and self-esteem;
  • Rainbows - Rainbows is the largest international children’s charity dedicated solely to helping children successfully navigate the very difficult grief process. It is run in small group sessions led by trained teaching assistants. The group aims to develop and strengthen problem-solving and coping skills and appropriate behaviour and anger management related to loss and change, to alleviate anxiety and help reduce emotional pain and suffering of children. Rainbows helps children who have experienced traumatic changes in their family, improve communication in their family and improve peer relationships. Below is a link to the Rainbows website:
    http://www.rainbowsgb.org/about-us

    This year we are beginning the Sunbeams programme which supports Key Stage One Children in the same ways.
  • Motivators - Our Motivators group is based on The Move To Learn movement program based on the natural movements of children.  It supports children with co-ordination and movement difficulties and promotes good attention and learning skills.
  • Fischer Family Trust intervention - This is currently running in Years one and Three and is a daily one to one intensive Literacy support programme to support individuals to make rapid progress.
  • Precision Teaching - This is a one to one, five minute intervention, three times a week which focuses on a specific skill such as timestables or learning common exception words.
  • Phonics groups - These are run by teachers and teaching assistants across the school to both support and stretch children in their vital understanding and application of the English sound and letter system.
  • Speech and language work - As a school we work with a number of Speech and language Therapists who advise us on supporting individuals and groups with their speech and language development.  Provision takes place both in the class and through targeted small group and individual sessions, delivered by teaching assistants.
  • Incredible Years Parenting Group - We run regular parenting courses where parents come together to share and develop their skills in developing a happier family life.  The Incredible Years Parenting Programme covers and whole range of topics including the importance of parental attention and special time with children, effective praise and encouragement, using incentives to motivate children, household rules, responsibilities and routines, fostering good learning habits and routines.
    Below is a link to the Incredible Years website and some useful testimonials from parents who have participated in the course here at Corpus Christi.
    http://incredibleyears.com/
  • Trickbox parenting courses - Across the school we are introducing a new scheme which teaches the children life skills in promoting positive mental health and well-being.  Training for parents will be offered on this as well as parenting courses linked to self-esteem, assertiveness, stress management as well as many other skills.

 

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  • Sensory circuits – Our sensory circuit group runs at lunchtimes. Children complete three types of series of activities which help to improve alertness and co-ordination in class. These activities are:
  • Alerting activities which stimulate the bodies’ central nervous system in preparation for learning. These include spinning, bouncing, skipping and jumping.
  • Organising activities which demand the brain and body to work together. These include balance, co-ordination and concentration.
  • Calming activities which give awareness of the body in space and increase the ability to self regulate sensory input. These include heavy muscle work and deep pressure.
  • Motivators – Our Motivators group is based on The Move To Learn movement program based on the natural movements of children. It supports children with co-ordination and movement difficulties and promotes good attention and learning skills.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Support Groups – These groups are run by teachers and teaching assistants in various year groups. They are planned and delivered according to the specific needs of the children in the groups. One to one Literacy and Numeracy support is also provided by our teaching assistants.
  • Phonics groups – These are run by teachers and teaching assistants to both support and stretch children in their vital understanding and application of the English sound and letter system.
  • Speech and Language work –  As a school we work with a number of Speech and Language Therapists who advise us on supporting individuals and groups with their speech and language development. Provision takes place both in the class and through targeted small group and individual sessions, delivered by teaching assistants.
  • Incredible Years Parenting Group – We run regular parenting courses where parents come together to share and develop their skills in developing a happier family life.  The Incredible Years Parenting Programme covers a whole range of topics including the importance of parental attention and special time with children, effective praise and encouragement, using incentives to motivate children, household rules, responsibilities and routines, and fostering good learning habits and routines.
  • Below is a link to the Incredible Years website and some useful testimonials from parents who have participated in the course here at Corpus Christi.

    http://incredibleyears.com/

 

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