School Update 18th May
We hope this finds you well, having survived the terrible weekend weather and enjoyed a brighter start to Monday and now a day of showers!
There is another busy week ahead at Abbot’s Way, with an increasing number of parent visits and student tasters in the pipeline.
We look forward to imminently announcing two new team members who join as Learning Support Assistants, once the formalities of the recruitment process are complete. They will have targeted roles, with respect to specific students in both Spirit and Flair.
At the end of this half term, you will receive a copy of your child’s learning plan as an interim report to show what we are working on in each subject.
The top 4 or 5 objectives are taken directly from your child’s short term outcomes in their EHCP (or will be devised by our team if your child does not have an EHCP). The rest of the outcomes will consist of subject specific and therapy targets.
There will also be a section for the team to input an overall comment of how your child’s development is progressing at Abbots Way.
Chromebooks are installed and already being used to support learning across the curriculum.
Our younger students have designated slots within the week to use Nessy and all students are up and running with Accelerated Reader.
Baseline assessments for this are in place and students are working through books of the appropriate level, completing comprehension tasks online. Students are able to track their own progress visually.
Microsoft accounts have been set up so that the speech - text facility can be used across the curriculum to support literacy.
Our first off site venture visit took place on Friday last week for Flair now that restrictions are easing. Very exciting times for our bespoke programme!
Year 7 and 8 visited Maiden Castle as part of their History / Geography curriculum.
Whilst Flair spent the day in Dorchester, Spirit experienced a Venture Day back at Abbot’s Way, focused on Wellbeing and Play - click here to see News item on website.
It is brilliant to see the hugely specialist impact of SaLT and OT beginning to embed. Students are working towards their individual, specific targets and our team are working extremely collaboratively with the learning team both inside the classroom and within therapeutic spaces.
Both Spirit and Flair are currently working in small groups during tutor time on Zones of Regulation, with Karen Gadd our OT. This develops an increasing emotional self awareness and an armoury of strategies to support self control and regulation.
Social Skills groups with our SaLTs Lianne and Sara are well underway. These sessions explicitly support the development of social communication which is also embedded across our provision.
Work on our front wall in line with prior recommendations has commenced and we are proceeding with the new application as soon as possible. Our planning team has been out to Abbot’s Way in order to talk through next steps. We are in proactive and ongoing contact with Somerset Highways, local councillors and MPs, and will keep you posted on developments.
Spirit are due to go on their first Venture trip off site, also to Maiden Castle, on Friday this week - more detail coming to parents as soon as possible.
End of term celebrations and the lead up - we are hugely excited to be planning the last few weeks of the academic year. More details to follow!
Hellen, Gareth and Team