Additional Learning Needs
The Fun FRIENDS program helps build the social and emotional skills of young children by using fun, play-based group activities. This supports children to learn fundamental resilience skills such as:
- Helping other people
- Self-awareness of body clues (e.g. tense means stressed, butterflies means nervous)
- Relaxation techniques for the body and mind during stressful situations
- Engaging and relating to peers, as well as making friend
- Improved confidence
- Increased ability to cope with stress
- Increased ability to cope with fear
- Enhanced social skills
- Improved ability to communicate better with adults
- Boosted self esteem
- Increased happiness and enthusiasm
Social Communication Group
Social communication group helps children who struggle to interact with others in an appropriate manner to develop the skills needed tobehave appropriately in social situations. The group focuses on developing self-esteem and an awareness of others; body language and conversational skills, developing friendship groups, confidence when communicating and assertiveness and aims to increase and improve children’s social skills.
*Improved awareness of self and others
*Improved awareness of body language
*Enhanced social skills
*Improved conversational skills
*Improved confidence when communicating
An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists, who apply their professional knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to areas of need experienced by pupils. ELSA is designed to increase the emotional intelligence, emotional literacy skills and enhancing emotional well-being in children and young people on a one-to-one basis. There are two trained ELSAs in Wat’s Dyke and they work closely with class teachers and teaching assistants to develop a tailored programme to meet the needs of individual pupils.
In ELSA pupils are supported for a wide range of emotional needs:
*Recognising and identifying emotions
*Loss and bereavement
Nurture group at Wat’s Dyke aims to develop self-esteem by providing a safe, predictable structured environment; giving children the opportunities to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through conversation. Using person centred practice is vital to ensuring the children feel valued and listened to. Supporting children’s emotional well-being is a fundamental layer to enable them to reach their full potential.
In Nurture pupils are supported to develop:
*Growth mind set
The Rapid Readers scheme improves reading comprehension and decoding. It encourages children to work independently, facilitates better communication of progress and targets between staff and provides the appropriate interest level for all readers. The Rapid platform includes a mix of child-focused activities, home access and teacher reporting tools.
The Rapid Readers programme helps to develop:
SNIP Spelling Programme
The programme is aimed at increasing reading and spelling and uses the primary high frequency words (HFW). These words are grouped by selecting those that visually look different to each other. It is felt that this programme is appropriate for pupils who have already been exposed to effective phonic/literacy teaching but are still struggling when applying their spellings to longer, independent periods of writing.
The children will have 3 stages to progress through. This takes the form of daily sessions 10 to 15 minutes each. The SNIP spelling programme provides a high level over over-teaching – absolutely key to ensuring recognition and fluency • Look, say, cover, write, check •Tracking • Anagrams • Fill in the missing letter/words • crossword and wordsearch.