Meeting our Children’s Needs and ensuring that we are a fully inclusive setting,
at Dean Field Community Primary we provide learning, which meets the needs of every child. Like most schools, we have a number of pupils who have additional educational needs. Such needs may include:
• Learning difficulties
• Communication difficulties
• Medical conditions
• Behavioural issues
Children with additional or special educational needs may need extra help and support from us and here at Dean Field we have a dedicated team of staff which include Learning Mentors, support assistants and other adults who, alongside class teachers, will provide support for those children who have additional educational needs.
Additional support for family during COVID-19
At Dean Field, we understand that this is a worrying time for everybody. We are dedicated in supporting children and young people cope with the changes to do with the current COVID-19 issues, such as school closures, social distancing and the additional health and hygiene routines in place.
Here are some helpful links for both children and parents to access during this difficult time.
Healthy Early Years Calderdale is an online health and well-being guide for parents of children aged birth to five years. http://www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk/
Open Minds Partnership (was Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – CAMHS)
Are you a parent/carers, young person or professionals who has concerns about the emotional health of a young person? Please contact the First Point of Contact:
Young Minds have a page all about talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
Healthy Futures Calderdale
NEW! ChatHealth: an NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service for school-aged children and their families in Calderdale.
ChatHealth is brought to you by Healthy Futures Calderdale, and allows you to get in touch with a healthcare professional, at the touch of a button, for advice and support about physical health or emotional wellbeing.
Access the service: TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers) to start a conversation.
From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, we have experienced clinicians waiting to help. Messages outside this time frame will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help.
Place2Be have written a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:
Time Out Listening Line is support and advice line for 10-19 year olds struggling with lockdown:
Phone: 01422 345154, Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.
The Children’s Commissioner will support you to answer children’s questions and tell them how to stay safe. How they can protect other people and make the best of their time at home.
BBC News will support you to speak to children about coronavirus
A free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirus. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Illustrator of The Gruffalo.
A free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand that it is ok to feel worried about the changes going on at the moment.
The following are all apps recommended by gov.uk:
Brain Parade is a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
HelpKidzLearn is a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
Sensory App House Ltd is a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
Visual2Go is an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.
Links to useful websites
Dean Field provides a range of additional interventions and strategies to help our pupils with their difficulties. Including, but not limited to:
Cognition and Learning
‘Read Write Inc.’
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
A multi-sensory resource which encourages an understanding of number and arithmetic relationships. It also helps to reinforce the use of number in real-life contexts.
‘Times Tables Rock Stars’
On online way to practice times tables which can be accessed in school and at home.
Accelerated Reader engages children, motivates reading practice and improves reading progress. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Communication and Interaction
Is a programme that aims to maximize young children’s communicative potential by encouraging speaking, listening and language skills.
‘Social Use of Language Programme’ (SULP)
Provided by NHS SALT for some children, it is a cohesive framework within which to develop interpersonal and social abilities from a communication and thinking skills perspective. Within this framework, it provides a series of multisensory activities sequences designed to appeal to different age groups
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
These stories, which can be a written or visual, guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts to support those children who don’t understand them.
‘Lego based intervention’
Elements Therapies have developed a Lego based intervention for schools and families that help with social and relational communication whilst developing skills such as following instructions, giving instruction, sharing, communication, and tidying up.
Lego club is based on the basic principles of play therapy and Lego based therapy (- originated by Daniel Legoff in the USA). Lego club is much more than simply playing with Lego; a trained facilitator guides the children through a series of development and encourages them to address and resolve peer to peer or social communication issues, helping them to express their feelings whilst learning problem solving skills.
Elements Therapies facilitated group sessions can help develop and reinforce play and social skills such as
• Verbal and non-verbal communication
• Joint attention
• Task focus
• Sharing and turn taking
• Problem solving
• Following and giving detailed instruction
• Asking for help
Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Dough disco involves moulding dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it. This activity helps to strengthen children’s fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it’s fun!
Theraputty is a resistive hand material used for rehabilitation and strengthening of fingers, hands, and forearm muscles by squeezing and moving the putty in your hands. Each colour of the putty is a different consistency. This is an intervention advised by NHS Occupational Therapists for some children.