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Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
Miss Vale is the SENDCo for Key Stage One and Two (Years 1-4).
Mrs Burgoyne is the SENDCo for Early Years (Nursery and Reception).
Our vision at Moon's Moat First School is to provide a nurturing environment where all pupils thrive in their learning and personal development. We want all of our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. We aim to provide a learning environment that enables all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, to make the greatest possible progress and achieve their potential in a caring, supportive and inclusive environment. We strive to identify and meet a wide variety of individual needs to help children to make good progress, both socially and academically, from their individual starting points.
We understand and respect the fact that children:
- have different educational, social, emotional and behavioural needs and aspirations;
- require different strategies for learning;
- need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.
In making provision for SEND pupils, our aims are:
- To create a learning environment that is inspirational and challenging, yet supportive and safe, in order to meet the special educational needs of each child
- To meet the needs of every child through High Quality First Teaching and an appropriately differentiated, exciting curriculum which promotes personalised learning opportunities
- To promote positive partnerships between pupils, parents and external agencies
- To support the early identification of special educational needs and/or disabilities through careful, thorough and purposeful monitoring approaches
- To undertake a rigorous system of monitoring children's attainment and progress which supports both academic and personal achievement through the identification and removal of barriers to learning
- To use a wide range of strategies to foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent skills to prepare children for their futures
Further Information and Policies - Please click on the following links:
To arrange an appointment, please contact the school office.
School Nurse - Annick Kieff - 01527 488 780
Speech and Language Therapist - Jacqui Woodcock
Educational Psychologist - Sheila Fannon
Specialist Learning Support Teacher - Sheila Smith
Specialist Autism Teacher - Nicky James
Beacon PRU Outreach Support - Amy Chatwin
Bereavement Counsellor (Touchstones) - Vicki Quarton
Family Support Worker (School) - Lisa Sinclair - 07999 828 054
Family Support Worker (Early Help) - Alyson Rushworth - 01905 843 839
Lisa Sinclair is a Family Support Worker employed by school to support children and their families. This can be in school (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) or over the phone. Lisa is in school once a fortnight on a Monday morning. If you would like support from Lisa, please let school know and we will pass on your contact details. This could be support with bedtime routines, managing feelings or behaviour at home.
Alyson Rushworth is an Early Intervention Family Support Worker. She may work with children/ families in school or at home (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). This is usually for a set time e.g. 6 weeks in order to offer a package of support based on your needs. School can make a referral with parental consent, or parents can request support themselves by completing the form here:
COVID-19: Information and Resources
On this page, you will also find a link in red to request parenting support. Alternatively, please get in touch with school and we can arrange for a Family Support Worker to get in touch with you.
This is a very useful site containing lots of resources and information to support families during COVID-19.
Live Zoom lessons have now started for all children in Reception - Year 4. If your child has SEND and is struggling to access the year group core learning pack, an additional learning pack is available. Please email your child's class teacher or contact school if you have not received one. Your child's class teacher may also signpost you to other useful resources, such as the ones listed below.
You may find the following Zoom support guides useful:
Oak National Academy Specialist Lessons
Oak National Academy have some fantastic online resources for children with additional needs. You can access the specialist lessons by clicking the image below. You will find the 'Communication and Language' and 'Numeracy' subject tabs particularly useful.
They also have a number of therapy-based lessons and resources across occupational, physical, sensory and speech and language. You can access the therapy lessons by clicking the image below.
Nessy: Reading and Spelling
Nessy is a fantastic online program to support children to develop their reading and spelling skills. Please note, Nessy is a program which can also be used to support dyslexic pupils or pupils with dyslexic tendencies, but it does not mean your child has been identified as having dyslexia. It is a very useful intervention program to support any 'gaps' in learning and to reinforce the spelling rules taught in school. If you need support to access Nessy, please contact school.
Teach Your Monster to Read
This FREE resource to support reading is available to use on a computer or can be downloaded as an app.
Worcestershire's Speech and Language Team
Here you can find a whole bank of resources to support children's understanding of Covid-19, visual support and resources to support anxious children.
Twinkl Home Learning: Children with additional needs
Here you can find lots of free resources to support children with additional needs at home.
BBC Bitesize: Learning at Home
Here you can find a range of lessons, videos, quizzes and games to support your learning at home. This is organised by year group, but if your child is working at a level below their chronological year group, you can access more appropriate work from a different year group. For example, a child in Year 3 may benefit from accessing some Year 1 number work if they find the Year 3 tasks too tricky. Please speak to your child's class teacher for help and advice with the level your child is working at if you are unsure.
Bug Club (e-books)
Reading is one of the most important things you can do with your child at home. Bug Club has reading books matched to your child's reading book band in school. You can find your child's log in details for Bug Club (Active Learn) in the front of their white school reading diary.
Letters and Sounds (Phonics at home)
To support children's phonics and reading while learning at home, Letters and Sounds have online lessons for you to access. This is in line with the phonics scheme we use in school.
2021 Family Learning Courses
- All courses are still currently free for this term for any parent or carer (Please tick the "been referred" box to book on free)
- Parents can book on by searching the course title at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses
- or by calling 01905 728537 to the Business Support line for help
- Teachers, Teaching Support staff and professionals can book or refer parents onto this course too for families in need where they are unable to book themselves on independently or need extra support to attend
- All courses are online but full support will be given to everyone that books to ensure they can access Zoom.
- Website to book courses: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses
- Facebook: @adultlearningworcestershire to follow to see any newly listed courses
- Twitter: @WorcsAdultLearn to follow to see any newly listed courses