At Huncoat we have a wide range of different interventions to support as many of our children as we can in a range of different ways. Here are some of the interventions we are fortunate enough to run and the impact they have:
Speech and language:
At Huncoat we have our own Speech Therapist who works alongside our youngest children; assessing their Speech and Communication on entry into Nursery and working with them, using the WellComm Programme, through into reception and year 1. This support also carries on throughout school for those who still require help and support. The development of each child's Speech is assessed regularly and children leave the programme inline with their peers. Other Speech and Language programmes we use alongside our Therapist support are: Time to Talk/ Ginger Bears/ PACT and Blank.
KS1 and 2 children have access to handwriting intervention - this is a specific programme we follow; Write from the Start and Speed Up. It follows children through a specific unit. This helps children with their motor skills/ their writing back in class/ their spelling and their confidence.
Mrs Clapham/ Mrs Rudge/ Volunteers hear children read for fluency, phonic awareness and comprehension from Yr1-6. This is additional to guided read/ extra class reading. We are also lucky to have volunteers who come into school to help listen to readers.
All our readers who need extra support are heard read 3-5 times a week by our TAs and everyone else is heard read 1-2 time a week.
We are so lucky that we have volunteers who also come into school to hear our children read.
Extra Literacy, English and Phonics:
Mrs Taylor in Nursery, works with the families and delivers the PACT (parents and children together) reading programme - for those families who don't feel they can access this programme, the nursery staff use PACT with these children during the morning sessions. This is followed into Reception as small group intervention.
In Yr2, 3 and 4 our children do the Bounce Back phonics to help those children where phonics is a barrier to their learning and Yr2 children who didn't achieve their phonics screening use Catch up Phonics to show progress and give extra support in this area.
LEXIA - is a new intervention based on reading skills of phonics/ grammar/ spelling and comprehension. We aim to read on LEXIA 60 minutes a week in school and at home. We can see the progress our children make on this.
Our children benefit from a computer based programme called IDL which assesses where children are at and they work through the programme to add extra learning.
Times Tables Rock Stars is used in KS2 to help children speed up their recall of facts. Mrs Wilson also does a catch up times tables session with KS2 children who struggle to retain key facts.
All children use the Key Learning Facts programme from yr1-6, KS2 complete Fluent in 5 every morning - both help with the speed and recall of knowledge facts.
Huncoat also uses Power Maths 1 and 2 - which is a specific book tailored to help children who struggle with maths learning.
English as an Additional Language:
Mrs Clapham is our Polish Teaching Assistant and works with any children from Eastern Europe with their reading and comprehension. We also are lucky to have the Gypsy Roma Traveller services come into school weekly to work with out Traveller children on reading, IEP targets, maths, spelling and behaviour. They also work with upper key stage 2 children on transition to high school.
Individual Education Plans:
Mrs Clapham and Mrs Wilson help certain children achieve specific targets set each term in Reading/ Writing/ Maths/ Social Skills. These are assessed and evaluated termly and new targets set.
Our Teaching Assistants are trained to use the Lego Therapy Programme with our children and Mrs Wilson takes groups of children for Lego Therapy. We also book a 6 week programme with s specialist in Play Therapy in the Spring Term. Lego Therapy helps with: motor skills/ communication/ confidence and social skills. It is a specifically designed programme.
We buy into a service, called Wellbeing Warriors, which is run by a psychologist who comes into school to work with upto 10 children together, for 10 weeks, to help these children socially and emotionally. The programme assesses the children's wellbeing and esteem at the beginning and then re-assesses their feelings/ confidence/ esteem and wellbeing at the end of the programme and gives suggestion how children can use self-help strategies when they feel they need it.
Social Skills Time and ELSA:
Four of our Teaching assistants work across school helping children with social skills, emotional and behavioural needs. They spend time with individual children helping them overcome any difficulties that arise both at home and in school. Mrs Benson is a qualified ELSA teaching assistant and she follows the ELSA programme with children who need help with anger, trauma and specific behavioural needs. This 1:1 time helps our children settle in to class, settle disputes with friends and aids with their behaviour for learning and also includes dinner time nurture.
Mrs Alderson and Mrs Benson has worked alongside training, courses to deliver this programme 1:1 so our children with Autism are inclusive
Performance Poetry/ Presenting Skills:
In the Spring term we have a specialist leader of performance come into school and work with children from Yr1-6. The programme focuses on performance poetry and Gameshow Prersenting - this helps children who lack confidence, with their speech and communication and to help children work as a team.
Chat, Play, Sing, Read:
This is aimed at 0-3 years of age. It is run once a week and helps our youngest members of our families with story/ language/ vocabulary/ early counting/ singing rhymes and communication.