Resourced Provision for Children with Autism
We are delighted that our provision for children with autism has expanded from 7 places to 14 places. Over recent months, we have been making changes to our physical spaces and our teaching groups.
Puss Bank School and Nursery has a Resourced Provision for children aged 4-11 (Reception to Year 6) who have Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). We provide this setting for the Local Authority and Children in our provision already have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan).
We are committed to the school vision and are passionate about enabling our children to be life-long learners, who are able to meet the challenges and possibilities of an ever-changing world. We do this by implementing the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum at a level appropriate for the children to engage in and with. We use the Autism Education Trust (AET) Progression Framework to support the curriculum and ensure the 'soft skills' that are essential for our learners are targeted and achieved. We believe that using the AET Progression Framework, as well as the Preparing for Adulthood Outcomes provide a comprehensive scaffold in which our children can become well-prepared and well-rounded young adults, who are ready for work and able to navigated the complex neuro-typical world we live in.
We know our children have difficulties regarding Communication and Interaction and developing each child's skills in this area is our priority. We work in partnership with specialist Speech and Language Therapists to ensure communication and interaction is at the heart of every learning opportunity. We also provide opportunities in which children can practise these skills in the community.
We also recognise that many of our learners require support with self-regulation and this can be as a result of over/under stimulation. We incorporate sensory breaks and are developing sensory diets. We have recently started working with occupational therapists to develop practice in this area further.
More Information About Reading
Our Resourced Provision provides children with a language rich environment in which reading is promoted and encouraged, and is at the heart of what we do. As a team, we promote a love of reading through modelling and sharing carefully chosen stories and rhymes throughout the day. We also have a daily reading session where opportunities are provided for children to read a text at a level which is appropriate for their individual needs. Opportunities are planned to develop and encourage pre reading skills through exploring rhyme, patterns and speech development through song, structured play and incidental learning opportunities. Wherever possible, we try to match children’s reading activities with their own interests, therefore giving reading a purpose and making it more meaningful for each child. We ensure that children in our Resourced Provision learn in an environment where they are introduced to a varied and rich range of texts including fiction, a variety of non-fiction texts and poetry. We recognise many of our children have difficulties with comprehending what they have read and we provide specific interventions to support this, for example Reading for Meaning and Reading and Thinking are used as well as guided reading sessions when appropriate.
Phonics in the Resourced Provision is taught through play and exploration. Discrete phonics lessons are also planned for children who are ready to access more formal learning opportunities.
We currently use Letters and Sounds to teach reading and will soon switch to using Little Wandle with the rest of the school. We use Launch the Lifeboat where older children need this intervention (this has been a successful approach), however this will be reviewed as we move to Little Wandle. We provide opportunities for pupils to use and apply their phonetic knowledge as well as consolidate and generalise through real life learning opportunities such as reading a recipe and then writing a shopping list before going to our local shop to buy the ingredients needed for our Food Technology lessons. Our aim is to provide children with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate our complex world and prepare them for adulthood.