At Riverside Junior School 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 Riverside we have a dedicated team of specialist practitioners, support assistants and other adults who, alongside class teachers, will provide support for those children who have additional educational needs.
To ensure that children’s individual needs are met and the necessary support is given, we liaises with a range of agencies such as the NHS Physiotherapy Team, Speech & Language Therapy Service, Occupational Therapy, Hearing Impairment Team, The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team and many more.
Please see our parents information leaflet for more information.
Riverside provides a wide 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.
‘Black Sheep Narrative’
The ability to tell a stories is a key element of everyday communication, Black Sheep groups focus on the development skills to support children’s ability to use narrative.
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.
The strength of our working memory impacts on many parts of our learning. Through this intervention program pupils learn memory training strategies that will help develop their memory capacity.
This is a computerised program that aims to offer an alternative approach to learning how to read, write and spell for children with dyslexia or who present with dyslexic tendencies. Lessons emphasise phonemic awareness, phonics, blending, sight words, fluency, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension. Children work through different islands and each island consists of a series of lessons composed of strategy videos reinforced with games, which teach fundamental reading & spelling skills.
Communication and Interaction
‘Social Use of Language Programme’ (SULP)
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
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It’s a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Currently our Year 5/6 pupils access Forest School throughout the year.
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® Therapy is an intervention that has started to emerge in schools to help children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their social communication difficulties. Originally proposed by LeGoff (2004) this intervention employs the use of three key roles ‘Engineer’ ‘Builder’ and ‘Supplier’ to build a model together using LEGO® bricks.
Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Our Fine Motor intervention is full of activities that children can use to support them with their fine motor skills. It has lacing, threading, weaving, cutting skills, pencil skills, stacking, balancing and much more.
Contact our SENCO
If you would like to contact Miss Rooney about any SEND queries please complete the contact form below and she will get back to you as soon as possible. If the matter is urgent, please contact the front office on 01422 842154.