In this section you will find the latest SEND information report and other updated relevant information.
Since May 2015, Teaching Assistants at Manea Primary School have been running a daily Sensory Circuits programme. Children are initially invited to the programme which runs from 8:20am until 8:40am. The children then go to their classrooms to start the school day. The programme also runs during the school for children who may need the extra session.
What is Sensory Circuits?
Sensory Circuits is a recognised sensory motor skills programme designed specifically with children in mind. The children take part in specific activities which help to organise the sensory mind in preparation for their school day. This will either help the child become more alert of their senses which they may encounter, or they will become calmer.
How is Sensory Circuits run?
Each child needs to take part in three types of activities in a specific order. These are; 1) Alerting 2) Organising 3) Calming. They complete the activity for approximately 4-5 minutes before moving on to the next activity. They may complete as many activities in each section as they wish.
Other alerting activities include: Morning run.
Other organising activities include: Ball bounce
Other calming activities include: Wall press ups
If you would like further information with regards to Sensory Circuits please contact the SENDCo, Mrs Revell via the school office, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
TA training - May 2019
During the May training day, teaching assistants were shown the Sensory Circuits programme in the school hall. All the equipment was used and they discussed the positive impact Sensory Circuits has on children. This also gave the teaching assistants the opportunity to use the equipment and ask any questions.
The feedback from the teaching assistants about the session was:
Lego Therapy - TA training day May 2019
What Lego Therapy is and how to deliver the intervention was shared with the teaching assistants. It was discussed what the positive impact this has on the children and how difficult it can be for some children to give and receive instructions. The teaching assistants took part in a Lego Therapy session and soon realised how tricky this was when they had a go themselves!
The feedback from the teaching assistants was:
· Doing the intervention was good. It enabled us to know the struggles and how it works.
· It was good to find out the purpose, rules and how to implement Lego Therapy.
· It gave a good insight into the benefits of this activity. It made me think how important the correct language is!
· I enjoyed seeing Lego Therapy in practice and actually doing the activity.
· I realised how sometimes it is difficult to find the correct words.
· It was really interesting!
Playground training - May 2019
During the training day in May 2019, teaching assistants explained to each other the positive impact of playing playground games with children at both playtime and lunchtimes. This has an impact on children socially, physically and will give adults, who work with children who have EHCPs, opportunities to support the children’s speech and language. Teaching assistants were given examples of games to play both outside and inside when it is wet play, and participated in playing some of these.
The feedback from the teaching assistants were:
· An excellent morning—learning through play.
· It was good to have the understanding of what the rest of the teaching assistant team do to help support each individual child in the school.
· It has been useful to know how different people run different groups.
TA training day - May 2019 - Reflection
The TA training included sharing and discussing different interventions and support teaching assistants provide at Manea Primary School. The training included Sensory Circuits, Maths activities across both Key Stages, playground games and Lego Therapy.
The feedback from the teaching assistants regarding the whole day was as follows: