Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Miss Brown. She can be contacted via the school office. Please click on the links below for further information on SEN.
Table Cricket Club
Some children in the school have been learning how to play table cricket with a coach after school. Following the coaching sessions, we have now set up our very own table cricket club club on a Wednesday lunchtime.
Can Do Football Festival - Upper KS2
A group of children from Heatherlands Primary School took part in the Can Do Football Festival in March. They had coaching from AFC Bournemouth and then participated in matches. The children represented Heatherlands Primary School really well and enjoyed the event.
Speech and Language Support
Speech and Language support is offered through the school by Mrs Stanley. Mrs Stanley works alongside the Dorset Speech and Language Therapy Service to implement individuals Speech and Language Therapy reports. If as a parent or carer you have any concerns about a child's Speech and language, then a full assessment can be completed by the child's class teacher. Once the report is completed, it will be reviewed by Dorset Speech and Language Therapy Services who then if required will offer the child an assessment within school or at a local clinic. If the child is found to have any speech and language difficulties then they will be offered 6 weeks of block therapy sessions, these sessions will continue to be reviewed as required by Therapy Services.
If recommended by Dorset Speech and Language Services your child will be supported weekly by Mrs Stanley who will work through the child's individual Speech and language Therapy Programme with them. Class teachers are given a copy of the child's report with any classroom recommendations for support within the classroom and a home pack of resources are provided to parents from either Speech and Language Services or by the school.
Paired Reading Project
Have you ever read a book aloud with someone else? Why not try using paired reading to help develop reading fluency. Prior to reading, the readers decide on signals to show when one reader feels more confident to read independently. During paired reading, both readers initially read together in tandem. Have a look at the paired reading guide and give it a go yourself.
Project X is a reading scheme and intervention targeted to primary school children. The scheme combines phonics with reading comprehension tasks to develop children’s reading. The books are targeted toward boys however all children will enjoy the adventures of the characters. Code group reading texts take the children through Project X to try and stop CODE from taking over, Watch the video together with your child on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSyuPryftnw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyCiLnDKg5Q to find out more about the adventures.
Nessy is a programme on the internet that is designed to support children make progress with their reading, spelling and maths using fun and multi-sensory approaches online. The programme is particularly designed to support children who may have dyslexic tendencies. Every child who is using the Nessy programme will be provided with a username and password. In school, they will have timetabled sessions on this programme. Parents can support their child further by allowing them to access this website at home. To find out more information visit the website https://www.nessy.com/uk/.
As part of our school well-being approach, we are using Trick Box, which is a fun and effective personal development programme to help children: -
- build confidence
- manage emotions and anxiety
- develop communication skills
- make positive choice about actions
- coach themselves through challenges.
Children initially from EYFS to Year 6 will be introduced to 24 ‘tricks’ and a simple self-coaching model called Letter Box, designed to give them positive habits for life. The tricks will help the children to build their confidence and communication skills, manage emotions and find solutions to challenges. They will be practising the tricks at school.