SEND Contact : Mrs Taplin, Telephone 01484 866071 (school office)
Some children may require extra support to enable them reach their potential. This may range from a short term intervention to additional, personalised plans throughout their education.
At Denby Dale First and Nursery School our intention is to create a friendly, fully inclusive learning environment where all children are valued and treated with respect and as individuals. We work hard in partnership with our children, parents and external agencies to ensure that the provision for all of our pupils is of the highest possible standard, whilst acknowledging that we are continually striving to improve our practice.
We value each child as an individual and celebrate their strengths. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between children with SEND and their non-SEND peers. We work to achieve this in a variety of different ways to support each child to reach his/her full potential in order to ensure a successful transition into adult life.
Please scroll down the page to see what our children say about some of the ways we support them in school.
Who might support my child? Where can I find support as a parent?
We are fortunate to have experienced staff who support children with a range of additional needs. For example, we offer Lego Therapy Group, Nurturing Groups and other activities in school.
Many of our staff have received recent training in specific areas such as
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Speech Therapy
- Complex Communication and Interaction
- Premature birth
We also have a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are worried about something regarding your child’s schooling, in the first instance please speak to the class teacher. Following this, the SENDCO, Mrs Taplin and Headteacher, Miss Wood are also available.
It might be that your class teacher will ask to speak to you about any initial concerns in order to find your views and discuss strategies to support your child in school and at home.
While many additional needs can be addressed in school following the Graduated Approach (See the link below), we might also work together with you, your child and other professionals. For example, Speech and Language Therapists, the Complex Communication and Interaction team, Physio Therapists or other professionals accessed through the Kirklees Local Offer.
Parent Support Group
We have an informal support group for parents. When Covid restrictions allow we will meet again! Meanwhile, if you would like to speak to another parent in confidence, please ring the office and a member of the group will call you back.
Look out for SEND updates on the Newsletter.
What do our children say?
What the children say about the Lego and Nurture Groups:
"It definitely helps me because you can discuss your feelings and get things off your chest. It starts my week off great!"
"It helps with feelings, expressing yourself, stress and anxiety . It's fun but it's also helping you."
"I feel excited to come to group."
"It helps me to have a group of friends to trust and share with."
"It helps me to know that other people feel the same and go through the things that I go through."
"You're there to help us with a worry."
There are times in life when we all feel anxious. A group of children in KS2 have been exploring different calming techniques that help them to recognise and control their anxieties. The children have each led a group session so that they can share what has worked for them such as mindfulness, visualisation, Yoga or breathing techniques. Here are some of the posters they created in order to help other children.
In Lego Group we take turns to be the engineer, the supplier and the builder. We work as a team together in our separate roles to build a Lego model. The engineer is in charge of the instructions and needs to explain to the supplier which bricks to find and give to the builder. We try to do this without pointing or showing the instructions! The engineer also needs to explain to the builder exactly where to position the bricks. It can be quite a tricky task! The engineer cannot touch the bricks, so they need to use their best communication skills to get the task done. The supplier has to listen carefully and try to find the right bricks to give to the builder and the builder has the task of listening to the engineer and working out where the bricks should go.
We have a lot of fun building our Lego models and learn lots of great communication and teamwork skills. It also helps us with our fine motor skills, turn taking and to develop new friendships
Here are some strategies that our KS1 children have found helpful in managing anxiety in the current pandemic
I like the story The Worrysuarus (By R. Bright) So, I made a Happy Box. I put lots of things in that make me smile....my favourite story, a teddy, felt tips and crayons. I can draw pictures of happy thoughts or worries. It helps me talk about them.
I put a note in the Worry Bot and Mrs Simmons came to talk to me in private. Then I felt better.
I feed my sad thoughts to the Worry Monster and he chomps them up! Num-num-num ! All gone!