Approach to Learning
For some children the acquisition of literacy and numeric skills is not straightforward and does not happen in response to typical early years and primary school teaching strategies. There are many reasons for this but often the issues for the child are associated with difficulties in phonological skills, information processing and organisational skills.
These are characteristics associated with dyslexia and dyspraxia and other specific and non-specific ‘learning difficulties.’ Slow progress with learning becomes apparent as the child progresses through Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum in Years 1 and 2 of primary school. For some children, knowing what to say; how to say it and when in order to have a social conversation is problematic, making it difficult to start friendships. By Year 3 at 7/8 years a child is increasingly aware of their progress in relation to their peers. For some confidence drops and motivation to learn diminishes.
Dyslexia and dyspraxic type difficulties may not be barriers to successful learning long term but appropriate strategies need to be put into place early.
In recognition of this Limespring School offers a personalised approach to support the development of an individual’s learning within a mainstream environment.
Our starting point is an expertise in teaching children with learning differences, and that such children will thrive in a classroom with fewer children than normal. Our stepping off point is that each child will receive an individualised ‘Limespring Plan of Learning’ prepared by the Principal, and agreed with the parent. This will set out:
- the child’s learning preferences – how he or she learns best;
- their attainment levels as assessed using a variety of assessment materials and screening tests undertaken in the first few days of starting (as part of the school day to minimise anxiety);
- a specific package of additional specialist support provided by associate professionals, for example speech and language, occupational and other therapists.
The Limespring Plan of Learning is the primary tool by which the head teacher and classroom teacher plan the school day, review your child’s achievements, set new targets and discuss progress with parents.
Read on for more information on the curriculum.