The Resourced Provision for children with autism, is an integral part of Milton Park Primary School. It caters for 14 children between the ages of 4 and 11, whose primary need is in the area of Social Communication and Interaction. The children are split into two classes. Germany class focuses on children who have a Social and Communication primary need, whilst France class focuses on children who work more academically. There is also cross over between both classes, to allow provision for children across all areas of need. The children work together as a whole team for Art, PE and some Science lessons an movement between the two classes is quite flexible.
Children placed within the provision either have a statement of educational needs/Education and Health Care Plan or are currently undergoing assessment. They are expected to be able to access aspects of a mainstream environment, but require specialist teaching which is provided within the provision. This enables us to address individual needs such as social and emotional understanding, challenging behaviour, difficulties with self-help skills including toilet training, sensory processing difficulties, additional speech and language difficulties.
The Provision is staffed by two teachers, two higher level teaching assistants and four teaching assistants and is supported by outside agencies, such as Educational Psychology and Speech and Language therapy. Staff from across the wider school also visit the provision to develop their skills.
We use the “SPELL” framework to understand and respond to the needs of our children, as developed by National Autistic Society:
• Structure – making life predictable and ordered through using a visual approach.
• Positive – we have high, but realistic expectations of our children, based on individual assessment.
• Empathy – we try to understand the world from the child’s point of view.
• Low arousal – we try to offer a calm and ordered environment to reduce anxiety, add concentration and to help each child feel safe.
• Links – we establish strong links with parents, outside agencies to build consistency and help each child to lead as full a life as possible.
The children in the Resourced provision follow an adapted and differentiated National Curriculum. Each child is included at the level appropriate for them. Alongside National Curriculum work, each child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which addresses their specific areas of difficulty for example: speech and language development, social communication skills, thinking skills, sensory difficulties, motor difficulties, self-help issues.
We work closely with parents and carers and we have a parent group which meets half termly after school.
Summer Term –
Germany Class – This term the children will be starting to think about transition and the social skills that they will need when they meet new friends or move on to new classes. We will learn how to make new friends and skills to help us cope with change. In Literacy, the children will continue to use colourful semantics to help with their writing – and now they can use our exciting Clicker 7 computer program to help us challenge our spelling skills even further! In Maths the children will be learning about fractions, as well as starting to apply the things they already know in real life contexts, to promote fluency in their learning. The children are having weekly swimming sessions and Art lessons with a specialist teacher, whilst finding time to enjoy some sunshine out at play!