Our pupils at Woodford Campus are accessing our Vita Curriculum and in Key Stage 2, from 7 to 11 years. There is a teacher and three teaching assistants in each of our two classes.
Learning is at the heart of everything we do and we recognise that every moment of every day is a learning opportunity.
We work hard to create special and happy memories in a challenging but safe; caring but engaging learning environment. We want to make sure that children love coming to school. We are committed to raising achievement by meeting the specific needs of each pupil with a strong focus on life and communication skills.
We strongly believe in pupils learning for life and work hard to value and support the individual development of each unique child for the world of tomorrow. We provide a varied range of meaningful, personalised educational opportunities to give our children every chance to succeed.
Our ethos is to ensure that all our pupils have access to a meaningful and relevant curriculum pathway which effectively prepares them for a fulfilling and purposeful adult life.
Parents, carers and families are very important to us and you all play a vital role in the school. We take pride in getting to know our children really well; part of this is learning about your child at home, which helps us to do the very best for them at school. All the staff recognise the importance of developing good relationships and making everyone feel valued. We like to welcome you into school and share information with you. Some of the ways can be through:
- Stay and Play times
- Meet and Greet sessions
- Home/school communication book
- Home learning
- Target setting for your child’s Personalised Learning Plans
- Termly newsletters
- Parent consultations
- Annual Reviews
Our approaches to learning
At Linwood School and Woodford Campus we have developed a supportive and nurturing ethos where we strive to inspire the children to take risks in their learning and to achieve their best. We are sensitive to each child’s needs and have developed a focused and personalised approach.
We are supported by our own therapy team; occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and our school nurse. In addition we use a range of technology to support learning and communication.
We make very good use of first-hand experiences and use the environment, as much as possible, to develop real understanding. We use an active, hands-on approach to learning about meaningful, relevant and interesting topics through cross-curricular links. In essence, children develop skills for real life use.
Integrated within our teaching is the use of technology, development of social skills, well-being, co-operation, independence and communication skills. Your child will usually be taught by their class teacher although a specialist PE teacher will also work with them.
Learning beyond the classroom
We are always looking for ways in which our children can work alongside other children within our school and outside of it. This gives opportunities for personal development and mutual understanding.
We involve all children in many engaging activities to ensure that effective learning is taking place in and around the school grounds. Learning through play and physical activity are key and the children have access to plenty of play areas at Somerford School. We plan trips and educational visits to bring topics and learning to life by creating wider experiences and learning as part of the local community.
By learning in this way we are creating unique and enjoyable experiences, helping to promote independence, healthy lifestyles, resilience, inventiveness and resourcefulness, and to support creativity. This approach helps to develop problem-solving skills, co-operation and turn-taking. It promotes a sense of well-being and the confidence to try out new ideas back in the classroom.
We encourage an atmosphere in which friendship, caring, sharing and awareness of others is consistently highlighted. All children have a ‘voice’ and they know that they will be listened to by staff. The children’s achievements in all areas of school life are celebrated in different ways. These include:
- Merit Awards and Certificates
- Star of the Day
- Golden Time
At Linwood School and Woodford Campus, we appreciate that each child is an individual with specific needs. We therefore assess children against their needs and celebrate progress wherever it may be. We are assessing how well your child is doing all the time so we can guide their next steps. Within the school we have systems to monitor and record their progress and we share these with you and the children through Progress Files, Personalised Learning Plans, Reading Records, Annual Reviews and at parent/teacher meetings. Some children will also have Sensory Profiles and Speech and Language reports which are shared with you.