The interventions we offer are bespoke to the need identified for each of our learners throughout the school. In the Primary department we run a number and play intervention whereby pupils engage in a fun, interactive session whilst developing their basic number skills. In the senior department, we screen pupils using the Sanford testing. Pupils are then referred to be considered for intervention. We identify which pupils have a considerable gap in their learning with respect to number and shape, space and measure and use the intervention as an opportunity to attempt to bridge the gap between their number skills and how this can be applied in a wide range of contexts. We also identify our M.A.T (more able and talented) learners and ensure they are receiving the challenge required to excel in their learning.
Big Maths intervention is done one to one or in small groups if pupils are working on the same problem. The class teacher puts forward pupils who they think are in need of additional support, this can be identified through weekly Big Maths tests. When a pupil is achieving their targets, pupils can be swapped to allow as many pupils as possible to access additional support throughout the year. All pupils are assessed once a year to track progression.
Number & Play
The Number & Play Programme is aimed at parents & carers of children in our Early Years Department. The programme is run over 6 weeks (6 x 60 minute interactive workshops) and encourages parents to interact and play with their children in a positive way to promote and stimulate their child’s early language & numeracy development through songs and craft activities. The programme also promotes a strong healthy relationship with parent and child through fun, creative activities. There is a focus on a Number rhyme or song a week and during the workshops, parents and children work together to create a prop linked to this rhyme. The rhyme prop is then added to the child's rhyme box. At the end of the 6 workshops, the child will have a box of 6 rhymes with props which they can take home.
Reading / Literacy
Reading intervention is done one to one or small groups. The pupils are identified from the reading test data. The pupils who are identified are just needing that extra little bit of support to enable them to become more confident with reading skills. Breaking down tricky words, letter confusion or initial blends. These are some of the barriers which pupils overcome. This then enables them to become more confident independent learners.
POPAT - Program of Phoneme Awareness Training
Programme of Phoneme Awareness Training, what is it? This is a highly structured programme for children who struggle to identify sounds in words. POPAT starts with 18 pure sounds which are represented as pictures. The programme is made up of fun games which leave the pupil’s feeling happy and confident, wanting to return to the POPAT board. The pupils do not realise they are learning at this point; it is very structured but lots of fun. After successfully completing a number of games including CV (continent vowel), VC, CVC, CVCC and CCVC we then introduce four more important sounds, N, J, Y, and NG. Throughout the POPAT programme you would use the POPAT blue book which gives step by step instructions of how to follow the programme. Very quickly, the vowels are introduced, A E I O and U. Then, very quickly again, we replace all the sound pictures with letters. Then the real fun starts where the pupils can read, write and say the words they have learned in their POPAT books. Now we are ready to challenge those tricky words through listen and write programme. It unravels the complexities of English spelling, punctuation and grammar.
At Greenfield, we are committed to ensure that all our learners have the opportunity to become more digitally competent so that they can evolve into enterprising, creative and critical thinkers. Therefore, we offer an ICT intervention with a focus on building our pupils ICT skills. The ICT intervention we offer is bespoke to the need identified for each of our learners throughout the school. In the primary school we run sensory ICT sessions where pupils can have access to our fantastic Immersion Room and Sensory room where they will engage in fun, interactive sessions that will develop their ICT and DCF skills. In the senior department, pupils also have access to the sensory and immersion room but we can also refer pupils to receive one to one or group ICT interventions. Teachers identify the pupils that have gaps in their ICT skills. Through the intervention we attempt to bridge the gap and build upon the ICT skills of the young learners. We can also identify our M.A.T (more able and talented) learners and ensure they are receiving the challenge required to excel in their learning through the coding and computational thinking interventions.
ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. In Greenfield Special School an ELSA support children with their social and emotional needs as a one-to-one intervention or group sessions. ELSA’s are warm, kind and caring people who want to make children and young people feel happy in school. and to reach their potential socially, emotionally and academically. An ELSA, support children who have experienced loss and bereavement, emotional literacy, self-esteem, social skills, anxiety and worries etc. ELSA’s set a SMART target with the child or group every half-term for approx 6 weeks, so that the child can see measurable progress. Once the target has been made, ELSA plans sessions for the child to achieve their target. This can be done as a one-to-one or group session. ELSA will also help children find solutions to problems they might have. Relationships are key in helping children and young people to feel safe and nurtured.
Bake My Day Café
The Bake My Day Café is a state-of-the-art food technology provision where our pupils can learn about making healthy food choices and preparing healthy food options. Pupils and their class teams decide upon a termly health food project with an end goal that is inclusive and celebratory. For example, extending our links with the local community, inviting guests from neighbouring schools and Greenhill Manor to share our successful outcomes.