Lower School

Heathlands Lower School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Our child centred approach aims to develop children as learners so that every child achieves their potential. Class groups are small with high staff/pupil ratios. Classes are taught by qualified teachers of the deaf assisted by specialist learning support staff in attractive and colourful surroundings.

The communication needs of each child are paramount. All staff have skills in sign language and a Total Communication approach is used combining signing, speech, listening and lipreading. The development of pupils’ language and communication is at the centre of all teaching and learning. Speech and Language therapists work in close collaboration with teachers of the deaf and other staff to ensure that every pupils’ communication needs are addressed and optimised. All classrooms offer optimum acoustic conditions for supporting listening.

The school is set in attractive grounds and is extremely well resourced. Every room is equipped with up to date ICT equipment including interactive white boards, digital visualisers, internet connection, DVD players and other equipment to enable the most effective visual presentation for teaching. Pupils also have access to a well equipped computer suite, laptops and iPads as learning tools.

Inclusion is important to Heathlands and every opportunity is taken to further develop children’s social and communication skills. The nursery at Heathlands offers an inclusive sign and play afternoon every Wednesday when both hearing and deaf preschool children are welcome with their families.  Further up the school we have links with several partner schools which provide inclusion and reverse inclusion opportunities for our pupils.

Heathlands aims to promote an attitude of life long learning, respect for diversity and celebration of achievement. Pupils are offered various extra-curricula activities and clubs and the school’s central library helps to encourage pupils to read for pleasure and information.

Children are fully involved in the life of the school and the school council is active and enthusiastic.

 

Curriculum

Language and communication are at the heart of the Lower School Curriculum. The curriculum in Lower School focuses on the acquisition of skills and knowledge and the development of learning and thinking skills across all National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation stage subject areas. It is designed so that our children become successful, confident learners …

Reading

Heathlands recognises the importance of deaf pupils developing strong reading skills. This is an essential skills to access all other areas of learning and for life.  In order for this to happen effectively all developing readers need to be able to read with someone and discuss what they are reading regularly. In Lower School we …

Assessment & Feedback

Ongoing assessment and good quality feedback play key roles in helping pupils to improve and progress. Small class groups and high pupil / teacher ratios mean that teachers know the pupils in their class very well and constantly assess them in order to support their individual learning needs. This on-going assessment means misunderstandings can be …

Topic Maps

Literacy Long Term Plans If you would like further information about the curriculum on offer in lower school please contact Ms S. Head on admin@heathlands.herts.sch.uk.

Speech Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy provision is tailored to each child’s individual communication needs thus maximising their communication potential within the school setting in both British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English. The Speech and Language Therapists work closely with classroom staff to ensure a collaborative approach to communication throughout the school day and to ensure …

Audiology

Heathlands has a Total Communication Policy which recognises the importance of varied and individual communication approaches to support each child’s learning. For many this will include the effective use of hearing aids and cochlear implants to develop listening skills. Qualified teachers of the deaf have specialist training in helping children learn to use and manage …

Home Learning

At Heathlands we recognise the importance of home learning for consolidating skills and promoting a work ethic. Lower school pupils all have daily reading and are encouraged to read with an adult at home each evening. Pupils also have spellings to learn and these are generally given at the start of the week and tested on …

Enrichment

For all Lower school pupils the curriculum is child centred, fostering personalised learning and celebrating individual achievement. There are high expectations for all pupils and our aim is that they develop as lifelong learners.  Learning is enriched through visits out, visitors in and ‘wow’ experiences linked to topic work. Special days and weeks are often …

Useful Websites

Below are a list of useful websites to support learning in Lower School.  Please click on the links. Resources.woodlands.kent.sch.uk Senteacher.org Kizclub.com Worksheetgenius.com Amathsdictionaryforkids.com Dltk-kids.com BBC Bitesize KS1 Literacy

E-safety Lower School

Click on the links below for E-safety information www.heathlandscomputing.co.uk/esafety