Laycock Primary School is a two form entry mainstream primary school with 420 children which includes a provision for 70 deaf children. Our approach to teaching is auditory/oral. The children use spoken English to communicate and make maximum use of their hearing to access spoken language. All of our classes for Deaf children are sound proofed to minimise background noise while the children wear radio aids to enable them to hear the teachers more clearly.
Our mainstream classes and halls also have suspended ceiling panels to reduce background noise. We use a sound field system for assemblies to ensure that all children have equal opportunity to the auditory experience as well as the visual. We are fortunate enough to have a class for each year level from nursery up to year 6.
The Teachers of the Deaf plan each week with their mainstream colleagues. This is to ensure that all children cover the same topics and receive a balanced curriculum. The teachers also plan programmes of inclusion for individuals and groups of children. They are included into classes for art, PE, music and additional subjects according to their individual needs. Deaf children follow the same curriculum as all children but language development is supported by visual cues, photos, video clips, animations, story props and targeted vocabulary. All our classes have a Teaching Assistant (TA) to help meet the needs of every child.
We work with a number of agencies including professionals from cochlear implant teams, audiology centers, nursing services Teachers of visually impaired and multi sensory impaired and the outreach service for autistic children. We also have a physio therapist and an occupational therapist in one day a week.
· 20th June 2020, the British Library have a special visual arts workshop inspired by the build environment for Open House Families Festival. This is specially designed by a deaf artist for the deaf community. There will be BSL interpreters available to support families during the workshop.
· 21st February 2020 Young Rebels Family Day. This is a free, fun filled Family Festival Day inspired by their current exhibition Marvellous and Mischievous, exploring young rebels in children’s literature. They will have sensory storytelling, outdoor den building in their secret garden, art workshops and music. They will have BSL interpreters available throughout the day to support families, a sensory room and braille and tactile books in their pop up reading zone.
Did somebody say HALF TERM?! Remark! Community are back!
We are, as always, very excited to share our February half term playscheme programme with you.
We have thought long and hard about what fantastic fun filled activities we could entertain your children, students and service users with this time around! We have a selection of Climbing, Shrek’s adventures trip and a Bouncy Castle party!
A few important notices
As always, it is incredibly important that the child’s/children’s parents or guardians book their spaces in advanceas we really do not want to have to turn anybody away due to not having enough spaces.
Please do ensure that the children arrive at 10am. Any admissions after 10:30am will unfortunately be turned away.
It is essential that the child brings with them, a signed admission form by their parent or guardian on the first day. Due to Health and Safety and our Safeguarding policy, without this, they will be refused admission.
I am very much looking forward to hearing from you all in the meantime, and cant wait to see all of the places getting booked up!