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.