Keeping Healthy

Here at Fountains Primary School, we strongly believe that communication is the centre of all learning and the core focus for pupils throughout the curriculum. Everyone has the right to communicate and we strive to promote pupil choice, control and independence. Both the NHS and private speech therapists work with staff and parents to break down individual barriers to communication, to develop their strengths and reach their full potential.

All pupils have a communication profile that provides key information of an individuals communication ability and how best to support their speech, language and communication needs. Pupils have the opportunity to access a range of tailored programmes to develop speech, expressive language, comprehension and social interaction skills in a Total Communication environment.

Healthy Mind

Fountains Primary School is a nurturing school (as recognised by Nurture UK 2020). Within school, all children, wherever appropriate, have a dedicated PSHE/RSE lesson. These lessons follow the Jigsaw programme and teach the children a range of approaches to help them support their own resilience and emotional health/ wellbeing. As well as this the promotion of our school values (which are guided by Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) teach the children to be effective self managers; effective participators; creative thinkers; reflective learners; independent enquirers and team workers.

 

There a strong culture of well-being amongst all staff and mechanisms in place to support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. An active Early Help Team is in place at Fountains Primary School as well as at an Academy level (The Fountains Primary School is part of the Esteem Multi Academy Trust). At a school level, we have a Well Being team who are trained to deliver a range of interventions such as Therapeutic Forest school sessions, Draw and Talk, Lego therapy; Hope and ELSA individualised or small group work with children and support for families as and when required.

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Healthy Body

At Fountains Primary School we highly value the importance of regular physical activity and the effect it has on the body and mind to remain healthy. We are committed to the Active 30:30 project. This project encourages all children to do 30 minutes of structured physical activity in school and 30 minutes outside of school time.

We have several planned opportunities for children to be engaged in physical activity in and around the school day. Each school day the children (wherever appropriate) have a 15 minute daily mile/sensory circuit timetabled into their day. As well as this, each teacher has to plan in ‘15 minutes of active learning’ into their teaching timetable in addition to the child’s usual playtimes, PE and swimming lessons. These sessions could be a forest school lesson, a trip out in the community, an active starter/plenary to a Maths/English lesson, an active phonics session or an educational visit. This planned opportunity will ensure that parts of lessons will be as active as possible, encouraging the children to exercise whilst they learn.

All children at Fountains also get weekly PE lessons and regular swimming sessions. We have consistent after school clubs which also promote physical activity as well as various online oportunities we use to encourage the children to remain active at home or in school during a wet playtime.

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Intensive Interaction is a practical approach to interacting with people who have learning difficulties and/or autism and are still at an early stage of communication development.

 

Intensive Interaction is based on early parent-child interaction that involves mirroring movements, noises, speech, facial expressions, body language, gestures and breathing. The approach is child-led, enabling you to step into their world and build social interaction by helping them to better relate and enjoy the company of others. This helps build trusting and positive relationships.

 

Intensive interaction enhances the communication abilities of the child by developing pre-speech fundamental communication skills to nurture social interaction and connection.

https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/

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