Welcome to the Infant Assessment Class (IAC)!
We are a Foundation Stage and Key Stage One High Needs Support Base providing education for up to 10 children with Special Educational Needs. Children aged 4 years to 7 years (Reception – Year 2) are allocated a place in the IAC by process of a panel meeting overseen by the Local Authority SEND team.
Our experienced team provides a high adult to child ratio and we provide consistent and effective relationships for our small class.
We aim to support children to reach their full potential through high quality teaching which is matched to the needs of the individual child. We provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment which enriches children’s learning and motivates them to become active, successful and independent learners. Our children develop a sense of wellbeing, confidence and responsibility so that they can become well rounded members of society. We support children to develop a feeling of respect for themselves and others within our school.
We follow a modified curriculum, using differentiated teaching and learning styles to meet the children’s individual needs. The children are taught through a mixture of play-based learning and adult led group activities. We incorporate multi-sensory approaches to all aspects of the curriculum. We aim to foster the development of the whole child. Children’s social, emotional and mental well-being is prioritised, and we work closely with parents and other professional agencies to ensure children receive the provision they need.
The IAC is a wonderful space consisting of a large classroom with range of provision areas including home corner, craft area, painting area, messy & malleable area, maths area, construction area and writing area. We have a separate quiet classroom, a sensory room and two further group areas as well as our own courtyard area for outdoor play.
We like to take part in whole school activities and celebrations whenever we can and integrate with mainstream school activities where possible. We join mainstream children for assembly, playtimes, lunch times, music lessons and PE sessions. We often access the fantastic mainstream Early Years garden with our younger children. We like to visit the ICT suite and school library too. We enjoy gardening in our own allotment garden, and we swim every week at Loftus swimming pool. We value outdoor learning highly and often access our local woodland as well as making visits in the school minibus within the local area.