Welcome to Brookside Specialist Provision
At Brookside we are proud of our inclusive school. We offer support for children with special educational needs both in our mainstream and specialist classes.
Our school is a place where children are supported to learn and develop through play, a variety of experiences and specialist teaching and therapies. Children are supported to develop independence, self-help and social skills in a rich learning environment that includes a sensory room, forest school, sensory garden and soft play space.
The Early Years and Key Stage 1 class follows an Early Years Foundation Stage style curriculum that offers learning through play, experience and exploration. We teach the children individually and in groups, and we personalise learning for children to maximise their progress.
The Key Stage 2 class uses the national curriculum, P-scales and complementary materials to develop key skills in literacy, numeracy and foundation subjects.
The school uses 'bsquared' as an assessment tool for those children who have special educational needs. It takes a P scale and breaks it down into smaller steps so that all progress can be noted and assessed. At the end of each academic year this information is forwarded to Caspa which provides the school with a national comparison of results.
Communication is of the utmost importance within the Specialist Provision and all staff are trained in Somerset Total Communication.
Photographs, symbols, signing, objects of reference and simple language are used throughout our provision to support children in communicating their needs and thoughts.
We have access to a hydrotherapy pool once a week and this forms a vital part of a therapy programme for those children that require it. We also swim weekly at the local swimming pool, and we go horse riding too!
We work closely with colleagues in mainstream classes to ensure that all children are given opportunities to work with their peers and others to include them in all aspects of teaching and learning and school life.
We have a very experienced staff team who have an understanding of communication strategies, TEACCH, Team-Teach, behaviour management,feeding, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and many other areas of specialist education.
For further information and to see how much we enjoy our learning visit class pages 5 and 12.
If you would like to visit us please contact the school office.