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The Federation of St Edmund's and St Joseph's Catholic Primary Schools

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School

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Physical and / or Sensory

Sensory and/or physical needs (children and young people who require special educational provision because of their disability. This includes vision and hearing impairment – or multi-sensory impairment – and some children with a physical disability who may require additional support to access all the opportunities available to their peers). Please also see our accessibility plan. 

What is the Universal offer Physical and/or Sensory?

Quality first teaching may include:

  • pupil seating arrangements 
  • adaptation of materials being used e.g. size of print / colour paper / overlays
  • multi- sensory learning

At both schools, some adaptations have been made to the physical environment including a loop system for hearing in two classrooms, a lift (St Edmund’s) and some external ramps.

What is the Targeted offer for Physical and/or Sensory?

Provision is monitored through a 4-part cycle: Assess Plan, Do, and Review (as highlighted in the new SEN Code of Practice).

The following interventions are used:

  • Sensory circuits
  • Gym trail
  • Motor skills united programme
  • Handwriting interventions using Write from the Start
  • Touch typing

The following strategies and access arrangements to support learning may include:

  • Visual and practical resources.
  • Less mark-making expected.
  • Regular rest breaks.
  • Children may need special seating
  • Extra support for self-care
  • Use low-tech resources such as modified scissors or a slope on the table
  • Children are helped to be independent learners
  • Some reminders or pictures to bring children back to a task
  • Give children extra time to answer questions.
  • Make sure children have opportunities to learn to organise themselves appropriately
  • Increased use of alternative methods for children to show their learning

What is the Specialist Offer for Physical and or Sensory?

Support and guidance may come from a variety of professionals including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Health Professionals, and Specialist advisory teaching service for Physical or Sensory Disability, Thomas Woolsey outreach for pupils with physical needs.