Welcome to The Hub
Teacher: Miss Cook
Support staff: Miss Moyers and Miss Wilkinson
admin on: Term 2
Over the past few weeks we have been reading the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. First we named items/characters in the story (nouns) and thought of suitable words to describe them (adjectives). Amna said the stars were shiny and Eddie said the rocket was fast! We wrote some super sentences in our books, remembering to use our Magic 5 checklist. Last week we focused on sequencing and retelling the story and answering lots of different questions about it (who, what, where, when, why and how). Then we started acting the story out. We wrote a list of all the things (props) we would need and collected them from around school. The children were each given a character to play. Eddie was Baby Bear, Amna was Mrs Bear and Corey was the Owl. Take a look at our video below!
admin on: Term 2
This week has been VERY busy and exciting for The Hub! We had our first school trip - we went to see Frozen 2 at the Cinema. We even got popcorn and juice during the interval! We have also had some very special visitors this week - Adam and Elsie. They are two children that are joining us in The Hub in January. They came in the woods with us, helped us make our class Christmas Tree and came to our cooking lesson on Friday. We will also be getting a new Teaching Assistant in January (Miss Wilkinson). She has also been visiting to get to know the children before starting. On Thursday we had a special Christmas Dinner at School and on Friday it was Christmas Jumper Day!
admin on: Term 2
This week we celebrated the Jewish Festival of Hannukah at Highbury School. First, we sat in assembly to learn all about why and how Jewish people celebrate Hannukah. We then completed 3 activities throughout the day all based around mindfulness.
Session 1: Peer Massage
Session 2: Light and Dark in the Sensory Room
Session 3: Making stress balls and filling jars with messages of love and positivity
admin on: Term 2
This week in The Hub we have been doing some fantastic work on Number. We have been counting, estimating, comparing numbers, adding and completing word problems! Our work in the woods with Andrew was based on 'The Stickman' by Julia Donaldson. We had to find lots of different sized sticks to make our very own Stickmen.
admin on: Term 2
This week we have been very busy in The Hub. On Monday afternoon the children worked in Copley woods with Andrew (Highbury Garden School Teacher). The lesson was based on The Gruffalo. They read the story then took it in turns to hide and find the characters in different places around the woods. They worked together to create a map of where the characters were hidden.
In Numeracy we have been learning all about position and direction. We have used lots of different vocabulary to describe where objects are such as under, on top, next to and behind. We also had to use the correct vocabulary to direct our friends to places around school and when programming the bee-bots.
admin on: Term 2
The children have returned to school after a well-earned break! This week in Literacy we talked all about what we did in the holidays, focusing on asking and answering questions. We drew a picture diary and formed sentences to match to write simple recounts. We remembered to use our Magic 5 checklist when writing: checking it makes sense, capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and neat handwriting! In Numeracy we focused on Capacity - we learnt lots of new vocabulary, measured using a simple scale and even did some estimating! Science was all about Seasons. We ordered the seasons using a very catchy song (listen to it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGiLaIx39c) and matched different clothes and events to the correct season. In PE we did circuit training, practising lots of the skills we focused on last term, such as skipping, jumping, throwing and catching. Eddie was awarded the class EARTH award this week for his excellent attitude to learning and fantastic sentence work!
admin on: Term 1
Numeracy: We have been doing lots of work on number and place value, shape, time and money.
Literacy: We have been focusing on question words (who, what, where, when, why and how). We have been learning the names of people around school, where they work and how they can help us. For example, we know that Mr Kaye helps to fix things and Aaron makes our school dinners.
Topic: We have learnt about the emergency services, when you need to call them and how to call them. We designed and built a fire engine! We have practised how to cross the road safely, remembering to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK!
ICT: We have been learning how to turn on and log onto the laptops, practised our typing and mouse control skills and learning to shut down the laptops correctly.
We have visited Highbury to go swimming, use the bikes, soft play and sensory room. We also attended a celebration day on Harvest.
We celebrated two birthdays in class! Take a look at our photos below…
admin on: The Hub
Here is a little bit of information about us…
The purpose of The Hub is to provide another option for key stage two pupils with significant special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) to access high quality, personalised teaching and learning. The Hub is essentially an extension of Highbury specialist school but based within a mainstream setting; Copley School.
Aims of the Hub
- To provide highly personalised education which is planned according to the needs and priorities of individuals with SEND
- To ensure that all children experience success in their learning and benefit from increased self-esteem and confidence.
- To prioritise functional skills that will ensure children’s access to the wider world and their safety.
- To provide carefully planned and tracked opportunities to lessons and activities in the wider school to ensure the hub offers genuine integration and access to age appropriate peer groups.
- To provide an environment where pupils can learn successfully at a pace and in a way which best suits their needs.
- To recognise and support the contribution of the wider family.
- To support pupils to develop effective learning behaviour which leads to increased self-regulation and participation.
- To fully exploit the expertise of hub staff in securing best possible outcomes for all pupils.
Teaching and Learning
Children in the hub will be taught in a small class group of between 8-10 pupils. There will be a teacher in charge and three support assistants *this may vary depending on pupil need. Teaching styles within the hub will vary according to the needs of the pupils and what is being taught. At times the children will be taught as a whole class, in smaller groups or individually. Children will learn in a multi-sensory way to support them to recall and apply their learning through concrete experiences and active approaches. The best research will be utilised to ensure that children with specific learning difficulties will have access to evidenced based approaches. The environment will support pupils to develop learning behaviour and meta-cognitive skills. There will be different learning zones in the classroom each with a different emphasis.
Similarly to children in mainstream provisions, the children in the Hub complete the following lessons each week:
- Literacy (inc Phonics)
- Topic (incorporating aspects of History, Geography, Art, DT and Music)
We also do weekly social communication, motor skills, swimming and cooking. There may be times when pupils need to be taught mainly in the hub. However, it is anticipated that there will be lots of opportunities for pupils to be taught in Copley classes. This may be linked to a specific topic. For example, if a pupil in the hub has an interest in history they may join in with lessons on the Tudors. If a child has an aptitude for sport they could participate in some of the PE lessons. At all times, inclusion into the wider school will be carefully planned and monitored to ensure that outcomes are achieved and pupils feel confident and happy. It will be important to offer pupils in the hub the opportunity to experience larger class sizes with mainstream peers who provide excellent examples for language and learning behaviour.
Teacher in Charge: Miss Cook
Teaching Assistant: Miss Moyers