Covid has been a tough journey! I wanted to reassure you that along with your child’s fantastic year group team, myself, Mrs Whitehouse (Federation speech lead) and Mr Cook (Family Support) will continue to cater for your child’s needs specific learning needs or emotional ones. We are particularly aware that the last year may have caused anxiety, stress or some emotional turmoil and therefore have set even more wellbeing work in place.
Google classroom has been a successful learning curve for us all and so has the use of class dojo. We will continue to use these and meetings with external agencies will still on occasion be remote. We can do these together.
There are many ways to contact me and Mrs Whitehouse now! They are:
Telephone myself at school on Tues Wed Fri or Mrs Whitehouse on a Mon Tues
Lots of relevant stuff from the first lockdown is on our website to support children with special educational needs or those with additional needs
On the SEN section there is also support groups and links to help you as parents too.
These are challenging times and if your child needs additional support this can make it tough. We are here to support you even if it’s a chat!
Special Educational Needs and Disability at St James
In a classroom everybody is different! Different hair, different eyes, different likes and dislikes, different friends. There are also different learning needs. At St James Primary everybody learns and has fun whilst doing it! This is because the teachers and teaching assistants understand that pupils need to learn in different ways and have different learning needs. Rather than favouring one way, the teachers and pupils use lots of different ways to teach and learn.
SEN and Inclusion are led by Mrs Reay. If you have any concerns about support for your child please contact the school on 01543 452328 discuss this with Mrs Reay or their class teacher.
Alternatively e-mail Mrs Reay on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like legally based SEN advice or support please also have a look at these websites:
Introducing the Well-being Hub
Our Nurture Room
Please read our Well-being Hub pamphlet to see how we support social, emotional needs and mental health at St James.
Wellbeing Programmes at St James
The wellbeing of our pupils is very important to us at St James particularly in these challenging times. We have put together four programmes to support our children.
The programmes are as follows:
The Friendship Feeling. This focuses on friendship, social skills and team work.
Keeping Your Cool. This looks at feelings, getting angry and strategies to deal with frustration and anger.
The Chill Out Club. This programme discusses stress and anxiety. It looks at ways to relax and keep calm.
The Feel Good Group. These sessions look at confidence, believing in yourself and building up self- esteem.
Key Stage 1 Social Skills Group. These sessions are aimed at our younger children and explore skills such as sharing, being a good friend, working with a partner and being kind.
These programmes are run by Mrs Reay or a member of the wellbeing team. No bubbles will be mixed and staff will work with the class they are based in. Each lesson will last between 30 to 45 minutes. Mrs Gallagher has newly joined the team and we are proud to announce she is carrying out authority Elsa training to support wellbeing in school for Key Stage 1.