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26/02/21

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We had some great maths on display to solve this one! the solution for the primary puzzle is... https://t.co/c61elIqvKh

26/02/21

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Here is the solution to this week’s puzzle. A big thank you to Sumayyah Nasar from Y12 for setting this for us! https://t.co/SXlZEPqQG7

26/02/21

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Can our primary mathematicians solve the Primary Puzzle of the Week? We would love to see your working out! . Tweet your answers to https://t.co/zg5rPayDKq

26/02/21

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Good morning Samuel Ryder Community. Please see our Maths Puzzle of the Week and Maths Puzzle of the Week. We look forward to seeing your answers (don't forget to show how you worked it out!) Tweet your answers to https://t.co/4e887sAyS0

25/02/21

We want to share this amazing piece of art work completed by Leyla in Year 5. we are sure you would love to see this! 👩‍🎨🎨 https://t.co/51AKVHlCV1

25/02/21

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A dance challenge set by Mrs Battersby this week- Can you name the different dance styles and famous dance films? Tweet us your answers‼️ https://t.co/GeYnSNYa3A

24/02/21

Year 1 children enjoyed acting out ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. They read the story, made their own masks and then performed the story. https://t.co/d3qKcDYfBX

20/02/21

This looks like great fun! What an amazing structure you have made 🤩 https://t.co/TpJix0rA8O

13/02/21

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We are so proud of how the Samuel Ryder community has pulled together to make the start of this year a positive one despite the challenges we have faced together. Have a safe and restful half term break. https://t.co/vJ7kLNj56E

12/02/21

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Some fantastic responses from our primary mathematicians for our first ever ‘Primary Maths Puzzle of the Week’ https://t.co/gmbtXJQmLK

12/02/21

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Thank you to Mrs McGleish for sending this. It seems a wonderful ending to Maths Week! https://t.co/OsQKNmEYQ2

12/02/21

Year 6 key worker group concluded their Harry Potter Maths Week by making their own potions. Lots of cross-curricular links were made. Take a look. It would be great to see if the children working remotely chose to make their own potion. https://t.co/k8H47TLKrB

12/02/21

The Year 4 key worker group have shown excellent effort in their art learning this week. They have been displayed in the window for the children to admire and be proud of. https://t.co/Bco3SxHS3n

12/02/21

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** NEW PRIMARY PUZZLE OF THE WEEK ** To all our younger mathematicians . Can you solve this maths puzzle? Remember to tweet your answers to . We can't wait to see your solutions. Dojos are available for entries. https://t.co/eifZlACLBk

11/02/21

Great work Sophie! ⭐️

11/02/21

Year 6 applied their artistic skills in their RE lesson today. They created their own interpretations of paradise inspired by descriptions of Jannah. https://t.co/dFDlXGyPiE

11/02/21

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Year 6 have linked their maths and English learning. ‘Harry Potter Magical Maths’ has been taking place all week. One of the activities was to convert wizard currency to money used by ‘muggles’. Have a go at pricing a Nimbus 2000. https://t.co/KmxPfqlDjb

11/02/21

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Year 2 continued their maths during their playtime by working in teams to score the most points. Thank you to Mrs Downes for organising. https://t.co/q20LHcMS7C

11/02/21

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Year 5 put their measuring and timing into action to make Chocolate Mug Cake. What a delicious use of your maths learning! https://t.co/8Uh6SZ4wFj

11/02/21

Take a look at this fantastic simile poems from Year 1 https://t.co/cj0Cz6UtsS

10/02/21

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Take a look at the fantastic learning from those working remotely in Year 5. https://t.co/0a24ofSuEl

09/02/21

Can you complete 100 repetitions of any of the activities? 🎖🏃‍♂️🕺🤸⚽️ We would love to see pictures! https://t.co/h7WRiXuVU6

09/02/21

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MATHS WEEK FUN FACT 📐📏📘 Did you know that without maths the pyramids would never have been built? According to archaeologists, Egyptians had to use complex geometry and algebra to build the massive structures. https://t.co/0e2RkcMNpX

08/02/21

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EYFS were using different methods to measure their footprints. https://t.co/DBiQW8OZdH

08/02/21

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This Friday, we are introducing a ‘Primary Puzzle of the Week’. Keep your eyes peeled . You can earn dojo’s for entering and giving it a go! https://t.co/QZfAsSi0aG

08/02/21

Year 6 began their Harry Potter themed Maths Week by converting wizard money to ‘muggle’ money (pounds and pence). Who knew how expensive an owl could be! 🦉 https://t.co/VH3Hy2mV0K

08/02/21

Year 4 displayed excellent teamwork in their maths lesson today. There was lots of discussion to find answers to solve the puzzles. https://t.co/GYNAdgxAPk

08/02/21

Year 1 also took their investigation skills even further and made a visit to Noah’s Ark. Using their knowledge of number, they found different combinations of numbers that totalled 12. https://t.co/X2CaiGvZ98

08/02/21

Fantastic job Bryn. https://t.co/Ybmkbthm4S

08/02/21

Year 1 began their Maths Week with a triangle investigation. They had to make a big triangle from a collection of small triangles and had to use their number bond learning to ensure that when two sides touched they made a total of 10. https://t.co/D18KEVucr0

05/02/21

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The solution to today’s Puzzle of the Week is 10 squares and 44 triangles. Take a look at the explanation below. Well done to all those who shared their answers. https://t.co/daYfZA5yO4

05/02/21

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Have you submitted your logo design for Maths Week yet? We're looking forward to celebrating our love of maths all next week with lots of activities planned for each year group. Take a look at what we have planned here: https://t.co/lA9pEmdJcL https://t.co/u3pT3VYsq5

05/02/21

Today in Year 5 we have followed the instructions we have written this week to create ‘The Perfect Hot Chocolate’ 🍫☕️ DELICIOUS! https://t.co/MMRUCIQVzI

05/02/21

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Good morning . This week's maths puzzle has been set by Mrs Pires. Don't forget to tweet with your answer today. Good luck! 🤞#puzzleoftheweek https://t.co/2j30SiZbSw

04/02/21

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Amazing well done Harry!! https://t.co/WiavD6c05u

03/02/21

Here are a few of primary’s efforts! 👏🏻🐨🐢 https://t.co/FS2VFtn3HB

03/02/21

A few highlights from our primary well-being activities 🧘‍♀️💫🧘‍♂️🙏🏼 https://t.co/8CA30xI354

03/02/21

Today we have tried to beat Mr Pett’s plank challenge. Alfie in Y5 managed 5 minutes! Mrs Williams came a close second with 2 minutes 35 seconds https://t.co/aQJk3PBnxz

01/02/21

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There is an additional primary live dance session this week (weds 8.50-9.20am). The link has been sent out to parents. Get your dancing shoes ready‼️

31/01/21

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This weeks challenge: How quickly can you complete 100 sit ups? Tweet us your times and videos‼️ https://t.co/8Em7VB6xyH

SEND

We believe that every child is an individual who brings something special to the school community. All students regardless of their ability, personality or background have a right to take part in and enjoy every aspect of school life and to have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Our aim at the academy is to ensure that the barriers are removed and to offer all our students the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, all of the many wonderful experiences that are available to them as a Samuel Ryder Academy student.

Within our Inclusion Faculty we provide specialist support and opportunity to help students feel valued and be better equipped to make positive choices, so that they can play an active role in the life of the school community.

At Samuel Ryder Academy, children are identified as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in a variety of ways, usually a combination, which may include some of the following:

  • Liaison with previous school or pre-school setting
  • Child performing below ‘age expected’ levels or equivalent
  • Concerns raised by a parent
  • Concerns raised by a teacher
  • Liaison with external agencies e.g. for a physical/ sensory issue, speech and language
  • Use of tools for standardised assessment such as, Lucid Assessment Test, Wide Ability Reading Test 4 and Cognitive Profiling test in the primary phase
  • Children with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) already have many of their needs clearly identified. Their placement at our school is a decision that is made by the Local Education Authority

Academy’s arrangement for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • We track and analyse the children’s progress against national expectations and age-related expectations three times a year and will send a report home to parents once a year.
  • The class teacher continually assesses each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed.
  • Pupil Progress Meetings are held in the primary phase between each class teacher, Key Stage Coordinator and Head of Learning Support. These meetings discuss children who are not making expected progress and possible actions and support strategies that could be implemented.
  • On entry to the academy all children are assessed using Cognitive Assessment Test (CATs) and Lucid Assessment Test (LASS).
  • Where specific needs are apparent, there are a range of assessment tools which can be used to explore a child’s strengths and difficulties in more depth, for example Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) and Test of Memory and Learning (TOMAL 2).
  • The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) reports regularly to the Governing Body regarding the progress of the children.
  • There is a governor who is responsible for SEN

Academy's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs

  • The class teacher plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the needs of each child are met. They will oversee, plan and differentiate the material to support the SEND children to ensure that appropriate progress is made in every area.
  • Lessons are differentiated, taking into account the primary needs of the learners, with tailored strategies implemented for specific students.
  • Where necessary, the class teacher and the SENCo, will discuss a child’s needs and what support is appropriate.
  • The SENCo oversees the progress of each child with SEND.
  • In the secondary phase, some lessons will have a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) assigned to support groups of students.
  • Children with SEND will have access to the appropriate resources needed in order to help them to make progress, such as support mats, coloured overlays and strategy cards.
  • The SENCo reports to the Head teacher and Governors regularly to inform them about the progress of children with SEND and how resources are being used. All information is anonymised.

Additional support for learning for students with special educational needs

  • Small group and one-to-one interventions are run throughout all phases of the academy. These focus on a specific identified need. For example, reading, spelling, handwriting and numeracy.
  • Talking Partners: a targeted intervention to support students’ communication skills.
  • Learning Zone: small group lessons focused on specific curriculum areas of need.
  • Life Skills: small groups in Year 7 and 8 to support the development of social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Nurture Group: for small groups of primary age children to develop social skills.
  • Additionally the department will support children to develop their:
    • processing
    • fine motor skills
    • short-term working memory
    • organisational skills

Learning Portraits

These are working documents that are completed on specific children to focus on supporting them in school. They ensure that the learning and support is child centred and enable all members of staff to acquire an in-depth understanding of strategies to support an individual child in their learning.

These are co-ordinated by a member of the Inclusion faculty. The portraits are shared with staff and parents/carers. This provides a platform for the child to be central to their learning and ensure that their views are heard and acted upon.

The arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEND

In the majority of cases the class teacher (primary) and form tutor (secondary) are the first point of contact for parents. Additionally, members of the Inclusion Faculty are available to meet and discuss a child’s progress, the support in place or any questions parents may have.

Furthermore, the faculty are in regular contact with parents as well as:

  • An appointment with the SENCo to discuss support in more detail;
  • Half termly coffee mornings. Each morning will have a focus and external agencies invited to some of these meetings;
  • Termly meetings in the Life Skills and Nurture Group to discuss a child’s progress.

The involvement of external bodies in meeting the needs of students with special educational needs

The school will always look to seek advice and support from external agencies when this is deemed necessary. Some of the services the school uses are:

  • Counselling service;
  • Links Academy: outreach and in-reach support
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Family support workers
  • Speech and Language Team (SaLT)
  • Communication and Autism Team (CAT)

Parents and carers can access the Hertfordshire Local Offer here.

If further assistance is needed, the customer service centre can be contacted on 0300 123 4043 or via email at: localoffer@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Physical environment of the academy

We have, in consultation with the relevant expert bodies, aimed to make as much of the school accessible to those with mobility needs as possible. However, challenges due to the building designs and site layout do remain. Any parent wishing to know more about this and to discuss specific case needs is encouraged to contact the Head teacher, Mr M. Gauthier.

At present:

  • All external areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair
  • There are disabled parking bays available in the car park
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • A lift enables access to the top floors of the primary classrooms, humanities, English and inclusion
  • Handrails around the site
  • Strips painted on the edge of the stairs
  • A number of paths and stairs have been widened
  • Safe heating around the corridors

Over time the school plans to further increase the accessibility of provision for all children, staff and visitors.

How the academy includes all students in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips

  • Each child has access to all parts of the school curriculum, including school trips.
  • We provide support to ensure access to school trips and when required will discuss this with parents.
  • In exceptional circumstances a parent/carer will be asked to accompany a child on a school trip.
  • A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off-site activity to ensure health & safety is adhered to and the suitability of the activity.
  • There are a variety of extra-curricular activities provided at lunchtime and after school for all students.
  • The inclusion department offers lunch time clubs five-days a week.

Expertise and training of staff with relation to children with SEND

  • The Head of Inclusion is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, a qualified SENCo and a member of the British Psychological Society, having accreditation for writing educational reports and exam access arrangements
  • The Head of Learning Support & SENCo is currently completing the National SENCo Award at the Institute of Education, University College London.
  • Within the school there is a culture of sharing good practice and expertise through an accredited CPD programme.
  • The inclusion team is highly skilled and has allocated members of staff responsible for different educational needs.

The school’s arrangements for supporting pupils with SEND in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood and independent living

Early Years Foundation transition

  • All students allocated a place at Samuel Ryder Academy will be visited by member of staff.
  • Students who need additional support have extra meetings with one of the members of the inclusion team and the parents/carers in order to put a plan of support in place prior to starting at the academy
  • The identified students will join the Nurture Group in September

Year 6 into 7 transition

  • All students allocated a place at Samuel Ryder Academy will be visited by member of staff during the summer term they are in Year 6.
  • Students who require extra support will have the opportunity for additional visits to the academy during the summer term they are in Year 6.
  • During these visits they will meet key staff, have a tour of the site and will be given extra materials to ease the transition.
  • When necessary, students will attend the Life Skills group in September of Year 7.
  • Additional support is provided by Links Academy for the identified students.

Other phases

  • Students who have an EHCP will work closely with Connexions and our careers advisor in planning their next phase in education or adulthood.

Who to contact if there you have any questions

  • In the first instance contact the class teacher or form tutor.
  • Contact the SENCo.
  • General information relating to SEND can be found on the Scholars’ Education Trust website here.
  • Further information is available from the Head of Learning Support & SENCo: Mr S Martin.
  • The school has a complaints policy, which is available on the Trust website.
  • Further information and advice for parents of children with special educational needs can be found at the following:
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