At North Fawdon Primary School we are very proud of our Nurture ARC and where possible and when appropriate our ARC children are included and integrated into the mainstream school. From the big yard at lunchtime, to assemblies, workshops and classes.
Golden assembly and Golden time
All our children attend Golden Assembly every Friday afternoon where one child is selected for Star of the Week for the ARC and Golden points can be won for extra special work and achievements. After Golden Assembly all our children go to their chosen activity in the main school.
All our children join in with the whole school topic performances at the end of each half term. We work together with Key Stage 1 on the same topic and learn the same songs to perform together. This is the same for the Christmas performance. This year we were shepherds and last year we were kings.
After every performance we invite all the parents to the ARC for a coffee morning. This is to celebrate their children’s successes on stage and share all the good work they are doing in the classroom. Also it is a good opportunity for families of the ARC children to meet each other.
Throughout the school year there are many theme weeks for the whole school to engage with. The ARC staff always plan for these weeks with the Early Years and Key Stage 1 teams. In ‘Aspire and Achieve week’ we looked at skills and jobs and attended a whole school assembly with an Astrophysicist and a workshop with Year 2 class to learn about being a doctor. In our themed week - Fawdon: Past, Present and Future, we looked at transport through time which we really enjoyed.
Throughout the school year there different days that are celebrated like World book day and Red Nose day. The ARC children enjoy dressing up and joining in. On World book day some of our Year 6 children came and shared books with us.
House trailsAll our children are encouraged to attend as much of the House trails as they can manage in the main school. The house trails are organised for Reading, Maths and STEM and the children are arranged in mixed year groups from across the school.
The ARC children always enjoy participating in our Sports days. We have two types of Sports days at North Fawdon Primary School. The first one is for individual events where each child is encouraged to do their best in track and field events. The second on is the team events where the ARC children join their house teams in mixed ages.
Once a child is settled into the ARC and demonstrating confidence and enjoyment of learning, it will then be discussed whether a re-integration programme is appropriate to best meet the needs of the child. If it is felt that re-integration into a mainstream class is a possibility, a personalised integration plan will be drawn up. Initially it will visits to the mainstream classroom and then it will be to join short sessions of a subject that the child feels confident in. The integration plan is then constantly reviewed and adjusted to meet the needs of the child and built up as and when appropriate. Sometimes children are fully re-integrated back into their mainstream class, sometimes children choose a new school to be re-integrated back into and sometimes it is established that actually the small group environment is the right environment to meet that child’s needs and a specialist school with small settings will be provided by the local authority.