Supporting Individual Needs
Differing Learning Styles
Children learn in different ways and our teaching at Downsend addresses the needs of a wide variety of learning styles including kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learning.
We do this so that children can adopt a full range of strategies and skills in their learning. It is important that children are encouraged to make decisions about their own learning and to understand themselves as learners.
In time, they will use their strengths to support subject areas that need repetition and revision.
At Downsend we value the individual child and endeavour to support their learning in every way. We want them to become independent, confident and well-rounded pupils.
For any child who would benefit from extension work and tasks, our Gifted & Talented (RAISE) co-ordinator will work with class teachers to ensure this is done appropriate to their ability.
We find that the majority of children’s academic needs are met through our curriculum. If a child finds some difficulty in specific areas of learning, we will identify this through our ongoing teacher assessment and occasionally by using screening procedures. Our Learning Support Department works across the Pre-Prep and Prep schools and promotes an inclusive approach.
Our Special Needs Coordinator, after discussion with staff and parents, may carry out an informal assessment to identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses.
We offer a range of support ‘in house’ if needed:
- help in class from teaching assistants and specialist teachers,
- booster groups led by either teaching assistants or specialist teachers,
- one-to-one tuition from specialist teachers.
We are fortunate to have access to some extremely experienced and caring specialists. If individual learning support lessons or external advisors are required, there will be additional charges that we will make you aware of in advance.