Whole School Activities
Our school comes together every Friday for assembly. Due to Covid restrictions this has been done through Zoom.
Classes come together for football, playtime and garden time. Due to Covid restrictions, these occasions have had to cease but we are hopeful that we will be able to resume our social gatherings when it is safe to do so.
Events and Celebrations
Our school celebrates many events throughout the academic year. Such celebrations include Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patricks Day and Easter to name but a few.
We hold parties, art competitions, Easter Egg hunts, Christmas concerts and many more. There is always something happening at Grosvenor School!!
Information and Communications Technology
Students have access to laptops and computers for learning. Supporting Teaching and Learning through ICT
ICT has the potential to transform the educational opportunities and life skills of people whose special educational needs might otherwise marginalise them. Many pupils with a Moderate, Severe or Profound Learning Disability (SPLD) often rely on technology to enable them to access many areas of the curriculum. Assistive or adaptive technologies (AT) facilitate access to learning and communication for students with SPLD.
ICT is most effective with students when it supports:
Active involvement in learning
Interest and engagement in learning
Access to the curriculum
Assessment of and for learning
Benefits of Using ICT
The ways in which ICT may benefit students with Moderate, Severe or Profound Learning Disability is dependent on each student’s individual learning needs and abilities:
provides motivating and stimulating learning experiences and gives instant feedback to student’s responses
enables students to learn fundamental cognitive skills such as contingency awareness (cause and effect) and early problem solving
facilitates pupils to develop fundamental communication skills (both receptive and expressive); for some students, technology may be the only way to communicate with the world around them
Software programmes can provide exciting and stimulating repetition – often required to consolidate learning
can provide a means for pupils to work independently and therefore not continually having to rely on others
facilitates the development of motor skills, eye tracking and hand-eye co-ordination.
facilitates social interaction and turn taking skills
can be used to introduce simple concepts such as choosing, matching and sorting
Examples of ICT Devices used in our school include:
Eye Gaze Technology
Interactive Plasma Screens
Jelly bean switches
Variable pressure switches
Some AT devices can be used to enable and facilitate develop communication skills. These devices can augment a student’s ability to communicate and are often referred to as Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices.
Examples of AAC devices used in our school:
2 or more communicators e.g. GoTalk
(see NCCA Guidelines, Introduction, Section 4, p. 32)
Software content should be appropriate to students’ ability, preference and age, bearing in mind any additional sensory impairment the student may have. Software should be motivating and rewarding, varying from images of simple colourful shapes and patterns to everyday objects and simple stories with a good sound output. Software should have options for type of switch access, colour choice, timing and number of activities and rewards.
We look forward to being able to resume our weekly dance classes once restrictions permit.
We look forward to being able to resume our weekly football classes once restrictions permit.
We look forward to being able to resume our weekly yoga classes once restrictions permit.
School Outings and trips
Teachers arrange School Trips and Outings occasionally while considering the ability and interests of the children and the curriculum being covered. School tours will be arranged by the school to present the children with a new environment in which they can have opportunities for new learning and experiences. In general, school tours will be arranged during the last school (summer) term, but incidental trips may also be arranged as opportunities arise. The school is moving towards a policy of single class outings as opposed to multi-class outings. Tours will be arranged at the discretion of the class teacher and as nursing cover and school finances allow.
Links with the local environment
It is our aim to link in with the local community as much a possible. Students can often be seen taking a wander to the local Centra or to Woodies to buy plants for the garden. We look forward to being able to visit the Clayton again for our Friday outing.