Many children within the main school have physical disabilities or difficulties. These children at Newfield are challenged and supported to maintain and develop their physical skills.
Physical Education & Development
All children take part in Physical Education sessions.
Children with physical development needs have programmes devised by Physiotherapists. Goals and targets are set at Annual Reviews with teachers, parents and the children where possible, taking into account the specialist physio advice. Many children have weekly session in our school pool and may also have a planned MOVE session with a trained MOVE leader or class staff.
Throughout the week during class sessions children will use their equipment and opportunities are created for all children to work on their physical goals, for example during a class art session some children will be seated on benches to work while others using standing frames, class chairs or even lie out on the mats to complete work.
All children have daily opportunities to use standing frames, walkers, specialist seating and lying equipment.
Staff follow individual therapy programmes and movement opportunities are created via our curriculum.
MOVE - Movement Opportunities Via Education
Newfield School is a MOVE accredited school.
The MOVE therapy programme provides a framework to support the functional development of independent mobility and physical skills to the best of their ability. MOVE is a practical mobility programme based on the philosophy that movement is the foundation for learning. It uses a collaborative approach with families, carers, education and therapy staff working together to set purposeful, individualised targets for each child.
MOVE is appropriate for all ages and abilities to increase independent mobility, develop communication skills and improve health.
At Newfield School, 20 staff are trained as Senior MOVE practitioners. The MOVE programme is delivered throughout the day and regular opportunities are created throughout the child’s normal daily routine for increased practice and progression of skills required to reach aspirational goals.
Parents are invited into MOVE sessions to work alongside their child and learn ways to support their child at home.
MOVE targets are discussed and set with parents during Annual Reviews and Parent Consultation meetings. Progress is recorded through the Evidence for Learning App.
Pupils achievements are celebrated during our weekly assemblies. A ‘MOVER’ of the week certificate is awarded for both the primary and secondary department.
Assessment of physical development is co-ordinated currently by Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists, MOVE Leaders and class teachers. A range of assessment tools are used to capture, record and ensure all children are making progress. These include: Gross Motor Function, The Chailey Scale, MOVE and children’s’ EHCP outcomes, goals and targets.
Staff use the ‘Evidence for Learning’ to capture daily activities and progress. These are shared at Annual Reviews with parents and other professionals working with the child. Newfield School continues to attend the NWSAG group around physical development.
A new assessment tools is being piloted across the group of Special Schools involved which will allow schools to collate evidence and data within individual schools around children’s physical development.