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The Pirate Ship – Specialist Resource Provision
A Warm Welcome to Fleetdown Primary Academy Pirate Ship: a specialist resource provision for pupils with a severe to profound hearing impairment.
The Pirate Ship is the name that we give to our specialist resource provision for pupils who have a severe to profound hearing loss. In total, we have provision for thirteen primary school aged pupils. We use a Total Communication approach, which entails the use of British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English, and voice, which is reinforced through visual resources, body language and facial expressions, all of which help to secure each pupil's understanding and learning. Our aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential academically, socially and emotionally, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our hearing impaired pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum, which is rich in vocabulary and differentiated to meet the needs of every hearing impaired child. Our teachers and teaching assistants receive training from our Teacher of the Deaf at the beginning of every academic year to ensure that they fully understand the strategies required to ensure our hearing impaired pupils make excellent progress and attain highly within the mainstream classroom. Most of our class teachers have the British Sign Language Level 1 accreditation and every year new staff are offered the opportunity to be taught by our very own experienced British Sign Language (BSL) Tutor/Higher Level Teaching Assistant.
If some hearing impaired pupils are unable to access the mainstream classroom, they will be taught by our Teacher of the Deaf. Most of our pupils are taught lessons in the mainstream classroom and enjoy the opportunity to interact fully with their hearing peers. They are fully supported in the classroom by BSL qualified teaching assistants on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. The teaching assistants may take on a range of roles such as signing instructions for the child, scribing and translating sign for the class teacher.
However, we realise that it is important that our hearing impaired children also have the opportunity to come together as a group to learn life skills. This includes having regular British Sign Language lessons (2x forty minute lessons a week in KS2 and daily twenty minute lessons in KS1). In addition, hearing impaired pupils are visual and tactile learners; hence it is vital that we offer them the opportunity to be able to interact with their environment and the world around them, so school trips are of the upmost importance to our pupils. We also provide pupils the opportunity to work with their 1:1 or 1:2 teaching assistants to address the targets that have been set on their Educational Health Care Plans.
We are also very proud to have our Signing Choir, which is a club run by our qualified British Sign Language teaching assistants. The Signing Choir is made up of both hearing impaired and hearing pupils. It is a very popular after school club and pupils who attend have the opportunity to perform at both school events and within the local community.
If you have a Hearing Impaired child and would like to talk to our Leader of Inclusion (Mrs Braniff) and view our Pirate Ship provision, please contact the school office to make an appointment.