We are very proud of the children and provision within the McGinty Speech and Language Centre. The Centre is a specialist provision attached to our school for an identified group of children with specific speech and language disorders from Foundation Stage to Year 6. There are currently two specialist teaching groups, one that accommodates the Foundation Stage to Year 2 children (Poppy class) and the other for the Year 3 to Year 6 children (Daisy class).
Our Daisy boys requested that we re-invite Lou and his wonderful owner, Mrs Eggleson (who came in for our younger children for some years), to come into class weekly so that they can read to him, a particularly marvellous opportunity particularly for those without a dog at home. The chance to communicate confidently with such a beautiful dog as Lou (and sometimes, his brother Gus) is invaluable, with research, as well as our experience, showing how vital such contacts are for building resilience and well being.
We run weekly vocabulary groups, and reinforce and overlearn key concepts and vocabulary daily, to support topic (as well as RE and Science) learning in, for many children, their inclusion classes in the afternoons. The opportunity to explore and play with real Victorian toys (Hornby train set artefacts, metal army soldiers and cavalry horses, and a French bubble blowing toy, all lent by Mrs MacDonald Gay), has enriched and really lifted our learning through reproduction old toys and second hand sources, such as though IT and photos from past Museum trips.