Primary pupils develop and grow through learning in a fun and stimulating environment. The holistic approach at RSDD looks at the whole child, establishing language and communication. Social and independence skills are developed and peer groups allow pupils to form lasting friendships. Our young people are based in small groups and taught by qualified teachers of the deaf with the support of education assistants. The Curriculum is differentiated to suit individual needs. We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and Letters and Sounds supported by Visual Phonics. Deaf and hearing staff work throughout the department to allow pupils access to a high quality language environment. There is an active Signing Choir that performs at a variety of functions including Derby Cathedral, events in the City and at the school itself. The choir regularly visits a range of locations around Derby City to raise awareness of the Deaf community and raise funds for the school community.
Assessment is carried out throughout the year by teacher observation, written work, tests and pupil questioning. All children are set individual targets and are rigorously monitored by topic as well as using Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting (PIVATS) for literacy, numeracy, science, computing and PSHE. These are used to assess learning, monitor a child’s performance and set effective targets for all pupils within the primary department.
Pupils take part in the Standard Assessment Tests at the end of each Key Stage. To support communication development, pupil’s BSL/SSE is regularly assessed. Speech and Language Therapy is built into the timetable on an individual and group basis. In both English and Maths KS1 to KS2 progression is in line with the national average with many of our pupils making outstanding progress in both areas.
Community links are important to us and learning beyond the classroom is an integral part of the timetable. The School Council organises fundraising events for Children in Need, Comic Relief and other charities. Communication with parents and carers is effective with regular information sessions, home/school books are used and through the regular school newsletter. Pupils broaden their knowledge and enhance their learning through educational visits and participation in local events including residential trips.