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Teaching and Learning

Teaching at Gesher aims to engage children and facilitate their understanding and application of knowledge, concepts and processes. Gesher staff are actively engaged in the teaching process and provide ongoing monitoring of the children’s engagement and wellbeing. They provide scaffolded support with a focus on developing resilience and independence.

Teaching at Gesher is personalised and individualised. Children are exposed to a variety of teaching and learning styles with developmentally appropriate activities and resources which are tailored to individual learning needs. This approach supports children to achieve their full potential through all areas of their learning.

Through our teaching we aim to:

  • ensure all children are making progress in all areas of their development, enabling them to achieve their personal best.
  • make learning a meaningful and enjoyable experience.
  • provide opportunities for children to develop self- awareness, and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • engage children through active, multi-sensory learning.
  • challenge our children by setting achievable yet high attaining goals.
  • identify and implement the appropriate supports.
  • provide opportunities for pupils to apply the skills they have learnt in a variety of contexts.
  • deepen children understanding of the knowledge they acquire.
  • use praise and positive reinforcement to support children to experience feelings of success and pride in their learning.
  • support children to develop their social skills through positive peer interactions.
  • provide opportunities for children to develop their independence.

At Gesher, learning is underpinned by the following key elements.

  • Classroom environments are designed specifically to support our children’s sensory needs, to remove barriers to learning and promote emotional wellbeing.
  • To succeed in learning our children’s communication needs are an essential area of focus and communication strategies are embedded in classroom practice.
  • The school’s Jewish ethos and values are central to our identity, and we aim to support our children to play an active part in their community to the best of their abilities.
  • We commit to developing children’s independence, resilience and positive attitudes toward learning.
  • There is a great emphasis on children’s social and emotional wellbeing and development.

Gesher School follows the National Curriculum, which is adapted and tailored to meet the needs of the children. Teachers differentiate tasks and scaffold supports to ensure we follow the pace of the child’s learning. We use a multi-sensory approach to learning, with engaging, accessible and appropriate teaching resources.

All classes are small with up to eight children in each. Each class has a Specialist Classroom Teacher alongside a high level of adult support from our team of Teaching Assistants. Our classes may contain children from more than one academic year group as they are grouped according to learning needs.

The school day is highly structured, with short sessions to help maintain engagement and motivation. We provide whole class, small group and individual learning opportunities throughout the day. Targeted interventions are implemented, reviewed and revised for all children. Examples of interventions used include Attention Autism, Read, Write Inc Phonics and Talk for Writing.

The environment is designed to provide a low arousal experience for children; this includes the use of individual workstations, and physical adaptations to support sensory and emotional regulation. All Children will have access to visual timetables which promotes understanding of how the school day will run.

At Gesher all learning is personalised and tailored to support children as individuals. Through the learning the process, we incorporate children’s individual needs, interests and learning styles to ensure children are working towards their highest potential.