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At Oak Tree,  we ensure all our pupils have access to a high quality Geography curriculum, including those with SEND. Our provision triangles ensure support at the right level for each individual.


Keeping our expectations high: teachers have the same aspirations for all students. Students are encouraged to access the same objectives as their peers and are given support by the TA/T and/or through the use of resources such as visual aids, scaffolds, prompts, vocabulary banks etc. The aim is to support the SEND pupil to be included, achieve and make progress.

No ability groups: mixed ability and flexible grouping allows for collaborative learning, peer support and extension. Children may be moved to groups according to their knowledge and understanding of the specific substantive and disciplinary knowledge and concepts being covered. Flashbacks, key questions and AfL techniques ensure support is swift and purposeful.  We foster success in all pupils.

Communication-friendly classrooms: This benefits all our children. The Department for Education noted that speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is now the most prevalent area of SEND, accounting for 23 per cent of needs. The language of learning can be technical, can be specific and can be completely unintelligible to a growing number of our children with communication difficulties. We create a positive atmosphere where it is normal and accepted to ask for help and make mistakes. Strong teacher questioning, use of sentence stems and the development of articulate succinct answers with specific technical vocabulary, all support our SEND pupils.

Range of learning opportunities: We are developing fieldwork across the school to give all children the opportunity to experience being Geographers and using their geographical skills.

Use of technology: ensuring accessibility for all, engagement, multi-sensory and different ways of recording.

Fieldwork and development of skills: Taking Geography outside of the classroom and bringing it to life through fieldwork and enquiries makes it accessible to all children. All children can feel they are included and can have success.

Cultural awareness as a big idea: Geography develops an understanding of different cultures and develops the awareness that there are both similarities and differences between different cultures and communities.


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