The Sunnylea Informal Pre- Primary environment lends itself to accommodating children whose learning styles and needs vary.
Each class has the capacity to have 2-3 children who have special needs. This means that altogether there could be at any one time 10-12 children in the school who need extra support in their learning.
These children make up approximately 10% of the school intake.
Child by child we accommodate and modify reports, lesson plans and assessment standards to include every child’s emotional, social, physical and educational needs.
The different play areas are accessible to every child and allows them variety of choices for demonstrating what they have learnt.
In this Inclusive Programme we have adopted the Universal Design for Learning Principle.
The core principles of UDL are based in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience research conducted by Lev Semyonovch Vygotsky and his colleages.
This research suggests that cognition involves three neural functions:-
· Pattern recognition
· Pattern planning and generation
· Pattern determination of importance
Vygotsky identified three learning components that affect levels of performance of these neural functions
· Recognition of information to be learned
· Application of strategies to process the information
· Engagement in the learning task
The staff at Sunnylea employ multiple means of representation(including multisensory approaches ), multiple means of student expression and actions and multiple ways to engage and motivate learners.
UDL is a conceptual and practical model for the education community, providing a framework and guidelines to change the way teachers teach, the way learners learn and the way barriers to education for all learners can be overcome.