Fiveway’s School uses the MOVE programme to ensure that all children are given opportunities throughout their school day and week to use and improve their movement skills. This in turn, improves their independence, sense of wellbeing and fitness.
MOVE is a programme for children of all ages who have not achieved their movement skills as expected for what ever reason. MOVE allows staff to identify, which movement skills a child has gained, what support they need and then develops a plan to improve these skills and progress to the next level. MOVE covers skills from sitting with full support to walking up and down stairs unaided. MOVE happens not just in specifically timetabled session but is part of all areas of the curriculum and school day
Walking from the bus to classroom with walker
Standing for cookery
Sitting on a bench for story time
More information is available : www.themovepartnership.org.
At Fiveway’s School we have close links with the Integrated Therapy Service – Somerset Community Health NHS Therapy Service for Children and Young People.
Therapists regularly visit pupils in school to implement and review therapy programmes and ensure that MOVE is complementary to this and vice versa.
Fiveway’s employs a Physiotherapist and a teacher one day each per week to help with MOVE;
There are children who are not known to NHS therapy services who also benefit from the MOVE programme.
All children on the MOVE programme are assessed to find out which skills they currently have and the level of support that need to do this.
If your child is able to, they will be asked if they have any goals that they wish to achieve. Children who cannot identify their own goals will have suitable goals set – these are shared with parents via home link books, at review or in reports.
Parents are encouraged to help with MOVE especially at weekends and over school holidays
Some goals may take a long time to fully achieve. Pupils are rewarded for progress and also for their efforts. MOVE Certificates are given pupils will bring home with them.
In the past these have included:
These give extra opportunities for children to work on their goals in fun and novel ways
“We are all working towards the same goal”
“Moving becomes part of the curriculum /school day not just a timeslot once per day”
“Children grow in their confidence to move and achieve greater independence”
“Children learn more when they can control their bodies and make their own choices”
“Small steps are recognised and celebrated”