Fiveway’s School uses the MOVE programme to ensure that all pupils 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 pupils 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 pupil 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
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 and a Teaching Assistant two days a week specifically to help with MOVE. There is an extensive program to train staff to MOVE Practitioner level.
There are pupils who are not known to NHS therapy services who also benefit from the MOVE programme.
All pupils on the MOVE programme are assessed to find out which skills they currently have and the level of support that is needed to do this. If appropriate, your child will be asked if they have any goals that they wish to achieve. Pupils, parents and carers work alongside professionals to set goals, these are shared with parents and carers via home link books, at review or in reports. Pupils achievements are recognised and celebrated and every year the school enjoys celebrating these skills during MOVE Week
Parents and carers are encouraged to help with MOVE especially at weekends and over school holidays.
“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”