Sparrow Combined Technical Skills School ensures we have important support programmes to build and further develop targeted needs of our learners. These run alongside the curriculum and work to strengthen their academic prowess.
Robotics engages and motivates learners with multi-sensory experiences, customizable learning, and skill development.
Collaborative projects encourage social interaction and teamwork, fostering an inclusive environment and sparking interest in STEM. Additionally, robotics can be adapted as assistive technology, supporting learners with specific needs and promoting independence.
Overall, introducing robotics offers various benefits and developmental opportunities for learners. As well as developing this computational thinking, educational robotics promote the development of other cognitive skills among children and young people.
These Skills Include:
Learning from mistakes: discovering that errors are not final but a source of new conclusions is a valuable lesson for the future.
Teamwork: the group challenge approach encourages socialization and collaboration.
Adaptation: because of the growing increase of automation and intelligent devices, becoming familiar with the use of robots will help children adapt to the world of tomorrow more easily.
Creativity: the search for solutions and the freedom to assign new functions to these robots stimulates imagination and creativity.
Self-esteem: achieving success in a new field improves students’ self-awareness.
Pro-active spirit: in addition to boosting their self-esteem, success in one field stimulates them to take on new tasks in other fields.
Self-assessment: by being able to see the results of their actions instantly, without the need for an adult to tell them whether they have done well or badly, students learn to assess their own performance.
Practical applications: applying the mathematical or physical knowledge learned in school motivates children and young people to continue studying these subjects.
The Phono-Graphix® Reading Instruction and Intervention Program gives parents, students, and teachers the tools they need to open the door to literacy
As our learners have academic barriers to learning this programme is able to assist them read as the Phono-Graphix® reading method has been proven 98% effective at addressing reading problems at any age or ability level. Phono-Graphix® is research-based, developmentally appropriate, simple, concrete, and affordable. This powerful intervention program addresses the fundamental skills of decoding, encoding, auditory processing, code knowledge, and sequencing.
What makes Phono-Graphix unique?
Phono-Graphix is based on the nature of the English code as described by linguists. Instruction progresses from the sound to the symbol.
Lessons employ the requisite three skills to access such a code, as understood within the field of neuroscience: segmenting, blending, and phoneme manipulation. Lessons are errorless – every response which doesn’t produce a meaningful answer becomes a highly teachable moment which does. Memory networks are laid down through multiple bidirectional instruction: sound to symbol/symbol to sound, and each response is reinforced by accuracy.
The program is taught in keeping with the way children learn, through paired association embedded in engaging and straightforward lessons. Phono-Graphix is not based on nor an extension of any other method, theory, or book. Phono-Graphix does not fit into conventional definitions of phonics and we do not consider it a phonics program, but rather a new paradigm in reading instruction based on the true nature of the English written code.