SchoolDoncaster School for the Deaf - An education that is right for your child. Doncaster School for the Deaf was founded in 1829, and is one of the oldest deaf schools in the UK. We are proud of our long history and achievements. We provide a pupil-centered approach to education from the earliest years up to the age of 19. All pupils have an Education and Health Care Plan. Although we are based in Doncaster, we are a national resource and pupils come to us via local authorities from all over the UK. We offer a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and communicate effectively to achieve their goals. Our school Belief Statement and Background Ofsted Report Admissions Our facilities Residence Safeguarding/ Support and Welfare Contact us Communication Language and Communication Speech and Language Therapy British Sign Language Audiology Curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage Primary Primary Overviews English Numeracy Deaf Studies Computing Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Humanities (History & Geography) Art and Design Design and Technology Music Physical Education and Swimming Science Religious Education Secondary Secondary Overviews English Mathematics Science ICT/Computing PSHCE (Personal Social Healthy Citizenship Education) Religious Education (RE) History Geography Art Design and Technology Sixth form Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) Pupil Premium Sports Premium Useful info Dates for your Diary Statutory policies and info Work For Us For parents Term Dates and School Day Absences Parent Information Parent View Newsletters archive Uniform Local Offer and EHCPS E-Safety For pupils School Council E-Safety Activities and clubs Sports Competitions E-Learning Moving on English Pupils learn in small groups. Mornings begin with Phonics. Many pupils have benefited from the introduction of Visual Phonics by Hand© which was developed at Longwill School in Birmingham and supports the teaching of Phonics to give greater access to deaf children. Using the two-handed finger-spelling alphabet as a starting point, it capitalises on the ability many young deaf children have. It offers a quick tool to show the phonemes in English speech and spelling. Every primary classroom has a reading corner and reading is encouraged throughout the school. All pupils have access to an online reading scheme “BUG CLUB” which is accessible at home and school. Literacy is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. Progress is carefully monitored. Parents are welcome to arrange to meet staff and discuss planning and assessments. We direct extra resources and attention to initiatives which will specifically help our pupils to fully function with all practical aspects of reading and writing. Shape coding is used to support pupil’s literacy and is a system designed by Susan Ebbels to teach grammatical structures. It has proved valuable as many of our pupils preferred language is BSL with its own syntactic structures. We use Amazon Fire tablets in Key Stages 1 and 2 as a learning tool to help pupils’ language development. The use of tablets also supports home-school BSL communication and spelling homework. Literacy and Phonics are closely supported by our Speech Therapists.