Welcome to Early Years at Ravenswood

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We provide a specialist provision and personalised learning that enables each pupil to ‘Dream, Achieve, Believe’ from the beginning of their journey with us.


Our Specialist Environment ensures pupils have access to:


  • An autism friendly environment, which helps us all be calm, alert and ready to learn.
  • A safe indoor and outdoor learning environment that supports and encourages pupils to be inquisitive towards the 7 areas of learning.
  • TEACCH workstations.
  • Our Discovery room – Providing an immersive experience that pulls our pupils into another real or imagined world, enabling them to manipulate and interact with their environment.
  • A safe pond place area that allows active exploration and participation with the natural world.



And local facilities we use:


  • Play Park
  • Nailsea town, shops, etc.
  • Christ Church in Nailsea
  • Beachfront at Clevedon



Partnerships with parents and carers


  • We carefully plan each child’s transition into Ravenswood, meeting with families and professionals who already know the child well.
  • Daily communication with parents/carers is important especially as many of our families live a distance from the school.  We regularly write messages using Seesaw and email, as well as being available for phone calls.
  • Amy Baker, our Family Support Advisor and Liz Mullane our Healthcare Assistant are always ready to meet with and support families.  Katie Barnes, our Deputy Headteacher and Becky Rubidge, Early Years Lead and Head of the Primary Department, are experts in Early Years provision for children with complex needs.  You are always welcomed and encouraged to contact us with any queries and we will happily support in every way we can.
  • Every term we have tea and coffee afternoons which are informal ways to talk with staff and meet other families.




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Your child’s progress


We want to celebrate with you the progress your child makes and do this informally through the above communication systems.  We will also share with you:


  • Learning Diaries
  • Learning Targets
  • Daily updates of learning and behaviour through Seesaw (Seesaw for schools is a digital app-based platform that allows pupils, teachers, and parents or carers to complete and share learning).
  • Yearly reports relating to the outcomes on your child’s EHCP, including next steps for them.




Specialist professionals we work with include:


  • Speech and language therapists
  • Occupational therapist
  • School Behaviour Support Team
  • Paediatric health teams
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team




Specialist teaching and learning strategies we use here at Ravenswood


Teachers and support staff are experts in supporting children with complex needs.  They work collaboratively with parents/carers and multi-agency professionals in planning and delivering learning programmes to maximise the progress of each child and to ensure they are safe, happy and prepared for their next steps.


Listed below are some examples of the strategies we use here at Ravenswood:


  • Sensory Circuits
  • Task analysis
  • Phonics
  • Toileting programmes
  • Attention autism
  • Intensive interaction
  • PECs and communication books
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Swimming



 Further information


   EYFS Long-term Plan


   EYFS Overview


   EYFS Overview Prime Areas


   EYFS Overview Specific Areas