Our Curriculum

The school’s curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and is supplemented by Equals (a commercially produced curriculum devised for children with learning difficulties). Staff plan together to help ensure continuity and progression and they meet regularly to evaluate the curriculum on offer and to update the school’s policy documents on each curriculum area.

We ensure that we maximise each child’s learning opportunities and that they have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Teachers are continually assessing children’s learning and they keep detailed records of each child’s progress on an on-going basis using the school based systems to do so.

We celebrate all achievement, no matter how small.

The curriculum is organised under the following headings and is mainly delivered via Termly Topics:

Core Subjects

Communication & Language, Literacy / English
We are a total communication school, ensuring that all children have access to the mode of communication that enables them to communicate as effectively as possible. We therefor use a wide range of communication strategies to promote functional and social communication skills.

Communication enables children to access all the other areas of the curriculum and is an essential skill needed by all. The communication approaches we use are: -

Picture Exchange communication System (PECS)
Symbols
Pictures/photographs
Intensive Interaction
Objects of Reference
Sign along/Makaton
Eye pointing
Switches
Singing
Verbal communication

We work alongside the Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT) who carryout assessments and draw up relevant programmes for the large majority of our pupils.

Where appropriate, children have access to a range of Apps on iPads in order to support their communication as well.

We support parents and families and therefore offer training, either in groups or on an individual basis, in communication approaches.
Mathematical Development / Mathematics
Our Schemes of Work ensure that our pupils are introduced to a wide range of mathematical skills across the following areas: Number
Shape, Space & Measure
Using and Applying
Data Handling

Pupils are given opportunities to explore and develop mathematical concepts in a practical and meaningful way. We always strive to ensure that pupils are able to generalise the skills they have learnt in order to help prepare them for adult life.
Understanding of the World / Science
Science activities in each class tend to be of a very practical nature and a sensory approach is very often used. Children are encouraged to develop skills of investigation and observation, starting with cause and effect activities and to then report back their findings, recording them in the most accessible way possible.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development / PSHCE
Great emphasis is placed on the development of PSHCE. This is very much a cross-curricular subject and impacts on all aspects of the school day, covering all areas of development:

Self-confidence and self-esteem
Responsibility
Health and safety awareness
Relationships and respecting the differences between people
Self-help skills

Foundation Subjects

Understanding of the World / ICT – Information and Communication Technology
Children have access to ICT across the curriculum and have equal access to it by the use of switches and adaptations as necessary
Understanding of the World / History
History is taught through topics and is broadly based on the National Curriculum. It helps pupils to develop a sense of chronology and a knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes that occur over time. Pupils are encouraged to use a range of sources of information; artefacts, books, videos, photographs and visits to places of interest.
Understanding of the World / Geography
Geography is taught through topics and helps our children to develop their understanding and knowledge of places and environments both locally and throughout the world. Children undertake a variety of activities, including exploring the school and the local community, comparing different locations, finding out about places far away and using maps
Understanding of the World / RE
RE ensures that the children develop their awareness and acceptance of a wide range of different beliefs including, Christianity, Hiduism, Sihkism and Islam. The children have the opportunity to visit different places of worship as well as finding out about the different celebrations. We aim to promote a culture of knowledge, respect and understanding of the faiths and beliefs.
Physical Development / PE
It is essential for all our pupils to be as physically active as possible.

PE is a very practical subject and all children are encouraged to participate in enjoyable, exciting and challenging activities. Our aim is to ensure that our children continue to participate in exercise throughout their lives and to see this as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Children have access to swimming either at Wadurs, our local swimming pool or here at school by using our pool.

Dance is also taught as part of PE.
Expressive Arts and Design / Art
Art is accessed via the termly topics. These focus on different artists, media and techniques.
Expressive Arts and Design / DT - Design Technology
DT enables pupils to learn how to develop, plan and communicate ideas and how to work with tools, equipment and materials safely. Pupils are actively encouraged to evaluate their work. A topic based approach is followed to allow maximum cross curricular opportunity. Subject based lessons are a feature of the timetable and run alongside individualised one to one teaching. Art, DT, Music, and physical development are taught, where possible, in integrated afternoon sessions within the child’s Key Stage.
Expressive Arts and Design / Music
Music enhances and enriches all areas of the curriculum. Specific lessons focus on enabling pupils to acquire skills of singing and playing instruments, creating and composing, listening and responding.