Teaching & Learning

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Supporting Learning and Teaching

By ‘Curriculum’ we refer to all the learning opportunities provided by the school. We offer a ‘personalised curriculum’ which offers a wide range of activities, through which we teach short and long term targets, as set out in your child Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Schools Schemes of Work.

We offer a modified version for the National Curriculum.This has been based on the broader statutory expectations:

  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Creative development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

Within the framework of the curriculum there is also an emphasis on:

  • self help and independence
  • functional learning and daily living skills; such as
    – dressing,
    – eating,
    – drinking,
    – toileting and
    – mobility skills.

The aim is to encourage maximum independence. These skills are taught giving students every opportunity to use their developing skills in a realistic context. For students aged 16 – 19 years (key stage 5 or Sixth form) we have developed a suitable curriculum.

The focus areas include:

  • Daily Living,
  • Work related learning and work experience
  • Keeping healthy,
  • Community Links,
  • Communication,
  • Functional independence,
  • Creative Expression,
  • Physical options
  • Personalized learning.

Opportunities to link with post school providers such as local further education and independent specialist provision are organised as appropriate to the individual

Throughout the school learning and teaching strategies include use of:

  • visual timetables,
  • individual work stations,
  • sensory integration activities,
  • communication systems,
  • intensive interaction,
  • physical exploration,
  • 1:1 support
  • small group work
  • Numicon
  • Core books

A combination of such strategies will be incorporated into a student’s weekly timetable. Students remain with the same teacher and supporting staff for the majority of the week. They will access specialist teaching areas across the school.

Creativity

We have a strong focus on delivering a curriculum that is rich with creativity. Our students participate in school, local authority and national ‘arts’ projects. We have strong partnerships with Globe Education, Live Music Now, The Young Vic, Magpie Dance company and IntoArts to name a few. An ‘art’ rich environment suits the students learning styles and enables them to engage and participate at a level appropriate to them. We are proud to have achieved ArtsMark Gold status.

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