We believe that children learn best when they enjoy and value coming into school to participate in an exciting, practical and relevant learning curriculum. Lessons and activities are planned to give children new experiences and to help them embed learning through hands-on approaches.
The curriculum offer supports the vision of the school “Linking hands to reach every child’s potential” by giving pupils the opportunity to learn and develop with the support of collaborative team practice. We offer a lively and vibrant curriculum which studies core discrete subjects as well as cross curricular based topics in conjunction with individual educational outcomes from their EHCP. Our spiral Relationship and Health Education (RHE) Curriculum offers discrete topics which help our pupils develop their social skills and emotional regulation at their appropriate levels. The use of child centred planning from individuals’ EHCP long term outcomes as well as the Link Priority curriculum help us to tailor the goals that we believe will make a difference in our pupils’ achieving their full potential. Our vision and values underpin all curriculum offers that the pupils have access to.
We aim for:
· Barriers to be reduced for individuals in order for them to reach their full potential
· Individual pupils’ needs to drive and shape the curriculum
· Pupils to be engaged and motivated to learn
· Pupils to make excellent progress from their starting points both academically and within the Link Priorities
· Pupils to confidently communicate throughout the curriculum
· Pupils to learn how to be healthy and safe
· Pupils to have opportunities to participate in a range of enrichment activities within and beyond the curriculum.
· Pupils to be able to generalise their skills across the curriculum and into daily life- making learning functional and prepare students for their future.
The heart of our curriculum is based upon a child centred model which is enhanced by the academic curriculum (see the whole school curriculum oval link below).
This is why our curriculum implementation begins with setting short term Individual Education Plan (IEP) outcomes based upon the childrens’ long term Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes. As a teaching and therapy team IEP outcomes are set and reviewed twice in the year.
Literacy topics are carefully planned to match the cross curricular theme and to develop language and literacy skills through both fiction and non-fiction materials in discrete lessons as well as incorporated into every lesson.
Maths is planned using SOLAR progression stages and taught discretely as a subject as well as within other sessions.
Other core subjects which are taught discretely include Relationships and Health Education (RHE), ICT and PE.
Our RHE curriculum is designed as a spiral curriculum which sees topics repeated yearly to build upon previous gained knowledge and skills.
A 3 year rotational topic curriculum has been designed in our EYFS and KS1 provision and in our KS2 classes pupils will receive a 5 year rotation in order to offer a wide and broad balance of topics. The whole curriculum is designed to ensure pupils do not repeat topics within a key stage to maintain engagement whilst building upon skills and knowledge in all areas over their journey through the school.
Teachers and therapists work collaboratively to ensure access to a language enriched curriculum and learning environment so that there is always a focus on overcoming communication barriers within the learning process.
The curriculum is built and adapted to meet the needs of every individual pupil and therefore The Link Priority Curriculum covering the holistic needs of pupils through emotional, social, sensory and Independence skills is firmly embedded into everything that we do.
We also offer a diverse range of activities that incorporate specialist teaching programmes and teaching strategies for bespoke communication, development of theory of mind and building of positive self-esteem, for example Dyslexia Support, Makaton Signing, Picture Augmentative Communication, the Circles Programme, Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations and “Pictures of Me” Diagnosis support.
Please follow the links for an overview of the Whole School Curriculum and Link Priorities.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum and cover of the content then you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher. Summary plans can be viewed termly under the class group pages.