Curriculum Overview

Overview

  • We have carefully selected and tailored the curriculum in order to:

  • set suitable learning challenges
  • respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs; and
  • overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals or groups of pupils.
  • The curriculum for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties is based on ‘Quest for Learning’ which focuses on the development of the following fundamental areas:

  • Communication
  • Social interaction
  • Early cognitive thinking
  • Sensory awareness
  • Physical wellbeing
  • For pupils within the specialist Autistic provision, The ‘SCERTS’ model is used with a focus on:

  • Social communication
  • Emotional regulation
  • Transactional support
  • In the EYFS the pupils follow Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum / Development Matters. This is extended into Key Stage 1 for those pupils who are working at P Levels and have not yet reached the Early Learning Goals. Pupils follow the seven areas of Learning & Development as outlined in the Early Years Statutory Framework incorporating the National Curriculum. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development (Physical education)
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSHE)
  • Literacy / English
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world (Science, History, Geography, Computing, Design and Technology, Religious Education)
  • Expressive arts and design (Art and Design, Music)
  • Key Stage One and Two children follow an adapted National Curriculum incorporating the International Primary Curriculum. This helps to ensure breadth and balance but is tailored appropriately to meet the very individual needs of our children. Our curriculum incorporates a variety of strategies and approaches personalised to small group and individual needs. It is these needs that are addressed throughout the curriculum.
    In addition to Maths and English there are 3 Essential strands which run throughout and drive our curriculum. These strands address the key areas of learning which tackle pupils’ individual barriers to learning. They focus on:

  • Communication
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development

Enrichment

Our curriculum is greatly enriched with whole school special events such as Science week, science fairs, curriculum topic days and days to celebrate diversity such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, World Cup and international schools to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Extra curricular activities are organised both in and out of school. An overnight residential experience is offered to a group of pupils in the summer term. As well as this an annual trip to a pantomime is carried out by The Rotary Club. We also invite musicians, scientists, storytellers and theatre groups into school.
We use the community as an outside classroom to reinforce the work that we do in school. Children may swim at the local sports centre or visit a local museum or a café. The community provides a great place in which to apply and generalise new and emerging skills.
We foster strong links with the local and wider area to develop community cohesion. We forge close links and effective partnerships with local and other special schools.