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Curriculum

Recovery Curriculum September 2020

Autumn 2020 will see all pupils return to our Recovery Curriculum.

This will run for the first three/four weeks of the autumn term to re-integrate pupils into school and to re-engage them with learning.

Combined Reception/Year 1 classes

We have two combined Reception/Year 1 classes: Apple and Willow.

Apple and Willow classes run as a unit. Children are split into small groups of about 7/8 learners according to their learning needs and styles. Teaching is delivered in a variety of ways, including formal structured and visual, sensory, kinaesthetic and play-based approach.

Phonics, Literacy, Communication and Language, and Mathematics are delivered through focus tasks where children work one-to-one or in small groups with staff. Sensory learners access a sensory curriculum consisting of sessions in intensive interaction, Write Dance and dance massage. The 7 areas of the foundation stage are covered through activities to develop skills in these areas. Children have access to sensory circuits, swimming, soft play and life skills trips (on a rota basis); also to Forest School as appropriate on a rota basis.

The children also have access to continuous provision, whereby they are led to acquire and refine skills through choosing something of interest to do / to play with.

Read Write Inc. is used to develop synthetic phonics.

Apple and Willow use home school books to share and communicate with parents and carers.


Key Stage 1 & 2

Key Stage 1 & 2 has five classes: Maple, Hazel, Cherry, Chestnut and Beech.

Maple: Maple is a sensory class for semi- and pre-formal learners. It follows an EQUALS curriculum, semi- and pre-formal learners following different pathways. Children’s learning is mapped out against four strands: Communication and Interaction; Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health, and Sensory and/or Physical. The learning environment promotes opportunities and activities for learners to develop skills from these strands in a personalised order, whilst also giving a sensory break area to re-regulate and prepare for learning. High emphasis is placed on the development of language and communication sessions which we engage in daily and throughout our daily routine. A Total Communication approach is used to help support all learners. Children’s learning is supported through a variety of creative and motivating activities including TAC PAC, Write Dance, Intensive Interaction and Massage. Some children also access phonics and reading, delivered through Read, Write, Inc. Learning and physical development is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Outdoor Learning and ICT sessions.

Hazel: Maple is a sensory class for semi- and pre-formal learners. It follows an EQUALS curriculum, semi- and pre-formal learners following different pathways. Children’s learning is mapped out against four strands: Communication and Interaction; Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health, and Sensory and/or Physical. The learning environment promotes opportunities and activities for learners to develop skills from these strands in a personalised order. High emphasis is placed on the development of language and communication sessions which we engage in daily and throughout our daily routine. A multi-sensory, holistic Total Communication approach is used to help support all learners. Children’s learning is supported through a variety of creative and motivating activities including TAC PAC, Write Dance, Intensive Interaction and Massage. All children have access to phonics through streamed groups. Learning and physical development is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Cookery, Outdoor Learning and ICT sessions.

Cherry: Cherry class is made up of semi-formal learners. They access Communication sessions and Thinking and Problem Solving sessions, with additional sessions of phonics and reading delivered through the Read Write Inc. and See and Learn approaches. To develop social skills, the children access Narrative Therapy sessions once weekly and Circle Time daily. The non-core subjects are delivered holistically through topic sessions where children learn about the world around them. Children’s learning is further enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Outdoor Learning, and ICT sessions. Children also have an opportunity to develop their language, communication, and social skills through play-based activities.

Chestnut: Chestnut is a class for children who are at the semi-formal/formal stage of learning. They follow an EQUALS curriculum, with the acquiring of independence skills a main priority. They access Communication sessions and Thinking and Problem Solving sessions, with additional sessions of phonics and reading delivered through the Read Write Inc. and See and Learn approaches. The non-core subjects are delivered holistically through topics mostly in the afternoon. Children’s learning is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Outdoor Learning and ICT sessions. Children also have opportunities to develop their language, communication and social skills through play-based activities.

Beech: Beech class is made up of semi-formal and formal style learners. They follow a combined curriculum, using elements of the EQUALS semi-formal and EQUALS formal curriculum approaches. The focus around Maths is on developing functional skills alongside thinking and problem solving. The focus around English is also on developing functional skills, with lessons dedicated to developing essential communication skills. Additional, daily sessions for reading skills are delivered through the Read Write Inc. approach, See and Learn or through guided reading.

The class curriculum also has a large focus on developing life skills, with learners having dedicated Independence lessons that focus on self-care, keeping safe, shopping and cooking.

Other subjects are delivered through a topic-based curriculum, mostly delivered in the afternoon. Through this thematic curriculum we cover Creativity (art and drama) and World about Me (humanities), as well as discrete lessons in RE, Science, IT and PSHCE. Learning is also enhanced through outdoor learning, PE and swimming.

Enrichment

All pupils take part in Enrichment sessions once per week. Enrichment sessions are designed so that pupils are offered activities and concepts to engage them that are out of the constraints of the conventional curriculum. We believe that our pupils have the right to a diverse, rich and exciting curriculum. Enrichment sessions allow us to be creative in our approach to pupils’ learning and in the use of our many resources.

*In addition to traditional Literacy lessons, all pupils have a 20-minute Literacy slot Mon-Fri. This initiative is to give extra focus to Literacy across the school and is directed by the Literacy subject leader.


Residentials

Residential experiences are offered on a rota basis.