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Spring Term: 2018-19

Animal Care

Birch will be visiting the animal area to discuss the welfare needs of an animal. This will include:

  • Its need for a suitable environment
  • Its need for a suitable diet
  • Its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • Any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals
  • Its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease

On occasion there may be the opportunity to visit other (offsite) animal care establishments. Currently this is a fortnightly visit to Hockenhull Hall Farm to help with the duties on the farm.

Bramble, our school dog, regularly attends lessons; this enables and encourages Birch to discuss his care and needs as a school dog.

Art and Design

This term in art and design we will be looking at junk modelling, taking inspiration from the box trolls! We will first look at images of the box trolls to try to dissect what they are made from and identify three dimensional shapes. We will design our own box trolls using basic shapes and identify ‘junk’ that we can use to bring our box trolls to life.

We will next watch videos of the box trolls to find out how they move. We will incorporate one element of movement within each of our designs before finally choosing a material with which to cover our box trolls before finally giving them a name. Through this topic we will complete one of the NOCN modules – Experiencing Art.


This term Birch will begin by finding and obtaining information from the internet. With support, they will look at finding their favourite music, food and holidays, along with completing a PowerPoint to sum up their preferences. Following this they will move on to finding more specific information such as what’s on at the cinema or theatre, or planning day trip. The group will also look at presenting personal information by creating a simple one-page personal profile.


This term, Birch will be completing the ‘Literacy for the Future’ unit of the EQUALS Moving On Literacy curriculum. They will practise recording personal information, talking about their family and completing basic forms. Students will use these practical activities to complete ASDAN Personal Progress or OCR Life and Living Skills units.

Life Skills

The Life Skills curriculum is designed to support pupils as they start their journey towards independence. KS4 pupils will be working towards completing ASDAN Personal Progress units. KS5 pupils will complete OCR Life and Living skills units.

The accreditations cover:

  • Accessing Community Facilities
  • Cookery
  • Personal Care
  • Getting Out and About

The curriculum is practically-based, giving pupils the chance to get out and about in their local community. Birch Café will give pupils the opportunity to gain employability skills, improve their confidence and engage with the local community. Pupils will regularly attend Live! where they will access a range of activities including arts and crafts.

Around the Home (KS5) / Looking After Your Home (KS4)

The aim is to develop our pupils’ skills to enable them to live as independent an adult life as possible. This term our learning will focus on how to clean the home. Each week we will work in the school flat to learn and practise a range of household tasks such as bed making, vacuuming and mopping, ironing, window-cleaning, dusting and cleaning the dishes. Pupils will get an opportunity to practise a range of different household skills on a rota basis with all working as a team to complete the flat cleaning.


Pupils in Birch will be completing mathematics units which will contribute to their ASDAN Personal Progress accreditation (KS4 students) and OCR Life and Living Skills accreditation (KS5 students). This term Birch will be studying the ‘Understanding what money is used for’ unit and will be exploring money and the value of money and items. They will be applying these skills throughout the day in familiar activities such as shopping.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

This term our work in PSHCE will focus on relationships. We will begin by identifying and discussing the relationships that the pupils have with the people that are currently in their lives. We will discuss the importance of other people to us and identify why we are important in the lives of our friends and family. The learners will learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships and what they should do if they feel upset with friends. As part of this module we will cover Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), including looking after ourselves and the difference between public and private.

As part of the PSHCE curriculum we work closely with a range of professionals including the local police, the NSPCC and the school nurse. On occasion it is important that the pupils’ curriculum changes to meet their needs or in response to a large event.

Physical Education (PE)

Birch will be continuing their OCR Entry Level accreditation in physical education.

Learners will further develop their gymnastic and tennis skills, and be given the opportunity to be a sports leader.

In swimming, Birch will continue to develop their existing swimming strokes, focusing on the breaststroke and on floating skills. Birch will also learn and develop different ways of exercising in the water by creating an aquafit routine.