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Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 has four classes: Pine, Juniper, Cedar and Fir.

Pine is made up of pupils who have typically joined us from mainstream settings. It is predicted that these pupils will go on to complete Entry Level or potentially GCSE courses at Key Stage 4.

Pine have the following timetable: English (4), Maths (4), Science (4), Computing (2) Music (1), Art and Design/DT (3), Humanities (1), PSHCE (1), PE (1), Swimming (1), MFL (1), Life Skills (1) & Enrichment (1).

Juniper follows a curriculum that is similar to Pine class, but may require additional support. These pupils will access either Entry Level courses or ASDAN Personal Progress at Key Stage 4, depending on their development/progress.

Juniper have the following timetable: English (4), Maths (4), Science (4), Computing (2) Music (1), Art and Design/DT (3), Humanities (1), PSHCE (1), PE (1), Swimming (1), MFL (1), Life Skills (1) & Enrichment (1).

Cedar and Fir have a curriculum based on the EQUALS Scheme of Work that enables pupils to develop their communication, independence and practical skills. These pupils will access either ASDAN Transition Challenge or ASDAN Personal Progress at Key Stage 4, depending on their development/progress.

Cedar and Fir have the following timetable: My Independence (5), The World About Me (2), My Communication (2), My Thinking and Problem Solving (2), My Play and Leisure (2), My Citizenship (2), My Physical Wellbeing (2), My Creativity (Dance & Drama) (1), My Creativity (Music) (1), My Creativity (Art) (1), My Forest School (3), PE/Swimming (1) & Enrichment (1).


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 has one class: Elm.

Elm follows a formal curriculum with the addition of Life Skills. They will complete Entry Level, BTEC or GCSE courses across their subjects as appropriate.

Elm have the following timetable: English (4), Maths (4), Science (4), Computing (2), Music (2), Art & Design (3), PE (1), Swimming (1), PSHCE (1), Life Skills (2) & Enrichment (1).


Key Stage 3/4/5

Ash is a mixed Key Stage group made up of Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 pupils. In order to meet their needs, Ash has been timetabled to have a ‘class based’ curriculum for most lessons. This means that, as far as possible, they have been timetabled to stay in their pastoral base for most sessions. This allows for consistency of routines and has been a successful model that we have used before with our sensory learners who follow a ‘discovery’ curriculum. The Key Stage 5 pupils will follow the ASDAN Towards Independence course. Pupils in Key Stage 4 will follow the ASDAN Transition Challenge Sensory course. Pupils each have a bespoke timetable to ensure that their communication needs, physical needs, cognition, creativity and developmental needs are met through their curriculum.

Ash have the following timetable: Class based curriculum (21), Swim (2), Sensory PE (1) & Enrichment (1).

Birch is a mixed Key Stage group made up of Key Stage 4 & 5 pupils. They follow an ‘independence’ curriculum that is designed to develop their practical and life skills. They will complete Life Skills units and/or ASDAN Personal Progress. Pupil in Key Stage 5 will take part in work experience, tailored to meet their needs.

Birch have the following timetable: English (3), Maths (2), Computing (1), Art & Design (1), PE (1), Swimming (1), PSHCE (1), Animal Care (3), Life Skills (11) & Enrichment (1).


Key Stage 5

Oak follows a ‘vocational’ curriculum that is designed to further their English skills, Maths skills, Computing skills, work skills, life skills and independence. Most of the courses taken by Oak are Entry Level 3 or Level 1 courses.

Oak have the following timetable: English (2), Maths (2), Computing (2), Business Enterprise (2), Offsite Sport (2), Transition [to college] (5), Life Skills (3), Work Experience (4), Careers (1), PSHCE (1) and Enrichment (1).


Enrichment

All pupils take part in Enrichment sessions once per week. Enrichment sessions are designed to personalise learning 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. Sessions currently offered include: Cookery, Football, Dance, Sensory stories, Pamper, iPads, Crafts and Horticulture.

*In addition to traditional Literacy lessons, all pupils have a 20 minute Literacy slot Mon-Thurs. 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.