Curriculum Statement

The Curriculum is not solely what we teach, it is how we focus on what is key to the learning needs of each child to enable them to have as rich and fulfilled a life as possible, both now and into the future.

Our Curriculum is built on four foundations…

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All four foundations are very closely connected, each complimenting and facilitating the development of the other.

Our curriculum runs on two clear Curriculum Pathways; a pre formal curriculum and a semi-formal curriculum, both delivered through a personalised approach built upon our four foundations. These pathways are underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage principles and unique tailored opportunities and experiences focused on each individual pupil.   

We use the whole range of curriculum subjects to provide breadth of experience and opportunity. These are grouped within the Early Years Foundation Stage areas.

Communication and Language

Literacy

Mathematics

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Physical Development

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts & Design

 

 

These experiences act as vehicles and are delivered through a personalised approach focused on individual outcomes. This approach maximises engagement in learning, ensures access to learning is personalised and rich and meaningful experiences support individual outcomes.

Building on the four foundations is our Thinking Skills Curriculum. This is a unique curriculum that underpins all learning. It is taught from Nursery through to Key Stage 5, taking account of the abilities and learning styles of the students. By improving the pupils Thinking skills, we can increase their confidence and independence, which in turn leads to greater self-esteem.  With greater self-esteem and confidence comes an increase motivation to interact and communicate and through communication we can start to assert our independence, to have a purposeful voice.

We have high expectations and for our children to match these, they will need to access, interact with and problem solve the world around them.  Our curriculum is designed to enable each child, at their own level, to rise to this challenge and celebrate their achievements. Our careful tracking and measurement of the impact of our curriculum on individual progress, evidences the achievements children make, how these reflect our high expectations and how we prepare them for the future. We foster a culture of collaborative assessment that enables staff to maximise pupil progress by purposefully and effectively using data from different strands to inform teaching and learning.

Our school is fortunate to benefit from specialist areas such as a Food technology room, Hydrotherapy pool, Rebound Trampoline, Soft play, MILE (Multi Interactive Learning Environment) and Sensory garden.

Educational visits and residential ‘activity’ experiences further enrich our curriculum.  In addition, we periodically plan a week of intensive activities focusing on the curriculum areas such as Understanding the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts.