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Core Subjects

The following areas of the curriculum-English (Communication, Language and Literacy); Learning to Learn, Maths; Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE) and Physical Education-may all be included in Individual Education Plans (IEPs). 
Our schemes of work in these subjects give pupils the tools they need to learn for themselves. We use a multi-targeting approach to IEPs to ensure that a sound base is provided that encourages further learning.

Core Subjects

english (communication and literacy)  This supports the development of communication such as turn-taking and pointing. Pupils, where able, develop active listening skills. They will learn to use increasingly complex language forms, speaking with greater clarity in a widening range of social contexts. Makaton signing, Tacpac, Intensive Interaction and speech and language therapy sessions may be used.

Literacy lessons include speaking and listening, reading with understanding and writing for a purpose.Pupils listen to a wide range of texts to support learning across the curriculum. A variety of strategies are used to develop writing skills.Mark-making is actively encouraged as a precursor to handwriting. If appropriate, this will lead on to a structured approach to letter formation. In many cases Literacy skills may be supported through the use of symbols or digital technologies,or through an adult acting as a scribe.
In some cases, synthetic phonics (a sounds-through-the-word approach) is used to support the development of accurate decoding of standard written text and spelling. 

Role-play, and drama assist learning across the curriculum.

foundations for learning 
Cognitive skills such as object permanence, cause and effect, problem solving, and self evaluation are explored as rudimentary building blocks for accessing the broader curriculum.The Geoffrey Waldon approach is widely used to develop these foundations for learning, particularly in The Early Years and the Primary phase.

mathematics  
Through practical activities and discussion, pupils learn basic mathematical processes and concepts such as sorting, matching, ordering, comparing and pattern work. Pupils learn to count, read, write and order numbers and develop calculation skills. They learn about space, shape and measures by building on understanding of their immediate environment. And they learn how to handle data and the meanings of mathematical language. As pupils progress through the school an emphasis is placed on functional numeracy skills to maximise the potential for independence in adult life.

science  Pupils learn about the physical world around them through a fun, hands-on approach which aims to foster curiosity. The following areas are covered: Life processes and living things in their environment; Materials; and Physical Processes.

personal social and health education  Pupils learn life skills including how to look after their own health and independence skills. They learn to care, share, and be assertive and responsible. Some individuals may enjoy regular aromatic massage to relax and improve readiness to learn. All pupils are given opportunities to interact with others in a wide range of contexts. 

Citizenship topics include: making rules; caring for the local environment; public services and media issues; finding out about the world of work.

Sex and Relationships Education. A range of topics are sensitively introduced in a manner which meets the need of each individual. A brochure is provided for parents.




RE & Spiritual Development

religious education  We aim to promote the religious education of all pupils, whatever their religious or non-religious beliefs, reflecting both local and national guidelines. Pupils learn about special objects, symbols, ways of life and forms of religious expression. Key celebrations within the Christian calendar are exploited as opportunities to bring the wider community together at a local place of worship.The RE syllabus also covers major religious figures, occasions, and places realting to Islam and Budhism.

Parents who have concerns about the teaching of religious education or collective worship, are asked to make an appointment to see the Head or Deputy.

spiritual development 
An atmosphere of tolerance and respect is encouraged through the whole school curriculum and the general life and ethos of the school. Collective worship may be based on Christian or human values. Assemblies provide an opportunity to share successes and grow together. Pupils have frequent opportunities to think about the needs of others.