The curriculum is designed to be adaptable so that teachers can deliver the best possible education for each and every child and young person.
What will we teach?
This curriculum area is at the heart of everything we do with pupils learning to communicate using a variety of signs and symbols to support the individual needs of the student. Pupils are encouraged to expand their range of communication skills as they progress through the school. Students are supported to engage in discussions and presentations initially with visual aids and scaffolding, gradually building towards independence. Reading, and particular reading for pleasure, is central to everything we do with our creative topic-based curriculum approach using a book as the hook. Sensory stories, audio texts, Makaton and programs such as Communicate in Print ease access to a variety of text types and allow for greater reading for pleasure. We have a book band reading scheme system encouraging students to access a breadth of different texts as well as following the Accelerated Reading programme for students who have started their more independent reading journey. With our older students, as we prepare for adulthood, our literacy work becomes more functional in its approach with a range of qualifications to be gained.
At Evergreen School our children and young people have a wide range of physical capabilities and within this curricular area we explore ways of helping each individual reach their full potential. We support all individuals to develop skills to move and use their bodies; from following physiotherapy support plans to developing skills to compete in sporting events. Pupils are encouraged to become as independent as possible in being aware of their own bodies and the skills/knowledge required to keep them healthy, clean and safe. As pupils work within this curriculum area they will develop their own sense of worth; building self awareness and self esteem.
In this curriculum area students will learn the numeracy skills necessary for them to be as successful as possible in adult life. Students will be supported and encouraged to become as independent as they can with respect to taking care of themselves around the home and in their local community. They will learn about the world around them; they will understand the importance of looking after our planet; and will ultimately develop a sense of awe and wonder of the natural world.
This area of the curriculum involves supporting pupils to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment. Pupils will explore different cultures, communities and support others through charity and fund-raising events; they will experience self-expression through music, movement, storytelling and performing; and have opportunities to experience and develop new skills across crafting, technology, and enterprise. Pupils will be encouraged to embrace new ideas, supported to accept challenge, and inspired to find their place in the world.
In this curriculum area, pupils learn about their identity and their place in the world. They explore what makes them unique and work to develop a strong sense of self. Pupils will engage in a rich variety of experiences to help them develop confidence and self-esteem. They may recognise that their life experiences are different to others’ and share in others’ celebrations and interests. The curriculum recognises the diversity of the school population and celebrates this through a variety of meaningful experiences, tailored to pupils’ needs and understanding.
The curriculum enhances pupils’ understanding of their own emotions and emotional regulation, using an adapted ‘Zones of Regulation’ (ZOR) approach, which draws on advice from Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists. Pupils working within the Roots curriculum will be learning about their core emotions and associating these with the four colours of ZOR. They will then begin to explore strategies which make them feel calm. At Branches and Leaves level, pupils will develop their own personal self-regulation toolkits and some may begin to understand others’ emotions as well as be able to recognise their own.
Social communication development programmes, such as Talkabout and SCERTS, are used to enhance pupils’ social skills and engagement. Pupils develop confidence in social interaction and build on their communication and language skills to become able social communicators.
The curriculum has pupil well-being at its core and adopts a holistic approach which recognises pupils’ individual skills, interests and achievements. It sets aspirational goals for ALL pupils and is delivered through highly bespoke means, including play-based learning and targeted interventions.
One of our underpinning aims at Evergreen School is to equip our pupils with the skills they will need in future years and throughout their lives. For every child and young person this will look very different and that is reflected within this area of the curriculum. We want to provide opportunities to develop workplace skills in the familiar environment of school and the classroom. We also want pupils to develop their citizenship skills to feel part of a valued team and understand how they can support others. For some this area will be at early stages of development; building awareness of our environment and being comfortable within the community. For others this will be about recognising and developing skills and interests which will grow with us.
We strive for our pupils to become valued members of the community; taking on active roles and being able to move around independently, accessing facilities which will benefit them now and into the future. The skills we need for life include everything from being able to communicate our basic needs, pouring ourselves a drink or making a cup of tea to securing employment and a means of making money.
How will this be taught?
We will teach the pupils through an exciting and fun topic based curriculum that ensures the learning is contextualized and meaningful. Children will spend the majority of their day with their class teacher and other familiar staff who understand and know them well.
Our Curriculum is broken down into sections, Roots, Branch & Leaves.