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?
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.
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.
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.