Pupils learning needs may be identified as originating from one of the four different strands of our curriculum model :-
- The first strand of our model encompasses the subjects, skills and knowledge leading up to and included in The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum (2014), as assessed by NC level descriptors and P Scales. This includes specialised content for our earliest learners. We term it our WOW curriculum
- The second strand is made up of the “Key skills” as identified in the “National Curriculum (2000). Due to the nature of our pupil’s development, the importance of these skills is heightened. Whilst the key skills of Literacy and Communication, Numeracy and ICT are delivered in specific and cross curricular modes, we have identified the key skills of “Problem solving & Independent Enquiry”, “Working with others” and “Reflecting on Learning” as being of equal importance and so linked each with specific themes in our curricular map to promote planned teaching & learning opportunities in these areas, which are particularly important to the long-term development of our pupils.
- Executive Functioning skills form the third strand (as identified in pupils Individualised Learning Plans - ILP) Executive functions consist of a set skills that help the individual respond and organize and act on information. These skills enable us to moderate our behaviour, plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. They also help people use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems.
- Additional priorities (identified within the pupils IEP) These may in fact come from any of the other strands, but these allow us to highlight individual priorities
* The balance of these strands and prioritise will vary for individual pupils and will alter over time.
We believe and indeed research tells us, that in order to engage with the curriculum and make progress, children (& adults) need to enjoy their learning and this is significantly enhanced by memorable or WOW ACTIVITIES. Themes have been selected as vehicles for curricular delivery which spark interest and excitement in the pupils.