Curriculum – Pedagogy

Our curriculum is deeply considered and is delivered using a myriad of approaches, strategies and flexibility to best meet the needs of the pupils.

Teaching Approaches

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Whole class & small group teaching
  • Most lessons consist of an introduction where expectations are explicitly shared.
  • Opportunities to work in groups of varying size.
  • Clearly taught ‘learning to learn’ skills where pupils have opportunities to listen, wait, anticipate, take turns, participate.
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Total Communication
  • Use of objects of reference and visuals to support pupils with transition.
  • Access to objects, photographs, symbols, sign (Makaton) and appropriately spoken language to support receptive & expressive language.
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Personalised Learning
  • High expectations for pupils.
  • Whole class teaching should be differentiated and it may be appropriate for some pupils to access alternative activities at this time.
  • Personalised learning outcomes.
  • Home learning opportunities that are set on a planned basis and consolidates learning across different settings
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Multi-sensory teaching
  • Multi-sensory teaching strategies are used to support pupils to access activities (visual, auditory, touch, smell, taste and movement).
  • Tasks are selected in which pupils develop skills and understanding through play, exploration, investigation and enquiry where appropriate.
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Small Step Target Setting
  • Explicit teaching of new skills, building in fluency and accuracy.
  • Scaffolded learning opportunities to support pupils to make progress.
  • Appropriate, purposeful and functional learning outcomes are identified.
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Positive Learning Environment
  • Well organised classroom that is welcoming and engaging.
  • Creative activities are appropriately resourced and inspire learning.
  • Staff are well deployed to support the needs of pupils and encourage independence.
  • A predictable familiar routine is established.
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Continuous Provision
  • High quality indoor and outdoor environment
  • Well organised & accessible
  • Multi modal learning experiences e.g. water, sand, construction, small world and malleable materials.
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Role of Adults
  • Children are assigned a key person who is usually the class teacher who plans for, assesses and reviews their development and learning.
  • Children are supported by a small team of very familiar adults to ensure that their holistic needs are effectively met.
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Directed Activities
  • Focussed teaching including whole class, small groups and individual sessions
  • Explicit teaching of learning to learn skills
  • Discrete delivery of personalised Learning outcomes
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Enhanced Provision
  • Themed resource stimulus
  • Interactive displays
  • Visits & Visitors

Contact Us

Please direct all enquiries to the school office team, the telephone will be answered by Tanya, Natasha, Carly or Alison who will ensure the correct member of our school team responds to you. For any further information you can contact us using the details below and we will get back to you.

Phone: 01524 645 43