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The Curriculum.

                The school has a long term planning programme,     introduction of class based rotas and jobs. At this
                Pathways to Learning and Life; also known as the   time the learners will establish good learning skills
                ‘Rainbow Curriculum’ (available on the school      which will become routine over time.
                website).                                          Key Stage 3

                This curriculum is designed to allow learners      In these classes children aged from 11 to
                to develop their learning skills through planned   14 consolidate and extend all the skills they
                progression linked to their age and stage of       have learnt lower down the school.  Teaching
                development; the Pathways allow each learner to    programmes continue to take into consideration
                have a personalised learning plan, unique to them   the needs of individual children and include a
                and so delivering to their specific needs.
                                                                   significant emphasis on the development of social
                Early Years                                        skills. Learners will be given tasks involving some
                                                                   responsibility around the school.
                In early years we provide a stimulating learning
                environment in which the individual needs of       14 – 19 Learning
                pupils aged from 3 to 5 can be assessed and        Teaching programmes in the 14 – 19 age group
                identified and delivered through an Individual     are designed to consolidate skills and extend them
                Education Plan.                                    into ‘real life applications’.  Learners continue
                In conjunction with parents, staff aim to help each   to experience a full programme of activities to
                child to improve his/her learning skills, play and   further literacy and numeracy but these are
                level of independence, through the use of carefully  now applied in a more practical way; following
                planned programmes of activity and the focus is    recipes, making shopping lists, reading timetables
                on learning through play and the development of    and using money in various situations.  Good
                communication skills.                              working habits and standards are established for
                                                                   adult life, with learners being encouraged to take
                Key Stage 1
                                                                   responsibility for the management of both their
                For the young pupils, aged 5 – 7 years, the play   classroom environment and working routines
                based approach continues after transition and      with decreasing adult supervision.
                formal learning systems are introduced at the
                appropriate time and pace for each child. The       The development of leisure skills is considered
                emphasis remains very much on developing           important, and learners are introduced to a
                communication and social skills through more       variety of activities both in and out of school so
                structured subject areas.                          that they can use their ‘free time’ positively.

                Key Stage 2                                        Learners in our post-16 provision access
                                                                   a curriculum that promotes life skills and
                For the 7 – 11 year olds learning is structured and   independence through a variety of accredited
                delivered through a wide range of subject areas.   and optional modules which include diverse areas
                All learners will have opportunities to increase   such as: cookery, horticulture, photography, work
                their confidence and independence through the      related learning, and money management.
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