Curriculum

The Foundation Stage

Pupils aged between two and five years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is taught in six subject areas:
  • Language and Literacy (pre and early reading skills, rhymes, stories, writing/pencil skills etc) and including communication strategies eg signing and PECS (Picture exchange communication system)
  • Mathematics (counting, shape, colour, sorting activities)
  • Personal and Social Development (self help skills, playskills, co-operation and sharing etc)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (early science and explorative play)
  • Physical Development (physical skills and co-ordination)
  • Creative Development (music and art, painting and drawing etc)
Learning through play is an important part of pupils' educational experience at this stage, giving children the opportunity to explore and discover and build on their skills and interests. Children work towards 'Early Learning Goals' which help develop the skills they will need as they grow older and move on to the National Curriculum.

Key Stages 1 - 4

Pupils between the ages of 5 – 16 have access to an appropriately differentiated National Curriculum. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the school in order to deliver it effectively. Some pupils are able to access the curriculum following a sensory approach through sight, sound, touch, smell, taste and movement. Specific curricular activities include hydrotherapy, massage, sensory communication and ICT. Our sensory rooms offer a high level of interactive equipment and every effort is made to ensure that work is age appropriate. Work is comprehensively differentiated to meet the needs of pupils.

As well as the National Curriculum subject areas, other activities form an important part of the school day – these may include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, self help skills, drama and music workshops, day and residential visits, whole school collective worship, community and sporting activities, events such as Sports Days, Special Olympics, riding and swimming, visits to local schools, colleges , churches, museums and art galleries.

Children with profound and multiple learning difficulties

The school uses the St Margaret's curriculum alongside the National Curriculum to ensure that young people are able to access all activities at a level commensurate to their abilities. This also enables accurate monitoring/assessment of their progress.

Sixth Form/Post 16 provision

From Key Stage 4, pupils follow a transition course which leads to accreditation and qualifications where appropriate. The expectation is that the majority of learners leave Nancealverne school with a Qualification in ASDAN Personal Progress or Personal and Social Development, as well as accredited learning in other areas of ASDAN.


ASDAN modules focus on skills including communication, numeracy, literacy and PSHE (Personal, Health and Social Education) as well as life skills which aim to develop individual personal autonomy and independence. The qualifications and accreditations are nationally recognised by the awarding bodies and demonstrates recognition of the students' achievements.

Development for 2017 includes the introduction of AQA English and Maths qualifications for Key Stage 5 learners.

The students are encouraged to be as independent as possible and to be aware that their actions have implications not only for themselves and for others. During the year students will participate in focus weeks when the modules they undertake will work towards enterprise, industry, and work-related skills. These modules help to demonstrate to the students their roles and responsibilities as part of the wider community of which they are an important and integral part.

The school works with parents, Social Care and Careers South West to select and access post-school opportunities. A careers convention is organised annually where all providers are invited to the school. A link course is offered at the local college and students are encouraged to look at alternative placements from the age of sixteen. Visits to post 19 provisions are regular throughout the school year, and learners are encouraged to make choices about their future with the support of their family, the school and independent careers education and advice.

There are many local colleges and establishments offering suitable courses and placements for post 19. Students are given supported induction and transition to these different settings in their last year at the school.

 

Further information on Curriculum
Please do not hesitate to contact the school for further details on the Curriculum.