Curriculum Vacancies Governance Newsletters Policies Also In ‘Classes’ Curriculum Additional Curriculum Newsletters Red Gates Pathways Curriculum We deliver our curriculum through a thematic approach, providing pupils the opportunity to generalise skills and understanding in a range of situations and contexts. Pupil's learning opportunities in core and foundation subjects will be linked to the following topics, where appropriate: English Curriculum Communication is central to all teaching and learning at Red Gates. Opportunities to develop communication skills are woven into all aspects of the school day. A variety of approaches are used throughout the school including AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Communication boards, Intensive Interaction and Attention Autism. Information Communication Technology is also used to support communication e.g. voice output communication aids and iPads. Red Gates benefits from the support of a Speech and Language Therapy team who work with class teachers to implement communication strategies into all areas of the school day. The SaLT team also provide input into setting communication targets for pupils. AAC describes all forms of communication, other than oral speech, that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. At Red Gates AAC includes the use of Objects of reference, Photos, Symbols and Makaton signing. Individual approaches, or a combination of these, will be used according to pupil’s individual needs. Makaton signing is used, alongside speech, by all school staff to support pupils understanding throughout the school day. PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System is a structured approach which follows a series of stages. These stages include – handing a photo/symbol for a desired object to a communication partner, to discriminating between a selection of photos/symbols and then developing on to combining a number of symbols together into sentences to make request and comments. Communication boards move pupils on from using single symbols to make choices and provide visual support to make requests and comments in sentences. Communication boards are used across the curriculum to support pupils in sharing their ideas and understanding. Intensive interaction is an approach designed to help pupils at early levels of development and focuses on the development of early interaction abilities including eye contact, facial expressions, vocalisations and how to enjoy being with other people. Attention Autism is a vibrant, engaging and fun approach aimed at developing attention, interaction and communication skills. The stages of Attention Autism help to promote skills which are vital in the development of effective communication skills including: eye contact, gesture, body language and facial expression. Reading Weekly reading sessions aim to harbour a lifelong enjoyment of stories and develop reading behaviour such as turning pages, pointing to text, joining in with familiar and repetitive phrases and commenting about illustrations. Stories are linked to the half-termly topic themes. Sensory adapted stories are used for pupils working at an early level providing opportunities for children to experiences and interact with a sequence of props and activities. These help to develop an ability to anticipate events, imitate actions and make choices. The school has its own library and children are encouraged to choose books to take home and share. The school uses systematic synthetic phonics program, based on the Letters and Sounds Programme which aims to build on children’s speaking and listening skills as well as introducing and developing their phonic knowledge which will in turn be used support children as they learn to read. The Jolly Phonics multi-sensory approach to teaching Phonics is a fun and motivating approach where each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a song and action. The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is also used. Writing The scheme ‘Handwriting Without Tears’, which is a multi-sensory approach to teaching writing skills, incorporating songs and movement, is used throughout the school. The scheme covers all stages from pre-writing to cursive writing. The scheme teaches the formation of capital letters before teaching lowercase as these can be made using a combination of only four ‘wooden pieces’, which the children will become familiar with during their early writing experiences. Mathematics Curriculum Mathematical experiences and skills lay the foundations for most other learning areas. These skills, for example cause and effect, enable pupils to understand and have control over their environment. The areas of ‘Number’, ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ and ‘using and applying’ are taught in both discrete lessons and in a cross-curricular way, linked to the half-termly topics, to help generalise skills. This allows pupils to develop a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts and then explore how to apply these in practical situations e.g. cooking and the exchange of money when visiting a shop. For pupils working at early developmental levels mathematical concepts are presented using multi-sensory resources and approaches. Science Curriculum The priorities of the science curriculum are to encourage exploration at all levels. For some of our pupils this involves building a foundation of experiences, which introduce, at a sensory level, different concepts. Further science activities are designed to motivate pupils to experiment and investigate, anticipate, predict and formulate ideas. Pupils will have the opportunity to put forward and test their own ideas about themselves and the world around them. Science also includes finding out about materials and their properties, life processes and living things and physical processes. We believe that pupils should have ‘hands on’ experience both in and outside of the classroom and this is achievable through our Science Garden, Mud kitchen and Sensory Garden. Computing Curriculum Computing is a highly motivating area for many of the pupils at Red Gates and is another learning area which is taught discreetly and also enriches a number of other curriculum areas. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard, desktop computer, with touch screen and an iPad. We also have a Computer Room with an additional Interactive White Board and three desktop computers. We benefit from two multi-sensory rooms which provide opportunities for pupils working at a range of levels including; changing the environment and turn taking using a Nintendo Wii. Children are taught about internet safety and how to access appropriate websites. Physical Education Curriculum Physical Education at Red Gates aims to provide pupils with fine and gross motor skills and team work skills. The PE curriculum includes invasion games, triking games, dance, gymnastics and athletics. All pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 have access to swimming sessions run by a swimming coach at a local pool. Pupils benefit from sessions run by external dance and sports coaches during their time at Red Gates. The development of skills is extended into playtimes with a weekly football club culminating in a yearly football match. Year 6 pupils also have the opportunity to participate in horse riding lessons at The Diamond Riding Centre. Humanities - History, Geography & RE Humanities subjects including History and Geography are taught to all pupils at Red Gates School. Geography aims to develop a sense of wonder by giving pupils a sense of place within the world and an opportunity to interact with and experience environments. History aims to develop pupil’s curiosity by engaging with stories and sources. The teaching of history can also provide a wide range of experiences including visits from different experts and handling. Creative Learning - Art, Design & Music Humanities subjects including art, design and technology and music are taught to all pupils at Red Gates School. Subjects are taught through the half-termly topics. We have a food technology room which is used to teach pupils life skills and the fundamentals to safe food preparation. Music is taught both by class teachers and we also benefit from a music therapist whole leads 1;1, small group and whole class music therapy sessions.