At Oakwood School we offer a curriculum that is rich in opportunities to enable our children to grow and develop to be the best that they can possibly be. Our curriculum is flexible and bespoke to cater for each individual child. It is responsive to each child, and builds on individual strengths and interests.
- To move from subject specific learning (National Curriculum) to a semi-formal curriculum (SLD) and informal (PMLD).
- To enable all pupils to engage in a curriculum that meets their needs, enabling real-life meaningful experiences to support personal targets and greater independence.
- To develop an assessment system that works with our Informal Curriculum (PMLD) and new Semi Formal Curriculum (SLD) to fully capture the progress that our children make.
Curriculum 2019 - 2020
Our creative curriculum topics will remain in places as we have always done. Next year our themes will be:
- Autumn Term 2019 – Food and Shopping
- Spring Term 2019 – The Circus is Coming to Town
- Summer Term 2020 – Jobs People Do and Transport
Our new in-class themes will be cover three areas of essential learning; core, creative and real-life:
Core elements (linking to EHCP and IEP targets):
- My Communication
- My Thinking & Problem Solving
- My Play and Leisure
- My Independence
Creative elements (the hook for our children):
- My Music
- My Dance
- My Art
Real-life context elements (practical and personal focus):
- The World About Me
- My Citizenship (including behaviour)
- My Outdoor Learning
- My Physical Well-Being
Throughout 2019-2020 we aim to:
- Increase confidence and consistency in our newly implemented three-tiered curriculum (informal, semi-formal and subject specific- NC).
- Develop our highly personalised and enriched curriculum opportunities across the school day for all children.
- Ensure greater progress and independence in self-help skills.
- Increase independence, motivation and interest in communicating needs and wants.
- Increase social interaction with peers and family members.
Teachers use meaningful experiences to engage and motivate children which ensures progress.
Oakwood offers a planned and purposeful play curriculum in order to engage and stimulate pupils to their maximum potential. Consideration is taken into account of children’s interests, through observations made during child initiated activities. We build activities around the three characteristics of effective learning – Play and Exploration, Active Learning, and Creativity and Critical Thinking.
The areas of learning and development
All areas of learning and development are of equal importance and inter-connected, three of which are particularly essential in order to promote children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. These three prime areas are:
Oakwood also supports children in four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
The semi-formal creative curriculum provides a thematic approach for all pupils. Three topics have been chosen for each year which allow activities to be planned around.
Methodologies, approaches, access and materials are modified and differentiated according to the needs of individuals within each class. Planning of the semi-formal curriculum is undertaken to ensure breadth, balance, depth and progression of learning for all pupils. In addition, some aspects of personal and social education are given a high priority and form part of the individual education for each child.
Pupils access the curriculum though the use of multi – sensory approaches. This enables the children to use and integrate their senses, to learn about themselves and the world about them.
We recognise that all of our learners with complex and multiple needs deserve to have their needs met through high quality teaching and the provision of appropriate learning opportunities. They also have an entitlement to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Close partnership with parents and carers, along with input from a range of professionals, will be required to provide these entitlements for this group of learners at Oakwood.
The informal curriculum has a focus on developing the learner’s understanding both of the world around them and of social interactions and relationships. It values the process as much as achievement. It is flexible in order to be responsive to the needs of the individual learner and it is delivered in an integrated manner incorporating learning, therapy and health needs. Tasks are relevant and purposeful to maximise motivation and to help learners make sense of the world around them. Curriculum experiences are carefully planned in line with latest research.