KS3 Curriculum – Learning for Life
In KS3 there will be a focus on the fact that the students are now in the Secondary department of the school and there will be the start of a greater emphasis on developing life skills, whilst building on the learning from KS2. The curriculum will be personalised to the needs of the students in the cohort and therefore the timetable may vary from term to term and academic year to academic year.
The KS3 semi- formal curriculum for Sept 2018 will include:
Communication and interaction Skills - The communication strategies used with each student will depend on their individual needs and will include PECs, Makaton, speech and AAC devices such as iPads, switches and eye-gaze. Every lesson involves communication and so students will receive teaching throughout every day but also in targeted communication sessions. Lego based therapy (Lets construct together) is being introduced to help develop social and interaction skills.
Sensory Integration programmes - If a student requires a sensory integration programme this will be integrated into their school day according to their needs.
Attention - The Attention programme targets the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills. Students may engage in it across the week according to their individual needs.
Literacy - Students will participate in sessions targeted at their needs both as discreet lessons and within the knowledge of the world and creative studies lessons. This may include sensory stories, speaking and listening skills, phonics, reading skills, writing skills and comprehension.
Write dance - Write Dance is an exciting music and dance approach to develop the skills needed for writing. This is a programme aimed at developing communication skills and fine motor skills which may include spelling and writing.
Maths - This will include number, calculation, time, money, shape, space and measure, and sensory maths. The sessions are targeted at individual needs either in discreet lessons or applying it in other lessons such as cookery, out in the community and throughout the school day.
Knowledge of the world and creative studies – Lessons will be planned on the termly theme, at a level appropriate for the students needs. Encompassing the following subject areas, as appropriate for the theme; science, DT, computing, geography, history, music, art, drama or dance.
PSHE – there will be a rolling programme covering:
Cooking - This will encourage the development of independence skills and also healthy eating. It will be linked to other areas of the curriculum such as maths and literacy and may also link to the term’s theme on occasions.
Relationships and Sexual education – including body parts and growing, private and public, friendships and relationships
Personal care – Taking care of oneself, including; mental and physical health and taking care of belongings.
Personal safety - stranger danger, online safety, fire safety and safety in the kitchen.
Religious Education – This is a discrete programme based on concepts such as; celebration, change, specialness and remembering, at a level appropriate to the students’ needs.
Physical - There will be an emphasis on keeping our bodies healthy and encouraging exercise as a lifestyle choice. There will be a PE lesson and a swimming lesson each week. Some students may engage in physical activities at other times of the week as appropriate for their needs.
Use of the community - The students will have time each week to access the community to help to develop their independence skills. Areas of learning will include, for example, shopping for food for the cookery session, managing money, road safety, use of the library or use of leisure facilities.