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Henry Tyndale School

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Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum

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 students currently will follow either the Semi-formal Pathway or the Integrated Pathway.  Some students may benefit from accessing aspects of both Pathways.  Within these Pathways the students’ learning will be individualised with key priorities for each students being discussed with parents and any other professional that are involved.  Within these Pathways it is likely that there will be a greater emphasis on developing communication and interaction skills and PSHE skills.  If a student on either Pathway needs to access Sensory Integration this will be done according to their individual programmes

 

KS3 Semi-Formal Pathway

 

Communication and Literacy 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 used to help develop social and interaction skills.

Students will learn literacy skills targeted at their individual needs both in discreet lessons, within the knowledge of the world and creative studies lessons, out in the community and throughout the school day.  This may include speaking and listening skills, phonics, reading skills, writing skills and comprehension

 

PSHE

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.  The students will be given an element of choice about what they are going to cook, being helped to make healthy choices and preparing them for options within the KS4 curriculum

Relationships and Sexual education

This will include naming body parts with their appropriate name, how our body changes as we grow older, private and public parts of the body , friendships and relationships.  Materials will be used from the NSPCC speak out and stay safe project

 Personal Hygiene

This will included taking care of your body, mental and physical health and taking care of belongings.

Personal safety 

This will include stranger danger, online safety, fire safety and safety in the kitchen.

 

Maths

Students will learn mathematical skills targeted at individual needs both in discreet lessons or applying it in other lessons such as cookery, out in the community, within the knowledge of the world and creative studies and throughout the school day.The mathematical skills taught will include number, calculation, time, money, shape and space and measure

 

Knowledge of the world and creative studies

Learning will be planned on the termly theme including the following subject areas, as appropriate for the theme; science, DT, computing, geography, history, music, art, drama or dance but not necessarily as discrete subjects  The intent of this learning is for the students to apply and generalise key skills learnt in other lessons, broaden their understanding of the world around them and to help them develop special interests.  Within the theme the students will be given an element of choice about what they learn to help prepare them for options within the KS4 curriculum

 

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.  Swimming lessons either occur at a swimming pool in the local community or in the hydrotherapy pool dependent on the students needs.  Some students may engage in physical activities at other times of the week as appropriate for their needs, including physiotherapy

 

Use of the community

The students will have time each week to access the community to help to develop their independence skills.  Areas of targeted teaching will include, for example, shopping for food for the cookery session, managing money, road safety, appropriate behaviour in the community and use of the library or use of leisure facilities.  This will develop skills for the students to prepare them for KS4 where there is increase learning in the community

 

 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 and linked in with the termly theme where possible

 

KS3 Integrated Pathway

 

Communication and Literacy Skills

The communication strategies used with each student will depend on their individual needs and will include, Intensive interaction, 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 lessons

Students will learn literacy skills targeted at their individual needs both in discreet lessons, within the knowledge of the world and creative studies lessons, out in the community and throughout the school day.  Skills targeted will be dependent on the children’s needs but will include attention listening skills through the use of Attention Autism,  comprehension skills through the use of Sensory stories and mark making and fine motor skills through the use of write dance.  Other strategies and approaches will also be used

 

PSHE

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 cognition and communication skills.  It may also link to the term’s theme on occasions.  There will be a sensory approach to teaching skills and depends on the students needs this will be a very hands on sensory  session with the students being encouraged to express what they like and do not liked

My body and keeping safe

This includes personal hygiene, relationships and safety dependent on the student’s needs.  This will include body awareness through approaches such as Tac Pac and personal care including washing hands, cleaning teeth etc   There will also be a focus on developing relationships with familiar adults and students including turn taking and learning to wait. Safety in school and out will be introduce though a range of visual strategies as appropriate for the individual student

 

Cognition

Students will learn maths based concepts targeted at individual needs both in discreet lessons or applying it in other lessons such as cookery, out in the community, within the knowledge of the world and creative studies and throughout the school day. The maths based concepts taught will include more and less, big and little, full and empty, circles, squares and triangles, heavy and light and in, on and under

 

Knowledge of the world and creative studies

Learning will be planned on the termly theme. The intent of this learning is for the students to apply and generalise key skills learnt in other lessons, broaden their understanding of the world around them, develop their communication skills further including being able to express what they like and dislike

 

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. All students have swimming included within PE, either at a swimming pool in the local community  or in the hydrotherapy pool on site dependent on the student needs.  Some students may engage in physical activities at other times of the week as appropriate for their needs, including physiotherapy

 

Use of the community

The students will have time each week to access the community to help to develop their independence skills.  Areas of targeted teaching will include the students being able to safely and confidently access the community, appropriate behaviour in the community and how to access specific areas of the community including shopping and the library

 

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 and linked in with the termly theme where possible

 

 

 

 

 

KS 3 Three Year Rolling Plan

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