Curriculum Overview

Overview

Broadmeadow is a special school for up to 52 pupils aged from 3 to 7 years with a range of educational needs.

School Organisation

We have 6 classes arranged by age and by need, with a minimum of 7 and maximum of 11 pupils in each class.

Staff Expertise

All teaching is carried out by staff who are experienced in teaching children with learning difficulties. Staff skills, knowledge and expertise are kept up to date with training and professional development through the school, outside agencies or training course providers.

Assessment

At the start of each academic year, staff use previous knowledge of the child to begin baseline assessment. Evidence is gathered by observation of the children and within the first 6 weeks, Learning Outcomes are drawn up and shared with parents. These are monitored and revised termly.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage materials (Development Matters) to recognise and record the achievement of pupils working towards their developmental level from birth; target setting for individual pupil learning outcomes and to inform short and medium term planning.

We use P Scales as an assessment tool, which we have broken down into a 5 point scale in order to show smaller steps of progress. This provides us with whole school as well as individual pupil data and enables us to track progress over time.

Pupils will have an annual review of their statement / EHCP and receive a yearly report in the Summer Term. There are opportunities for parents’ discussions in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

Approaches to Teaching

We offer a personalised curriculum taking into account children’s specific interests and diverse learning needs. Staff are encouraged to take a practical and creative approach to teaching. We use a range of specific teaching methods including PECs (Picture Exchange Communication System); TEACCH; Intensive Interaction; Therapeutic Play; Rebound Therapy; Makaton signing; and reward based strategies.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is exciting and carefully structured, providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our experienced team of staff work together to deliver a curriculum tailored to the individual interests and needs of the children. Using our curriculum framework, staff design lessons and activities that motivate pupils to learn.

Areas of learning and development are divided into 2 categories:

Prime Areas

  • ​Personal, social and emotional development- making relationships, self confidence and self- awareness, managing feelings and behaviour
  • Physical Development – Moving and handling, health and self-care
  • Communication & Language – listening and attention, understanding and speaking

Specific Areas

  • ​Literacy – reading and writing (We use Oxford Reading Tree and Jolly Phonics to develop reading skills)
  • Mathematics – numbers and shape, space and measure
  • Understanding the World  – people and communities, the world and technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design – exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative