Our curriculum encompasses all needs and physical and mental health is at the forefront. The St Francis community is committed to our pupils and engagement and enjoyment drive us. We want our children to leave school having developed as many skills as possible for independence and self-advocacy. We aspire for our pupils to stay safe, be happy and work to their potential. All lessons are planned carefully and differentiated to meet the broad range of needs of our pupils. We strive for each individual pupil to have their own voice and communication skills to enable them to access their curriculum to their full potential. Within Middle School, we always ensure that there is a drive towards a pupil’s independence. Where appropriate, pupils contribute towards setting their own personal/independence targets and are encouraged to take ownership of these. Pupils are encouraged to use their own voice to express their wants and needs and functional activities are integrated into lesson activities with a focus on independence skills
AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) is fully supported by the curriculum on offer and it is fully immersed into daily life at St Francis School. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and practice their skills. It is important that we provide opportunities for spontaneous communication in real situations not only with known partners in familiar surroundings but also with previously unknown people in both familiar and unfamiliar situations and surroundings.
All parents have the opportunity for their child to join our ‘Seesaw’ app where they are able to view and comment on the progress their child is making throughout the year. This also provides a good communication platform and an opportunity to share all that their child is involved in at school
The formal curriculum is based on the national curriculum subjects and us delivered at a higher cognitive level. Pupils who are working and progressing within the national curriculum framework and who are expected to carry out accredited courses will access this. Although similar to a mainstream model, consideration is given to an adapted curriculum which considers the whole child’s needs.
Pupils will access a timetable similar to that of a mainstream model to include Maths, English, Science, Geography/History, R.E, ICT, Creative Arts and Cooking.
Pupils will also take part in lessons which consider and develop their independence skills. We understand all our pupils have individual needs and can provide bespoke and adapted timetables according to the strengths and needs of each pupil.
The pupils are set targets for the four areas of the EHC to include Communication, Cognitive, Physical and Sensory and Social and Emotional, on a termly basis, in conjunction with parents and other professionals. We measure the outcomes for English, Maths and Science using our ‘Onwards and Upwards tracking system.
For our Semi Formal learners, we provide a curriculum which reflects the needs of the whole child. This includes independence skills, functional literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills and also opportunities to feel part of and understand the wider community and world.
Our pupils have access to a breadth of experiences which support a holistic approach to learning. The pupils’ physical, health, social/emotional and communication needs are incorporated into the school day. A typical week incorporates the following curriculum areas.
As with the Formal learners, the pupils are set targets for the four areas of the EHC to include Communication, Cognitive, Physical and Sensory and Social and Emotional, on a termly basis, in conjunction with parents and other professionals. We measure the outcomes for functional literacy and numeracy through our onwards and upwards system.
Our Pre-Formal Curriculum at St Francis School is designed to support the engagement and learning of pupils’ working between P1-P4. The curriculum has been created to enable an individualised approach that allows practitioners to draw on pupils’ individual interests and strengths. Although the curriculum is based around the areas of Communication, Cognitive, Physical and Sensory and Social and Emotional we adopt a cross curricular approach throughout the school day.
The pupils’ learning and experiences are based around a termly theme but also consider the pupils own interests. The timetable offers a rich and varied curriculum which includes:
The pupils have access to multi-sensory learning environments throughout their week.
The pupils are set termly learning intentions which are measured using the MAPP scale which is a continuum of skill development. There is close liaison with parents/carers and other professionals.
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