Numeracy skills are needed throughout life. ‘Understanding the World’ encourages curiosity through exploration and problem solving. Through opportunities and experiential learning pupils gain functional life skills and engage in practical, fun activities to develop their knowledge of the wider world. Lessons incorporate values-based learning, Learning Outside the Classroom and the wider community, making experiences more meaningful, contextual and memorable. Learning how the world works, builds independence, increases pupils’ fine and gross motor skills and builds a sense of achievement.
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Design Technology gives all pupils the opportunity to learn future life skills in a safe and supported classroom or workshop environment. All pupils are able to enjoy the discovery of the cause and effect of different tools and processes which enable them to create objects and as they progress with their learning they experience a sense of ownership and pride. Pupils discover that manufacturing processes lead to a useful and purposeful product that can be taken home. Alongside these values’ DT helps to develop a sense of keeping safe and being responsible whilst working with tools and in a working environment. Pupils experience a wide range of practical experiences including CAD and electronics, that enable them to learn, enjoy and develop skills, including motor skills, whilst making a range of products with different uses. The subject is delivered across the school to cater for a range of different pathways and abilities with the exciting opportunity, where appropriate, for pupils to gain an accreditation. Overall, we aspire to provide pupils with the opportunity to develop problem solving skills, curiosity, confidence and resilience that they can transfer to all areas of their lives.
Our Maths and Numeracy curriculum is designed to be ambitious, multi-sensory and creative and is differentiated to meet the specific needs of all pupils. The broad and balanced curriculum allows pupils to experiment, investigate and problem solve to develop skills and decision making through cross curricular activities and a total communication approach. Pupils are activity involved in learning functional lifeskills which encourages them to be independent and successful.
Science at its core is about exploring and understanding how the world around us works. It aims to develop children’s curiosity and to widen their knowledge of their environment. Children are encouraged to develop their inquisitive nature through exploration and experimentation. Through science, pupils will observe and question what they see around them. Through thinking scientifically children will test these ideas and think more critically. Science gives children the opportunity to reflect and make decisions based on evidence. Children will try new things and investigate, learning a wide variety of transferable skills. This will give them a stronger sense of self, and increased awareness of how the world works, and their place in it. Science will incorporate Learning Outside the Classroom and sensory exploration; observation and experimenting will make the experience more meaningful for pupils. Science should also be exciting and engaging. Science is an area where is it ok to be wrong, and to wonder why. Children will have many opportunities to show the school values. They will be encouraged to take risks, and step outside their zone of challenge.