The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but involves a rich fabric of creative, cultural, sporting and intellectual opportunities which are broad, exciting, challenging and relevant, some of which are provided as extra curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their full potential.
Our curriculum is constantly evolving to ensure that we are responding to a rapidly developing world around us and that we are offering our children the best start to their lives in the 21st Century.
The curriculum has been divided into yearly cycles and we are currently on, ‘cycle 3’ as detailed in our long term plan topic plan. Each class has a topic web which outlines what the children will be learning each term, these can be found in the topic folder.
If you have any queries or questions regarding the curriculum at Springwell please contact one of the Assistant Head teachers:
Louise Hargreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Marc Hillan at email@example.com
Springwell School 'NEW SPARKLE CURRICULUM'
Sam and Jane have been working together to create a new ‘Sparkle Multi-Sensory Curriculum’ for Lion and Pangolin Class. Our new curriculum started in January 2019 and it will be fantastic for our children.
Sparkle curriculum will be delivered in a multi-sensory, creative way which will enable pupils to access learning using their senses through a holistic approach. It has been designed for our pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) who require specialised management for physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex medical needs.
The SPARKLE CURRICULUM will be:
· MOTIVATING Our pupils learn when they are interested, stimulated and engaged.
· RELEVANT It is relevant to the learning styles of the pupils and takes into account their prior knowledge and learning needs.
· CHALLENGING All teaching staff have high and realistic expectations of the pupils and with specialised, inclusive teaching — progress is evident.
· FOCUSED Shared targets from EHCP, physiotherapists, SALT etc. are central to the pupils provision.
All the children will have a (PLP) Personalised Learning Plan. This plan will include all the targets your child will be working towards and it will include targets from everyone who works with your child in school e.g. physiotherapy targets, occupational therapy targets, speech and language targets and targets from visual impaired teacher if applicable. The PLP will reflect the same targets that will be included in your child’s Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Our Sparkle Curriculum, endeavours to provide our pupils with motivating experiences and activities that will ensure a high level of engagement.
Pupils following the sparkle curriculum require a high level of adult support, both for their learning needs and also for their personal care. They need sensory stimulation and a curriculum broken down into very small achievable steps.
This new curriculum will predominantly be made up of sensory themed learning and therapeutic activities. More time will be spent on more beneficial, holistic and individualised activities e.g. positioning in specialised equipment, visual stimulation, hand and finger work (exploration – sensory play), therapies, movement, relaxation, Tac Pac, story massage etc.