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    Curriculum

    The Curriculum

    Pupils entering The Avenue School at nursery age will follow an adapted Early Years curriculum until they reach the age of 8 years. At this point, teachers and parents will decide which of three curriculum pathways is most suitable for pupils depending upon their needs and long-term goals.

    We avoid rigid placement within a pathway and movement between pathways is possible following re-evaluation of a pupil’s needs and progress. Each curriculum pathway is enriched through the performing arts and outside learning opportunities. In addition, we make use of the International Primary Curriculum when planning themed lessons. Objectives for literacy and maths lessons for some pupils may be taken from the Primary National Curriculum.

     

    The Nurture and Engagement Pathway

    This pathway is designed to meet the needs of pupils facing the most profound and multiple barriers to learning. Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ skills in four key areas:

    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication
    • Physical Development
    • Self-care

     

    Key Outcomes

    • Pupils will learn to self-regulate and self soothe so that that they can enjoy a sense of calm and wellbeing
    • Pupils will learn to relate to others so that they may enjoy companionship
    • Pupils will learn to communicate their wants and needs
    • Pupils will be supported in maintaining a healthy body and mind
    • Pupils will learn to be as independent as possible with regards to self-care
    • Pupils will have access to and contribute to their wider community through the arts

     

    The Practical and Life Skills Pathway 

    This pathway is designed to meet the needs of pupils facing severe barriers to learning. Teaching focuses on supporting pupils to engage with practical skills that are needed in adult life and will enable the individual to access social, cultural and leisure activities beyond school. For some pupils, the practical skills will have an application to vocational enterprises. As self-confidence grows, levels of support are reduced and new challenges are offered to widen skill-base. Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ skills in four key areas:

    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication
    • Physical Development
    • Life Skills

     

    Key Outcomes

    • Pupils learn to follow basic instructions
    • Pupils learn to respect social boundaries
    • Pupils will be supported to maintain a healthy body and mind
    • Pupils learn to observe safety protocols
    • Pupils engage in a variety of internal work experience
    • Pupils learn skills that will enable them to live as independently as possible
    • Pupils complete accredited AQA units of study
    • Pupils engage with community based social, cultural and leisure activities and where possible, work experience

     

    The Work Experience and Academic Pathway

    This pathway is designed to meet the needs of pupils facing more moderate barriers to learning. Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ skills in five key areas:

    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication
    • Physical Development
    • Enterprise
    • Functional literacy, maths and science

    Key Outcomes

    • Pupils learn to follow routines, schedules and instructions as independently as possible
    • Pupils learn to safely initiate social interaction in a range of different contexts
    • Pupils are encouraged to maintain a healthy body and mind
    • Pupils engage in a variety of internal and external work experiences
    • Pupils develop the life skills needed for independent living
    • Pupils develop their verbal, written and numerical capacities to prepare them for further education
    • Pupils complete accredited AQA unit awards and GCSEs (Entry Level)
    • Pupils access community based social, cultural and leisure activities and work experience