Engagement for Life Booklet
Engagement For Life
“Working together to do our best”
- To develop communication, cognition and motor-based skills through engaging and stimulating multi- sensory activities.
- To extend engagement in play and sensory learning - pupils learn through interaction with others and with their surroundings
- To enable pupils to become as independent as possible in their self care skills.
- To incorporate therapies into our everyday routines and activities, including working on Physiotherapy and Speech and Language targets, and following sensory diets.
- Communication Skills
- Life Skills
- Thinking/ Cognitive Skills
- Motor Skills
- Personal and Social Skills
Curriculum Overview for Engagement for life Pupils
- Classes follow the topic from the long term plan from the Key Stage they are linked to. Multi-sensory activities are then planned from this, using the termly theme as a basis for exploration and play through the six areas of the curriculum.
- As an example, during Summer Term 2 Orange class would follow the theme of ‘’Travel and Journeys’. Activities might include making sound effects linked to the topic (Cognition and Thinking Skills), choosing travel themed toys (Communication Skills), and using switches to operate a projector with images of holiday desinations (Technology Skills).
Celebrations from Different Cultures
Imagine – Inventors and Artists
The UK – Cities and Countryside
At the Seaside
Travel and Journeys
Celebrations and Festivals
Stratford-upon-Avon (Local Study)
Measly Middle Ages
Health for Life
‘Who am I?’
Celebrations and Event Planning
Magazines and estate agents
‘Charities and Helping others’
Within Engagement for Life our curriculum is based on play and sensory learning. Pupils often start their day with a ‘Sensology’ session, working through each of their senses in turn. We work alongside other professionals including Vision and Hearing Support and sensory Occupational Therapists to find ways of developing the senses for each pupil to maximise their learning and independence.
All students are immersed in a Total Communication Environment, with a combination of Makaton signs, Touch Cues, Sensory Cues, Objects of Reference and picture symbols being used, both to cue pupils in to an activity or event, and to enable the pupils to express themselves and make choices.
In Engagement for Life pupils benefit from exploring the outdoor ‘Forest School’ environment. The activity supports the development of social skills, ‘orientation and mobility’ skills, and encourages purposeful exploration of the environment and objects around us, leading to early problem solving.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
At Welcombe Hills we support the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils through a range of wellbeing activities. Special events from different cultures are explored and celebrated through sensory exploration.
Create for Life
- Creative Arts enable our unique pupils to shine, where they are not being judged for their academic skills but where everyone has the ability to make a valuable contribution.
- It provides a practical approach to learning and many pupils learn best when they are active participants and developing our students’ confidence and self-esteem.
- We will provide a broad and enriching curriculum that is appropriate to pupils’ age, level of understanding and needs.
- We offer exciting opportunities and experiences for our students to work with a variety of Artists during their time at school.
- We aim to create an understanding and appreciation of the Arts that will last a life time.
Within Engagement for Life the Creative Arts team use sensory interactive stories to create a fun learning environment for our young people to explore, express a preference and be creative.
Interventions and Therapies
At Welcombe Hills we believe in a holistic and pupil centred approach to learning and offer a range of therapies and interventions. Interventions and therapies are allocated through a referral process. When a referral is made these are analysed and then an intervention is decided. Unfortunately, not all students will necessarily access a therapy or intervention.
- Rebound Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
At Welcombe Hills a key focus of our curriculum offer is to prepare students for their next steps in life.
The Day to Day
The school day starts: 8.55am
Lunch time: 12.00-1.00pm
The school day ends: 3.20pm
School dinners cost: £2.60 per day
What do I need each day?
- Wellington boots/ Forest School Kit (to stay in school)
- Change of clothes
- Hygiene supplies
- Hydro kit (see individual timetables where appropriate)
- Snack and water bottle / feeding equipment as required
What to Wear
- Navy (secondary) or green (primary) sweater or cardigan with (or without) school logo
- Grey or black trousers or skirt (or grey/navy blue/ black joggers)
- White or navy blue shirt/blouse/polo shirt
- Blue and white checked summer dress
- Sensible black shoes