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Welcombe Hills School

"Working together to do our best"

Identity for Life Booklet

Identity For Life

2022 -2023

“Working together to do our best”

Department Aims:

  • We aim to develop mature, responsible, fun, caring and positive students.
  • We work on independence, at school and home.
  • We aim to promote students who can regulate themselves and organise themselves through strategies and support given.
  • We support students accessing all curriculum areas at their appropriate level

Curriculum

Learning Breadth:

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT
  • RSHE
  • Science
  • P.E
  • The Arts
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Topic (History/Geography/R.E)

 

Curriculum Overview for Semi-Formal Pupils

 

 Autumn 1

 Autumn 2

 Spring 1

 Spring 2

 Summer 1

Summer 2

 English

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Expressive communication, Receptive communication,  Functional Literacy

Maths

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Shape

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Time

 

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Data handling

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Measuring

 

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Using & applying

Thinking skills

Functional Numeracy

Position & direction, maps

ICT

Digital Literacy / Education for a connected world

Data handling & multimedia/ online technologies

Computational thinking/ programming

Programming

Computer skills / programming

Digital Literacy / data handling                                                                    

Science

Electricity

Light

Living things & their habitats

Working scientifically

Famous  medical people/ discoveries

Animals and Humans

Topic

Black History

Celebrations and festivals

Stratford Local Study

Measly Middle Ages

Arctic regions

Health for Life

PSHE

Protective behaviours

Personal strengths

Personal strengths

Accidents & risks

Taking care of the environment

Healthy eating

P.E

Gymnastics

Hockey, Cricket

Football, Basketball

Tennis

Athletics

Target games

 

 

Curriculum Overview for Formal Pupils

 

 Autumn 1

 Autumn 2

 Spring 1

 Spring 2

 Summer 1

Summer 2

 English

Illustration

Retelling stories

Exploring characters

Instructions

News reports

Non-chronological reports

Letter & diary writing

Travel guides

Plays Storyboards

Animations

Recipes

Labelling

Discussion

Fact/ Fiction

Retell story

News reports

Postcards

Non-fiction

texts

Labelling

Creating fact files

Maths

Number

 

Money  Geometry / shape

 

Number Measuring

Number/ statistics  Measuring - money

 

 

Number Time

Number Position & direction, maps grids Consolidation

ICT

Digital Literacy / Education for a connected world

Data handling & multimedia/ online technologies

Computational thinking/ programming

Programming

Computer skills / programming

Digital Literacy / data handling  

Science

Electricity

Light

Living things & their habitats

Working scientifically

Famous  medical people/ discoveries 

Animals and Humans

Topic

Black History

Celebrations and festivals

Stratford Local Study

Measly Middle Age

Arctic regions

Health for Life

PSHE

Protective behaviours

Personal strengths

Personal strengths

Accidents & risks

Taking care of the environment

Healthy eating

P.E

Invasion Games

(Basketball, Netball, Handball)

Invasion games

(Football ,

Tag Rugby,

Hockey)

Gymnastics and Dance

Tennis

Athletics

Cricket and Rounds

Adapted National Curriculum

Within Identity for Life our curriculum is focused on the Formal and semi-formal curriculum. We start working on work related vocational skills alongside the traditional National Curriculum.

Swimming:

All students will participate in swimming during there time in Identity for Life.

Bush Craft:

Bush Craft is on a rolling programme where the students get 3 half termly sessions a year.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

  • At Welcombe Hills we work on student’s holistic development and safety. Special events from different cultures are celebrated.
  • In our phase we discuss current affairs and issues affecting our local and national area in order to support our students’ understanding of what is happening in the world.
  • We hold assemblies that are linked with SMSC development and give students the time and space to be able to reflect on things.

We have weekly well-being sessions where we have worked on activities such as dance, Tai Chi, Yoga, Mindfulness and relaxation.

Create for Life

Department Aims:

  • 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.

 

Curriculum Overview for Semi-Formal Pupils

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
ArtTextiles focusTextiles focus

Collage

focus

Collage

focus

Printing

focus

Printing

focus

MusicGround Bass focusGround Bass focus

Blues

focus

Blues

focus

Bhangra

focus

Bhangra

focus

DramaMovement and mimeMovement and mime

Characterisation

and improvisation

Characterisation

and improvisation

Characterisation

and improvisation

Characterisation

and improvisation

 

Curriculum Overview for Formal Pupils

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Art

Textiles focus

Textiles focus

Collage

focus

Collage

focus

Printing

focus

Printing

focus

Music

Ground Bass  Melodic patterns and improve ensemble skills. 

Ground Bass  Melodic patterns and improve ensemble skills. 

Blues Explore scales and song writing. 

 

Blues Explore scales and song writing. 

 

Bhangra

Explore rhythms, Hooks, and chords.

Bhangra

Explore rhythms, Hooks, and chords.

Drama

Movement and mime

Movement and mime

Characterisation

and improvisation

Characterisation

and improvisation

Performance  and Theatre language

Performance  and Theatre language

 

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.

Therapies we currently offer are;

  • Play Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Sensory Occupational Therapy
  • Drumming Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Lifespace
  • Drawing and Talking

Careers Curriculum

 

At Welcombe Hills a key focus of our curriculum offer

is to prepare students for their next steps in life.

The Day to Day

 

Timings:

The school day starts: 8.55am

Lunch time:12pm-1pm

The school day ends:3.20pm

 

Lunch arrangements:

School dinners cost: £2.25 

Cook your own lunch option: Packed Lunch Box

 

What do I need each day?

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Apple

P.E Kit

 

Swim kit

(1 term per year)

Bush Craft

(Alternate half terms)

 

Elm

 

 

Swim Kit

1 Term per year

Bush Craft

(Alternate half terms)

P.E. kit

Pine

 

 

 

 

Bush craft

(Alternate half terms)

 

P.E. kit

 

What to Wear

School Uniform:

  • Navy Green sweater or cardigan with (or without) school logo
  • Grey or black trousers or skirt (grey/navy blue/ black joggers for children who struggle with fasteners)
  • White or navy blue shirt/blouse/polo shirt
  • Blue and white checked summer dress
  • Sensible black shoes

 PE Kit:

  • Black or navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms 
  • White or navy blue t-shirt 
  • Plimsolls (for indoor use) or trainers 
  • Spare pair of socks 

Swimming / hydrotherapy 

  • Swimming costume or trunks 
  • Towel 

Forest school / Bush craft  

  • Waterproofs (waterproof overalls can be provided) 
  • Wellies or walking boots 
  • Warm clothes including thick socks, hat, gloves etc. for the colder months
  • Sun hat for warmer months. 

At Welcombe Hills, we recognise that all of our pupils are individuals and should be treated as such. We realise that our pupils may not always have the same opportunity to experiment with make-up, nail varnish etc. with their peers outside of school. Therefore if your secondary age child wishes to experiment with hair colour, nail colour or make up we ask that you discuss this with us so we can work together on what is acceptable and appropriate.  

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