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Welcombe Hills School

"Working together to do our best"

Learning for Life Booklet

Learning For Life

2022 -2023

“Working together to do our best”

Department Aims:

  • To Develop Confidence and Independence.
  • To encourage good social interaction, caring relationships and positive behaviour.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in all subject areas.
  • Problem Solving and Creativity through practical activities and play.

Curriculum

 

Learning Breadth:

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

 

Curriculum Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2Spring 1

Spring 

2

Summer 1Summer 2
 English

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Reading

Phonics

Stories &

Reports

Linked to Topic

Maths

Numbers

Counting, ordering, comparing

Addition & Subtraction

Shape

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplying& Division

Measuring

money

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplying& Division

Time & Measure
ICT

2 type word processing

E safety

Purple Mash activities related to topic

Painting 2 paint

E safety

Purple Mash activities related to topic

Programming Beebots

E safety

Purple Mash activities related to topic

Programing 2 code

E safety

Purple Mash activities related to topic

Computer skills

E safety

Purple Mash activities related to topic

Computer skills

Using iPad to take photos.

E safety

ScienceAnimals

Materials

& their properties

Human Body & senses

Plants

Growing & caring

Seaside animals

Materials

Waterproof materials/floating & Sinking

Topic

Amazing Creatures

Naming animals around the world.

Habits

Caring for animals

Celebrations from different cultures

Imagine

Amazing inventions and people

Places- The UK

Where do we live?

Countryside/cities

At the Seaside

What is the seaside like today and in the past

Travel & Journeys

Transport types,

Journey we make

Famous Journeys

PSHE

Protective Behaviours

Naming Emotions

Protective Behaviours

Taking Care of Ourselves

Similarities & Differences in people

Protective Behaviours

Healthy Eating

Protective Behaviours

Keeping Safe/Trust

Protective Behaviours

Growing  up

relationships

P.EAttack & DefenceBall SkillsDanceGymnasticsTeam BuildingHealth & Well Being

 

Adapted National Curriculum

Within Learning for Life our curriculum follows the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum objectives set within a topic area each half term. This takes into account EHCP provision and is flexible to the needs of the pupils.

 

Learning through play:

All students will have the opportunity to learn through focused play activities with equipment such as Lego, Duplo, Mobilo, Jigsaws and Turn Taking Board Games. There will also be opportunities for imaginative  play with small world figures, animals, castles, farms and houses. Such activities help children develop thinking skills, independence, perseverance, cooperation and collaboration.

 

Forest School:

Welcombe Hills Forest School is small wooded and tree lined area, dedicated to learning outdoors, following the forest school ethos

We aim to offer our pupils the opportunity to experience working in a pupil lead naturalistic environment, during weekly sessions throughout all seasons. 

The sessions are planned to follow the school’s approach, considering all pupils well-being and happiness; through promoting a balance of pupil lead opportunities; supported by a safe managed natural environment.   Alongside this the forest school sessions aim to provide differentiated learning opportunities led by the Forest School Lead Teacher and Class Teams.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

In Learning for Life we aim to develop children’s awareness of themselves and show respect for others and the world around them. We aim to develop their imagination and enjoyment in learning about themselves, other people and the world through play and practical activities. Our aim is to foster positive social interaction helping develop good relationships with appropriate behaviour and the ability to recognise right and wrong actions. Throughout the school day children are encouraged to be as independent as possible and to be kind and help others, developing responsibility for themselves and a commitment to others. Children are introduced to different cultures and beliefs through special celebrations and festivals in assemblies and class activities such as art, cooking and stories. Opportunities are given for children to reflect on these experiences and to celebrate similarities and differences with others in our school and the wider community.  

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. The process of becoming creative is often more important than the finished piece.
  • 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 1

Spring 

2

Summer 1Summer 2
Art

Drawing

focus

Drawing

focus

Painting

focus

Painting

focus

Sculpture

focus

Sculpture

focus

Music

British folk music and stories

British folk music and stories

Water music

Improvise / compose

Water music

Improvise / compose

Junk music

Sound and rhythm focus

Junk music

Sound and rhythm focus

DramaExploring props and costumesExploring props and costumesSimple role playSimple role playPerformingPerforming

 

Curriculum Overview for Formal Pupils

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2Spring 1

Spring 

2

Summer 1Summer 2
Art

Drawing

focus

Drawing

focus

Painting

focus

Painting

focus

Sculpture

focus

Sculpture

focus

Music

British folk music and stories

British folk music and stories

Water music

Improvise / compose

Water music

Improvise / compose

Junk music

Sound and rhythm focus

Junk music

Sound and rhythm focus

DramaExplorative role playExplorative role playPerformingPerformingCharacterisation 

 

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

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

Own lunch option: Packed Lunch Box

What to Wear

School Uniform:

  • Jade 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

  • 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. 
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