Our school curriculum
Pear Tree prides itself on having developed a curriculum that meets the extremely individual needs of all of our pupils.
The aims of our curriculum are:
- To meet the individual needs of all pupils through a personalised curriculum which enables pupils to acquire new skills and to make as much progress as possible and achieve the very best they can.
- To recognise and value each pupil as an individual and develop each pupil’s level of personal independence and achievement. To provide equality of opportunity irrespective of gender, race, need or religion as outlined in the document entitled “Equal Opportunities”.
- To promote the moral, spiritual, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils and of society.
- To prepare pupils for adult life and support them to develop the necessary functional skills to be as independent and successful as possible once they leave Pear Tree.
- To work in partnership with parents, involving them in their child’s education and welcoming their involvement in the daily life of the school.
- Provide opportunities for learning at home through regular homework activities.
- To promote opportunities for inclusion within and outside of school and recognise that inclusion is a two way process.
- To provide learning opportunities for children who are too poorly to attend school in line with the document “Children who are too poorly to attend school.
- To continue to develop and evolve to ensure that the changing needs of our children are always fully met.
The process of determining the range of learning experiences for all pupils at Pear Tree School reflects our school’s motto which is “Achieving the best we can in everything we do”. Our curriculum takes account of:
- The level a child is working at and what they need from the Curriculum ??? will have access to the most appropriate curriculum for them and may access our pre-formal, semi-formal, formal, EYS, Sixth Form or Compass Centre curriculum.
- Any statutory curricular requirements i.e. National Curriculum subjects, Religious Education and end of key stage assessment.
- The range of statutory policies which may lead to additional curricular provision such as Sex Education.
- Areas which the school has chosen to develop and identified within the School Improvement Plan e.g. Sensory Integration, college link courses, creative curriculum.
- The ever changing need of our pupils and the need to look for new and creative ways to fully meet their learning needs.
- The personal learning styles and requirements of all individual pupils and the need to develop personalised curriculums.
- The importance of postural management and care programmes and the need to incorporate these into the daily curriculum.
Throughout the curriculum development process, all staff at Pear Tree School are mindful of the following:
- The ever changing needs of our pupils and the need to ensure that our curriculum effectively meets the needs of all individual learners.
- Are the standards of achievement in each subject appropriate to the skills and abilities of all pupils?
- Is there a range of high quality learning experiences?
- Is the standard of teaching of the highest quality?
- Does our curriculum take account of new research/initiatives and developments in SEN education?
Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact
Pear Tree School prides itself on providing a highly personalised curriculum to meet the unique needs of all learners, enabling everyone within our whole school community to achieve the best they can in everything they do.
Please click on the links below to find out about our whole school curriculum:
The Recovery Curriculum - supporting our pupils to return to learning
Our SHINE Recovery Curriculum
As a school, we have been thinking carefully about what our curriculum should look like for our children when they return after the school closures following the Covid-19 pandemic.
At Pear Tree we already offer a highly personalised curriculum which fulfils all the elements of a “Recovery Curriculum” however, we are planning further targeted interventions to ensure we have the right support in place for our whole school community following the pandemic.
We acknowledge that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home and that these losses can contribute to pupil’s mental health with anxiety, trauma and bereavement playing a large role. Children will perhaps have experienced these aspects all at once and in a sudden and unplanned fashion which can leave children feeling vulnerable.
We are very mindful of the impact this pandemic has had on our children and families’ wellbeing and mental health. This recovery curriculum will support our children’s transition back into school so that they are then able to achieve the best they can in everything they do and continue to make progress in class.
To support all of our pupils to return to school and develop positive behaviour for learning so that they can engage with formal learning as quickly as possible and make progress across all areas of their curriculum.
Our recovery curriculum will be delivered through our SHINE curriculum. A tired approach will be adopted to provide whole school interventions and targeted, personalised interventions where a particular need is identified.
The SHINE curriculum will be delivered throughout the school da, across the school. Each pupil will have their own “Time to Shine” profile to identify their needs to support mental health and wellbeing.
We recognise that for some children, very little support will be required for them to settle quickly back into school but that for others, targeted support may be required. The impact of our SHINE curriculum will be closely monitored through:
- Incident and behaviour logs on our CPOMS system
- Review of positive handling plans
- Pupil behaviour for learning
- Pupil progress towards IEPs/ILPs
- Pupil progress across all areas of the curriculum
- Review of personalised timetables
Full details of our SHINE curriculum and a diagram of our tiered approach can be found in the link below:
Early Years Curriculum
Our Early Years class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Teaching and learning focuses on the Prime Areas of Learning and Characteristics of Learning initially with a gradual shift to include the Specific areas of learning as children become ready. Learning is centred around child initiated and child led play with planned opportunities for focused, adult directed learning. The Early Years team plan weekly to take into account the interests and achievements of children.
Please click on the link below for more information on our EYFS curriculum.
Pre-Formal, Semi-Formal and Formal Curriculum
Our curriculum aims to meet the very individual educational, health and care needs of all of our children and young people. The child/young person is kept at the centre of the teaching and learning process. It is not for the child to change to meet the demands of the curriculum but for experienced and skilled practitioners to provide a flexible and responsive curriculum that meets the very individual needs of each pupil. Adults are the facilitators of learning and it is key that all agencies work together in an integrated way to maximise the learning opportunities.
Our children and young people fall broadly into three categories of learning need and the curriculums have been developed to reflect these needs. Please click on the following links for more information on our curriculums.
Sixth Form Curriculum
The post 16 curriculum is bespoke to meeting the individual needs of each student and their transition into adulthood. Each student has a personalised timetable centred around the options that they have elected to take for the academic year and as part of this, access courses at local colleges within their chosen vocational areas. All learners participate in learning about the world of work with formal work placements being provided to meet individualised needs and aspirations of those that this is appropriate for.
Alongside the Sixth Form curriculum, our learners may also need specialist provision in physio, OT, hydrotherapy, sensory integration, communication, rebound therapy and sensory learning. Within the Sixth Form we continue to adopt a multi-agency approach to meeting the teaching and learning needs of our learners.
The curriculum is designed to prepare each learner for adulthood. The personalised curriculum is responsive to the needs of each student and changes at the start of the academic year based on the vocational options that students make.
The Sixth Form curriculum places an emphasis on independence and preparation for adulthood by developing skills for:
- Employment and future options
- Healthy lifestyle
- Being a part of the community
- Life at home
Please click on the following link for more information on our Sixth Form Curriculum.
Compass Centre Curriculum
Our Compass Centre Curriculum is bespoke for each individual learner. Our Compass Centre pupils have extremely complex learning needs and barriers to learning. They need a personalised timetable that focuses primarily on the following areas:
- Emotional Regulation
- Sensory Regulation
- Social Interaction
- Behaviour for Learning
- Functional Skills
Please click on the following link for more information on our Compass Centre Curriculum.
To view the latest curriculum mapping documents for individual curriculum areas, please click on the links below and download the relevant documents.
Curriculum Mapping – Science
Curriculum Mapping – Literacy
The Wider Curriculum
Throughout school, the emphasis is placed firmly upon maximising opportunities for every pupil so that each child accesses the National Curriculum at an appropriate level and that they have access to a much wider curriculum that meets their very individual needs.
Our wider curriculum reflects the diversity of needs of our pupils and is flexible so as to adapt to any changing needs of individuals. As a forward thinking school, we are always looking for ways to improve and extend our wider curriculum to ensure we meet the needs of our pupils. Our wider curriculum at present comprises of:
Inclusion with local mainstream primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
Inclusion links with other special schools
College link courses
Developing life skills in the community
Learning for leisure e.g. outward bound courses, bowling, cinema, restaurant visits
Aesthetic and creative experiences e.g. performers, artists, shows, musicians
Residential school visits
Our careers curriculum programme is bespoke and highly individualised for each student and is tailored around individual need and requirements. In order to offer the highest quality careers guidance and provision for our students we have used the eight Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework. For more information on our careers programme, please click on the link below:
Our Careers Programme Lead, Alex Haley, and our Careers Advisor, Anne Wallis, are happy to provide any more information on our careers programme on request. Please contact school if you would like to speak to one of them.