In September 2019 we launched a revised curriculum for Russet House School. All subject areas laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum documents are now organised into half-termly topics which are more engaging and motivating for our pupils. Pupils revisit the same topic twice during their time at the school to enable consolidation and extension relevant to their age and stage of development. Maths and English are taught daily and Computing and Physical Education will be delivered at least weekly.
Social communication is at the heart of our curriculum and is intrinsic to all learning opportunities. All pupils also receive on-going teaching with relation to behaviour and managing their own emotions (self-regulation). We have placed a greater emphasis on the teaching and learning of life-skills and creating opportunities for the real-life application of the skills needed for increased independence. The teaching of life-skills is embedded within subject learning as shown in the diagram below:
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Although the curriculum is pre-planned, class staff have the flexibility to create opportunities for children’s individual interests to be explored and developed. All learning will be differentiated to meet the needs of individual children and promote their progress. As a result of this, classes in the same year group may approach the same topic in different ways. Please see your child’s class newsletter for more information about their learning this half term and the ways in which you can support this at home.
Topics and Life-skills by year group