Chellow Heights recognizes the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum always working towards the pupil’s individual goals and school targets. We have developed our curriculum to meet the individual needs of our pupils. The aim of the curriculum at Chellow Heights school is, to provide the best learning opportunities for our children to make them:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve success
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
Our pupils needs are such that a personalised curriculum is often required.
Cognitively, most of our pupils are functioning at a developmentally pre 60 month old age and are therefore working below those expected of their mainstream peers. We therefore have a developmental, skills based and creative curriculum with an emphasis placed on supporting children to develop the skills they need to be more ready for learning and independence. In addition we also incorporate therapeutic and/or learning interventions which we monitor for impact.
We believe that without first developing the skills which support learning, academic learning is either not achievable or not maintained over time. Learning which is maintained over time is our ultimate goal.
We provide our pupils a wide scope of learning activities to develop:
- cognition an learning skills including academic competence
- communication and interaction skills
- physical skills and sensory awareness
- social, emotional and personal skills including good behaviour and attitudes to learning
We do this through using an Early Years approach to learning which is adapted for the needs of our learners. This approach includes providing areas in classes of continuous provision and opportunities for learning through play.
Our curriculum is therefore based around Early Years Key Areas of Learning due to the developmental needs of our pupils. It consists of:
Core or Prime Areas
- Personal and Social Development
- Physical development
- Language and Literacy
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World .
This wider curriculum is then refined into three broad areas dependent on the developmental needs of pupils. Staff in school will provide
- A Sensory, Experiential and Therapeutic Curriculum (SEAT)
Learners following this curriculum are functioning developmentally between 0 - 12 months. The SEAT curriculum allows them to encounter, develop awareness of, begin to attend to and respond to objects, things and people in their environment gradually engaging more and more in activities. They are also developing their early communication and social skills and their physical skills. They are developing through this curriculum from being passive pre-intentional learners to social partners who are beginning to respond and engage in activities with others and the environment.
- A Modified, Experiential and Therapeutic Curriculum (MET)
Learners following this curriculum are functioning developmentally between 10 and 30 months. Their MET curriculum allows them to participate and practice skills, to become more persistent in learning about the world and begin, to anticipate, to make connections and develop their curiosity. They are also developing their early communication and social skills and their physical skills. They are developing from being social partners in activities to early language users. They may still require therapeutic interventions to overcome barriers to learning
- A Modified and Supported Therapeutic Curriculum (MAST)
Learners following this curriculum are functioning developmentally between 31 and 84 months. The MAST curriculum supports them to discover things, build on their curiosity, initiate their own learning, begin to adapt ideas and become creative learners with enquiring minds who can investigate the world around them. The most able can even begin to explore and 'research' things for themselves. At this level they are working on areas of the National Currriculum.
Teaching and Learning
The Two Year Planning Cycle
We have a creative curriculum on a two year cycle of themes. Teachers use the 'topics' to deliver the skills and knowledge through.( Please see class pages for more details of what they are covering each term.)
Click the links below to open the long term planning cycles.
Through this we will meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
A number of commercial curricula are used by staff to augment their ideas and to support learning. This is to ensure that it is both age appropriate and individualised to meet the needs of learners.
The commercial curricula we will use to support teaching and learning are:
and any other curricula that we find to be appropriate for individuals and groups.
Chellow Heights aims to provide exciting and motivating lessons for our pupils which make them enthusiastic learners. Children are supported and encouraged to succeed at their own level. Achievement is celebrated, whether these are small or large steps.
Teaching and Learning on a day to day basis is led by Shirley Malley, and Juliann Wagstaff on our west (Heaton) site and by Anne Slack and Suzanne Craig on our south ( Low Moor) site.
Any queries or requests for more information about teaching and learning and our curriculum approach should be directed to them however, they can be directed to any of the senior leadership team.