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KS1 Woodies learning overview for the term

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KS2 Woodies learning overview for the term

KS2 Woodies(3)

The curriculum

The curriculum in KS1&2 Woodies is based around the school’s creative curriculum but is very much tailored to meet the children’s individual needs. Our focus each day is on the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics, but we always approach this creatively, bringing learning alive whilst fostering a nurturing and caring environment.  Each child reads and practices handwriting and spellings with an adult every day.

We learn about topics through Oaky the Artist, Oaky the Explorer and Oaky the Historian to name a few… These are all linked into our science, history, geography and English and math programmes where possible. Most children are assessed formally in line with the whole school assessment policy and progress is reported termly to parents. For those children working well below ARE we use the B Squared assessment tool to evidence the smaller step progress that they make.

We are also very fortunate to regularly work with the charity Active Hope who ensure we have access to lessons outdoors where we learn the skills of: cooperation, perseverance, resilience and team building. There is a link to Active Hope on our website to find out more.

Pastoral Care

There is a large emphasis on social skills, teamwork and relationship building, using PACE and advice from our play therapists and outside specialists. This is done by using SALT programmes where needed but every opportunity is taken during the school day to develop these skills. We share snack and lunch times together, have regular circle and board game sessions to develop turn taking, communication and sharing skills.  The staff model behaviour through positive language and reinforce the high standard of behaviour we expect within the classroom and towards each other.

All staff within KS2 Woodies are Team Teach trained to de-escalate behaviours and where necessary use restraint.  Positive Handling plans are used for those children that require them and are regularly reviewed and up-dated.

Intervention Strategies

In KS1&2 Woodies, the staff are specially trained to deliver a variety of interventions and to understand the complex needs of our children. We also work under the guidance of other professionals such as speech and language therapists and physiotherapy to support our children. Examples of interventions and training are:

  • Speech and language
  • Write Away Together
  • Social stories – to help children understand social situations
  • Mindfulness
  • Attachment
  • Team Teach
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