At Waverley we have four distinct curricula, Early Years Foundation Stage (at Waverley Pre-School), Main school Curriculum, Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) Curriculum and the Equals Moving on 14-19 years.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is play based, it is broken down into three prime areas of learning Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. We believe that the three prime areas are the foundations for future learning and development. In addition to the three prime areas there are four additional specific areas of learning Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Our main school curriculum is topic based and has six areas of learning. Communication, Language and Literacy Development, Mathematical Development, Personal Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development. The topics are covered over a three year cycle. The topic based approach ensures breadth and balance, it lends itself to individual pupil learning styles and maximises learning opportunities. Pupils from the ages of 5 to 14 years follow this.
The PMLD curriculum is taught in four classes from Primary 1 through to Secondary 4 Departments. The curriculum is based on the late Dr Penny Laceys research on how pupils with PMLD learn. The PMLD curriculum focuses on the very early developmental stages of learning. It uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching. The curriculum has four areas of learning Communication, Cognition, Personal Education and Physical development. In addition at Waverley, pupils are taught a topic aspect.
Pupils in Secondary 4 Department use The Equals 14-19 moving on curriculum. The scheme focuses on developing pupil’s independence, social and life skills preparing them for transition into adult life in the community e.g. college, day centres and supported living. The Equals Curriculum runs on a three years topic cycle Explorer, Adventurer and Traveller. The main curriculum is broken down into Personal Development, Physical Development, Communication Development, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Vocational Studies which is work related learning. Each of these areas of learning has three sub areas that students focus on. In addition to this, the leavers class (18-19 year olds) work on AQA accreditations.
Reading Schemes each pupil is individually unique. To meet their learning needs we use a range of strategies and schemes to teach reading. These are:
Please click here for the Three year topic summary