About our Curriculum
Watergate provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. This includes the National Curriculum and is extended to provide the most appropriate learning opportunities and outcomes for each individual child.
If you want to find out more about the curriculum at Watergate, please contact Michèle Page, Curriculum Lead, at the school.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- English – Rigby Star reading scheme and Letters and Sounds phonics system are used in the school
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Physical Education
- Design & Technology
- Food Technology
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
- Self care skills
- Home skills
- Health and Sex Education
- Environmental Education
Progression is planned for and assessed termly through both learning experiences encountered and skills/understanding developed. Teaching and learning takes place in ability and mixed ability groups, within class, small groups and individual learning situations.
Particular emphasis is placed on the ‘key skills’:
- Developing communication, using body language, pointing, gesture, Makaton signing, picture or symbol exchange, augmentative aids and spoken language etc.
- Developing motor skills, use and toleration of aids and physiotherapy programmes, reaching, rolling, crawling, standing and walking, climbing and running, gymnastic, athletic, games and dance skills.
- Developing independence both in their learning skills and in self-help skills such as:- eating, toileting, washing, teeth brushing, dressing and other skills such as decision making.
- Developing social skills of tolerating routines, turn taking, sharing, caring attitudes towards others, behaviour, self conduct and self esteem.
At Watergate we follow a 2 yearly cycle of Units of Study. There are 10 units, or ‘topics’, that reflect a balance of subject matter across each year, for example:- Me and My Family, Food, Books and Stories, Caring for our World, Light and Sound, Homes and Buildings and Weather.
Personal Social, and Health Education (PSHE) is at the heart of all work undertaken and is a priority area in developing the pupil as an independent learner. It permeates all aspects of our work, including the nature of relationships between pupils and staff.
Class timetables are sent to parents for their information, along with an ‘overview’ of subject content for the unit of study at least termly. Pertinent home learning activities can then be identified and carried out as appropriate to individual family situations.
If you would like more information about the curriculum at Watergate, please contact the school.