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Westminster Special School

College Park School Federation of Westminster Special Schools

Curriculum

The curriculum at College Park School is designed to meet the individual needs of each our pupils within the context of a broad and balanced, integrated, creative topic based approach, guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum. Following admission, each child’s individual needs and abilities are assessed, and an Individual Education Programme (IEP) is written which lists key objectives for that child for the coming year, this is discussed and agreed with parents during parents evenings. Teachers then incorporate these personalised goals, and more focussed targets into their termly planning for each Topic area. Therapists work closely with each class group and planning meetings are held regularly with the teacher to ensure an holistic, needs led approach to the pupils education.

In the EYFS we deliver much of the foundation curriculum through topics, with discrete lessons on English, Maths and PSHE and PE. Intensive interaction and play are integral elements used throughout early years. They also work on the Prime Areas of Learning I.e. Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 we teach all subjects of National Curriculum with a strong emphasize on developing children’s literacy and numeracy skills, communication and play skills. We incorporate elements of TEACCH and SCERTS models in our lessons which are highly structured and supported with visual cues.

In Key Stage Three we continue to offer all subjects of the National Curriculum, but they are delivered using the primary model of delivery with most subjects being delivered by the form teacher. Discrete lessons are in Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Music, PE, drama and PSHE. Subjects such as geography, history and RE are taught through topic.

At Key Stage Four and at Post-16, we continue to offer the core curriculum, again focussed on functional skills and independence, all of which contribute to the ASDAN accreditations Personal Progress. Students are also given the opportunity to use functional skills at their level, with some students receiving an accreditation in entry level English, Maths and ICT. Students participate in work experience by supporting QE2’s café, making sandwiches and selling them to staff, working at a local park. Some students are able to work with Westminster Business Partnership and go on work experience in local businesses.

Throughout the school we make use of our dedicated music, art and food technology rooms, all secondary students have music, drama, art and cooking on their timetable.  Pupils use local sports centres for PE and leisure where possible, and we promote independence through Travel Training to and from local facilities. There are trips to a wide variety of places, generally within London as well as local shops to develop social interaction, community and shopping skills.

The school also has outstanding provision for Creative Arts and Music and students regularly participate in projects and workshops with a wide range of external providers, such as Cirque du Soleil, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Tate Modern. Students enjoy a wide range of visits to the theatre, music concerts and art galleries.

If you would like any further information about the curriculum at College Park, please contact the school, where you will be able to talk to your child's class teacher and/or the heads of department.
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