At the Ivel Valley School, we follow the National Curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to KS5 as a vehicle for delivering a personalised learning programme.
In the primary years and Key Stage 3, the curriculum is delivered through the Creative Curriculum Approach.
Pupils aged 14-19 years continue to develop their social interaction, health and leisure skills, communication skills, literacy, numeracy and Computing skills, and also follow a vocational key skills for life programme.
Courses for Post 16 pupils are linked to Functional Learning which can provide accredited qualifications at Entry Level, and / or studies accredited through OCR Life & Living Skills Diploma
In order to fulfil our commitment to excellence and achievement, we give particular emphasis in our curriculum to the development of:
- Personal independence
- Social interaction skills
- Communication skills
- Literacy, Numeracy and Computing
- Physical Development and activity
- Work related and Vocational Skills.
Personalised Learning and Inclusion
We adapt the curriculum for individual learners according to their needs. We recognise pupils’ strengths and interests and build on these to promote achievement and success. We identify our pupils’ needs and adapt provision to meet these needs. We offer full access to the National Curriculum adapting it to take account of the development level and learning style of our pupils to ensure that they make good progress.
Post 16 pupils access transition arrangements to local colleges and where appropriate, work experience. Pupils and students are taught by experiences, well trained teachers and support staff.
We are committed to providing the best learning opportunities, including access to mainstream peers through supported inclusion, in our satellite classes, access to community resources and learning programmes that link classroom learning to life skills.
Personal Health, Social and Citizenship Education
Personal and social development of our pupils is a key principal that underpins all of our learning activities. We aim for pupils to be as independent as possible. Our work on decision making, personal independence, communication skills, self-knowledge and pride in achievement form the foundations of citizenship and participation in our local communities.
Pupils at Ivel Valley School are encouraged to test their skills, take risks and learn from their experiences. Educational visits provide opportunities outside the school environment to extend learning and practise essential life skills, use local facilities to buy items from shops, order, pay for and eat out, negotiate and enjoy many leisure activities.
Sport, health and leisure studies enable pupils to stay healthy, get fit, play sports and plan their own leisure time.
Pupils are always expected to behave well and in an age appropriate manner.
We have a comprehensive programme of accreditation to help school and home work together to develop out pupils’ self-help and independence skills
Learning Through Action Across the School
At Ivel Valley School, the curriculum supports the learning journey to independence of each pupil. Lessons and activities begin in the early years and are extended as pupils’ progress through the school onto further education and their life beyond school. In nursery, pupils learn to make choices about what they like to eat and drink.
As pupils get older and develop their communication skills, they learn to tell someone else what they want to eat and drink. They develop their independence in eating and drinking and table manners. These skills are generalised at all ages by taking these skills out into the cafes and restaurants in the community.
Within the 14 -19 curriculum, pupils continue to learn new skills and they also use their academic knowledge in English and Maths to develop their vocational skills, planning and preparing food.
Whatever the age of the pupil, the pattern of learning where academic skills are applied to practical ‘real life’ situations underpins our philosophy and promotes pupil’s progress.