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Learning Pathway

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to Learn’


  • To develop a love on learning.

  • To access all areas of the curriculum, focussing on building core skills in literacy and numeracy.

  • Experience a wide and broad curriculum that allows them to explore through sensory and more academic activities.

  • To feel they are safe, secure and belong to their school.


  • Self help skills (toileting, handwashing, dressing for activities such as swimming and putting their coat on for break time).

  • Identifying and meeting their own basic needs (getting a drink, asking for something to eat if hungry).

  • Maintaining attention to a task for up to 5 minutes with minimal adult support.


  • Communicating their basic wants and needs in a way they feel comfortable (makaton, written), building up to verbal communication that is understood by adults working with them.

  • Holding a basic two way conversation.

  • Following 1-2 step instructions.

  • Ability to ask/answer simple questions.

  • Develop key vocabulary and to use it within the correct context.


  • Develop appropriate social and interaction skills to build and maintain friendships.

  • Understand their emotions and how to regulate them appropriately.

  • How to keep safe in school and in their outside environment.

  • Know the importance and to have the opportunity to take part in regular physical activities.

Cognition and learning

  • Develop basic phonic knowledge that can be applied to spelling and reading.

  • Able to recognise numbers, add and subtract from 20.

  • Know coins from 1p-£2 and how to keep money safe

  • Acquire skills to identify and use their environment safely.


  • Literacy and Numeracy lessons every morning.

  • Creative curriculum (Science, Geography, History, ART/DT) in afternoons  (Monday-Wednesday).

  • PE Tuesday morning

  • Money Maths every Thursday.

  • Repetition of activities to ensure knowledge is embedded and transferred across the curriculum.

  • Opportunities to take part in enrichment/extra curricular activities such as Soundssmiths music intervention, music therapy, sport trips.

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence


  • Continue to develop a love of learning, be a happy child who enjoys coming to school.

  • Experience a wide and broad curriculum that can spark interests where students can continue to develop in KS4 & KS5.

  • Emotionally secure who is confident in themselves and confident to to try new activities.

  • Multi sensory approach to teaching and learning.


  • Independence with own personal hygiene (Handwashing toileting, cleaning teeth, periods etc). 

  • Independence with feeding and drinking e.g pour milk for snack, eating lunch without adult support.

  • Cookery lessons, able to make a snack with increased independence.

  • Dressing independently e.g put coat on at break.

  • Independence moving around the academy and to the transport.


  • Independently communicate needs & wants, using communication aids as necessary which could include, sign, symbols etc.

  • Maintain attention & participate actively in conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.

  • Build and develop vocabulary and listening skills.

  • Follow short, straightforward instructions.

  • Develop an ability to ask and answer questions for specific information.

  • Use vocabulary from within experiences to describe thoughts, feelings and talk about their experiences.

  • Speak audibly to be heard and understood.


  • Develop social and interaction skills to develop friendships.

  • Understanding of emotions in themselves and others.

  • Take part in physical exercise with increased independence.

Cognition and learning

  • Continue to develop Maths, English skills inline with their academic levels.

  • Acquire cognition skills for life,  e.g know how big a bag to take shopping etc.


  • Mornings spent studying core subjects (Maths and English) in as formal capacity as is appropriate to the individual students.

  • Afternoons spent in semi-formal cross- curricular topic, theme based curriculum (young persons interests taken in to account when developing a theme) Where possible Maths and English will be linked to the theme of the half term.

  • Repetition on skills in multiple ways to secure and embed learning.

  • Timetabled sessions for EHCP &  IEP’s targets.

  • Money maths taught practically by visits within the community.

Key Stage 4

‘Ready for my Future’


  • Students continue to develop a love of learning.

  • Students develop numeracy and literacy skills appropriate to their needs.

  • Experience a wide and broad curriculum meeting sensory and academic needs.

  • Students feel safe and happy in their environment, developing resilience to try new activities and experiences.

Independent living

  • Recall personal information.

  • Personal hygiene independence.

  • Tell the time.

  • Cookery skills.

  • Get dressed independently.

  • Gain an interest in a hobby.

  • Understand safety in the home, online  and on the roads.

  • Experience clubs outside of school.

  • Make decisions about using free time.


  • Develop communication skills, both speaking and listening to others.

  • Follow instructions

  • Develop numeracy and literacy skills for life.

  • Access role models for careers.


  • Take part in physical exercise.

  • Understand balanced meals.

  • Manage minor health needs.

  • Understand the dangers and where to get support for RSE, drug and alcohol issues.

  • Understand friendships and personal relationships.

  • Manage own relationships and recognise safe relationships.

Friends, relationships and community

  • Friends, relationships and community.

  • Make friends and maintain friendships.

  • Be a team player and learn teamwork skills.

  • Understand bullying.

  • Manage change.

  • Be safe online.


  • Mornings- studying core subjects in as formal capacity as is appropriate to the individual students.

  • Afternoons- more semi formal cross- curricular topic theme based curriculum (linking with literacy and numeracy topics where possible).

  • Opportunities for sensory and creative ‘off formal timetable’ learning.

  • Opportunities for extra-curricular visits and clubs to enhance learning.

Key Stage 5

‘Ready for Work’


  • Continue to develop a love of learning.

  • Develop their numeracy and literacy skills appropriate to their needs.

  • Experience a wide and broad curriculum meeting sensory and academic needs.

  • Students feel safe and happy in their environment, developing resilience to try new activities and experiences.

Independent living

(ASDAN life skills, Towards independence where appropriate)

  • Able to shop with a simple list.

  • Able to cook simple snacks and meals for themselves.

  • Able to dress appropriately.

  • Able to use a simple washing machine.

  • Able to look after own personal hygiene.

  • Begin to understand where they can go to for support: benefits and employment advice.

  • Understand that money pays for goods and services.

  • Begin to use public transport, with support.

  • With support, understand where they can go to get a bus pass.


  • Develop communication skills, both speaking and listening.

  • Recognise common health and safety signs, and follow instructions.

  • Access functional skills exams if appropriate.

  • Start to build a personal profile, including interests and hobbies.

  • Able to recall own personal details.


  • With support, able to manage own health.

  • Know where to go for health advice.

  • Able to recognise when they are feeling unwell.

  • With support, take care of age related medical issues.

  • To be able to form lasting relationships, with support.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in Art.



Scribble and Ink




Star Wars Avatar


Colour Quilt

Disney yourself


Quick Draw

If you would like further information about our Art curriculum please contact Mrs K Owen, Art coordinator, via the Academy office or by email:

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