Secondary Supported Curriculum
Our secondary supported curriclum learners are based at our Grange Road site with access to specialist resources in our homebase as well as additional learning opportunities within Rhyl High School.
Learners in the supported curriculum have a developmental age of 6+ years. They are at the concrete-operational stage of child development – beginning to think logically about concrete events, but may still have difficulty understanding abstract or hypothetical concepts.
A learner in the secondary supported curriculum has the ability to learn with increasing independence given quality care, support and guidance. A Supported Curriculum learner can work on their own and as part of a team. They are gaining the skills to cooperate and negotiate; displaying empathy and an understanding of equality. A learner in the supported curriculum will access a modified national curriculum, creatively presented, which targets basic skills in a variety of contexts. The nurture provision within the secondary supported curriculum has a focus on emotional literacy with a greater provision for nurture opportunities including daily breakfast discussions and a weekly forest school day. The supported curriculum provides the learner with opportunities every day to enjoy active learning, achieve their potential, believe in themselves and express themselves whilst preparing them for independent living, further educational opportunities and employment.
Teaching & Learning
Long term plans give an oversight of the units covered in each area of the curriculum at KS3 and KS4. In KS3 pupils follow National Curriculum subjects with a focus on LNF on a three year rolling programme. Science and humanities are taught as part of the KS3 KUW curriculum and Drama, art and music form the Creative curriculum. Pupils also study MFL for one lesson a week. At KS4 most curriculum areas include accreditation; either WJEC Entry Pathways or Princes Trust Achieve. The 2 year rolling programme allows for the maximum amount of topic coverage in a way that encourages consolidation, maintenance and generalisation of skills across subjects. At KS4 pupils also have access to a World of Work curriculum which allows them the opportunity to choose 6 term long units of work, including a work experience unit, over the two years.
Medium term plans provide an outline of subject specific learning outcomes which can be addressed through that scheme of work along with suggested activities and resources. LNF references are made for English and Maths which are identified through highlighted strands on a cover page. Opportunities for Curriculum Cymreig and Digital Competency are also identified on the MTP.
Assessment for Learning
The Supported Curriculum teachers plan for consistency in feedback to learners though verbal feedback (vf), the two stars and a wish method (s&w) and traffic light (tl) self-evaluation method. Feedback is focused on the identified learning outcome (WALT) and success criteria (WILF). This is then recorded in bSquared pupil assessments for numeracy and literacy and KS4 Entry Pathways and Achieve accreditation evidence so as to inform planning for the next learning outcome.
Numeracy Catch Up is provided twice weekly by a trained teaching assistant for pupils displaying an aptitude for number. This targets outcomes regarding our MAT pupils in maths.
A teaching assistant trained in Makaton and SALT interventions provides communication support including the ‘Language for Thinking’ programme each morning for pupils with ICPs.
Pupils work towards Entry Pathways accreditation in year 11. All pupils follow the Duke of Edinburgh course in years 9 and 10 and the Princes Trust ‘Achieve’ Personal Development and Employability Award in years 10 & 11.