At the heart of North Beckton’s values is that ‘We All Belong’. Therefore, we have designed and adapted curriculums for those pupils who need additional support in their educational journey so that they can make the best progress whilst also being part of a mainstream school.
Our aims for all pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are:
- To make excellent progress both in relation to their needs and across all areas of learning
- To provide an education that is adapted for their needs
- To give each pupil a broad and balanced curriculum
- To develop independence and good learning behaviours
- To be included in a mainstream setting as much as is appropriate for the individual
There are three adapted curriculums at North Beckton Primary School: the Blue Pathway, the Orange Pathway and the Purple Pathway.
The Blue Pathway - For Children With Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
The Blue Pathway has been designed in partnership with the Newham Complex Needs Service and is accessed by the children in our Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties Resource Provision.
The Blue Pathway is structured into thematic learning in the same way as in the mainstream curriculums. Each term has a new theme which is relevant to the pupil’s lives and interests. The themes and curriculum outlines can be found below.
The pupils accessing the Blue Pathway need a curriculum which is primarily centred on sensory experiences and skills and learning which are broken down into very small steps and is revisited regularly.
The four main areas of the Blue Pathway are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Self-help and independence
- Physical development
We have a varied and stimulating curriculum which includes activities such as:
- The Daily Morning group
- Box Clever
- Messy Play
- Creative Art
- Attention Group
- Outdoor Exploration
- Music Making
- PE and dance
- Practical maths and language activities
- Holistic Music
- Daily Sensory Room and Soft Play sessions
The Blue Pathway ensures that each pupil makes progress in the areas that are individual to them whilst giving them a range of experiences that develop them as learners.
To track and assess their progress, teachers make use of MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress). This allows for the highly individualised targets to be assessed as to how far the pupil has met them. The recently introduced Engagement Model is used for pupils who are at a very early stage of development and assesses them on the 5 Engagement Areas (Initiation, Exploration, Persistence, Anticipation and Realisation).
The Orange Pathway - For Children Who Have Significant Learning Difficulties
The Orange Pathway has been designed for pupils who still need to access a semi-formal learning environment. This means they are working at least two years below their peers or have sensory or emotional needs which make being in the mainstream classroom permanently too challenging.
The classroom environment encourages elements of learning through play, role play and hands on opportunities to develop their learning and skills. The class size is small so that there is a higher ratio of adults to pupils and more flexibility to meet the pupils’ needs. The class has a teacher who plans, teaches and assesses the pupil’s progress.
The curriculum has a two-year cycle. The English is structured around CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) texts and schemes of work in line with the mainstream English Curriculum. This two-year cycle of learning, based on a variety of core texts such as ’Yucky Worm’, ‘Six Dinner Sid’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. During these sessions, lessons are tailored to ensure all pupils can access their learning and progress.
Maths lessons follow the same Maths themes that are in place in the mainstream Maths curriculum. During our Maths sessions, links are made with CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approaches. Maths resources are always available to help pupils visualise the skill they are developing. We also try to incorporate a range of multi-sensory and outdoor learning where appropriate.
Most children on the Orange Pathway will then return to class for afternoon lessons to work alongside their classroom peers with differentiated learning appropriate to their learning stage.
These pupils make excellent progress due to the differentiated learning and the adapted delivery of lessons. Teachers assess the pupils using MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress), teacher assessment, phonics screenings and through individual learning plans.
The Purple Pathway - For Children Who Have Moderate Learning Difficulties or Need Support With Emotional Dysregulation
The Purple Pathway is for children who are working on the National Curriculum but are learning at a level at least two years below their peers or have emotional or sensory needs that are best met in this setting. Pupils access elements of a formal learning environment but also need differentiation to their learning and/or adaptations to the structure of the school day.
The curriculum has a two-year cycle. The English is structured around CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) texts and schemes of work in line with the mainstream English Curriculum. This two-year cycle of learning has books such as ‘Rapunzel’, ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ During these sessions, lessons are tailored to ensure all pupils can access their learning and progress.
We also deliver a range of specific targeted interventions such as ‘Print like a Pro’ for handwriting and ‘Language for Thinking’, which develops inference skills, and phonics.