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Curriculum

Pathways to Independence

 

At St Andrew's Academy each student starts on their pathway to adulthood when they join us. We believe that all our students have something valuable to contribute to society, so deliver a curriculum that gives students the skills, knowledge and understanding to be as independent as possible in their adult lives. By "starting with the end in mind", we design teaching and learning programmes that

  • support learners to practice skills in real life situations 
  • solve problems in context; apply skills in new contexts
  • learn about the facilities and services in their local area
  • enable young people to keep safe and ask for help when necessary
  • develop appropriate relationships
  • provide experience of the world of work
  • foster confidence, resilience and a love of learning
  • prepare our leavers for the real world.

 

 

To learn more please click on the link below

Our new RSE Curriculum 

Please find below a copy of our new RSE Curriculum Policy, we would welcome families to read through all of this information and send any feedback via the contact form below.

 

Please give us your feedback regarding our new RSE Policy.

Thistle Values, Attitudes and Personal Characteristics

 

THISTLE VALUES

Tolerance and respect

Happy and Healthy

I ndependent thinking 

Staying safe

Tenacious

Love of Learning

E xpressing yourself 

 

This describes seven key values that underpin our work. These values feature in all aspects of school life; in the way we interact with each other, in our learning experiences in the classroom, outdoors and in the wider community. They provide the foundations for our students as they progress through St Andrew’s and into their adult life.

 

Thistle Attitudes and Values

Tolerance and respect

We want our students to develop into confident citizens who are active members of their local community. We teach about diversity and promote tolerance, respect, and understanding. We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

Happy and Healthy

We recognise that looking after yourself, staying active and participating in physical activities are important to staying healthy in later life, so we encourage participation in daily activities that promote good health. Developing positive habits as a child can lead to increased leisure opportunities in adult life so we provide a range of opportunities for students to participate in different and new experiences. Meal preparation, healthy eating, leisure skills, outdoor education, Forest Schools, creative arts and themed events all contribute to keeping us happy and healthy.

 

Independent thinker

Independent thinking is the process of making sense of the world based on your own observations and experiences rather than depending on the word of others.

We work with our students to give them the communication skills and confidence to hold their own thoughts and beliefs. They also learn that others may not share their view.

This may take the form of class debates and discussions, Student Voice, contribution to school developments and surveys and participating in the design of curriculum topics. The whole range of communication techniques are encouraged.

 

Stay Safe

St Andrew’s Academy is a community of people who put safety at the heart of everything they do.

Students learn in an environment where they are confident to learn from their mistakes, to take risks in planned situations and celebrate their successes. We teach about the independence to make the right choices and consequences of poor choices.

This area also teaches how to stay safe using the internet and social media and who to talk to if you feel unhappy, in danger or uncomfortable.

 

Tenacious

We aim to develop the skills of persistence and determination. We want students not to give up easily and to be confident to keep trying to achieve their goal.

Staff support students to understand what they are aiming for and guide and enable them to achieve. We create exciting learning opportunities that have success built in at all levels to enable students to achieve and succeed. We look for opportunities to challenge pupils to take that next step and support them to “stick at it”

Everyone celebrates and shares personal and group achievements throughout the school through weekly assemblies, certificates of recognition and the annual Prize Giving Ceremony.

 

Love of Learning

Our students say they love coming to school. They enjoy seeing their friends, learning new things and interacting with others.

We create interesting and exciting learning opportunities and take full advantage of every moment of the day. We recognise that learning can take anywhere – in school, in the grounds, out in the local area and whilst away on day trips and residential visits. Our residential department takes the opportunity to extend learning beyond the school day through evening activities and independent living skills

 

Express yourself

At St Andrew’s Academy we recognise that formal communication methods are not the only way in which students can express themselves.

Art and Design, Drama, Dance and Music stimulate creativity and imagination in our students. They provide a means to explore the world through sensory experiences and unique ways to understand and respond to the world, and to communicate with others.

We provide specialist teaching in creative subjects as we recognise the importance of these curriculum areas to the wider development of our students.

 

 

 

The Learning Journey

 

Learning Journey/ Achievement Continuum

Learner Definition

Assessment Arrangements

KS3

KS4

KS5

Key Stage Expectations

Personalised learning Programmes with IEPs – linked to EHCP outcomes

 

 

 

Formal/Academic

  • Initiation
  • Consolidation
  • Application

Pupils focus on Literacy and numeracy (including reading) and develop more formal subject based focussed learning.

 

There is also a strong focus on personal & social development

 

Students learn how to solve problems in context

 

Subject Frameworks for formative assessment

Exercise books

Evidence for learning for formative assessment

EHC plan outcomes

 

Core subjects

Effective communication

Literacy

Reading

Functional Numeracy

Science

PSD

Foundation subjects

Technological understanding

Practical Skills of Independence

Leisure skills

Creative and performing Arts

The world around us

Physical and emotional well-being

SRE

Vocational Studies

Work related learning

Enterprise education

Core subjects

Effective communication

Literacy

Reading

Functional Numeracy

Science

PSD

Foundation subjects

Technological understanding

PSI

Leisure skills

Creative and performing Arts

The world around us

Physical and emotional well-being

SRE

Vocational Studies

Careers Education

Enterprise education

Work related learning

Functional Skills

Effective Communication

Literacy

Reading

Functional Numeracy

PSI

PSD

Foundation Subjects

Scientific and Technological Understanding

SRE

The world around us

Physical and emotional well-being

Vocational Studies

Work skills

Enterprise Education

Work experience

Careers Guidance

 

 

Moving to formal

  • Development
  • Exploration
  • Initiation

 

Pupils start to develop early concepts such as language, symbols, letters, phonics and numbers

 

There is a focus on personal development and how we interact with others

 

 

Subject Frameworks for formative assessment

Exercise books

Evidence for learning for formative assessment

EHC plan outcomes

 

 

Informal, making links

  • Supported participation
  • Active involvement
  • Development
  • Encounter
  • awareness

 

Pupils move towards greater intentionality and awareness and to use more formal and representative systems that support early communication, social interaction and early cognitive skills

 

Subject frameworks

for formative assessment

Exercise books

Evidence for learning for formative assessment

EHC plan outcomes

 

Communication – expressive, receptive, symbolic

Exploration linked to literacy awareness

Taught play

Expressive and creative arts

Investigating the world around us

Sensory exploration

Social and emotional development

Functional skills

Pre-entry level learning

 

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