Early Years Curriculum
Our pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which focuses on the three prime areas of development; communication and language development, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. These areas are taught through four specific areas of learning, literacy development, mathematics development, understanding of the world and expressive arts and design.
The focus on learning is through play and developing the early skills that will form a solid platform for all future development. A multi-sensory approach is used for all pupils enabling them to gain a greater understanding of the world around them. Pupils’ achievements are supported and celebrated by a learning journey profile to record their progress.
Primary pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum delivered through a topic approach. We aim for our pupils to be excited about coming to school, engaged in learning and to take part in a variety of fun activities.
The curriculum has been developed as a four year rolling programme based on the National Curriculum. This is adapted to enable all children to access it using makaton signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH), intensive interaction and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The development of communication, social interaction and independence skills are a priority for all children and are promoted throughout the school day.
Each pupil’s individual needs, strengths and interests are planned for in individual education plans and targets are shared with parents.
Pupil’s achievements are supported and celebrated by work learning journals to record their progress and are assessed in line with p level guidance.
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) Provision
The pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum delivered primarily through a multi-sensory approach. This enables pupils to widen their experiences of the world delivered at a level of understanding appropriate to each pupil’s individual needs. The pupils continue to receive input and support from appropriate therapy provision to support learning. Achievements are assessed by allocating a p level reference to their work as and when this is appropriate.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Levels of support are used to show how the pupil has achieved the activity. They show individual progression and differentiation between students. These are:
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
- Communication and Interaction
- Self-help and independence
- Knowing How
- Making Choices
- Feeling Good
- Moving Forward
- Taking the Lead
Post 16 Curriculum
- Functional skills: communication and literacy, maths and ICT
- Personal and social development, including PSHE and life skills: meal preparation and cooking, housekeeping skills, accessing the community and using public transport, as well as learning about personal care, relationships, emotions, safety, healthy living, etc.
- Vocational: mini enterprises, work experience, college links visits and transition, planning for leaving school, planning for work.
- Enrichment: including residential experience, sport for everyone (swimming, adventurous activities, gym), and a selection of photography, cookery, gardening, the environment, art, textiles, health and beauty, performing arts and film making.
- Students who gain 8 credits will receive an Award qualification
- Students who gain 14 credits will receive a Certificate qualification
- Students who gain 37 credits will receive a Diploma qualification
- Students who gain fewer than 8 credits will be awarded a unit certificate
- Community action
- Healthy living
- Making the most of leisure time
- Preparation for work
- Managing own money
- Personal safety in the home and the community
- Using technology in the home and the community
- Students who gain 6 credits will receive an Award qualification
- Students who gain 13 credits will receive a Certificate qualification
Work Experience Placements
We offer work experience opportunities to students who have a genuine interest in working with young people with severe learning difficulties. It is a demanding but rewarding job. A long term aim to work in this specific area would be preferable.
Priority is given to placements via Basingstoke Consortium. However students can apply independently providing their school/college provides information on how their students are insured for work experience. Please apply via the school telephone number, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work experience requests are subject to an interview/induction process, when applicants will visit Limington House during school time, and spend time in class with pupils. If the applicant’s visit is successful, placement will then be agreed and paperwork signed. Applications are also dependent on our availability and number of students applying at that time.
We do not offer interviews out of school time or during school holidays, and do not accept students without interview/induction. Placement is only guaranteed once the paperwork has been signed.
We enjoy sharing our expertise and experience with interested students, so please contact us if you would like the opportunity of working with pupils and staff at Limington House.