Broadmeadow is a special school commissioned for up to 54 pupils aged from 3 to 7 years with a range of educational needs. We have 6 classes arranged by age and by need, with a minimum of 7 and maximum of 11 pupils in each class.
All teaching is carried out by staff who are experienced in teaching children with learning difficulties. Staff skills, knowledge and expertise are kept up to date with training and professional development through the school, outside agencies or training course providers.
At the start of each academic year, staff use previous knowledge of the child to begin baseline assessment. Evidence is gathered by observation of the children and within the first 6 weeks, Learning Outcomes are drawn up and shared with parents. These are monitored and revised termly.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage materials (Development Matters) to recognise and record the achievement of pupils working towards their developmental level from birth; target setting for individual pupil learning outcomes and to inform short- and medium-term planning.
We use our own assessment tool, which we call Broadmeadow Levels, to produce data around children’s attainment. This a 100-point scale written in blocks of 10 for the curriculum areas that we assess: reading, writing speaking, listening and understanding, number, practical maths, Computing, PE, PSED- relationships and well- being, PSED -independence skills, and Science. BM levels provide us with whole school as well as individual pupil data and enables us to track progress over time.
For children at earlier levels of attainment The Engagement Model is a national tool used to recognise and help teachers to get children motivated to join in activities and use their senses to learn. It relies on observation and careful analysis of children’s responses. Further information can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-engagement-model
Pupils will have an annual review of their Education Health and Care Plan and receive a yearly report in the Summer Term. There are opportunities for parents’ discussions around progress in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.
Approaches to Teaching
We offer a personalised curriculum considering children’s specific interests and diverse learning needs. Staff are encouraged to take a practical and creative approach to teaching. We use a range of specific teaching methods including PECs (Picture Exchange Communication System); TEACCH; Intensive Interaction; Therapeutic Play; Lego Therapy; Rebound Therapy; Makaton signing; and reward-based strategies.
Our curriculum is exciting and carefully structured, providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Our experienced team of staff have worked together to produce curriculum maps in all areas of learning including creative subjects and humanities. They are a planned sequence of work and are divided into the stages of learning that we see here at Broadmeadow- from sensory learners to those who are applying skills in a range of situations. Lessons are tailored to the individual interests and needs of the children. Using our curriculum framework, staff design lessons and activities that motivate pupils to learn.
Areas of learning and development are planned within our curriculum maps:
English: reading, writing and phonics.Maths: number and practical maths
PSED: independence skills and relationships and well-being PE
Computing, Science, Creative: art and design and music, People, Culture and Communities
Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree. Phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics, as appropriate to the individual learning needs of our pupils.
Any queries regarding the curriculum can be directed to the Head Teacher of the school.