Ysgol Ty Coch’s philosophy is that children will have the opportunity to learn through experiential, investigative and directed play activities. For our children it is important to achieve a balance between self exploration and teacher intervention, in order to appropriately challenge pupils enabling them to reach their full potential. We believe that children are at the centre of our teaching, and that each child’s achievements should be celebrated.
The curriculum is differentiated to ensure access for all pupils. The school highlights
the need to reflect the individual priority needs for the pupils as identified in their
statement of Special Educational needs and Annual Review. Key experiences are planned through termly topics that provide broad and balanced, exciting and relevant curriculum.
Due to the nature of our children a strong emphasis is placed upon language,
communication and conceptual development delivered through play activities.
The curriculum is delivered through a structured framework which incorporates long,
medium and short term planning ensuring continuity and progression throughout the
phase. A familiar daily routine and consistent approach to managing learning and
behaviour is an integral part of the delivery of the curriculum in our school. The local
environment and regular visits into the community are valued and integrated into the
planning of each termly topic. Visitors from the community are regularly invited into the school.
To promote the child’s early language and communication skills.
To promote the child’s emotional development.
To promote the child’s cultural development.
To promote the child’s intellectual development.
To promote the child’s social development.
To promote the child’s physical development.
To provide a stimulating environment which encourages children to explore and learn.
Foundation Phase Classes:
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 children have full access to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum which is adapted to their needs.
All subjects are taught practically using practical apparatus and role play with a strong emphasis on skills.
We have a four year rolling programme to ensure coverage of the required curriculum, incorporating our school schemes of work.
We adopt a thematic approach, teaching through termly topics.
The learning experience is extended through visitors to school, such as the theatre companies. It is also extended through trips relating to the current topic.
Each child is given the opportunity to access the curriculum at the appropriate level. The curriculum is delivered through a structured framework which incorporates long, medium and short term planning, which ensures long term progression throughout the Key Stage. There is an emphasis on skills and a cross curricular approach to learning.
Pupils are encouraged to become independent thinkers. Some children learn through a more sensory approach and will access the light/dark rooms and hydrotherapy.
To promote the pupil’s skills of language, literacy and communication.
To promote the numeracy skills of each pupil including developing their problem solving skills.
To promote the scientific and investigative skills of each pupil.
To promote historical enquiry and investigation skills for each pupil.
To promote geographical enquiry and investigation skills for each pupil.
To promote religious and cultural development for each pupil.
To promote physical development for each pupil .
To promote personal and social development for each pupil.
To promote creative skills, artistic skills and designing skills for each pupil.
To promote Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills for each pupil.
To provide a caring, stimulating environment where each child can explore, learn and develop their existing skills.
Key Stage 2 Classes:
KS2 Autism (A2)
Key Stage 3
To promote the pupil’s language and communication skills.
To promote the pupil’s numeracy skills.
To promote the pupil’s scientific skills.
To promote the pupil’s historical and geographical skills.
To promote the pupil’s sporting and mobility skills.
To promote the pupil’s personal and social skills.
To promote the pupil’s problem solving and independent thought processes.
To promote the pupil’s religious and culture development.
To promote the pupil’s creative design and artistic skills.
To promote the pupil’s information and technological skills.
To provide a stimulating environment that promotes learning and independence.
Key Stage 3 Classes:
KS3 Autism (A3)
The 14-19 Learning Pathways adopted at Ysgol Ty Coch:
- Suits the learners abilities, interests and learning style.
- Gives learners the opportunity to realise their potential.
- Aims to overcome barriers to learning.
- Gives them wider choice.
The following 14-19 Option Menu offered at the school highlights the formal learning which takes place within each domain structure.
It also highlights the non formal learning which takes place within the school under the domain structure.
The Sensory curriculum at Ysgol Ty coch provides valuable opportunities for students to enhance their learning experiences through modified activities addressing the sensory needs of the students. Routine and repetition is very important in ensuring continuity and opportunities to observe progression and development of individual skills. Whether increased confidence has been demonstrated or communication attempts developed through eye contact: all achievements are celebrated!
Activities include Individual Programmes, Food Technology, Music Therapy, Sensory Stories,
Light and Dark Room activities, Rebound, Hydrotherapy, P.S.H.E. and Switch work.
Communication skills are supported and encouraged throughout daily routines and experiences.
Specialists support the students including physiotherapists and speech and language.
Please click here to download the full curriculum document