• The School Curriculum

    Corbets Tey caters for children from Reception to Year 11. We have updated our curriculum in line with the new National Curriculum from September 2015. We are continuing to develop our curriculum offer within school phases.

    Teachers plan from the year expectations which are accessible and appropriate to the children within their classes. The curriculum is a vehicle of enrichment to teach hierarchical skills which become functional for life as children progress within developmental pathways through the school.

    map-iconClick here to view Whole School Map of Developmental Progression Pathways

    We aim to ensure that our pupils are 100% engaged in their learning and this aspiration leads our curriculum development. We are continually learning what motivates and engages our pupils and this is illustrated through increased multi-sensory and active learning in lessons. We ensure pupils have regular opportunities for physical exercise in addition to timetabled PE and swimming.

    The curriculum is delivered in the above classes through a topic based approach following a two year cycle. Objectives are individual and specific to the communication and behavioural needs of pupils in this phase. There are six main topics interspersed with mini topics that last between one and two weeks.

    Main topics Year A:

    • Marvellous Me
    • Space Adventure
    • The Incredible Journey

    Main topics Year B:

    • Superheroes
    • The Sound of Music
    • Magical Materials

    Click to the left to learn more about the curriculum in each phase group and about communication within the curriculum.

  • Phase 1

    Phase 1 Classes:

    • Elm Class
    • Cherry Class
    • Pear Class
    • Apple Class
    • Lime Class

    In classes within Phase 1 access to topics will be determined by pupil need and ability to access concepts.

    Click here to open the Phase One Curriculum Overview – Year A
    Click here to open the Phase One Curriculum Overview – Year B

  • Phase 2

  • Phase 3

  • Phase 4

    Phase 4 Classes

      • Ash Class
      • Palm Class
      • Orange Class

    When pupils reach Phase 4 they begin accredited courses with a focus on functional skills for life.

    These include:

    • Functional skills Literacy
    • Functional skills Numeracy
    • Entry level Maths
    • Entry level English
    • Entry level ICT
    • Foundation GCSE in Maths

    In Phase 4 pupils are in parallel classes in which focus can be centred on priority of need.

    For some students the key focus will be on further developing functional communication and independence skills. For others the key focus will be on ensuring the highest academic qualifications as a passport to access to mainstream courses at a later stage in college.

    We are committed to considering the most appropriate pathways for each individual student and work in partnership with pupils, parents and carers to ensure common goals and aspiration.

    Click here to open the Phase 4  Curriculum Overview – link to be added as document under review

  • Communication

    Throughout the school we have an overarching focus on developing communication skills. Many of our pupils join us with significant barriers in their ability to communicate their wants, needs and feelings. We offer a range of approaches and programmes which are matched and adapted to individual needs. These include:

    • Individual programmes constructed by our Speech and Language Therapist
    • Verbal Behaviour Programmes
    • PECs
    • Language for Learning
    • Philosophy for children

    We believe it is essential to ensure that every child is helped to become the most effective communicator they can be. This may be through verbal language, sign language or a visual method of communication which may be through photograph’s, symbols, iPad communication or a specialist augmentative communication devices. For our most verbal children we develop thinking, reasoning and expressive skills through Philosophy for Children opportunities.

    Our newly formed ‘Orchard’ allows children of all ages to benefit from small language and communication based classes where skills are intensively taught and tracked within a sensory based curriculum. We are happy to train parents in the programmes their children are following to promote seamless transition from school to home. We also have a parent resource library to provide stimulating and appropriate games and activities to consolidate learning at home.

  • Phonics and Reading Schemes

    Reading Scheme

    The reading scheme that is used within the school and additional resources for reading can be accessed through the online resources at Oxford Owl. We are using the latest versions from the Oxford Reading Scheme including Project X and Oxford Reading Scheme Books and these now include resources for all ages and reading levels which focus on the skill development level and age appropriate resources.  All families can follow these instructions of how to log in to the website so you can access the available resources and online books.

    Phonics Schemes

    The main phonics scheme used throughout the school is Letters and Sounds providing a 6-phase teaching programme to teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling.  This is complemented with other schemes where necessary.

     

  • Phase 5 – Post 16

    Phase 5 is currently based on the Corbets Tey Site and The Avelon Site (CT@TA) in Rainham.  There are two groups within Phase 5:

      • Post 16 @ Corbets Tey
      • Post 16 @ The Avelon

    At Phase 5 students progress through ASDAN or EdExcel Entry Level accredited courses with a focus on functional skills for life.

    These include:

    • Developing Writing, Communication, Reading and Writing Skills
    • Developing Early Mathematics, Numbers Skills, Understanding Whet Money is Used For
    • Engaging with the World Around You, Dealing with Problems, Developing Community Participation:  Out and About
    • Basic Cooking Techniques, Developing Independent Living Skills, Developing Independent Living Skills: Being Healthy, Everyday Food and Drink Preparation, Making a Simple Meal, Engaging in a Group Project

    For some students the key focus will be on further developing functional communication and independence skills. For others the key focus will be on ensuring the highest academic qualifications as a passport to access to mainstream courses at a later stage in college.

    Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) assessment and skill tracking supports a continuous focus on the development of essential skills of everyday life at an appropriate level.  This covers:

    • Basic Skills
    • Community Participation
    • Home Skills
    • Vocational Skills
    • Independent Living Skills

    All personal learning pathways will be planned around a young persons interests and abilities and will work on the next steps to facilitate achievement of long term outcomes detailed in Education Health Care Plans.  This could be a move to supported living placement, work placement/work experience opportunities or further study on vocational college courses.

    We are committed to considering the most appropriate pathways for each individual student and work in partnership with pupils, parents and carers to ensure common goals and aspiration.

    Click here to open the Post 16 Curriculum Booklet
    Click here to open the Phase 5  Curriculum Overview – link to be added as document under review