Derwent Class is a part of the Key Stage 2 department.

Pupils in this class are Year 5 and Year 6 students and have a range of special educational needs including moderate to severe learning difficulties, needs relating to autistic spectrum disorder/condition, and complex medical needs too.

The class is supported by two Enhanced Teaching Assistants, and three teaching assistants are employed 1-1 to support particular children. Two members of staff are also employed to work 2:1 with one child.

The class teacher and teaching assistants deliver most of the curriculum, which is a combination of the formal and semi-formal pathways to cater for the range of needs in the class. Independence, creativity, flexibility, learning about the world around us, communication, and health and well-being are all interwoven into the semi-formal curriculum. P.E. and swimming are taught by specialist P.E. and swimming teachers.

To promote independence and life skills, Derwent Class also visit the cookery room once a week for cookery sessions and go on a community visit on the minibus or a walk once a week. We also use other rooms in school, such as the sports hall, fitness suite, and dining hall, and we make full use of the outdoor areas too.

The curriculum is taught in a topic-based approach. Where communication, social skills and thinking skills are interwoven into all aspects of daily learning.

The classroom is structured to allow children to know what is happening and when, and to allow them to use their classroom more and more independently, and most of all, to have fun whilst learning.

A curriculum overview for Derwent Class is attached.


Long Term Planning

To view the long term planning for all of our Semi-Formal KS2 classes please click the document below.