Students working below P4 are on the Grove Pathway. These students have full access to the curriculum content; however they are not engaged in subject specific learning. Students typically communicate using objects of reference, vocalisations and/or gesture.
Students have full access to the national curriculum which is differentiated to meet the needs of each individual learner, and taught through the 7 areas of engagement. Students learn through different activities and experiences in all subjects areas, generally through a sensory approach. They will develop skills in the following areas:
- Responsiveness - showing response, consciousness, acknowledgement or recognition.
- Curiosity - the need, thirst or desire to explore, know about, learn or make a connection with.
- Discovery - action or that causes realisation, surprise or excitement, etc.
- Anticipation - Shows expectancy or prediction
- Persistence - continued effort (may be in short bursts)
- Initiation - a self -directed request, movement or indication
- Investigation - actively trying to find out more within or about an activity or experience.
Physiotherapy - All students with a physical difficulty have a weekly physiotherapy session. The students work on their individual physio programmes set by the physiotherapists helping to maintain and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
In addition, all students with physical difficulties should have a change of position every day. For some students this may mean using a standing frame, or walker.
LSB sessions - the Learning Support Base provides a stimulating environment for students on Grove pathway who attend twice weekly sessions. The room is designed so that it has key areas set out to work on specific skills e.g. dark area for visual skills work, switch work, etc. The rest of the room is left as a blank canvas so that it can be a flexible working space that can be adapted for the needs of the individual student or group. The environment is designed to be as distraction free as possible, with only the relevant learning stimulus/equipment presented to the student supporting their specific learning needs. The LSB aims to provide a safe and secure working environment that is distraction free. Relevant resources and specialist equipment is provided for all students to aid them in their development. In addition the Learning Support Base works closely with the speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide each student with the specialist support, in order to maximise their full potential.
Specialist rooms - the sensory garden is aimed to provide a stimulating and relaxing environment for the students to work in. The Life Skills room has an adaptive cooker
KS4 - ASDAN Sensory Transition Challenge
KS5 - AQA Unit Awards.
Each student on Grove pathway should have the opportunity throughout their time at Greenvale to experience:
- Creative arts – for example live music, theatre
- Community engagement – for example access a local shopping centre
- Physical – for example cycling
- Weekly assembly
- Termly whole school events
Assessment areas for recording
- 7 aspects of cognition and learning
- LSB shared goals