Depending on need, many children at Pace are offered the opportunity to take part in highly tailored hydrotherapy programmes as part of their individual integrated curriculum timetable. These sessions are carefully planned and delivered by our highly trained physiotherapy team.
The latest National Curriculum Guidance and latest guidance relating to the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) underpins the academic component of the integrated curriculum according to the age of the children concerned, which is taught through a thematic topic based three year rolling programme. This ensures broad and balanced curriculum coverage for all children, where prior learning is built on purposefully and consistently while avoiding repetition for children who may change groups at the start of a new academic year. Where the use of phonics is deemed appropriate and accessible for an individual or group, then ‘Jolly Phonics’ is used and adapted within the Pace integrated approach.
Our specialist integrated approach is well suited to meet the full range of learning needs. We offer both a Pre-Formal and a Formal Curriculum strand which can be further tailored to meet individual needs and curriculum access requirements.
Pre-Formal Curriculum Strand
For children working at a lower cognitive level, Pace delivers a specialist Pre-Formal curriculum incorporating a bespoke, accessible sensory programme in which small progress steps can be accurately set and tracked. The curriculum focuses on ‘Communication and Language’ and ‘Exploring and Ordering the World’.
The Pre-Formal curriculum at Pace has a strong focus on pre-requisite learning skills that facilitate curriculum access and active learning and on developing functional communication and meaningful interaction skills which unlock the personalities and capabilities of each individual.
Our experience has shown us that students who require a pre-formal curriculum often require targeted intervention to develop their skills in initiation (of communication, exploration and interaction). These skills are critical to unlocking continued progress at a pre-formal level and are a key component of developing a child as an active agent of their learning. Tight integration of specialist speech and language therapy within Pace’s integrated practice facilitates the development of this aspect of learning.
Formal Curriculum Strand
Children in the Pace formal strand have a more developed sense of agency and the skill to initiate. The outcomes for them therefore focus much more around achieving their full academic potential, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills, delivered though our deep and rich curriculum.
The academic component of the Formal strand of the Pace integrated curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum and ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS). A three-year rolling programme ensures curriculum breadth for every child and young person.
The Pace Formal Curriculum Strand is designed to:
- Facilitate meaningful access to a full academic curriculum
- Equip children and young people with the skills they need to actively participate and become more independent in a range of functional skills e.g. eating, dressing, toileting
- Develop age appropriate social skills
- Offer opportunities to interact with others using verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Develop the skills required to interact with the environment using a range of play and perceptual skills
- Enable children and young people to learn to move independently both on the floor and against gravity.
(See ‘Teaching and Learning Policy’ and ‘Planning and Assessment Policy’.)