Turney School Curriculum Framework

At Turney curriculum opportunities extend across all aspects of the school day. Teaching is not confined to the classroom and at any time staff are there to support, teach, reinforce and develop new skills at lunchtime, playtime and visits to the community.

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is appropriate to the needs of each individual pupil at Turney School. Every pupil has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designed by the teachers in consultation with the other professionals working with the pupil.
Communication plays a great part across Primary, Secondary and Post 16. The school staff work closely with the speech and language therapists. The speech and language therapists assess the needs of all the pupils entering the school and work with them in the classrooms, in small groups and individually.

The school’s communication team also work with the school staff to help pupils communicate and understand through the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the sign language, makaton.

The other staff who help our pupils are the school’s communication team, the Occupational Therapist, Educational Psychologist, the school doctor and the school nurse.

We believe in working together to support the children, regularly holding a parent/carers support group, where the communication team come together with parents/carers to discuss areas of interest. Guest speakers are invited to these meetings including the Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapist and the Health Education Link Service.

Primary School

Reception class is the first year at Turney Primary School from the beginning of the school year following the child’s 5th birthday. The Children’s learning is largely play-based using high quality, age appropriate resources. Children are supported to join in both child-initiated and adult led activities. The children are taught in a small class of up to ten children by a teacher and supported by up to three teaching assistants.
At Turney School our practice is informed by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which is adapted to meet the needs of each individual child. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in our reception class.

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Key Stage 1 is for children aged between five and seven years. Key Stage 2 is for children aged between seven and eleven years. All children are taught in small class groups of up to ten children. Each class and taught by a teacher and supported by up to three teaching assistants.

    The pupils work from the National Curriculum, though the work is broken down into small achievable steps. The following English, Maths, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History and PE. Pupils also attend swimming lessons each week and tuition in the school’s music room. Languages iare taught through Life Skills and Cross Curricular Themes. The children are able to benefit from our sensory rooms,

    The Primary School has a strong inclusion programme with Rosendale Primary School, which is located next door. Pupils from Key Stages 1 and 2 join in classes and attend events at Rosendale.

    Secondary School

    Key Stage 3 is for pupils aged between eleven and fourteen years. Key Stage 4 is for pupils aged between fourteen and sixteen years. Pupils across keay stages 3 and 4 are taught in groups of up to ten students with a teacher and up to three teaching assistants. The work is broken down into small achievable steps to help all our pupils achieve. The pupils work from the National Curriculum, though the work is broken down into small achievable steps. The children are able to benefit from our sensory rooms.

    The following subjects are taught across Key Stages 3 and 4 at Turney School:

    English, Maths, Science, Humanities (History, Geography and RE), Art and Design, ICT, Food Technology, Physical Education, Music and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education). Modern Foreign Language is taught through Life Skills and Cross Curricular Themes. Pupils also attend weekly swimming lessons and access an extensive life skills programme which involves learning to travel and shop and use independent living skills.

    Pupils in years 10 and 11 have access to a range of qualifications including GCSE, ELC, UAS and ASDAN qualification. Our Year 11 students attend Roots and Shoots once a week as part of college link programme. At Roots and Shoots students learn Retail Skills and Horticulture Skills within an Employability and Personal Development Programme.

    Post 16

    The Post 16 is for pupils in Key Stage 5 aged between sixteen and eighteen years of age. The students are in groups of up to 10 with a teacher and up to 4 teaching assistants. The provision opened in September 2015 and offers pupils with complex learning difficulties an opportunity to develop life and independent living skills.

    The post 16 unit is based on the Turney site and enables students to develop the necessary life and independence skills to successfully transition from school to college, as well as continuing to develop English, maths, communication and ICT skills.

    At Turney our Key Stage 5 pupils study:

    Work experience – in partnership with Roots and Shoots, as well as managing their own café and volunteering in the community.

    Understanding how to use ICT in the workplace – developing ‘word’ skills, photocopying, recycling, cleaning and maintenance, working with pets and animals.

    Leisure for life – swimming, cycling, yoga, sport, trampoline, countryside visits, visiting and learning how to access and enjoy museums, art galleries and sports centres for leisure, stories and reading for pleasure.

    Healthy eating – planning, shopping and cooking for every day meals, developing and preparing menus for the café, growing vegetables and working on the school allotment.

    Daily living – travelling on public transport, managing the laundry, shopping, household tasks, personal care, dressing for different activities, personal safety.

    Social and behaviour development – learning daily routines and how to cope with change, relating to others in a group, experiencing a range of social settings.

    Music and drama – music therapy, creative arts through drama and art.

    Communication, literacy and numeracy – reading in the community through travel, shopping and eating out, reading for pleasure and information in school.