Curriculum offer for ‘My Body’

At The Meadows, our aim is to provide a curriculum that accommodates and supports the needs of every individual student so that they have the opportunity to develop their physical movement through enrichment, play and build positive social interaction with adults and peers. This will enable our students to participate in the wider community and be prepared for their next steps to adulthood after the Meadows.

This bubble includes; Physical Education, swimming/hydrotherapy, Forest School and posture management.

Pre-formal:

The pre-formal pathway in Key stage 3 is taught in a largely cross-curricular format linking physical movement to all aspects of their curriculum.  These students are exposed to Rebound Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Water Therapy and Yoga Therapy. Students in this pathway will have posture support and massage which link to their physiotherapy plans.

In Key stage 4, Students continue to have their physical and sensory needs met by the various therapies as in Key Stage 3 but will also complete accredited units for ASDAN PPU 1-4.

In Key Stage 5 their physical programme continues with the addition of accreditation in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at WTE level. 

All students will have enrichment opportunities to work in the forest school site.

Semi Formal:

The semi-formal pathway in Key stage 3 will include discrete Physical Education lessons, which covers gymnastics, athletics, field games, dance, net and wall games, and adventure activities. Swimming and water therapy will be offered on weekly or termly slots, depending on the needs of the student.  Students will have time in the forest school, completing various projects relating to cross-curricular links, including environment and Design Technology. Some students will have the opportunity to access swimming in the community.

In Key stage 4, Physical Education is delivered through units of work from ASDAN PPU 5-10. In addition to this, students following this pathway will all have discrete Physical Education lessons covering gymnastics, athletics, field games, dance, net and wall games and adventure activities. All learners will have access to enrichment and therapies, which match their needs. This could include swimming, physiotherapy, yoga, Rebound therapy, sensory integration and sensory exploration in the sensory room. Students will also work towards their physical section for their Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze and Silver.

In Key Stage 5, Physical Education is delivered through units of work from accreditation in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at Entry Level 1.  Students will aim to get out into the community, using facilities like Malthouse Stables and the Portway leisure centre to get their physical exercise. They will also be completing their physical section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Silver and Gold level.

Formal:

The formal pathway in Key stage 3 for Physical Education follows the National Curriculum guidelines covering gymnastics, athletics, field games, dance, net and wall games and adventure activities. They will also learn about aspects of living a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise. Additionally, students following this pathway will also have opportunities to have swimming lessons in school and out in the community.

In Key stage 4, PE is delivered through discrete units based on the National Curriculum.  Students are pushed to evaluate and plan their own learning to improve skills and increase fitness in each Unit. The will complete some OCR units which relate to physical wellbeing.

Students in Key Stage 5 will work towards accreditation in in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at Entry Level 2 Entry 2/3.

 

In addition to this, students across all pathways are exposed to exercise and enrichment opportunities during theme days, off-site visits in the local community and whole school events including Sports Day. We also have working partnerships with other agencies and charities who support Physical Education including West Bromwich Foundation, MENCAP, The National Inclusive Cycle Charity and Ormiston Forge Academy.

Kevin Hurcombe

kevin.hurcombe@themeadows.sandwell.sch.uk