Our provision includes education for children aged 3 (Nursery) through to secondary. We follow the Foundation Stage and National Curricula with modifications to ensure that pupils’ individual education needs are met. Through careful assessment Uffculme School identifies each child’s specific needs, preferred method of learning and interests. All areas of study / work tasks are delivered in a way that is meaningful, functional and challenging on an individual level. Underpinning our curriculum is an emphasis on ensuring pupils feel safe, secure and developing a positive self-image as this is fundamental to any learning. Fun and enjoyment are thus, important ingredients in our curriculum. Emotional well-being is of paramount importance as many of our children experience varying levels of anxiety as a result of their ASD.
Communication, Speech and Language
As language and communication difficulties are integral to ASD all lessons have a communication/language focus.
Uffculme School employs a full-time Manager of Language and Communication, a Speech and Language Therapist by profession and a member of the senior leadership team. We also employ a specialist Speech and Language Therapist. She leads the development and progression of meaningful and functional communication of all pupils and also plays a significant role in assessing and designing individual behaviour programmes when needed. The Manager of Language and Communication works with classroom staff so that individual pupils’ communication needs are addressed and met on a daily basis in all school contexts.
Non-verbal children or those with very restricted verbal skills are taught to use an alternative or augmentative communication system. Careful assessment identifies the type of system which is considered the most effective and functional on a personal basis e.g. the Uffculme School’s own ‘Picture for Object Trading’ system which uses pictures, symbols and/or written words. Some Makaton signing may be used to support key words in verbal instructions. Speech is always the ultimate aim for all pupils and alternative communication methods are therefore modified with the changing needs of the individual.
Key Stage 1 Reading Schemes
Our Key Stage 1 students follow Martin Horowitz's Alpha Kids scheme with supplementary school based resources.