Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Katie Troake is the lead person on PSHE and SRE she can be contacted on the school number.
There are opportunities throughout each school day for pupils to foster their personal and social development both in and out of the classroom. The PSHE curriculum is designed to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Through the development of independence pupils are taught to prepare simple snacks, meals and drinks and to use a variety of common domestic appliances such as cooker, microwave and washing machine. Learning about safety plays an important part in these lessons.
All pupils are encouraged through self help skills to be as independent as possible in looking after their own personal needs.
The development of positive and happy relationships with other pupils and staff is encouraged and to respect the property of others and to care for those less able than ourselves.
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
All children have the right to receive education about relationships and sex in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child. At Tweendykes, teachers use their expert knowledge of our pupils’ individual needs to support each child to learn about Relationships and Sex.
Relationships and Sex Education should start early in childhood so that children and young people learn to communicate about their feelings and relationships. It can be a particularly confusing time for our pupils and we would like to support them to be as prepared as they can be for puberty before it happens. We would also like to help our pupils to develop and understand meaningful and safe relationships in preparation for adulthood.
Our staff will build upon pupils’ prior knowledge and identify any misconceptions and vulnerability around their understanding of Relationships and Sex. Our whole school approach will allow pupils to feel confident, share and celebrate their learning in a supportive environment. Ultimately, Relationship and Sex Education at Tweendykes will support each pupil to be happy, healthy and safe, celebrating diversity, individuality and pupil voice.
This involves highly individualised programmes to meet the specific needs of individual pupils. We assert the view that people with learning disabilities should not be excluded from forming loving and caring relationships during their lives. Partnership between school, home and outside agencies is crucial in ensuring the success of this programme. We use the “BodySense- Chance to Choose” Scheme of work to support teachers to plan and deliver meaningful sessions, respecting each pupils individual learning needs.
Junior “Relationships” curriculum
In Juniors, pupils will focus on three main topics Communication, Body Awareness and Self Esteem. Pupils may learn about:
Introducing myself, What is my name? Using my body, Mirrors, Naming parts, Body differences, What can I do? How do I look? What Do I like about me? Important people Qualities of a friend
Some pupils ,if appropriate, will also begin to learn about growing up, covering topics such as Male and Female, Growing up, Body Parts and Child to adult. Learning opportunities will be delivered in either small groups or on a 1:1 basis depending on the needs of the child.
Senior & Sixth Form Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum
Senior and Sixth Form Pupils will have access to the school’s Relationships and Sex Education programme based on the “Bodysense- Chance to Choose” resources.
Autumn term- Communication
Pairs games, Games in a group, Introducing me, What’s my name? Introductions, Yes and No, Learning to Say No, Meetings and Greetings, A visitor, Asking for what I want, Refusing sexual approaches
Spring term- Body Awareness
Using my body, Mirrors, Naming parts, Body differences, Sensing things, Expressing my feelings, Breathing, Voicing it
Summer term- Self Esteem
Making badges What can I do? How do I look? What Do I like about me? Who am I? Making decisions, All About Me
Throughout the year pupils will learn about growing up and changes in the body in addition to relationships with family, friends, parents and carers.
Some pupils may need extra sessions around topics such as sexual health, pregnancy and drugs and alcohol depending on the pupils individual requirements.
Music is an important area of the curriculum which can be both enjoyable and influential in a child’s development. We have a specialist music teacher who delivers music across the school.
In simple music making activities all pupils can contribute to an improvised piece of music - success is assured and turn taking and listening skills are reinforced. Pupils are encouraged to learn and sing songs and where pupils are unable to sing we have many songs that can be signed using Makaton.
For our pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties enjoying music is easy but making music can be very difficult, in this situation we give students access to the ‘sound beam’ which is connected to a keyboard. Through the ‘sound beam’ any movement they make will be translated into music.
Moral attitudes embracing themes of kindness, friendship and helpfulness are taught as opportunities arise during each school day.
Assemblies are held weekly, one for juniors and one for seniors with classes taking turns to be responsible for one of these each week. The Sixth Form have a weekly 'Shout Out' to celebrate success.
The school will make arrangements for parents to exercise their statutory right of withdrawal of their children from religious education at their request.
Pupils access at least two hours of allocated PE a week which usually includes a structured swim session. PE is additionally delivered through close links with a professional rugby club and an accreditation pathway is in place. Pupils have access to brand new state of the art sports facilities which include dual use of the Winifred Holtby sport hall and facilities.
A range of courses are delivered including life saving, bike ability and sports leadership. We have highly trained staff to delivery hydrotherapy, rebound therapy and trampolining.
Pupils regularly take part in lunch-time sports clubs, typical activities include dance, tennis, rounders, and football.
We place a high emphasis on outdoor learning and physical development delivered through an extensive trips, residential and visits programme throughout the year. Some pupils are able to attend once a week a forest school where they engage with the natural environment.
Visits in the local community are made regularly by most classes, these visits are used to reinforce the curriculum and to provide opportunities for pupils to put their learning into practice in real situations.
You will be asked each year to give permission for regular educational visits such as visits to local shops. However, if the teacher is planning any one-off whole day visits a separate letter will be sent to parents requesting permission. At times we may request a contribution towards the cost of a visit - this contribution is voluntary. Educational Visits are an important part of our curriculum.
Careers Information, Guidance and Support
We have our own SEN Personal Advisor to offer help and support to all our pupils aged between 13 and 19 and their parents/carers, this is to ensure the pupils are aware of and able to make informed choices about future options. This ‘person centred’ service begins just prior to their Year 9 education and health care plans, where a transition plan is developed by all involved, facilitating a smooth transition to post 16 and post 19 provision.
Our personal advisor can also work with and support parents/carers and students with any concerns or issues they may have such as transport, benefits, direct payments/personalised budgets, social groups/activities, referrals to other agencies etc, as well as arranging visits to other post 16 providers.