Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
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.
The Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education curriculum at Tweendykes follows a two year rolling programme.
Current PSHE Themes:
• Be Healthy
• Keep Safe
• The Environment
• A Positive Contribution
• Stranger Danger
• Road Safety
All pupils have lessons about topics within the PSHE theme of the term. We also strengthened the curriculum with a variety of exciting and informative PSHE enrichment days.
Recent PSHE Enrichment Days have been: First Aid, RSPCA Day, Enterprise Day and NSPCC Number Day.
Sex education is offered to pupils following specific requests from parents, each case is looked at individually and a programme tailored to meet the needs of that individual.
Where the school feels that sex education may be appropriate for an individual pupil, this will be discussed with parents and a decision taken in agreement with them.
The sex and relationships programme is also delivered as a stand alone topic within Seniors and Sixth Form PSHE lessons. The sessions are run by community health professionals and are designed to be accessible to our students.
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 twice a week, one for juniors and one for seniors with classes taking turns to be responsible for one of these each week.
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.