At Park Lane School our curriculum is designed to offer our students a wide range of learning experiences including the National Curriculum. Our wider curriculum focuses on student’s individual needs in order to prepare them for the next stages in their education through to adulthood.
Our curriculum aims to develop portable and transferable skills for all students in the following areas
- Communication, Literacy and Numeracy skills
- Independence; physical skills, living skills, social skills
- Creative abilities and skills
- Moral and social values
- Self-regulation of emotions, behaviour & sensory needs
- Using digital technology
In addition to these key skills, we differentiate the National Curriculum by presenting it in a multisensory, engaging, sequential and meaningful way to give students knowledge of the wider world. Delivery of the National Curriculum overlaps and is entwined with these key skills.
Subject Specific Intent Statements
English - Communication holds an important key to all learning and underpins life itself, both in a functional and enjoyable way. All learners in our school have a highly individualised learning pathway. Tailored approaches for communication and literacy are provided in order for all students to succeed and reach their full potential.
Mathematics - Mathematics provides pupils with a way of viewing and making sense of the world, and enables them to access a range of practical tasks and solve real life problems. We aim to maximise each student’s potential by enabling them to achieve as much independence, self-esteem and control as possible by applying mathematical skills learnt in the classroom to daily living.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) - To equip students with the skills and knowledge to become successful members of their community and make the right choices for themselves throughout their lives.
Science - Science at Park Lane School encourages the experience of, engagement with and close observation of the pupils’ surroundings, giving meaning to their environment as well as contributing to their understanding of the wider world. It also fosters curiosity and purposeful investigation, using all their senses and enabling pupils to make connections and comparisons between things in their immediate environment as well as motivating communication.
Design Technology (DT) - To give students the opportunity to design and make useable products whilst gaining a sense of achievement and ownership of their own learning, as well as developing practical skills needed beyond our educational setting.
Art - To develop practical skills, communication and self-expression through a range of artistic and creative opportunities.
Physical Education (P.E) - The intent of our PE curriculum is to deliver high-quality lessons that inspire all pupils to experience, succeed and make progress in sport and other physical activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness. We want to provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Religious Education (R.E) - To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of different religious beliefs, values and traditions that are followed in our multi-cultural society. Through R.E they will learn about the world around them and gain their own sense of identity.
Humanities - To expand pupils’ experiences and awareness of History and Geography, extending their knowledge of the local area and wider world through a combination of practical learning opportunities and educational visits.
Signalong (Languages) - To embed communication (Signalong) throughout the curriculum to empower all students to understand and express their needs, choices and desires by providing vocabulary for life and learning.
Music - At Park Lane School we value Music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. We also believe it increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.