Tolcarne is one of two Key Stage 3 classes at Curnow Upper School. We have a very dedicated team which is made up of our teacher, Rachel Waters and a team of full time teaching assistants. Staff and students in Tolcarne Class work very hard to ensure that we make excellent progress in our learning during our time at school and we are all very proud of our efforts. As well as members of the Curnow team, students have a dedicated team of outside agencies which offer individual and group programmes of support which meet the needs of our students. These include: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. Tolcarne Class are a joy to teach; they have a real sense of what it means to be part of a group and have forged close friendships with their peers and staff, both within their own class and the wider school community.
In Tolcarne Class we offer our students an age appropriate bespoke programme of learning that reflects and respects the individual needs of our pupils. Each of our pupils has 3 Individual Education Plan targets which supports their individual needs as outlined in their EHCP; these are assessed across the school day. In Key Stage 3, we follow a themed approach to the National Curriculum giving our learners age appropriate opportunities to study individual subjects at their developmental level using appropriate pedagogical teaching methods. A great part of our learning is experiential, allowing pupils to experience the world around them through a multi-sensory approach; whilst developing core literacy and numeracy skills as well as all other subjects in the curriculum. A key area of learning when pupils move to upper school is independence as they move through more senior areas of the school. In Key Stage 3 we focus on independent snack skills, cookery skills, dressing and undressing; where appropriate, and all round independence skills during lesson time.
We are lucky here at Curnow to have a variety of learning environments that provide quality spaces for the children to learn in a variety of ways. Upper School has in the past year had a total refurbishment of its outside and indoor areas. The Key Stage 3 outside play area now allows our students to engage in play and develop key social skills with their friends; whilst working on many of our students’ sensory processing difficulties. We also have a new football/ball games outside area in Key Stage 4 that our students are given time to explore regularly. Upper School has many learning environments that allow students the opportunities for 1:1 learning; where deemed appropriate, such as: the creative learning space, the library, the hydro pool and the newly developed gym. All of these environments have a very positive effect on wellbeing and learning for our students.