Welcome to Fistral!
Fistral is one of two Key Stage 3 classes at Curnow Upper School. The teacher, Dee Dockery, is supported by a team of dedicated learning support assistants. Fistral is home to learners with sensory and physical needs and we work closely with parents and professionals to develop Sensory and Physio Passports to ensure our health and well-being is balanced so we can learn throughout the day.
Our teaching is supported by a bespoke Key Stage 3 Curnow Curriculum that mirrors National Curriculum requirements. We use a termly topic based approach which incorporates lots of practical and hands-on sensory based tasks to allow our learners to become fully immersed in the topic across all areas of their learning. We also enjoy learning through weekly dance sessions which are tailored to meet our sensory and physical needs. Supporting our curriculum we use our own bespoke assessment methods such as Individual Education Plans underpinned by EHCP pupils outcomes to ensure progress encompasses all areas of the child’s development (we work very closely with families when setting these targets to ensure they are the most relevant they can be and to make sure we can work consistently across all settings). Independence and effective communication are key areas we focus upon to prepare our learners as they transition through and beyond school.
We are very lucky here at Curnow to have a variety of learning environments that provide quality spaces for children to undertake learning activities. Our classroom is attached to our therapy room and leads directly onto our customised outdoor leisure area that is fully equipped with an outdoor football pitch, accessible swing and the beautiful Curnow vegetable and herb garden. We enjoy a KS3 activity week every year where we have the opportunity to further develop key social, emotional and life skills. We use the outdoor learning areas as much as possible as we recognise the positive effects that being outside can have on the children’s wellbeing and engagement. We also have access to the school library, therapy room, hydro pool and newly developed school gym to further support our learning and development.