All pupils at Cherry Trees have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which includes full National Curriculum entitlement. Speech, language and communication are given high priority. All pupils work on the basic skills as part of their curriculum. Included in this are interaction and communication work as well as numeracy and literacy.
Within the first 7 weeks of entering school children will be given a Baseline Assessment from which targets will be set for their Individual Education Plan or IEP; each child will have an IEP with termly targets set by their teachers and agreed with parents.
Class sizes are small with a high teacher to pupil ratio enabling individual programmes to be devised to meet the needs of each pupil. Personal as well as academic skills are encouraged. All pupils have an L.A. Statement of Educational Need or are in school on an assessment placement.
Curriculum For Pupils On The Autistic Spectrum
Our curriculum is differentiated to take account of each pupil’s very different learning styles. Some of the work has been influenced by TEACCH, a highly structured approach which uses individual timetables and encourages pupils to work independently.
Symbols provide a progressive system which leads naturally into a reading scheme of words. Social interaction skills are promoted through activities taken from the Interaction Curriculum written by Staffordshire teachers. All programmes adopt a very positive approach of frequent and relevant reward.
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used as an alternative/augmentative communication system for children with autism and other social communication deficits.