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Middle School

Our Middle School includes pupils in Key Stage 2, 3 and 4. We have 4 mixed ability class groups where pupils are predominantly taught class-based, with group sizes ranging between 8-13 pupils per class. In Middle School we have 2 curriculum pathways on offer (see Curriculum policy), both of which follow our three year rolling programme of learning questions. The learning questions are themed around the foundation subjects of the national curriculum and form the basis of planning and learning for the term. Class timetables are broad and rich, where there is fine balance between education and the therapies. Swimming, Physiotherapy and Rebound Therapy are just some of the sessions that run alongside and compliment the core subjects. All of our pupils enjoy time in our adapted Cooking Room, our Drama Studio and a favourite is our MILE (Multi Interactive learning Environment) Room.    

 All lessons are planned carefully and differentiated to meet the broad range of needs of our pupils.  We strive for each individual pupil to have their own voice and communication skills to enable them to access their curriculum to their full potential. The learning questions are themed around the foundation subjects of the national curriculum and form the basis of planning and learning for the term.

 Within Middle School, we always ensure that there is a drive towards a pupil’s independence. Where appropriate, pupils contribute towards setting their own personal/independence targets and are encouraged to take ownership of these. Pupils are encouraged to use their own voice to express their wants and needs and functional activities are integrated into lesson activities with a focus on independence skills

AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) is fully supported by the curriculum on offer and it is fully immersed into daily life at St Francis School. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and practice their skills. It is important that we provide opportunities for spontaneous communication in real situations not only with known partners in familiar surroundings but also with previously unknown people in both familiar and unfamiliar situations and surroundings. A City & Guilds accreditation is available for those students who are competent AAC users.

During the spring term, the Year 10 students are provided with the opportunity of a transitional phase into the Post 16 provision.  This phase is offered to the students in order to provide them with an insight into the vocational options in Post 16. The students can then go on to make informed choices towards their options 

On a Friday afternoon, students actively participate in Enrichment activities on a rotational basis. The current activities that are running are: Horticulture, Massage, Social Games and Creative Arts.