Key Stage 4 & 5

At Ysgol Bryn Derw we provide a Person Centred Curriculum where pupils and their individual needs are at the heart of the curriculum. This includes bespoke IEP targets as well as Literacy and Numeracy targets at pupils’ individual levels following P Levels and the National Curriculum.

Individual development priorities are agreed with families and professional and are wide ranging – including communication, literacy and numeracy development, eating, Independent Living Skills and improved interaction with peers.

By the end of Key Stage 4/5 all pupils will have achieved appropriate accredited awards for their achievements. Pupil’s bespoke pathway will be already established and each step will pave the way towards their independence ready for when they leave us at 19.

The following Areas of Learning Experiences are covered through thematic approaches ensuring cross curricular links developing the Digital Competency Framework & the Literacy, Numeracy Framework. The six Area of Learning and Experience are;

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Humanities
  • Science & Technology
  • Expressive Arts

Leading on from previous key stages, our pupils learn through first-hand experiential activities with ‘enterprise,’ community experiences and independent living skills providing the vehicle. Through their first hand experiences our young people practise and consolidate their learning, engage with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems, collaborate and make decisions. Pupils are encouraged to build their individual resilience and communicate with their peers both in larger groups and within the local community. First-hand experiences allow our pupils to experience the world around them, engage with their surroundings and develop communication with regular community visits and a focus on independent living skills. Where appropriate work experience opportunities will be provided and as they progress, pupils will practise their skills in more real life situations and will undertake more ambitious enterprise projects.

The on-going development of children’s self-image and feelings of self-worth and self-esteem continue to be at core of this stage with the aim of developing the four purposes of the curriculum;

Pupils to be;

  • Ambitious, Capable Learners.
  • Enterprising, Creative Contributors.
  • Ethical, Informed Citizens.
  • Healthy, Confident Individuals.

Pupils’ communication is supported by the Total Communication Approach- including using TEACCH, PECS, Attention Autism and Signalong. Pupils have regular access to the outdoor areas, Forest School, Soft Play and Sensory room as well as targeted interventions such as Rebound Therapy, Music Therapy, Pets as Therapy & an onsite Communication Lead who works alongside a Speech and Language Therapist.

We also work closely with Careers Wales to ensure that all pupils leave to the most suitable next step in their life. Careers Wales have provided information for families in order to help them understand their role and input