The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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Autism + Environment

Starting in Primary Phase children learn a range of subjects through a child led thematic approach as well as through discrete subject sessions.

The curriculum is delivered through structures and systems that build on the strengths of the learner with autism such as the TEACCH approach. Working towards a safe independent life child is encouraged to complete activities independently using the scaffolds provided.  Strategies for self-reliance and problem solving are explicitly taught as a foundation for the curriculum through to age 19. Social skills opportunities are embedded throughout all learning sessions 

Key Stage 1:

Children are encouraged to use simple learning systems independently. Strategies to develop as a resilient learner are introduced.

Synthetic phonics forms the foundation for early decoding skills in reading and writing. Reading and spelling are taught in partnership and applied in a range of activities to ensure the skills are embedded and transferable.

In Numeracy children are taught to complete simple calculations and problems in a ‘real life’ context using addition and subtraction and some using basic multiplication. Division as sharing and grouping is introduced. Pupils also begin to describe the properties of shapes, measure with a range of units of measure and collect and interpret simple data.    

Key Stage 2:

The strong emphasis on learning systems throughout the cohort, the TEACCH approach and ethos informing curriculum delivery. Children are encouraged to develop resilience as learners and are explicitly taught strategies to problem solve in a range of contexts. The Environment continues to be informed by the TEACCH approach.

Literacy teaching is informed by ‘Talk for Writing’ to develop an understanding of different text types and their features.  There are regular opportunities for extended writing in a range of genres.

Reading sessions focus on developing comprehension skills with appropriate autism friendly strategies to support inference and deduction skills. 

In Numeracy pupils are able to calculate and solve real life problems, including those with money and measure using the four operations. Algebra, decimals and percentages are introduced.

In Science children are encouraged to take measurements from a range of equipment, ensure a ‘fair test, gather and record data and report on their findings. 

Key stage 3:

Teaching continues to be taught through a primary model (to reduce learner anxiety though having a ‘secure base’ in an autism friendly environment) with opportunities’ to access subject specific teaching from specialists to add depth of subject knowledge. As the pupils progress throughout the key stage planned sessions begin to be planned within the subject specialist environments to prepare the children for the GCSE curriculum model in Key Stage 4.

The systematic TEACCH approaches continue to be at the core of the curriculum delivery. There is a greater emphasis on the adult withdrawing from instruction and the pupil developing independent learning and problem solving skills to achieve a task independently.

Learning in English, Maths and Science focuses on developing the foundation skills for a GSCE curriculum.


Acer Class - Mrs Stephanie Berry

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