Find out about our exciting, bespoke curriculum and the opportunities it provides for all our learners.
The curriculum at Lime Academy Orton is a personalised and purposeful education offer for learners with severe to profound learning difficulties between the ages of 2 to 19 years. We set aspirational goals for our pupils to achieve personally tailored outcomes. This is fully outlined in our Curriculum Document. Our curriculum is fully accessible to all pupils through our personalised approach to learning pathways in compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
Each phase of education at Lime Academy Orton is divided into a Family Group. These 'Key Stages' are driven by our Lead Teachers, who work with their teams to plan and develop their curriculum offer. Long term topic overviews for each Family Group reflect a development in the provision across the school, taking either a termly or yearly approach. Each Family Group set distinct pathways for their pupils, according to the provision they need to achieve their outcomes and to provide a varied learning experience.
At the Lime Academy Orton we believe that one of the central aims of the educational opportunities we deliver is to enable the children who arrive at the school to leave as young adults who are as independent as possible. To help achieve this it is essential to recognise that irrespective of the pupil's level of ability, the provision available throughout the school as they become older needs to reflect their changing age. This is achieved in a number of ways, such as ensuring that the work provided is developmentally appropriate in terms of both the learning contexts and the resources used, that teaching and social areas are designed to reflect changing interests and social dynamics and that the curriculum provided adapts to the changes in emphasis and priority.
You can find out more about the curriculum offered here at Lime Academy Orton by getting in touch via the 'contact us' page.
Our Approach to the Teaching of Phonics and Reading
At Lime Academy Orton we interpret reading in the broadest context as involving deriving meaning from the environment. This includes using objects, sensory cues including sounds and smells, pictures, photographs, signs and written words to support teaching and learning in reading.
We aim to provide a ‘total communication’ learning environment using a wide range of communication strategies adapted to meet individual’s needs. We work towards enabling all students to be effective communicators.
Examinations / Testing Arrangements & Pupil Progress
Parents/Carers will be kept informed of pupil progress through the Annual Review of their child’s Education, Health and Care Plan. As the vast majority of the children do not achieve expected National levels they are disapplied from Standard Assessment Tasks. We record and celebrate the small steps made in progress on an individual basis. This progress within the National Curriculum is mainly through our developmental 'Lime SEND Curriculum' and all monitoring is carried out through practitioner observation, narrative and photographic assessment using ‘Evidence for Learning’.
Religious Education and SMSC
This is taught in accordance to the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus as far as it is practicable. Learning about and learning from religion and beliefs are important for all pupils because Religious Education helps pupils develop an understanding of themselves and others. Lime Academy Orton represents a diverse faith and multicultural community where spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences are integral to the cross-curricular learning. Collective worship provides an opportunity for pupils to reflect on their own beliefs, feelings and experiences.
At Lime Academy Orton we pride ourselves on appreciating the value of others and being part of a whole school community. We are respectful of others and their beliefs creating an atmosphere of tolerance and consideration for all pupils, staff and families.
Daily spiritual time and weekly assemblies provide opportunities for reflection and focus upon a religious and cultural calendar appropriate to our pupils and relevant to topics of current interest. There is also time allocated for the praise of good work, certificates and birthday celebrations.
Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) at Lime Academy Orton
Careers Lead – Sarah Norman (Deputy Headteacher)
Supported by- Pauline Gall (Family Support Worker)
Careers education at Lime Academy Orton is linked intrinsically to our approach to Preparation For Adulthood (PFA) for our pupils. This begins as pupils join the school and is embedded into both their individual Education Health Care Plan outcomes and their bespoke curriculum offer. For us and our leaners CIAG is having a planned pathway for life after school.
Fundamentally we want all our pupils to be supported to develop the skills they need to make choices and have a voice which enables them to partake in meaningful daily activity and the wider world around them once they move on from our setting. To enable us to support our pupils in achieving this we have created and sustain a wealth of partnerships with external Post 16/19 providers locally to allow them to experience first-hand the opportunities available to them in their adult life and therefore enable them to make informed choices about what comes next after school.
The school’s careers programme embraces the eight Gatsby benchmarks of good Career Guidance:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning form career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
As with all areas of learning within the school these activities are presented to pupils on an individual basis, in a timely fashion, that takes account of their unique age, stage, interests and needs.
Sex Education and Relationships
At Lime Academy Orton we do not seek to be a substitute for the important role that parents/carers have to play within this delicate area. As within all areas of the curriculum, we strive to work very closely with families. We aim to provide a programme to all of our pupils, which will provide information appropriate to their physical and emotional maturity. Assisting pupils to develop strategies for keeping safe, good social behaviour and respect for the feelings of others is constantly being reinforced throughout the school. Any parent/carer with strong views on this subject is urged to contact the school for further discussions. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education although not from those elements which are covered in Science National Curriculum.
In the climate of global awareness, where every citizen is affected by world events on a daily basis, international issues are an important part of all our lives. By including an international dimension at Lime Academy Orton we offer children and staff a greater understanding of their national and international identity within a diverse and differentiated curriculum.
Swimming at Lime Academy Orton
We are very fortunate to have our own Hydrotherapy Pool facility on site here at Lime Academy Orton.
Pupils access the facility as part of their individualised curriculum. Learning within the pool focuses on the pupils Physical Development targets within their Education Health Care Plan.
When and where appropriate, pupils access our pool and local swimming facilities to learn to swim.
At Lime Academy Orton we begin to prepare our pupils for adult life from the moment they enter. We work hard to ensure that each pupil has appropriate, individualised Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes that are transferable to the real world. We want to support all our learners to gain skills that will support them in their future.
Preparation for Adult concentrates on the following key areas:
- Independent Living
- Friends, Relationships and Community
- Good Health
At the end of their time in school with us our learners progress to a wide range of local college and social care providers.
Our family liaison officers support young people and their families with transition to other settings at the right time for them. In addition to this all our Post 16 learners have a varied curriculum offer which incorporates extended links with local providers to give them an experience of the different environments which will help inform their future choices.
We also lucky to have our own Hub, which incorporates a charity shop and community café at the Orton Centre. This provides work related learning and community access opportunities for all our learners at a level appropriate to their individual needs.