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Barnsley Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7DT


Oakfield Park School

All Different, All Valued, All Equal

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11

During Spring Term 2018 the students in key stage 4 will focus their learning around the theme of "Animals and Humans".



PMLD: Therapies

PMLD: Developing self awareness: all about me

ASD/SLD/PD: Writing skills

ASD/SLD/PD: Number skills

Off site visits

The Deep

Tropical Butterfly World

Ponderosa – handle animals (01924 235276, WF16 0PN)

Feed ducks at pond

Pets At Home – a range a talk and petting session

Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Doncaster Wildlife Park

Adopting a Donkey

Pontefract Racecourse

Greyhound race track

Cannon Hall – may be able to feed to animals

Wentworth Garden Centre – petting centre (01226 744842, S62 7TF, 13miles)

Victoria Garden Centre – pets and fish for sale

Litter pickering at Fitzwilliam park – care for wild animals


Social & Behaviour

PAT dog

How animals are used by people – farm, historical industry, assistance animals, companion pets, racing, honey bees,

Farm production (mass production or organic) – costs and consequences research

How people care for the animals – donkey adoption

Raise money for a charity that helps people or animals

Respecting animals e.g. Caesar TV advert, Koko the gorilla, Alex the parrot 

Respecting all people – diversity.

Personal care with hygiene bags, teeth cleaning, cleaning self after dinner

Links with Arch Bishop Holdgate (MT)

Links with mainstream schools (e.g. science, music) Laura Trusdale at Minsthorpe, Stephen Godfrey at Hemsworth

Desensitizing groups to personal care

Personal care bags to develop personal hygiene



Literacy – environmental sounds (animal sounds)

Reading and writing animal stories/children’s stories – Julia Donaldson ‘The Highway Rat’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’,  The Gruffalo, Watership Down, Bambi, Ratatouille, Dumbo, Jumbo.

Naming and labelling

Non-fiction: how to care for the pet.  Researching and sharing information about a favourite type of animal.

Diary from the point of view of an animal. 

Combined groups for sensory stories (more able students to deliver story)

Animal Rights posters / debate

S&L – discussion of ethics: should animals be in captivity? 

Sensory language – smell pet foods, feel of animals e.g. fur, sounds animals make.



Postural management

Combined groups for PE and shared delivery – circuit training

PE kit and personal care bags to be used where appropriate

Walking dogs

Countryside walking to explore nature

Litter pickering to help nature

Gardening to help nature


Programmes of Study (in priority order)


‘Fundamentals of Communication’ by Dave Hewitt

Intensive Interaction


BSL / Sign Supported English


Strategies from school staff, interveners, SENSS

Alexia Chambers Wednesdays 11.00-11.30

Intervener group Mondays 1.15-2.15

PD – biology, natural history, environmental issues

 PSHE & E Safety

ASDAN: all about me PMLD

ASDAN – therapies PMLD

E Safety: camouflage and false identity

Caring for others

Respecting others

Charities, Sanctuaries

Personal hygiene


Healthy eating

Sustainable / Eco life styles

Sensory Exploration (P4-P8)

ASDAN – therapies PMLD

Textures e.g. fur, scales, feathers


ASDAN – number

Personal Fitness & Circuit training

PoS Swimming (school pool), Rebound

PoS Sherborne


Light & Sound Room

Nocturnal animals

Deep ocean sealife

Spoken Language

PoS Spoken Word: Explanations, Exploring Ideas, Presentations


NC units:

-Animals, including humans

-Evolution & inheritance

- Living things and their habitats

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural)


Lunchtime clubs

After school clubs

Different cultural views towards animals

Different cultural family structures for people to help each other

Cooking & Nutrition

ASDAN – number

PoS Autumn & Winter Foods

Animals providing food e.g. milk, eggs.  Meat or vegetarian dishes with healthy eating, food type portion size – how much protein do we need?



ASDAN – number

PoS Number

PoS Measure

PoS Geometry

counting legs, counting food quantities, shapes of animals, growth of animals, sorting breeds

Reading skills

PoS Phonics & Spelling

PoS Non- fiction texts – animal facts


Writing skills

ASDAN – number

ASDAN – writing skills

PoS Handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar

PoS Non-Fiction: report writing, instructions


Documentary making: how to look after an animal.  Animated cartoon animal story

Search Engines: research a favourite animal or habitat


PoS Sounds of nature


Role play vet, nurse, carer

Role play RSPCA inspector solving a case



ASDAN – therapies PMLD

Silhouette felt puppets – can they recognise the animal from shape

Draw an animal


ASDAN – writing

Saint Frances of Assisi

Sacred animals



ASDAN – number

Compare people who care for people and people who care for animals.  Visit kennels (Nic Chapman), stables, nurses.

Design & Technology

Wooden flower troughs to help bees Design a home for an animal or person


Past uses of animals

Historical equipment e.g. horse drawn plough


Animal habitats around the world


MFL / Signing

Koko the gorilla