Key Stage 1
Key stage 1 uses an exciting multisensory topic based curriculum to encourage pupils to learn and experience the world around them. We follow all areas of the National Curriculum through topic based cross-curricular learning. Some of these topics include People Who Help Us, Under the Sea, Space and Pirates! In Key Stage 1 learning is very much centred around a whole-child approach to learning, focusing on skills that promote independence, effective communication and how to solve problems practically. We use a range of stimulating practical activities that engage pupils with their learning and enhance progression. We enjoy a creative curriculum that allows us to express ourselves freely through song, music, movement and craft. We use visits to enhance the children’s learning, e.g. The Sea Life Centre and the National Space Centre alongside more regular sessions such as our sensory swim at the local swimming baths. We practice our new skills constantly so that when our pupils arrive in Key Stage 2 they are thoroughly prepared for the independent learning they will need to learn and progress well through our school.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 follows a varied and multisensory topic based curriculum. We cover all areas of the National Curriculum using a themed cross-curricular approach. The topics are motivating and allow the children to practice and reinforce key skills through a range of subjects. Topics include Robots, Robin Hood and Food around the World. We work hard to bring learning to life for the children and to encourage independent learning throughout the key stage. Learning is interactive and aims to bring in real life experiences to enhance the curriculum. Visits to the local community are regularly planned to link to current learning. These have included trips to the Victorian classroom at Sudbury Hall and building dens and making bows and arrows on a day trip to Shining Cliff Wood.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 follows a vibrant topic-based curriculum. Our pupils, staff and parents all had a role in choosing what we wanted to learn and that new curriculum is now entering its second full cycle. We follow all the subjects and aspects of the National Curriculum but within a wide and exciting range of new activities and themes.
In Key Stage 3 learning is very much centered on a whole-child philosophy. We encourage both independent and co-operative learning and are immersed in the use of ICT to support existing subjects and to engage with the new computing curriculum. Our dedicated staff are committed to ambitious progression targets in our core subjects but we also believe firmly in enriching the school experience and fostering confidence and self-belief.
Wednesdays are Curriculum Enrichment Day. All our pupils participate in Bushcraft, Adventurous Activities, cooking and extended ICT projects – as well as many other invigorating lessons. We use visits and adventure to enhance our pupils’ learning and allow them frequently to practice crucial new skills.
When our pupils arrive in Key Stage 4 they are thoroughly prepared for the independent learning they will need to leave our wonderful school with a good range of broad experience and qualifications.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 students follow accredited pathways personalised to meet their needs. All of the work they do is accredited against nationally recognised qualifications. These range from Entry Level 1 awards to GCSEs. We work with the following exam boards; OCR AQA, Welsh Board and Aim awards.
All students study English, Maths, Communication, Personal Social Education, Lifeskills, ICT, Science and PE as part of their core curriculum. They study three options from the following choices –
- Animal Care
- Car maintenance
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Hair and Beauty
Some options are run by alternative providers, supported by school staff.