We provide a bespoke, highly personalised curriculum for our students within which we can be very flexible and creative, adapting to pupil needs as well as the length of time they may spend with us.
At the heart of the curriculum is a core of PSHE and Citizenship which allows children to develop their skills through a meeting a series of challenges. Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded into this to give a sound practical foundation in functional Maths and English. Accreditation at Key Stage 2 is through the ASDAN Stepping Stones Award. For pupils attending Forest School we also run the John Muir Award which is a 4 part environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds and ages designed to encourage people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. This award is non-competitive and inclusive.
For older students (Key Stages 3 and 4) PSHE and Citizenship continue to underpin the curriculum but with increased depth and challenge. Accreditation where appropriate is through the Key Steps Awards at Key Stage 3 and at Key Stage 4 through a range of ASDAN short courses, which at the appropriate stage can in turn feed into qualifications that appear on the OfQual register such as the Award or Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. We will also be able to offer the Prince’s Trust Personal Development and Employability qualification at Entry Level through to Level 2 where this is suitable. Students also have access to a range of GCSE courses including English, Maths and Science.
Developing interpersonal and social skills is the key to our approach and is integrated into the timetable in the form of Nurture groups, Forest School, ASDAN Awards and other individual or small group activities. PSHE is combined with learning practical life skills such as shopping, cooking and using public transport to form the main strand of our core curriculum.
Our approach will be to teach basic functional mathematical skills based on Singapore Maths and to use as many practical applications as possible to embed understanding, for example cooking activities can be used to demonstrate the use of fractions and ratio. Those students with the capabilities will follow the national curriculum working towards GSCE Maths.
We will deliver guided reading, comprehension and writing sessions and will also use every opportunity to apply literacy to “real world” situations such as shopping and cooking. Each pupil is set individual learning targets according to their level and learning style. Those students with the capabilities will follow the national curriculum working towards GSCE English.
Our range of additional subjects and activities include the following:
• Sports: Football, Basketball, Badminton etc • Archery • Swimming • Indoor Climbing • Teambuilding, Role Play and Social games • Textiles, Arts and Crafts • Construction Skills • Forest School • Gardening • Cooking • Animal Care • Science