Pre KS4

Key stages 2 and 3

Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment in which children feel happy and secure, and take steps to independence. We follow the National Curriculum, which is key skills based and appropriate for the age of the children.

Our curriculum is topic based, encouraging cross-curricular links between subjects. Each topic is planned to engage and stimulate the children’s curiosity and interest through a variety of activities where children learn and apply new skills. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, concentrating on English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, PE, Creative Arts and Technology. At the end of each topic children are given the opportunity to review and evaluate their learning experiences.

Children are taught in mixed ability classes where we offer a balance of child-initiated and adult led learning, guided group work and appropriate individualised support with a keen emphasis on the acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills. All children participate in daily literacy and mathematics lessons and each student will be given tailored support in these areas.

All teaching groups are supported with a Thrive Action plan which allows staff to plan activities and use strategies to develop emotional and social skills. Some students will also enjoy activities within individual Thrive Action Plans or other therapeutic sessions such as Draw and Talk, Art therapy, Emotional Literacy Support or Cognitive behaviour therapy.