Primary Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Our main focus is to provide an individualised curriculum in English, maths and Emotional Literacy to meet the needs of each learner.  These are delivered in a thematic approach with a new topic each term;

  • Autumn term – Fairy Tales
  • Spring term – Around the World
  • Summer term – Habitats

Baseline data of each learner is usually provided by mainstream schools at the point of referral.  If this is not available each learner completes a series of baseline assessments once they start at our school.  These assessments are analysed and an individual learning plan is put in place meeting the learners needs and narrowing any gaps in knowledge they may have.  Interventions may be put in place if a learner is failing to make expected progress or a specific learning need is identified.

Learners have access to appropriate science and E-safety sessions.  These are designed to meet the needs of our learners with topics being flexible to meet any issues or concerns which may arise during the time a learner is with us.

Emotional Literacy

All our learners have either Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) issues therefore supporting development of these areas is a priority in our setting.  Emotional Literacy is taught each afternoon and all day Tuesday.  Emotional Literacy sessions vary depending on the needs of the learners. Subjects such as PE, Swimming, Art, Music, Cooking and First Aid are delivered with the learning focus being SEMH and the learner’s individual behaviour targets.  Targeted Emotional Literacy sessions are also delivered for some learners on Anger Management, Rights and Responsibilities, Transition and Self Esteem.

Where other issues arise such as drugs, alcohol, personal health or safeguarding a range of agencies/professionals such as the NSPCC, the Life Education Team, the Drug and Alcohol Team, Police or Fire Service may be brought in to deliver sessions to support the specific needs of our learners.

Outdoor Learning

Our Whelley campus is situated near many areas of natural beauty as well as benefitting from a wealth of outdoor space which we use as often as possible to support all curriculum areas.  Outdoor learning gives our learners the opportunity to explore, discover and conserve these areas, as they develop their resilience and skills as responsible citizens of the future.

Sample timetables