Learners are taught in mixed ability and mixed aged teaching groups within each key stage. Our Key Stage 1 class has up to 4 learners; our Key Stage 2 classes have up to 8 learners. Groups are organised into ‘tree’ groups –
KS1 – Little Acorns;
KS2 – Cedar, Elm and Maple.
Our primary learners group receive a full and varied curriculum with the number of lessons allocated outlined below. However, the development of literacy, numeracy skills and social emotional and behaviour management are priority to assist their re-integration back into a mainstream school.
KS2 Curriculum Allocation
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 – Marvellous Magic
- Spring term – Infinity and Beyond
- Summer term – All Creatures Great and Small
Learners have access to appropriate E-safety sessions 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. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is provided at levels appropriate to the age and maturity of the learner through PSHE lessons.
Lessons are usually 40 minutes long.
Emotional Literacy sessions vary depending on the needs of the learners. Subjects such as PE, swimming, art, cooking and First Aid are delivered with the learning focus being SEMH and the learner’s individual behaviour targets. Emotional Literacy interventions 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.
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.