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
Learners have access to appropriate E-safety sessions, as well as PSHE plus art and science enrichment lessons. 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. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is also provided at levels appropriate to the age and maturity of the learner.
Emotional Literacy is taught each afternoon and all day on a Tuesday. 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. Targeted Emotional Literacy (TEL) 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.
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.
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 – Birch, Elm and Maple.