Key Stage 1
Learners are taught in mixed ability and mixed aged teaching groups within each key stage. Our Key Stage 1 class has up to 8 learners organised into one of the primary ‘tree’ classes – Little Acorns
Learners may attend full time if they have been permanently excluded; although most learners are on intervention places and attend here part time for up to four days per week and spend the rest of the time in their mainstream school.
Our curriculum is full and varied with a clear focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills plus social, emotional and behavioural management skills to help equip the learners to re-integrate back into their mainstream school. Strongly influenced by experiential learning and learning through play, we deliver a well-planned thematic curriculum with a new topic each half term. Within each topic, we identify opportunities to "expand horizons" and introduce our learners to careers and staying safe particularly online. We also try to incorporate activities which enhance their social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning. The curriculum is designed to also be flexible in order to meet any issues or concerns which may arise during the time a learner is with us.
Learners also read daily.
The timetable may vary depending on the needs of the learners. Subjects such as PE, swimming, art and cooking are delivered with the learning focus being SEMH and the learner’s individual targets. 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, Police or Fire Service may be brought in to deliver sessions to support the specific needs of our learners.
Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) is provided at levels appropriate to the age and maturity of the learner through the core curriculum.
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.
Well-being Wednesday allows staff and learners to take a break from the pressures of formal learning and to try new activities such as crafting, rambling and singing. The idea is to give the children a chance to develop new skills or interests which have the potential to develop into life-long hobbies and support their positive mental health.