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Curriculum – Lower School

Key stage 3
  • This phase is for students who are aged 11-14 years.
  • All students work towards and within the National Curriculum through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Clifton Hill schemes of work.
  • Schemes of work have been developed to give a broad range of experiences with the aim of meeting the functional needs of the students, using the National Curriculum as a resource.
  • Students follow the core subjects of English (including Drama), Maths, Science (including DT) and ICT.
  • Foundation subjects remain an important part of the curriculum. These include PSHE, RE, Food Technology, PE, Music and Art. Humanities are covered through special activity weeks rather than as a separate subject on the timetable.
  • Additional activities such as swimming and community education are also included as regular timetabled activities.
  • The Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught via cross curricular topics in order to increase the range of experiences offered to the students, give them opportunity to practice skills in a variety of situations and help them to generalize their learning.
  • In addition to the cross curricular topics each of the classes follow core key skills lessons to improve their speaking and listening, reading, writing and use of number. Every child takes part in a small weekly language group with peers of a similar ability to improve their comprehension and use of language as well as their social communication.
  • Community and educational visits are built into and enhance curriculum opportunities. For example the students visit a wild life centre, science centre, circus, theatre, museum and leisure park during their time in the department. All students have opportunity to benefit from a residential trip.
  • Students attend lunch time clubs on four out of five occasions each week. This is an opportunity to enjoy and develop favoured and new leisure activities and to play alongside peers from different class groups. Students are offered choices of clubs through a termly questionnaire. Clubs include activities such as swimming, music, girls club, boys club, relaxation, interactive whiteboard games, boccia, health and fitness.
  • Learning Journey meetings for students, parents and teachers are arranged at the beginning of each term to set and evaluate individual targets. A longer Learning Journey meeting for students in year 8 is arranged for the Autumn term. Here long term targets for the student’s school life are set, that focus on improving independence, breaking down barriers to learning and achieving potential. The Individual education plans from this point are based on these long term targets ensuring a real and productive focus that will have positive long term effects for each child.

Our school values are at the heart of the curriculum and the teaching and learning in the department.