Upper School Curriculum

Upper school curriculum is formal and subject specific but with a greater focus on preparation for adulthood. There are two different curricula uses in this department.  One focuses on teaching new skills to students who continue to make rapid linear progress and the other is a more functional curriculum that teaches students to use and apply the skills they have already learned in a wider range of contexts and environments. 

This ensures that all our students in KS5 continue to make progress and supports them to take their learning outside of the classroom and really use it in their communities and in their everyday life.

It is vital that our students have work planned for them at the right developmental level but at the same time we must continually build in wider learning opportunities and challenge. Our spiral curriculum model plans for progression through structured repetition of learning content with increased challenge through the expectation that our students will use and apply the skills they have learnt in the classroom in a wider range of contexts.

We implement our curriculum through learning experiences delivered through six subject areas.  The learning and teaching in each discrete subject area will vary according to the needs of the pupils in each class group.

  • Functional skills – English and maths
  • Creative development – music, art, dance and drama
  • Physical development – PE, swimming, physiotherapy, rebound therapy
  • Independent living skills – PHSE, food technology, careers, horticulture
  • Community awareness – travel training, community visits, environmental awareness
  • Science and technology – ICT, DT, Science

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