Our curriculum

Curriculum design

We recognise that not only is each child an individual but also each class and each member of staff have unique interests, skills and talents. As such, lessons are designed and delivered by subject specialists and pupils are continually given opportunities to identify and develop new skills in new areas.

Curriculum offer

Across key stages 2 and 3 the curriculum provides all the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Humanities, PE, Art, PSHE and Computing. Teachers deliver content that is relevant, interesting and engaging.  Pupils have the opportunity to take part in Music, Food Tech, Gardening, Citizenship projects and Careers workshops (KS3).  External partners, such as YMCA, other local charities or local support groups also work with KS3 on a weekly basis embedding communication and interaction skills.  SMSC and British values are planned for in schemes of work together with literacy and numeracy links. Curriculum opportunities are planned into schemes of work where possible. PSHE workshops occur on a half-termly basis that respond to the current issues in society or the local community.

At key stage 4, pupils are taught GCSE English literature, Maths and Double Science as well at BTEC equivalents in Art, Computing and Sports.  PSHE is also delivered as well as careers guidance throughout the year in the form of discrete lessons and workshops.  Pupils have the opportunity to attend vocational course such as Mechanics, Construction and BTEC Food Technology.

Across all phases, literacy Intervention is provided for pupils working below age related targets.  THRIVE is also on offer for pupils struggling with well-being and resilience.

Our Key Stage 2 pupils receiving weekly music lessons provided by Nottingham Music Service and taught by an experienced teacher.

Claire Dyer

Claire is Team Leader for the Nottingham Music Service, specialising in rock/pop/urban music, and SEND/EBD provision. Her personal musical history spans working as a bass player for bands and artists including The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, composing scores and songs for films, and DJing. It all started on the recorder in primary school, which led to the keyboard, organ, piano, flute then bass guitar. Claire’s passion with music and with passing her skills and enthusiasm onto others is evident. She works tirelessly to encourage all students of all abilities and needs and has achieved some impressive results including many EBD young people receiving a BTEC in Music.

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