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Curriculum

Intent

The Priory School is a Special School for children with a variety of complex needs and, as such, has to cater for a very wide range of aptitudes and abilities.  In order to do this we employ the full National Curriculum but modify our methods and approaches to cater for the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy, independence and life and daily living skills and work related learning skills.  It aims to provide motivating and relevant learning and development activities to maximise pupil engagement and support outstanding progress in all areas of learning. Personalised provision allows teachers to plan in direct response to a pupil’s individual needs and interests and taking account of their barriers to learning. Through a combination of formal and semi-formal curriculum model approaches, pupils are well prepared for each phase of their education and transition in to meaningful, aspirational and independent adult life, well placed to make a positive contribution to life in modern Britain.

Implementation - The Curriculum Offer

There are two curriculum pathways in place at The Priory School designed to ensure learners access a pathway appropriate for their emerging learning needs and therefore providing them with opportunities to develop to their full potential. Within these two pathways learning in arranged within the following stages.

  1. Secondary Lower – Year 7 and 8 Pupils
  2. Secondary Middle – Year 9 and 10 Pupils
  3. Secondary Upper – Year 11 Pupils

Pre-entry assessments and information collation:

To ensure all pupils access the right pathway initial assessments and information is collated. Activities include: Completion of standardised assessments; collation of previous teacher judgements and assessments; collation of information presented within the EHCP; observations to understand pupils learning style and behaviours for learning.

Secondary Lower - Formal Pathway

A two year curriculum cycle is in place. The curriculum organises essential knowledge and key skills into the subject areas taken from The National Curriculum 2014.

The curriculum in place is designed to ensure that our pupils achieve and progress well. Therefore, providing a sequential build-up of knowledge and skills in preparation for the Secondary Middle curriculum and pupils selecting their personalised timetables based on their options. The Secondary Lower curriculum consists of all core and non-core subjects ensuring pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Secondary Lower - Semi-Formal Pathway

A two year curriculum cycle is in place. The curriculum organises essential knowledge and key skills into the subject areas taken from The National Curriculum 2014.

The curriculum in place for pupils enables teachers to plan the curriculum through a topic based approach, using cross-curricular themes, rather than teaching subjects individually. This approach embraces the thematic delivery and allows the teaching staff to incorporate an array of learning styles within teaching and learning resources appropriate to the curriculums and themes in place and the individuals needs and abilities.

Secondary Middle - Formal Pathway

A two year curriculum cycle is in place. The curriculum organises essential knowledge and key skills into the subject areas taken from The National Curriculum 2014 for the following subject Mathematics, English, Computing, Science, Health Education, Humanities, Physical Education.

The remaining curriculum enables pupils to gain accreditation through a variety of awarding bodies.  With particular focus on preparing pupils to live independently through course like, first aid, e-Safety, health and safety, travel training and financial capability.

In Secondary Middle pupils will select two options from the following accredited courses:

  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Art
  • Horticulture
  • Sports leaders
  • Hospitality and Catering

Secondary Middle - Semi-Formal Pathway

A two year curriculum cycle is in place. The curriculum organises essential knowledge and key skills into the subject areas taken from The National Curriculum 2014.

The curriculum in place for pupils enables teachers to plan the curriculum through a topic based approach, using cross-curricular themes, rather than teaching subjects individually. This approach embraces the thematic delivery and allows the teaching staff to incorporate an array of learning styles within teaching and learning resources appropriate to the curriculums and themes in place and the individuals needs and abilities.

In Secondary Middle pupils will select one option from the following accredited courses:

  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Art
  • Horticulture
  • Sports leaders
  • Hospitality and Catering

Secondary Upper

The Key Stage four pupils follow a curriculum of Skills for Working Life and Adulthood.  The emphasis is put on giving pupils the skills, qualities and knowledge to successfully move onto the different opportunities available to them after The Priory School.  Close links are fostered with outside agencies such as; local schools, educational establishments, employers and other associated organisations in the local community to ensure that pupils make good progress towards taking a useful and active role in society and fully engage with further education appropriate to their needs. In English and Mathematics lessons pupils in Secondary Upper are split into three different ability groups.  They are taught a broad curriculum with the aim of supporting them in achieving accreditation at a level appropriate to them.  Delivery covers functional skills from Entry Level through to (Higher) Level Two and GCSE’s. 

 

The breadth and balance of the school’s curriculum combines to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At The Priory School these values are reinforced regularly throughout the curriculum delivery.  Pupils learn about:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.

At The Priory School we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and culture development of pupils plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

In line with the schools equal opportunities policy, all pupils have equal access to all areas of the curriculum.

Impact

The curriculum offer at the Priory School challenges, engages and motivates learners and their personal success are not only demonstrated through pupil achievement and outcomes but through the social and emotional milestones achieved.  The curriculum, as outlined above, ensures all pupils:

  • Enjoy and engage with a broad, balanced and relevant range of activities designed to develop both skills, understanding and competencies.
  • Transition with at least one nationally recognised qualification.
  • Experience training in an area of particular interest, linked to personal aspirations, through Secondary Middle options;  work placement; college placement links and partnerships with other local education and training providers.  Such experiences provide opportunity for individuals to achieve an appropriate qualification within this area of study. 
  • Develop skills required for adulthood and working life including at least basic functional numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Develop knowledge of and build links within the local community thus developing knowledge of, and ability to access, local services.
  • Prepares pupils to take their place in a modern and culturally diverse society where British Values are underpinned.

Please follow the link(s) provided below to view more information about the school curriculum.

Curriculum Policy - The Priory School

National Curriculum please click here

 Priory School Curriculum Planning and Content Overviews:

Art

Career Education and Work Related Learning

Computing

Design Technology

English Secondary Lower

English Secondary Middle

English Secondary Upper

Enterprise

Health Education (PSHE)

Humaniities

Mathematics Pre-Stage Overview

Mathematics Stage One Overview

Mathematics Stage Two Overview

Mathematics Stage Three Overview

Mathematics Stage Four Overview

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

Physical Education

Relationship and Sex Education

Science

 Semi-formal Pathway Topic and Content Overview

Ash Class Term 1

Oak Class Term 1

Homework 

All pupils are expected to read each evening. Homework is set on a less regular basis as we feel that our pupils work very hard in school and the long journey times experienced by many pupils also have to be taken into account.  Key Stage 4 pupils may have more homework set, particularly if they are following a GCSE course.
 
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