Our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and challenging. It meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum (NC) and includes modifications to make it accessible to all pupils.
In addition to the national curriculum, we take into account the special educational needs of our pupils as individuals. We believe that every child have the right to an education (article 28). This is achieved by including areas such as Personal and Social Development and Health Education and by placing an appropriate emphasis on the development of communication, in its widest sense, across the whole curriculum.
Monitoring and assessment of pupils work takes place continuously. Pupils are encouraged to be involved in this process from the very beginning, when the youngest children are perhaps, simply, asked to look at a piece of work they have completed. As they grow and develop and as communication skills increase they may be asked to comment and say how it could be improved, for example by adding another colour.
By Key Stage 2 some pupils will be able to contribute to assessing what they have done to achieve their target and what their next steps are.
Pupils and staff use a range of methods to record work and to monitor progress. In addition to the more usual methods of writing and drawing, models, photographs, computers, audio and videoclips are all used. We use an app called ‘Evidence for Learning’ which links photographs, teachers comments and pupils responses to assessment levels.
Learning styles vary from pupil to pupil. This is taken into account when lessons are planned and teaching styles are therefore equally varied. Interactive learning is highly valued and pupils are encouraged to explore and to be independent in their learning. At the same time, every pupil has their own learning program and have many opportunities for individual and small group work on a daily basis. Practical lessons and educational visits are a common feature of the academy week for all classes.
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