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Curriculum

We offer a broad and exciting curriculum for pupils aged from two to nineteen.

All lessons are differentiated and planned to meet the wide range of needs of our pupils.

Pupils in class 1 follow the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage through a topic based creative curriculum.

Pupils in classes 2,3 ,4, 5 and 6, (key stages 2 and 3) follow the national curriculum requirements , supported by extra curricular activities to develop independence, self care and self esteem.

Class 7 (key stage 4) pupils continue to study the core subjects of English, maths, science and computing. Functional and communication skills are developed in line with each students needs. Vocational and life skills are introduced following Edexcel externally accredited courses.

Class 8 (post 16) pupils develop skills learnt in class 7 developing functional and communication skills and computing. Vocational and life skills are developed further following Edexcel externally accredited courses. The focus is for students to be supported to become as independent as possible in preparation for moving to adulthood.  Pupils attend Boston COllege one day a week as a College Link course studying subjects that include hair and beauty, construction and media.

Maths

Mathematical skills and especially numeracy are basic skills and are therefore given a high profile on the curriculum. The school scheme of work is based on the national curriculum. It is the policy of the school to meet the needs of all the students, many of whom are working well below their chronological age. This is achieved through individual target setting and differentiated work. Many mathematical concepts are taught through cross-curricular links with all subjects. Maths activities are appropriate to the age and ability of pupils and linked to life skills.

Literacy

The national curriculum requirements are followed throughout the school, covering the three strands of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Individual targets are set for each strand at the level of each student.

Phonics is taught as discrete lessons in classes 1-4, but continues to be taught across the whole school integrated into the curriculum.

Reading is developed through 1:1 sessions, group sessions and cross curricular and functional. The schools reading scheme supports phonics.

Communication skills are the basis of all our educational practice. The development of effective communication is encouraged throughout all curriculum areas and in all aspects of the school day. PECS and makaton are also used to develop communication. The school works with the speech and language therapist to produce individual plans and targets.

Computing

In computing pupils are taught how to control a variety of systems such as computers, robots, CD players, cameras and tablets. Pupils are also taught how to input simple code into a computer and how to operate a range of simple programs. All pupils have at least one lesson dedicated to computing throughout the week. Computing is used throughout the curriculum to enhance learning, independence and communication. All pupils are regularly taught how to stay safe when using a computer through activities related to e-safety. All pupils have their own individual targets in computing.

Science, Design and Technology, Art, Geography, History, Music, French and PHSE are taught following the national curriculum requirements and differentiated to meet the needs of the individual pupil.

RE

We follow the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus (SACRE.) From key stage 1 to key stage 5, pupils will look at all religions and make a comparison with Christianity.

Pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties are included and we use sensory work and communication aids and makaton signing to record an encounter through to a growing awareness.

PE

Physical Education within the school follows the requirements and standards of the National Curriculum and aims to extend pupils physically to the best of their ability, develop motor skills and have fun.  Students are taught to recognise their own skills and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

British Values

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.  A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem.  These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted in each class at Eresby School.

To find out more about British Values at this academy please download the document on the left-hand side of the page.

For further information about the curriculum followed at Eresby School please contact us