Curriculum

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

At Learning Opportunities we are committed to providing an accessible curriculum which is relevant, exciting, stimulating and creative. Our aim is for every student to enjoy learning and to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes to lead happy, fulfilling and successful lives in the future. We are well placed to offer educational experiences at the most appropriate level, and with the required level of support. In acknowledgement of their individuality we ensure that students are provided with opportunities and experiences which enable them to develop their fullest potential and to make progress based on their starting points.

Emphasis is consistently placed upon the acquisition of the basic numeracy, literacy and social attributes which form the core of those skills required for everyday life within the community. Where necessary students work 1:1 with our literacy teacher to close gaps in learning and make accelerated progress with basic skills.

As well as delivering a broad range of traditional academic subjects, we are able to provide access to a range of practical subjects and activities which are also a strong feature of our curriculum; these include Forest School, Challenger Troop, Mechanics and Horse Riding. Promotion of healthy lifestyles and the development of life skills are also key elements.

We take every opportunity to capitalise on personal interests, to enrich the curriculum and to enhance and consolidate learning through educational visits, whole school themed sessions and extra–curricular opportunities.

Differentiated curriculum planning, activities, delivery and outcomes ensure progression and challenge. Progress is closely monitored and reported on termly. Thorough and robust assessment ensures that we identify what each student already knows and where there are any gaps in their learning/development. This allows us to plan to meet individual students’ needs and ensure that every student makes good or better progress based on their different starting points.

Where appropriate, a range of accreditation routes are available from Year 9 through to the end of Year 12, including GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level and BTEC.

We work closely with local colleges to ensure that where appropriate students are able to access college link courses from Year 10. Work related learning opportunities are also provided in partnership with local businesses.

KEY STAGE 2 – Year 6

Within the school we adopt a primary approach, with a class teacher teaching most of the subjects. The curriculum is based around the adapted new National Curriculum, which helps to ensure breadth and balance whilst at the same time allowing programmes to be tailored appropriately to meet the very individual needs of our students. We incorporate a variety of strategies and approaches personalised to small group and individual needs. Activities are designed to address students’ individual barriers to learning, including communication, personal, social and emotional development, and physical development. Students have a wide range of rich learning experiences in which to practice and apply these skills.

KEY STAGE 3

As with the primary curriculum, developing students’ communication, social and emotional skills remains an important aspect of the differentiated curriculum.

Lessons are general taught by subject teachers; teaching styles are varied and encompass a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching. The exact balance between these depends upon the needs of the class and the individual. Interactive learning is highly valued and incorporated throughout.

Planning ensures breadth and progression to ensure students are taught the skills they will need to live a full and interesting life, as independently as they are able.

KEY STAGE 4

In Key Stage 4 all students follow an individual programme designed to meet their specific needs, abilities, and post 16 preferences. This includes preparation for the transition to a Post 16 placement either with us, at college, a training provider or employment. They can access a variety of accredited courses including GCSE, Entry Level and Functional Skills.

Students begin to look at the world of work and training through college links, work experience and Enterprise Education. Emphasis is placed on developing greater independence.

KEY STAGE 5

The Key Stage 5 curriculum builds upon learning within Key Stage 4 through a person centered approach. The emphasis is on providing a meaningful programme to support transition, and to develop a greater degree of independence.

There is a varied approach with opportunities for students to study in a range of different settings with differing levels of support appropriate to their individual needs. Students have more time allocated to work related learning in their weekly timetable. An increasing number of community based activities are provided to facilitate inclusion and to build self-confidence.

CAREERS EDUCATION

All students are required to have, as part of their studies, input on future careers. This is ordinarily delivered through our PSHE programme. In Years 7 and 8, the focus is very much about the development of the individual as a person, identification of strengths and weaknesses, and how to make appropriate choices.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW