Within the Lower school department, every day begins with a relaxed breakfast during which the students are encouraged to develop both their independence and their social and emotional skills. They are responsible for making breakfast, eating appropriately and clearing away afterwards. Throughout breakfast, conversation is encouraged with an emphasis on reflection and target setting. The students discuss the previous day in a positive way, highlighting any areas that were not as good as they could have been and making suggestions as to how, as a group, they can improve on these. This discussion enables the group to decide upon a tally target for the coming day.
A phonics scheme is followed by those students that are not confident with reading and writing. This will provide these students with the skills to recognise letter sounds, blend sounds and build words when reading and spelling.
The entire curriculum is taught in an environment that both inspires and enthuses students with good examples of work being celebrated within displays. Staff ensure that students are constantly supported and motivated whilst presenting them with an element of challenge to further develop skills. A large focus is put on students beginning to take responsibility for their own learning and encouraging them to ‘want’ to learn. As they enter KS3 it is important that the students realise the importance of their education and implications that a lack of effort will have on this.
Within the lower school department, we ensure that students have access to a wide and varied curriculum which enables them all to identify their own specific skills and talents, whilst striving to develop the areas that they find more challenging