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Curriculum

It is important that  as parents & carers  have the chance to full part in  your child’s educational experience. We provide regular opportunities to come into school and join us for  events which provide life long  memories.

EHCP  meetings and Open Days/Celebration Assemblies  are crucial opportunities for parents to receive feedback on their child’s progress and to support the school working in partnership with parents and carers.

A weekly bulletin  is sent to all Stakeholders evidencing  ‘ A week in the life at Brantridge ‘ including numerous curriculum and wider learning experiences that all boys have the opportunity to  access  .

Please take a moment to look at the half termly topic overview for your child’s class. This will help in initiating conversation about what they have done this week and allows you to find out what they enjoy and what they don’t, what they are learning and what they are proud of.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Map for the academic year 2017

 

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Learning & Innovation at Brantridge  School

At Brantridge School we aim to provide a creative curriculum which integrates subjects and build on children's imagination. Individualised and personalised  learning will be generated through key experiences and will aim to develop key life skills that children need in later life.

Lessons are differentiated to match the ability of all the children. Pupils self assess every lesson using a traffic light system. Peer assessment is embedded within the curriculum and highly evident in Forest Schools. Teachers and Teaching Assistants evaluate pupil learning throughout the lesson and modify and adapt the lesson when necessary. Formal  Assessment takes place half termly in all subjects and is analysed by the Head of Education. Weekly Multi Disciplinary Team meeting take place to provide additional support for pupils if having difficulty accessing Learning and the curriculum and this is evident by the colour grades awarded on a lesson by lesson basis.

 

National Curriculum

The aim of the school is to  give all pupils their full entitlement to the National Curriculum. All subjects are covered, including the non-statutory components. Key Stage 1 is covered in Years 1 & 2, Key Stage 2 is covered in Years 3 to 6 and part of Key Stage 3 is covered in Years 7 & 8.

Particular emphasis is placed upon literacy and numeracy because pupils often come with deficits in these areas. Interventions  are delivered by Teaching assistants if Universal  and by  the Intervention and Well being Lead if Specialist Intervention is required due to complexity.

Reading

 We believe that reading is the key which unlocks the whole curriculum, therefore we place great emphasis on its development. As a school we have adopted 'Letters and Sounds' to deliver our phonics programme to support our pupils' development. Every pupil throughout the school will read to an adult at least once a day and reading is an integral part our Residential  provision and is included in our homework programme.

Foundation subjects

The majority of foundation subjects are taught as separate items on the timetable, but there is scope for topic-based approaches, especially for the Key stage 1 and 2 pupils. Creativity is positively fostered, and the school is justifiably proud of the quality of the pupils' art work, on display throughout the school.

All pupils have an Individual Care and Education Plan incorporating educational and social development targets. The individual Care and Education Plan is reviewed termly and is linked to annual targets which are set at the EHCP  Reviews.

Religious and Sex Education

Religious education is taught, on a non-denominational basis, ensuring that all pupils are aware of the multi-cultural and multi-faith society in which we live. The school has no affiliation to any religious denomination or religion, and parents have the right to withdraw their child from the RE lessons and from the school's very simple daily act of collective worship if they so wish. Alternative provision will be made if necessary.

Sex Education is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines for Science, and is modified to take account of the age and maturity of the pupils. In addition, within Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) there are elements of sex and relationship education. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the latter, if they so wish.

P.E, Sport & Leisure activities

The PE curriculum is extended into a wide variety of play and leisure activities and can be read in further depth in the PE sub section . In addition activites  of these are available in the evenings organised by the Care Team . "Out of school" activities include; Climbing, Sailing, Cycling, Horse-riding, Trampolining, Gymnastics, Golf, Canoeing and Overnight Camps. The curriculum is constantly being evaluated in terms of its breadth and range and further opportunities are been added.

Parents or Carers, who would like to find out more about the Curriculum we follow throughout the school, should contact Head of Education, Mr M Warner, via schooloffice@brantridge-school.co.uk.

Homework

We endeavour to provide homework that is stimulating and interesting. Homework will be set dependant on the age of the pupil and distance travelled on a daily basis for day students. In Residential, all boys will be set Homework on a Wednesday evening between 4.30-5.00pm. Additional homework  will be set for the boys in Key Stage 3. All pieces of homework completed accrue two Shop Points. Members of the care team offer support when necessary.