At Rodney House we have two curriculum pathways 'Investigators' and 'Explorers' we are proud to have created a curriculum model which is designed around the needs of our children and have thought carefully about its design to ensure meaningful progression of skills and knowledge across the whole curriculum which promotes deep learning and understanding.
These act as a menu for teachers to select the most appropriate learning sessions for the children in their group
A topic is used as a driver for the the curriculum that half term or term working off a 3 year topic cycle
Repetition of activities throughout the year ensures children have the opportunity to consolidate and develop their skills. At all levels children are encouraged to be independent learners.
Learning outside the classroom allows children to develop and apply independence and life skills. We regularly take trips into the local community such as visiting the supermarket with a shopping list or practising walking independently on a visit to the park.
Our pre-formal curriculum takes a holistic view of learners and focuses on how best they learn. Teachers have a clear remit to ensure that the curriculum is flexible and adaptable to meet each pupil’s individual need whilst taking account of the atypical patterns of development which impact on learner’s ability to process new information and stimuli. Our pre-formal curriculum places relationships at the heart of all learning and recognises the fundamental principles of intensive interaction. Learners are extremely unique with individual learning needs and as such it is impossible to force them to fit into a formal and structured framework.
Pupils have individual targets that are drawn from the Education Health and Care plan. Teachers plan for children to have opportunity to work towards these targets through small group, one to one input and through whole class sessions. The Explorer learners' day has a strong rhythm and routine, learning sessions give frequent opportunity to practice key skills, there is continual opportunity to consolidate learning that has gone before and to develop new skills and knowledge at a pace that is suit to an individual.
The National Curriculum (Click to open) informs content of our curriculum.
All children have Prime Area targets on their individual education plan (IEP):
The Prime Areas of the Curriculum
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas of the Curriculum
- Literacy- click for info on reading at Rodney House
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
To find out more about our school curriculum please speak to your class teacher - topic booklets are available on each class web page.
Alternatively you can speak to Janet Standish - Assistant Head leading on Curriculum