At New Rush Hall School our curricular aim is two-fold. We need to help young people understand their feelings and manage their behaviour in ways that will enable them to be happier and more successful in their lives. Secondly we want to enable them to re-engage with learning and acquire skills and qualifications, which will serve them well in school, post-school and as citizens in the community.
We offer the full National Curriculum at KS2, ensuring that our offer remains broad and balanced for all pupils. In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant emotional or social difficulties. All have also been unsuccessful in mainstream education.
The curriculum centres on key academic subjects including English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities subjects, as well as PE, Food Technology and Spanish. In addition Primary pupils have Music, Art, Horticulture, Horse riding and swimming.
The Key Stage 2 classes follow a Curriculum map with a 2 year cycle; this is necessary as some of our pupils stay in the same class for 2 years. See Curriculum maps.
Numeracy and Literacy lessons are taught in the mornings. Pupils are taught in ability groups for numeracy. The pupils and LSA’s move to their allocated classroom for the lesson.
PE is taught to the whole department every morning by our two PE instructors. This gives our pupils an opportunity to be part of a larger group and to be active in a structured session every morning. Many of our pupils spend a considerable amount of time each morning traveling by taxi or bus from a distance and need an opportunity to burn off some energy prior to focusing on their learning.
We provide a comprehensive programme of individual support which includes additional literacy and numeracy, psychotherapy and mentoring support for Looked After Children. We also implement programmes designed by the Speech and Language Service.
We currently use PIVATS – Performance Indicators for Valued Assessment and Targeted learning. This provides a structured approach to assessing, planning for learning, tracking and measuring small steps in attainment, focusing within the PIVATS structure on small steps within the P scales up to the revised national curriculum Y4 age related expectations. Pupils who are working above Year 4 expected levels are assessed using our own New Rush Hall assessment levels, which continues in the Secondary department.