The English curriculum, with its focus on creative expression and reading, offers students an opportunity to express their unique experience of the world and to learn about the experiences of others’. In a hospital context, this feels particularly important and due to illness some students have missed key components of their English learning. We have a strong focus on language and literacy with a particular emphasis on oracy and writing. We also promote a love of reading through a reading for pleasure programme.
After baselining students, we offer sequences of lessons across 5 areas: Non-fiction writing, non-fiction reading, creative writing, prose fiction, poetry for Key Stages 1 – 3 in line with the National Curriculum. There is a strong focus on foundational literacy from EYFS to KS4 to ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop these key skills and to plug any criticalgaps in their knowledge during their hospital stay.
We continue to offer preparation for GCSE Language and Literature, English Functional Skills and also A-levels in Language, Literature and Language and Literature.
For more information on our literacy strategy click here: Learning & Support / Reading
Our science curriculum aims to engage students’ curiosity about the natural world and develop a richer understanding of disciplinary and subject knowledge in physics, chemistry and biology. Through different types of scientific enquiries, we support students to answer scientific questions about the world around them. All students of secondary age will be assessed in science on arrival and bespoke lessons will be planned to support them to
make accelerated progress either by identifying gaps in previous knowledge or by developing their knowledge further as appropriate for their age and stage. We are inventive in our approach to practicals and work hard to bring science alive at bedside, even when circustances are particularly challenging!
Science at KS1-2 is overseen by the Lead Teacher of Science.
We offer preparation for GCSE combined science, triple science and individual sciences at both foundation and higher levels at GCSE.
We can also support A-levels in Biology and Chemistry and Physics aswell as BTEC and A-Level support in Health and Social Care, psychology and other science related subject areas.
Effective maths teaching relies on key ideas being fully understood before students move on. During their stay with us, teachers will baseline students in order to elicit prior knowledge and tease out misunderstandings and gaps in previous knowledge. Through bespoke planning, and due to the high ratio of teachers to students, we are able to consolidate and build on prveious learning to ensure that students are well prepared for their reintegration to school.
We continue to offer preparation for GCSE maths (foundation and higher), A-level maths and Further maths.
We can also prepare students for functional skills tests in Maths.
There are three strands to our PHSE curriculum: goals set on entry, psycho education on the ward and the taught curriculum. As with the rest of the curriculum, our PHSE offer is adaptive and engages students from the starting point they set in collaboration with a teacher at admission. Goals are chosen from a list that matches PHSE Learning Objectives with the SEMH Hospital School criteria. A bespoke curriculum is then designed for each student around these goals so that they have the opportunity to develop self-identified skills during their admission.
The importance of physical movement in aiding recovery from both physical and mental illness is well documente and needs to be sensitively managed in our context. As part of our bespoke curriculum offer, our PE curriculum offers opportunities to:
- Develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
- Be physically active for sustained periods of time
- Learn about strategies for leading active and healthy lives