Curriculum

At Grange Academy, we believe all our pupils deserve the opportunity to have a broad range of experiences that are engaging and purposeful.

We want our pupils to be inspired, motivated and resilient. When pupils leave our school we want them to be able to promote our School Values – Belong, Believe and Achieve.

Our extensive life skills, RSE, PSE, SMSC and Rights Respecting work underpins all we do at Grange. Pupils’ social and emotional needs are always considered in our planning.

We embed phonics and reading and writing throughout the curriculum.

Pupils are given ample opportunities to transfer their phonetic knowledge and reading skills in various subject areas. At Grange we use Letters and Sounds Phonics programme, alongside any other phonics programmes we feel are beneficial.

Through our curriculum we hope to:

Develop Cognitive and Academic Abilities

To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding, so that our pupils can flourish, reach personal targets and exceed their potential academically in all five areas as outlined within their EHCPs. 

Develop Character

To encourage our pupils to have a holistic set of core values that prepares them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever changing community. 

To inspire pupils to want to learn and allow them to show resilience and experience success.

Develop Behaviours and Habits

To develop the behaviours that pupils need to succeed in school and within the wider community such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, independence and curiosity. 

Develop Key Life Skills

To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding, so that our pupils can flourish, reach personal targets and exceed their potential academically in all five areas as outlined within their EHCPs. 

Curriculum Intent

All pupils are taught through a pupil-centred topic or theme which links learning across subjects. These include, for example, Deadly Dinosaurs, Water, Magic, Journeys and Mystery.

Each class has an engaging curriculum that allows pupils to experience broad topics that interest and excite learners. Our topics develop pupils’ understanding of the world around them, through an inspiring and creative approach.

This allows for the development of cognitive, sensory and motor skills and communication;  as well as reinforcing key vocabulary linked to learning schemata.

We believe learning is not a linear experience for our pupils therefore our teaching reflects this. We have developed a curriculum that blends knowledge and skills together in a spiral of different subjects.

As pupils move through the school, the expectation for the depth and breadth of their learning is increased, depending on their individual flight plans and specific learning needs.

Pupils engage in skills of a similar nature, but at a higher level of understanding leading to a mastery approach to learning. We continue to evaluate and make changes to ensure that the curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before.

Extra-curricular experiences also form an integral part of the school’s provision. Educational visits, visitors and key whole school events make learning ‘come alive’ for pupils.

We ensure that all pupils are exposed to arts and cultural experiences and timetable key events into the school calendar so pupils get to engage in new experiences as they progress through school.

Examples of this have been: theatre visits, artists, dance classes, residential trips, attending a university, visits to a wide range of museums and places of religious and cultural interest.

We review this annually as part of our curriculum offer and plans are in place for the school to further include experiences such as visits to parliament.

Primary Curriculum

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Secondary Curriculum

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ASC Curriculum

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Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
Telephone: 01234 407100 – Fax: 01234 407110 – Office Email: grange@biltt.org