Key Stage 2 Curriculum
The Key Stage 2 curriculum at St Christopher’s PRU is broad and balanced and aims to meet the specific needs of each individual student.
We accept students from Year 3 to 6 from a wide range of primary schools. The curriculum is therefore differentiated as much as is necessary to ensure equal access. We recognise that many of our students have needs above and beyond those that might be expected of the majority of young people.
The curriculum at St Christopher’s has been developed within the constraints of a two term rolling programme for each student. On rare occasions, a student may stay with us for three terms. The use of a creative curriculum enables us to offer opportunities for cross curricular and transferable learning.
Our Curriculum is boundaried by rigorous initial baseline and exit assessment of both academic and behavioural progress. All planning is rooted National Curriculum programmes of study. In addition to providing discrete lessons in the core subjects, we use a creative curriculum based on topics identified in collaboration with our students. Generally the topic will have a bias towards history, geography or design technology.
All students undertake baseline assessments in Literacy, Maths and Science upon entry to St Christopher’s. The data gathered enables us to individualise learning programmes. Regular formative checks allow the teaching to be adjusted to suit any academic progress and changes in behaviour.
- Literacy: We aim to support our students to develop their Literacy skills as a high priority. Literacy skills are developed through a focus on learning specifics like punctuation, grammar and reading. These are then applied in practical writing situations. Our students undertake supported reading and writing on a daily basis.
- Numeracy: We follow a rolling two term numeracy programme. Regular work around the 4 rules of number is supplemented by practice of mental arithmetic and different elements of the curriculum such as algebra, shape and data handling.
- Science: Each Science topic studied lasts between 8 and 10 weeks. Recent areas have included Electricity and Life and Living Processes. We aim to underpin the work with an emphasis on developing core scientific skills such as fair testing, structured enquiry and hypothesis.