Curriculum

THE SCHOOL

Beacon Hill has 5 departments and students are placed according to age – EYFS, First School, Middle School , High School.

Our main curriculum is developmental, organised as a continuum of skills, with strands based on the level an individual is working on and their next steps linked to the Desired Outcomes decided upon in their EHC. 

The Curriculum 

The curriculum is organised into:

Informal –  The Informal Curriculum is processed based and includes 4 areas of learning: Cognition and learning, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and emotional development. This curriculum has been designed for learners with Profound and Multiple learning difficulties and complex learning styles and needs.

Semi Formal – The Semi Formal Curriculum is skills based and includes 7 areas of learning: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and emotional development. This curriculum strand has been designed for students with Severe Learning Difficulties who require repetition and a consistent approach. 

Formal – The Formal Curriculum – is also skills based and includes the 7 areas of learning with subject specific sessions, it is designed for our learners who are reaching the top of the Semi-formal curriculum and for those who have a Spiky Profile with specific skills in one area.

PFA – The Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum starts in Key stage 4 running alongside the above curriculum. As students progress to KS5 those students on the Semi -Formal curriculum work solely on the PFA. Students who were on the Informal Curriculum, straddle both curriculum at present.

The Curriculum Matrix

The matrix provides a theme through which the developmental curriculum is taught to ensure the students receive a breadth of experience and age appropriate content to enable them to progress to their next step.

Dept

Autumn 18

Spring 19

Summer 19

Autumn 19

Spring 20

Summer 20

EYFS

Zoom to the moon

Down at the farm 

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside 

Oats and beans and barley grow 

How many colours in the rainbow?

Far far away 

KS1

Lights of the world 

Magic carpet ride 

Here comes the sun 

A view from the window 

Spring has sprung 

Treasure Hunters

LKS2

Street detectives 

Roll up roll up

Land Ahoy! 

To infinity and beyond 

Scrumdiddlyumptious 

Up up and away 

UKS2

Overground underground 

Around the world in 80 days 

Litter Bugs 

Academy for Witches and Wizards  

A walk on the wild side 

A Pirate’s life for me 

KS3

Enchanted woodland

Bright lights big city 

Viva la Vida 

Heart to Heart 

Alive and growing  

Beach

combers 

KS4

A Child’s War and

PFA

Tomorrow’s World

and

 

PFA

What would happen if all the insects disappeared?and

PFA

Traders and Raiders!

and

 

PFA

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

and

 

PFA

The Blue Abyss.

and

 

PFA

KS5

PFA

PFA

PFA

PFA

PFA

PFA

A Care Curriculum also runs alongside the Informal Curriculum, which ensures pupils have the time to be placed in the correct position for learning and have time for personal care and gastrostomy feeds or water flushes when required.

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