Delivery of the Curriculum

Whilst the aims of the school curriculum will be the same for all pupils attending Hadrian School the nature of the ‘received curriculum’ will differ for individual pupils. Each pupil is entitled to an education that shows breadth and balance but also, and most importantly, relevance to his or her specific learning needs. Styles of teaching and learning may differ according to the subject content being taught. The idea that pupils must be active learners is central to all activities and will be seen in teachers’ classroom practice

The National Curriculum

We have a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils. Where it is appropriate, we aim to ensure that all pupils participate as fully and as effectively as possible within the National Curriculum and the statutory assessment arrangements. We apply the three principles outlined in the Statutory Inclusion Statement to modify the National Curriculum Programmes of Study to provide pupils with relevant and appropriately challenging work at each Key Stage, and to inform whole school curriculum planning.

Religious Education

Religious Education is considered to be an integral part of the overall curriculum and general ethos of the school.
Multi-cultural education takes place through topic work, whole school and Key Stage Assemblies. The Programme of Study is multi-faith in content. Parents/Carers are reminded that they can withdraw their child from specific religious experiences or acts of collective worship if they so wish.

Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education is taught to pupils in a manner appropriate to their age and development and usually as part of the wider health education scheme of work supported by the nursing team.

The emotional and social wellbeing of our children is supported in a number of ways including the use of the Thrive Approach, Zippy’s Friends, Behaviour Support, Feelings’ Boards in partnership with parents and colleagues in Education and Clinical Psychology.

Literacy and Numeracy

At Hadrian School we use a range of Phonics, Handwriting, Reading and Numeracy Schemes depending on the ability and need of each pupil including the following:

Jolly Phonics –
A fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.

Letters and Sounds –
A phonics resource which aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Penpals –
A scheme to teach handwriting in a fun way, helping our pupils to develop a fluent, confident handwriting style.

Oxford Reading Tree and the Ginn Reading 360 Schemes –
We provide an extensive library of books at every stage to provide a broad and rich reading experience. ORT publish a variety of fun stories with familiar characters that have been written using a mix of high-frequency and phonic words which can be blended and sounded out. The Ginn Reading 360 series is designed to provide a solid literary foundation and build on previous literacy knowledge.

Numicon –
Numicon builds a deep understanding of maths through a multi-sensory approach, developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving.

A large percentage of the Numeracy Curriculum is taught in a practical way in real life settings, such as, Food Technology, Travel Skills, Life Skills and Early Play Skills.