s

Curriculum

"...the curriculum is broad and balanced." Ofsted 2014

Curriculum Overview

Please click on the jigsaw pieces below to view the 2016-2017 curriculum.

For further details about the curriculum, please contact the school.

At Kingswode Hoe School we aim to provide your child with a broad and balanced education, including GCSE in some subjects, which encompasses the National Curriculum but also gives equal importance to his or her individual needs as set out in the Statement of Special Education Needs. All subjects are studied, including a modern foreign language (French) at KS3.

In KS2, much emphasis is placed on Personal, Social and Health Education, with work on social skills, play skills and looking after yourself. The pupils based in the two primary classes work on a cross-curricular theme basis.

In KS4, pupils undertake a work related curriculum, which includes college links, examination work, work experience and careers and citizenship education, so that they are well prepared for experiences post 16.

"Leaders are ensuring that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well within the new and developing curriculum. They are also ensuring that the new arrangements for assessment and its use are developing well."

Ofsted 2014

 

Kingswode Hoe Curriculum Ethos

 

Within the supportive environment at Kingswode Hoe School, we have developed a solid curriculum which is underpinned by important key skills and concepts planned to address the needs of the whole pupil.

These elements are at the core of all learning experiences in classrooms, displays, assemblies, trips and residential visits, themes, achievements and accreditation, outreach and community work.

At Kingswode Hoe staff have been focusing on ways to encourage independent learning and extend our use of questioning in response to our Ofsted priorities.

Here is a short film identifying some of the ways our pupils learn best and feel challenged.

Our 'KINGSWODE HOE

curriculum is led by key principles which can be summarised by the concept of a HOE- a tool that cultivates, weeds and loosens the earth around a plant, similar to the way in which our curriculum is designed to cultivate the individual needs and abilities of all our students so that they can thrive and grow...

 

To find out more, take a look at our Kingwode HOE Curriculum Booklet that gives an overview of the ethos, key skills and values that shape our curriculum:

KHS CURRICULUM Booklet

Opening Doors to the  Future

Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the importance of being prepared and equipped for the future.

As pupils progress through the Key Stages, frequent opportunities are planned to develop and generalise skills beyond the classroom and beyond the doors of Kingswode Hoe.

Careers lessons and PSHCE play a vital role in this preparation, as well as Enterprise projects and contexts and Work-Related Learning. Pupils run their own ‘business’ enterprises throughout the year such as the Fairtrade Shop and Christmas gift store. We aim to prepare our pupils for independent adult life so they can understand more fully the skills they need to be able to support themselves and their families financially.

A programme of Work Experience is offered at Key Stage 4 to enable pupils to gain independence and insight into the world of work. Where appropriate, we tailor personalised work experiences to enable pupils to excel and gain expertise and confidence in their chosen field.

Our tutorial structure and ethos encourages our students to become confident citizens who are able to make good choices in their own lives, as well as give advice to others. We promote positive behaviour in and out of school and encourage our pupils to develop appropriate and positive relationships. We aim to ensure all pupils are well equipped and motivated to make a positive contribution within their own and the wider community. Pupils are keen to raise funds for a wide range of charitable causes and demonstrate their support for others.

 

Health, Happiness, Head, 

Hand and Heart

Our curriculum is based on the principle that we need to work to develop key skills for the whole pupil. It is important to balance curriculum time to ensure that we focus on a range of different aspects of development encompassing a wide variety of experiences to target academic, social, emotional, well-being and practical skills.

The timetable and staff planning are structured to ensure a breadth of experience and progression to develop and refine abilities and skills across all of these areas. The Annual Review process ensures we regularly review progress made in these key skills and set valuable targets for pupils to identify and aim to improve in each aspect.

Our range of assemblies, extra-curricular opportunities and tutorial structure offer daily opportunities to focus on social and emotional development. They are also a key vehicle for ensuring Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness are encouraged throughout the curriculum.

Kingswode Hoe is an environment where pupils feel safe and happy to learn and socially interact. Our pupils feel they belong to our school community where they are cared for and feel protected when working confidently on and off site. We promote healthy lifestyles throughout the curriculum and school routines. We encourage pupils to be active, make healthy choices with their diet and lifestyles, and are able to develop into individuals who have the best possible physical, social, and emotional well being.

Enterprise, Engagement and Enjoyment

The final integral elements to our curriculum revolve around pupil experience and engagement with their learning. Feedback tells us that pupils have a very positive experience at Kingswode Hoe School and enjoy the variety of lessons, curriculum opportunities and activities on offer.

We are increasingly using Pupil Voice as an important measure of these factors, to ensure that we are responsive to ideas and suggestions for improvement.

Visitors often comment on how positive our pupils are and on their willingness to take risks and learn new things.

We nurture and celebrate the talents and skills demonstrated by our pupils, and support them to reach their full potential. Pupils are encouraged to be aspirational in their learning and personal development goals. We frequently celebrate personal and group achievements and rewards certificates in assemblies.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Subjects

At Kingswode Hoe School we aim to provide your child with a broad and balanced education, including GCSE in some subjects, which encompasses the National Curriculum but also gives equal importance to his or her individual needs as set out in the Statement of Special Education Needs.

All subjects are studied, including a modern foreign language in KS3 as appropriate. In KS4, pupils undertake a work related curriculum, which includes college links, examination work, work experience and careers and citizenship education, so that they are well prepared for experiences post 16. We frequently review our provision in response to national and student priorities and abilities each year.

In KS2, much emphasis is placed on Personal, Social and Health Education, with work on social skills, play skills and looking after yourself. The pupils are based in a combined primary class and work on a cross-curricular theme basis.