The CHB Primary PRU offers a nurturing learning environment in which children are enabled to make personal growth, better manage their own emotions and behaviour, and make academic progress. Our curriculum has been designed to be a progression model which builds on pupils skills and understanding which influences their decision making. Due to the nature of the children we have the privilege to work with, a large proportion of our curriculum time is devoted to ‘getting children ready to learn’.
When designing the CHB Primary curriculum staff considered what our unique pupils need in order to prepare them with the skills, knowledge and emotional resilience for the next stage of their educational journey. As well as using the Ofsted Inspection Handbook definition as a focus in creating a broad and balanced curriculum to help plan exciting, inspiring and engaging lessons:
‘a curriculum which provides a range of opportunities…subjects to help pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning.’
at the heart of our curriculum is teaching children to understand their emotions and how to regulate them. Staff use the ‘Just Right’ program throughout the day to ‘check in’ with the children and identify their moods. We dedicate time to work with individual children and their parents to understand, from the child’s point of view, how they are feeling throughout the day and develop strategies on how to move into the ‘Green (ready to learn)’ zone.
Alongside our class based learning we offer the children the opportunity to explore the outside world on trips and weekly forest school sessions. Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, which offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting. The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Our approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.
Please click on the links below for our topic sheets for 2023-2024