At Reddish Hall School, we pride ourselves on our students receiving a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that there are interested in as well as ensuring that leave with the personal qualities, skills and qualifications they need to progress into college, apprenticeships or employment.
Reddish Hall School accommodates children from Year 1 to Year 6 in its primary department. At present, students follow the Lancashire Grid for Learning, covering the full range of National Curriculum subjects. Each half term has a different topic focus which is explored through English, history and geography. Science is taught in as practical fashion as possible to enable our pupils to explore the world around them and experience scientific concepts first hand. A ‘guided reading’ session is held every day, where pupils work both independently and participate in adult led activities around reading, comprehension, differentiated phonics work, fine motor skills programmes and mental maths. Religious education and PSHE are taught in class groups, along with PE which includes swimming at the local pool.
In both KS1 and KS2 we incorporate as many experiential learning activities as possible through activities and guests in school and participating in educational visits. Our teaching staff and pupil support workers are highly skilled in working with primary pupils with a multitude of needs and differentiate work according to the stage the child is working at, resulting in any gaps in knowledge being covered in a way that suits the child. Work is clearly differentiated, allowing children to both make progress and develop their independence in a calm environment.
The structured routines combined with the school’s clear and consistent behaviour management practices ensure that pupils are able to access learning full time. The rewards system motivates children to learn to manage their behaviours, supported with appropriate strategies from staff and other professionals. ‘Options’ on a Friday afternoon offers children a goal to work towards, especially when recent ‘options’ trips have included visiting a farm, soft play, bowling and swimming. ‘Options’ visits not only give children a goal to aim for, but also offer a chance to learn social skills in the community.
Our secondary department follows the usual model of a high school with students moving to the teacher’s room for each lesson. The full range of subjects are covered at Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) with the content for each guided by the National Curriculum. In English for example, pupils can expect to study the full range of texts and language techniques, while in maths pupils will study all aspects of the subjects using baselining assessments to guide the teacher as to which stage to begin learning in each area. Students learn science as practically as possible through experiments. Computing and design are heavily featured in the school week, with an emphasis on ensuring students are as up to date as possible with new technologies. Local, off site facilities are used for PE, which covers a range of sports, skills and teamwork. Pupils also get the chance to experience outdoor education, such as climbing and canoeing. PSHE is a key part of the curriculum, coving aspects of citizenship, sex and relationships, first aid and personal safety.
At Key Stage 4, students work towards appropriate qualifications, such as GCSE’s, in maths, English, science, computing, art and history. Students also undertake a qualification, ‘Preparation for Working Life’, which instructs applying for post 16 opportunities and careers. A City and Guilds qualification in horticulture and animal care is also offered. Key stage 4 students still receive lessons in PE, PSHE and RE. Our aim is that our students leave us at the end of year 11 with a place at college, employment or an apprenticeship secured, as well as having the emotional and social skills to be successful and happy young people.
Homework in primary is centred around basic skills, with reading, spelling and numeracy based tasks each week. Additional homework may be set around the interests and skills of a child after discussion with the parent or carer.
In secondary, we have a unique homework system, where homework task books are provided. Pupils are asked to complete as much as they can over the course of a set period of weeks. For every page completed as raffle ticket is issued with a draw to win a coveted prize such as an MP3 player. The motivates our students and helps to develop their independence around work away from school.