Curriculum Intent Statement
Pupils who attend Hawkswood Therapeutic School exhibit a wide range of mental health and educational needs. The nature of these difficulties often result in delayed educational engagement and academic progress; alongside underdeveloped social-emotional skills, which are necessary to springboard pupils back into a fulfilling life.
Hawkswood therefore seeks to provide a wide varied and flexible curriculum that addresses the needs of our pupils. Hawkswood statement of intent supports 2 main aims of the national curriculum
1) To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve
2) To promote pupils spiritual moral social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of life.
The curriculum at Hawkswood is delivered through face to face lessons in mixed ability groups we have three classes:
- Hornbeam Class
- Beach Class
- Chestnut Class
Pupils have 25 lessons per week and follow the core national curriculum which is combined with a creative and wellbeing offer which includes:
English and Reading
- Physical Education, Health and Leisure
- Personal Development
Some pupils also have independent study lessons, where they can continue additional subjects on offer through their mainstream school.
Physical Education, enrichment and personal development plays an important role in improving wellbeing, mental health and social skills. Lesson 5 each day is focused on personal development and delivered through a range of enrichment activities including:
- Film Making
- Forest Walking
- Book Club
- Collaborative Games
- Board Games
The school council is involved in the design of the enrichment curriculum.
Sex Relationships Education form part of the curriculum. We provide opportunities for pupils to learn about sex and relationships through questions and discussion in an atmosphere without embarrassment through science and PSHRSE. Regular contact with outside agencies further enriches the opportunities pupils are offered to explore sensitive issues. The presence of the school nurse on fortnightly visits also promotes healthy attitudes and understanding of these issues
The curriculum is supported by trips and visits which support the development of cultural capital and personal development. This year we have visited colleges, theatres, galleries, family picnics and hikes and will be seeing ‘& Juliet’ as part of our learning about the modern day Shakespeare!
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at Key stage 3 and 4.
KS4 GCSE subjects include:
- Maths: GCSE (AQA)
- English GCSE (AQA)
- Science Double GCSE (AQA)
- Art and Design (EDEXEL)
- Personal, Social, Health, Relationships & Sex Education
- Library and reading lessons
Further Additional Subjects
Pupils have access to supported personal study lessons in Yr10 and 11. This enables pupils to remain connected to their referring school, and where appropriate pupils can continue to study broader curriculum subjects during personal study sessions with work provided by mainstream schools.
Some pupils come to Hawkswood after a period of home education and/or are not yet ready to take on additional subjects. Personal study is used by these pupils to catch up on lost learning due to long school absences prior to admission.
We firmly support and believe that reading is the gateway to learning. It is pivotal to future academic achievement and well-being. The aim of our reading programme is to close gaps and develop a love of reading for pleasure, so that when pupils return to mainstream school, they are stronger and more engaged readers.
Reading in the curriculum
All subject teachers encourage reading within the curriculum. This includes building vocabulary, use of word problems, research projects, weekly learning feedback, encouraging curiosity around new vocabulary and concepts, making predictions, inferences and encouraging exploration.
All pupils have a library lesson each week, where independent reading for pleasure is encouraged. This is supported by the accelerated reader programme which enables pupils to select reading age appropriate texts from the library, based on reading levels identified through the star reader assessment.
During library lessons our reading leader listens to pupils read and keeps a log of progress. This information is used to inform reading support sessions.
Each English lesson in KS3 begins with 10 minutes of independent reading.
Additional support for weaker readers
We recognise the additional load on working memory experienced by pupils who struggle to read. Our reading support programme is designed to close gaps in reading and develop the vocabulary required to access the curriculum.
Assessment – We use the accelerated reader programme to assess reading age soon after pupils integrate into Hawkswood, this is repeated each term to monitor progress and identify possible areas for intervention.
Reading interventions – reading interventions are delivered daily by our learning support coach who listens to pupils read and delivers specific interventions such as precision teaching.
School based tutoring – where pupils require phonics support or specific reading recovery, we use school based tutoring and pupil premium funding (where pupils are eligible) to carry out specific interventions. This is delivered by one of our phonics teachers from Hawkswood Primary, as directed and guided by our reading leader.
“Accelerated reader is brilliant. When I came to Hawkswood my English teacher helped me to access the programme and I took an assessment, I was shocked that my Reading age was below my real age. The programme suggests book levels, which are displayed in our library – we also have lots of new books. I have really enjoyed library lessons at Hawkswood, it has encouraged me to read and improve. I am really proud that my reading age is now higher than my actual age!”
“Accelerated reader has transformed how we approach reading in the school. Dedicated library lessons and 1:1 tutoring mean that we have the time to work with pupils to improve their reading ability and help them to fall in love with reading for pleasure. The progress made by pupils in all subjects is impacted by their ability to read and understand text, which makes our reading programme one of the most important aspects of our school. Our library is a vibrant space that pupils enjoy spending time in.”