Curriculum Overview

 

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Personalisation

At The Holmewood School specialist teaching provides a multi-sensory teaching programme, to meet the needs of students with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Dyscalculia, in addition to their autism.

 

This involves developing decoding strategies for reading, Phonological Awareness, sight words, comprehension and extended writing skills.

 

Students have access to wide range of software programmes to enhance their learning. All students learn keyboard touch typing, spelling, reading, planning and presentation skills

 

Numeracy work focuses on specific difficulties with mathematical problems, recall of number facts, sequencing and worded mathematical problems. Again the use of some software programmes enhances students learning.

 

Specialist teaching is linked with core curriculum class work. Learning support is provided on a one to one basis, small groups, or within the classroom depending on the individual need.

 

All students follow a tailored made curriculum taking external exams; for example BTECs and GCSEs on subjects that give them a greater opportunity for success.

 

All students will be assessed on entry to The Holmewood school and will have access arrangements for external exams applied for.

The importance of Structure

Structured teaching and learning provides stability, predictability and security. For many of our students, these are crucial elements to ensuring they are ready and able to learn. The way in which students’ days are structured and organise depends on their individual needs. This can be done through timetabling, rewards, exercise, schedules, reflection, curriculum support and intervention and so on.

 

Students all have individually structured timetables that can be presented in different formats. This enables each student to identify what to expect during the day and to help them become more organised.

 

Movement breaks happen throughout the school day. We believe that exercise is a key factor in increased attention and concentration and also contributes to individual’s health and well-being.

 

In the lower school children take part in circle times. This gives them an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about the day, greet each other and prepare them for a day ahead. It also gives us an opportunity to play some interactive games and teach social skills.

 

Students in the middle and upper school have time at the beginning and the end of the day to reflect on their learning, celebrate their successes and resolve any difficulties that may have arisen during the school day.

Planned transition times are an important part of our planning. We explicitly teach all our students how to manage these times and how to prepare for change, including planned and unplanned changes.

 

For more information about the importance of structure, please see our bespoke Autism Practice Guide which highlights the principles of best practice for educating autistic young people at The Holmewood School.  

Assemblies

 

We have weekly SMSC themed assemblies on Thursdays at both the Lower School and the Upper School. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural themed assemblies are planned and delivered by staff across a range of topics. Recent examples of assemblies include Black History month; safeguarding; making friends; THSL values; dealing with mistakes; LGBTQ+ rights; coping with unexpected changes; and various cultural events.

 

Each Friday we have a celebration of achievements assembly where all the student achievements of the week are celebrated. Certificates are given out for positive behaviours and specialist teachers also give out student of the week certificates for each subject. Students who have been awarded raffle tickets for gold behaviour are put into a pot and have the chance to win a small Amazon voucher for going ‘above and beyond’.

Students also work towards whole class rewards (e.g. an end of term trip/swimming/ice-skating/Natural history museum) by gathering points when they meet shared goals.

 

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Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
English
Fiction, story telling, Grimms Fairy Tales.
Media- Non Fiction The palm oil project
Class Novel Noughts and Crosses
Class Novel continued but a focus on transactional writing
Poetry 1 Poetic techniques Literacy Clinic
Poetry 2- Different poetic forms Literacy Clinic
Maths
Maths Number, powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, roots, rounding
Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising
Equations, inequalities and sequences
Perimeter, area and volume 1
Drawing and interpreting graphs, tables and charts
Angles, polygons and parallel lines
Science
Cells, Tissues, organs and Systems
The Particle Model
Energy
Atoms elements and molecules
Muscles and Bones
Forces
Humanities
Invaders and Settlers: Romans
Invaders and Settlers: Romans
Plate tectonics
Celts,Anglo- Saxons Maori
Celts,Anglo- Saxons Maori
An Introduction to the HIstory to Japan
Art
Trash into Art- sculpture
Trash into Art- recycling
Trash into Art- plastic
Trash into Art- sewing
Trash into Art- sewing
Drawing-Trash into Art- Drawing
Computing
Cyber-Safety
Computer Components
Game Design
Data Language & Representation
Animation - Creating and Using Digital Images
Algorithms & Programming
Drama
Improvisation Grimm Tales
Christmas Show Grimm Tales
Masterclass Mask
Masterclass: Playtext - Frankenstein
Bronze Part C: Arts Inspiration
SMSC/PSHCE - Healthy Relationships OR Personal project
PHSRE
Emotional Health and safety
Healthy eating
Working with others Emotional health values
Fact or fantasy Emotional health
Different types of relationships
Me and my aspirations
Lifeskills
Independent cooking unit 1
Independent Cooking unit 2
Travel training 1
Travel Training 2
Community Unit 1
Community Unit 2
P.E
Basketball
Badminton
Gymnastics
Rounders
Football
Athletics

Year 7

 

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
English
Short Stories
Class Novel Noughts and crosses
Class Novel Noughts and crosses
Creative writing- writing to describe
Non-Fiction-writing articles for magazines
Performance Poetry
Maths
Number, powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, roots, rounding
Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising
Equations, inequalities and sequence
Perimeter, area and volume 1
Drawing and interpreting graphs, tables and charts
Angles, polygons and parallel lines
Science
Sound waves
Nutrition and Digestion
Pure and Impure Substances
Sexual Reproduction
Earth and Space
Acids and Alkalis
Humanities
The 20th Century: WWI
Population and migration
The 20th Century: WWII
Coasts and coastlines
Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider World 1949 to present day.
Exploring specific areas in the UK.
Art
All about me
Make my mark
Straight line and curvy sculpture
No lines straight
Landscapes
All things Figures and Form
Computing
Cyber-Safety
3D Modelling (CS)
Digital Images & 3D Animation
Data Language & Representation
Hardware & Software
Algorithms & Programming
Drama
Improvisation - Grimm Tales
Improvisation - Grimm Tales Christmas play
Masterclass - Mask
Masterclass: Playtext - (TBC - link with English)
Bronze Part C: Arts Inspiration Research an artist that inspires you.
SMSC/PSHCE - Be a man Exploring gender stereotypes, peer pressure and the media.
PHSRE
My identity and skills
Personal protection
Different types of relationships
Sex, sexuality, sexual orientation
Consent
Opportunities and me
Lifeskills
Independent Cooking 1
Independent Cooking 2
Forest School
Travel Training
Community Unit 1
Community Unit 2
P.E
Basketball/Benchball
Dance
Striking Games
Gymnastics
Golf
Athletics

Year 8

 

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
English
Class Novel- Lord of the Flies
Writing to describe
An Introduction to Shakespeare
Poetry through the ages
Non-Fiction-writing articles magazines
Charity adverts- comparison and analysis
Maths
Number, powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, roots, rounding
Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising
Equations, inequalities and sequences
Perimeter, area and volume 1
Drawing and interpreting graphs, tables and chart
Angles, polygons and parallel lines
Science
Light
Inheritance and Variation
Combustion
Forces and Motion
Breathing and Respiration
Metals
Humanities
Superpower relations and the Cold war 1941-1991 Part 1
Superpower relations and the Cold war 1941-1991 Part 2
Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-40 Part 1
Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-40 Part 2
Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41 Part
Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41 Part 2
Art
Still Life The human body
Flowers Pattern in nature
Architecture Abstract sculpture
Architecture Digital discovery
Nature Art in religion
Independent project Birds of a feather
Computing
Cyber Safety
Computer Systems
3D Modelling & Game Design
Data Language & Representation
Create an Interactive Product
Algorithms and Programming
Drama
Improvisation - I Don’t Like Mondays Introduce Arts Award Silver.
Christmas Show Practice for the To perform in front of an invited audience.
Masterclass - Verbatim Theatre (Arts Award Silver)
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Plan own project Unit 2 Part A Identify leadership role and plan the project aims
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Deliver own project
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership
PHSRE
My identity and skills
Drug education
Variety of relationships
Pressure , persuasion and coercion
The law me and work
The law me and the community
Lifeskills
Independent cooking unit 1
Independent Cookin unit 2
SRE/Online Safety
Travel training
Community project Clean up
Drugs and alcohol
P.E
Swimming
Swimming
Gymnastics
Striking games
Multi sports
Athletics

Year 9

 

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
English
Reading skills
Writing to persuade
Creative writing
Communication Unit
EL Exam prep
Introduction to GCSE
Maths
Ratio and proportion
Probability
Right-angled triangles
Perimeter, area and volume 2
Algebra: Quadratic equations and graphs
Advanced indices and standard form
Science
Key Biological Concepts
States of Matter
Ionic bonding
Cells and control
Natural Selection and Genetic Modification
Acids and Alkalis
History
Superpower relations and the Cold war 1941-1991 Part 1
Superpower relations and the Cold war 1941-1991 Part 2
Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-40 Part 1
Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-40 Part 2
Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41 Part
Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41 Part 2
Art
Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
Computing
Cyber-Safety
Understanding Computer Systems
Using ICT to Create Business Solutions
Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
Creating Digital Images
Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia Components
Drama
Improvisation Students will use a range of stimulus to create still images.
Christmas Show Devise own christmas show material based on their interests.
LAMDA Solo or Masterclasses - students to choose. Research and gain work experience in the arts from practitioners
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Plan own project
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Deliver own project
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership
PHSRE
My identity and skills
Healthy Lifestyle
Safety in relationships Anti bullying
Trauma and Crisis
The world of work 1
The world of work 2
P.E
Basketball
Volleyball
Fitness/swimming
Striking Games
Golf
Athletics

Year 10

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
English
Creative Writing
Responses to reading Pre 19 Century texts
Transactional writing
Response to Non-fiction texts- Reading and comparison
Exam preparation
Functional skills
Maths
Maths Constructions, nets, scale drawings, plans and elevation, loci and bearings
Quadratic functions revision
GCSE REVISION
GCSE REVISION
GCSE REVISION
GCSE Math exam
Science
Motion
Conservation of Energy
Plant Structures and their Functions
Electrolytic Processes
Rates of Reaction
Energy - Forces
History
Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41 Part 3
Crime and punishment Part 1
Crime and punishment present Part 2
Whitechapel 1870-1900
Revision Unit
Final examinations
Art
Portfolio
Portfolio
External Set Task
External Set Task
External Set Task
Exams
Computing
Cyber-Safety
Understanding Computer Systems
Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Part 1
Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Part 2
Understanding Computer Systems
Exams
Drama
Improvisation Physical Theatre Learn and explore Frantic Assembly Techniques
Christmas Show Devise own christmas show material based on their interests.
LAMDA Solo or Masterclasses - students to choose. Research and gain work experience in the arts from practitioners
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Plan own project
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Deliver own project
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership Complete delivery of own project.
PHSRE
My identity and skills
Personal safety
Safety procedures; Help and support
Unintended pregnancy, teenage parenting
Me and other people
Me and my future
P.E
Basketball
Volleyball
Ice-skating
Striking games
Golf
Watersports

Year 11

 

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Science
Introduction to systems in the human body
Introduction to systems in the human body
The Solar System
The Solar System
Electricity
Healthy living/lifestyle
History
Coins and understanding money
Budgeting
Travel training 1
Independent Living
Community Unit
Forest School
Art
Still Life
Flowers
Architecture
Architecture
Nature
Independent project
Computing
Know the basics of using digital technologies
Digital Technologies - How to organise documents.
Digital Technologies - How to produce documents from templates.
Digital Technologies - Processing Data.
Digital Technologies - How to find information.
Digital Technologies - Processing images to make graphics
Drama
Improvisation - Emotions
Christmas Show: Emotions
Masterclass - Puppetry 1
Masterclass - Puppetry 2
Bronze Part C: Arts Inspiration
Healthy Friendships/Relationships
PHSRE
Cooking skills
Cooking skills Independence Travel training
Cooking skills
Cooking skills
Cooking skills
Cooking skills
P.E
Track Athletics
Dance and multi sports
Badminton
Gym
Golf
Kwik Cricket
English
Introduction to Entry level English Phonics Handwriting
Sequencing and Cloze activities Phonics Handwriting
Recount writing Comprehensions Phonics
Recount writing Comprehensions Phonics/Spellings
Exam practise questions Informal and formal language Phonics/Spellings
Functional skills Whatsapp, social media Phonics/Spellings
Maths
Introduction into Entry Level Maths
Introduction into Entry Level Maths
2D and 3D shapes Place Value
Problem solving with multiplication and division facts Patterns
Time - telling the time Reading Bus time tables
Money British Currency

Metropolitan (Functional Skills)

Subject
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Science
Motion
Conservation of Energy
Plant Structures and their Functions
Electrolytic Processes
Rates of Reaction
Energy - Forces Doing Work
Drama
Introduction to Arts award Improvisation Students will use a range of stimulus to create still images
Devise own christmas show material based on their interests.
LAMDA Solo or Masterclasses - students to choose.
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership
Arts Award Silver Unit 2: Arts Leadership
CoPE
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Expressive Arts. Work related Learning.
Independent living. Science and Technology.
Sports and leisure.
Health and Fitness.
Communication.
Young Enterprise
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Spitalfields market. Brent cross stall.
Fashion show. Easter fate.
Brent cross stall.
Stalls at the summer fate.
Christmas Fate.
P.E
Football
Football
Basketball
Rugby
Watersports
Kwik Cricket

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