At Rowdeford School, our Values based curriculum promotes all that we believe in and provides the foundation for living as independently as possible in diverse communities. We are passionate that every child is explicitly taught the values that promote and support successful interactions as well as gaining the skills that lead to independent living, community inclusion and a healthy, happy life. Life Skills lessons are part of the compulsory curriculum because of the importance placed on the development of these skills for our learners; skills learnt are re-enforced throughout all parts of school life.
The curriculum, which includes a rich diet of both core subjects and more diverse subjects, works to ensure that the experience of learning is smooth, and that cyclical learning topics support learners in embedding skills and knowledge into long term memory through ‘over learning’ as well as contextualised opportunities for application. PSHRE, which is compulsory for all students, underpins the core values through explicit references throughout the subject; this is alongside the commitment to values in our assembly programme. Design and Technology is also compulsory for all students because this lesson supports fine and gross motor skills as well as providing students with very real opportunities for work beyond school. All learners study a modern foreign language at KS3 (and students have an opportunity to study it at KS4) because we know it develops students’ ability to communicate effectively, and also to learn about and appreciate another country and culture; an important part of British Values for Rowdeford School. Cooking and Nutrition is compulsory for all students because, as well as developing fine and gross motor skills, it helps to develop skills for independent living and a love and appreciation for healthy lifestyles.
Learning outside the classroom (LOTC) is recognised by Rowdeford School as an essential way to bring teaching and learning alive across all areas of the curriculum. Our own experience and wider research tells us that learning in real and inspiring environments increases levels of achievement in academic, personal and social skills. It also supports mental health and well-being, reduces stress hormones and can promote healthy habits and an appreciation of the world around them that will continue throughout adulthood.
We support students to consider different learning opportunities and apply them to real life situations. If students require a more bespoke curriculum, we adapt and tailor it to the needs of the individual. Where students show an aptitude in a particular area, they are encouraged to develop this to the highest level.
Option subjects at KS4 ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, reflecting our commitment to develop LOTC and more vocational pathways, whilst retaining the compulsory subjects that support meeting targets within EHCPs and the future aspirations and entitlement for each young person. Work experience in Year 11 further builds on these aspirations and offers students a contextual basis upon which to reflect about their learning.
The curriculum at Rowdeford goes beyond the academic, and focuses on developing skills for life. Students at Rowdeford have the opportunity to practice and rehearse these skills in different contexts. Everything we do, is designed to support each child towards, as independent an adulthood as possible. We recognize that for each student, this will present different challenges and opportunities, therefore thorough preparation and practice is essential in every subject area as well as ad-hoc learning opportunities. We pride ourselves on the responsive and adaptive curriculum we offer every student at Rowdeford School.
Phonics and Reading Schemes:
Rowdeford School use Sound Discovery as our main phonics programme. It is a structured,
multi-sensory, high quality synthetic phonics literacy programme developed by Ridgehill Publishing for the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. It is suitable for first-time learners, slow-to-start learners and dyslexic learners of all ages, including adults. However, as no programme is effective with everyone, we also dip into other programmes such as Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc.
As the reading needs and interests of our students are so varied, we have a range of reading schemes to select from, including non-fiction books. In addition, we have many books in our library, which have been colour-coded to link them to a reading age. We also boast a large number of Barrington
Stoke books. These have been written by well-known authors and have a host of unique accessibility features to make cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress.
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