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The Russett School Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth, development and independence. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the wealth of other activities organised by the academy which promote learning, for example, educational visits and enrichment opportunities.

Our bespoke curriculum has been designed to:

  • Provide outstanding educational opportunities and experiences to our pupils through offering a curriculum that is broad, varied, relevant and interesting.
  • Prepare our pupils/students for their next stage of development and their transition into adulthood.
  • Ensure that no young person leaves the academy without being able to communicate and be understood.
  • Promote independence to support pupil’s lives in the communities in which they live.

At the Russett School pupils engage in subject specific learning and follow a curriculum that is based on the National Curriculum, modified to meet their unique needs through careful differentiation. We believe that the National Curriculum provides the basis for a curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant to our pupils providing them with a full range of opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Whilst pupils engage in subject specific learning, throughout all learning opportunities, we prioritise the development of key skills and attributes which pupils will need to be successful in their next stages of education and beyond into adulthood. These are:

  • Communication
  • Numeracy and Money
  • Personal, Social and Health
  • Physical
  • Sensory
  • Independence

All curriculum opportunities are also designed to be hands on, cater for a variety of learning needs and styles and support pupils to meet the outcomes of their individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

Further information about the Intent, Implementation and Impact of our curriculum please see our single page documents.

Different subjects are taught dependent on each Key Stage. To view detailed overviews of each subject within our curriculum, please see our Curriculum Subject Manuals page of the website.

Organisation of our Curriculum

The Russett School caters for pupils ranging from 2-19 years of age, therefore we have divided our curricular programmes into departments based on the following Stages:

The curriculum for each key stage is carefully designed to match the age and cognitive development of each pupil. Throughout each key stage, we continue to emphasise communication skills because they lie at the heart of teaching and learning. We adopt a ‘total communication approach’, drawing on signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs) and Objects of Reference. This model enables a shared understanding between adult and learner, without which no true learning can take place.

All pupils are set challenging targets but there is a commitment to fun and enjoyment whilst learning. There are also increasing opportunities to participate in educational visits and extra-curricular activities, as the learner’s progress through the key stages. These include opportunities to work as volunteers and to participate in community events.

More information about our curriculum at each Key stage can be found by clicking on the relevant link above.

Curriculum Pathways

From Key Stage 1, pupils at the Russett School follow one of three curriculum pathways in all subjects. These pathways are Coastal, Countryside and City. The pathways support teachers to differentiate and meet the learning needs of each group of pupils, within each subject. The pathway a pupil follows is regularly reviewed and pupils are given opportunities to move pathways where appropriate. Each pathway has been designed to meet the varying academic, sensory, communication, physical and independence needs of our pupils. Each pathway supports pupils to fulfil their potential and prepare them for the next stages in education and ultimately their transition into adulthood.