Curriculum

"The rich curriculum is focused on each pupil’s individual needs. It provides a good range of experiences that support pupils both academically and in their personal development."

"The curriculum provides a good, balanced range of experiences for each pupil. Staff carefully plan what will be taught over the year and include activities which enhance pupils’ skills, such as such as outdoor education and forest schools. The work of therapists adds considerable value to the work of the school. Pupils develop skills to communicate and understand how to manage their behaviours, which can be of a challenging nature."

"Leaders have ensured that spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British values are threaded through the curriculum. Effective use is made of visits and visitors to develop pupils’ understanding of the wider community. Visitors come from a range of ethnicities as well as from different services such as the police and fire brigade. Trips broaden pupils’ experiences and are linked to the curriculum topics, such as a visit to the tank museum and wildlife parks. Pupils develop an understanding of democracy through the school council and are involved in decision making within the school, such as the appointment of learning support assistants. As a result of these opportunities, pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain." Ofsted 2018

The Libra School offers a curriculum based upon the National Curriculum differentiated when required to meet the needs of each child. Every child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is reviewed half termly and an individual timetable and 1:1 Support and Intervention Plan also reviewed half-termly, designed to focus on the child’s difficulties identified by the annual Educational Psychologist’s assessment of the child. 

Timetabled Academic subjects:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Cooking & Nutrition, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, Design & Technology, Art & Design, PSHE, Citizenship, Music (including piano and guitar tuition).

If you would like to see our comprehensive Curriculum Policy please contact the school office for a copy:

admin@libraschool.co.uk

01598 740044

Timetabled Therapeutic Interventions:

The Libra School is a Thrive school where the emotional stability of a child is of paramount importance. Only with emotional stability can children develop and achieve. The school has 2 Licensed Thrive Practitioners and 3 professional Creative Art Therapists. Creative Art Therapy and Thrive Interventions are regular timetabled activities for all children.

More information on therapeutic interventions please click here. 

Enhanced curriculum areas timetabled:

Forest School

“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.”

There are 6 key principles to ‘Forest School’ practice:

  • Forest School is a long- term process with frequent and regular sessions rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaption, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education (climbing, kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering, surfing, coasteering, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, hiking) is an integral part of our curriculum. Outdoor activities are an excellent way for children to develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem. Activities that challenge children to push themselves to achieve beyond their expectations are hugely beneficial to the social and emotional growth of the child.