Students at Ellesmere College experience the curriculum according to their need. We operate a student centred approach to teaching and learning and provide a broad, balanced yet flexible curriculum to all students. It is our aim to ensure each student achieves their potential.
All traditional subjects are taught across the age ranges, however, the delivery of the curriculum is dependent on need. For students within our Primary, Connecting and Responding and High Needs Pathways, the vast majority of their curriculum is delivered by their class teacher with the support of at least 2 teaching assistants. For our Learning for Life and Stretch and Challenge Pathways, students may access more lessons delivered by subject specialists.
In addition, all students from Primary to Post 16 have access to our Outdoor Learning programme and facilities. This includes our on-site horticultural area, our joint work with the rangers at Aylestone Meadows and, for our older students, the opportunity to gain accreditation in Environmental and Conservation Skills or Duke of Edinburgh.
We have the capacity to develop the whole student and, alongside traditional academic subjects, are able to work with students in the following ways:
- Supporting the sensory needs of the student; this may be through a sensory approach to the curriculum delivery or through a specialised sensory diet
- Supporting the student to access learning using visual communication systems
- By using signing as a form of communication – this may be Makaton or BSL
- Supporting students with their language development through the delivery of speech and language programmes
- By using specific approaches such as TEACCH with our students who have a diagnosis of autism
- Supporting students to develop their fundamental movement skills
We currently have seven Primary classes who are taught in small classes by their class teacher and specialist TAs.
The Primary Pathway strives to provide a well-planned, vibrant, broad curriculum which is underpinned by a knowledge of each individual child and an understanding of the ways in which each child learns. A thematic approach to learning allows children to develop transferable skills and knowledge.
Children are offered a variety of activities and resources appropriate to their age and are encouraged to increase independence in order to take a more active part in their learning with the view of moving towards Key Stage 3 in Year 7.