At Seven Hills School we aim to promote curiosity and enthusiasm in our students, encourage them to become independent learners and to develop their confidence for life beyond school.
Our curriculum is based around the five areas of: Physical (P.E, Health, Food, and Dance); Wider World (Humanities, Languages, WRL, and Science); Creative (Art, D&T, Music, Performing Arts); SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social & cultural education, PSHE, R.E.) and Computing. All of which are underpinned by a central core of Maths and English.
How each of these areas is delivered in school depends on the needs of the students in each group and which phase they are in. Our students are organised into three phases – Phase 1 (Yr7 & Yr8), Phase 2 (Yr9, Yr10 & Yr11) and Phase 3 (Post 16). Some classes in each phase may have a more specialist approach to teaching and learning – based on the needs of the students. For example, we have classes that follow a TEACCH approach and a specialist PMLD class.
Typically, students in Phase 1 will spend 50-60% of their time with their class teacher, based in their own classroom. The remainder of their time will consist of subjects taught by curriculum specialists in specialist areas (e.g. P.E, D&T, and Computing). The emphasis in Phase 1 is on basic skills and a wide variety of educational experiences. Some of their lessons will be delivered in rotation with other subjects (e.g. Creative) and they only study these for part of the year.
In Phase 2 the emphasis is on specialisation and accreditation. Many students are able to choose to spend more time in their favourite subjects and begin to follow formally accredited courses that will result in a nationally recognised qualification.
In Phase 3 the emphasis is on gaining independence and preparation for the next steps of their education. Students have the opportunity to receive part of their education off-site in establishments appropriate to their needs (e.g. Sheffield College, Sheaf Training, and Burton Street). They are taught specific independence skills as part of a personalised development programme. Students in Phase 3 also take on roles of responsibility across the school, acting as Student Support Workers and modelling responsible and caring behaviours to other students.
Some students, by nature of their needs, require a greater level of support to access the curriculum. Some class groups will spend the majority of their time with their own class teacher and move around the school less than others. All students take part in enrichment activities on Friday afternoons where they work with students of different ages and abilities on an exciting range of activities which are designed to challenge, stimulate and create opportunities for leadership and inclusivity across the school.
Through our curriculum and extra-curricular activities we aim to develop our student's ability to manage their emotions, relate to others, organise themselves, gather and use information, as well as think creatively and critically.