Hawthorns School

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Curriculum Approaches

At Hawthorns, we are continually reviewing and adapting our curriculum to meet the complex needs of our children.

Our curriculum approaches take into account:

  • A pupil’s chronological age: ensuring they are accessing age appropriate materials.
  • A pupil’s developmental age: ensuring the content is differentiated to an appropriate cognitive level.
  • Preferred learning styles and individual personalities: affecting how the learning opportunities are structured and delivered.
  • Condition and diagnosis: affecting the delivery and structure of the learning and the appropriate curriculum.
  • Communication needs: ensuring personalised communication systems and approaches.
  • Behavioural needs: affecting levels of support and the structure of the day and the development of Behaviours for Learning.
  • Environmental Factors: such as heat, light, noise and transitions which affect learning for some children.
  • Physical, medical, sensory needs: affecting how individuals access the curriculum.

Our curriculum approaches provide our children with:

  • Creative, fun, engaging and challenging learning experiences
  • A variety of approaches that take into account preferred learning styles
  • High quality teaching and learning which is monitored on a regular basis
  • The use of ICT to support access to the curriculum

We provide an extended curriculum through topics:


 Click hereto view the topics cycles across each pathway.