Curriculum Intent

Mission Statement

Hallmoor School aims to foster the development of young people by meeting their needs and giving them the confidence and competence to lead independent, purposeful, and enjoyable lives. 

Statement of Curriculum Intent 

INTENT: We intend to provide our pupils with a curriculum that is structured and well sequenced, catering for pupils aged 4-19 years old. Our pupils at Hallmoor School have a diagnosis of various learning needs ranging from moderate to complex and face many challenges. These can include:

  • Experience barriers to their learning in terms of communication, interaction, anxiety, rigidity of thought, or low self-esteem.
  • Difficulty with cognition and learning compounded in many cases by previous settings having been unable to meet their needs. 
  • Difficulty with consolidating learning in their long-term memory and in applying it fluently in a range of situations.
  • Require self-help skills and the development of their independence. 
  • Our pupils tend to have limited personal interests. 
  • Uncertainty about what they can aspire to because of their SEND.
  • Mental Health difficulties. 

We follow the National Curriculum that is adapted to meet the specific needs of our pupils. We provide a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that builds cultural capital through memorable learning experiences and overcomes identified challenges.

Through our curriculum we:

  • promote curiosity of learning
  • develop a love of reading
  • develop communication
  • develop aspirational career prospects
  • develop independence
  • build resilience
  • promote active community inclusion
  • promote physically and mentally healthy lifestyles

We have four phases Primary (EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2), Middle School (Key Stage 3), Upper School (Key Stage 4) and Sixth Form. In order that we prepare our pupils for adulthood, we tailor learning to the needs of our pupils through three distinct curriculum pathways. These run throughout each phase; EHC plans, and academic outcomes inform and personalise the pathway followed by each pupil.  Short and long term EHC targets are explicitly linked to teaching and learning, and career action plans enabling pupils to form clear aspirational goals for their lives.

We use communication and teaching strategies designed to helping them overcome these barriers and our staff show high levels of emotional competence. We address this through high quality teaching that is based on accurate assessment and focuses on the basic skills that each pupil will need in their lives. Our curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to rehearse and revisit learning within and across lessons and subject curricula. Pupils will be given opportunities to apply their learning with increasing independence in the wider community. We teach pupils to keep themselves and others safe and healthy and work closely with parents to promote this at home and in the community. We set pupils off on a journey of personal discovery to develop interests and curiosity about the world around them which is used to inform pupils choices through a well thought out careers programme.