Part of the Forward Education Trust

The Curriculum

At The Bridge School the children follow the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The Bridge School is made up of three stages of learning:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage – for Nursery and Reception pupils aged 2-5 years
  • Key Stage 1 – for Year 1 and Year 2 pupils who are aged 5 – 7 years
  • Key Stage 2 – for Year 3,4,5 and 6 pupils who are aged 7 -11 years

At The Bridge School the children follow the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum.  We recognise that children with complex and severe learning needs face particular challenges in learning and in life which demand us to find individual solutions. We endeavour to ensure that all children receive a varied, creative, engaging and appropriate curriculum offer which gives opportunities to learn skills for life.

As each child has a unique and wide ranging set or requirements, we work as a multi-professional team to offer 3 distinct curricula pathways through which we aim to meet the varied needs of our pupils and fulfil statutory requirements. 

Our Pathways are not defined by age but by need and achievement; pupils may therefore move from one pathway to the next at any point in their school career. Each pathway covers skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects.

  • Pathway 1-Pre-Formal for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Pathway 2 Semi-Formal for pupils with autism and/or severe learning difficulties
  • Pathway 3 Formal/National Curriculum differentiated for pupils with severe or moderate learning difficulties

We spend time teaching the children the skills they will need to live a full and interesting life, as independently as they are able.  We adhere to the principles as stated in the Birmingham Curriculum Statement, (A summary of this is at the end of this document and a link to the full document is on the school website).

Various teaching styles, lots of different, stimulating resources and educational visits outside of the classroom or the school, also support the children in their learning. All children have Individual Education Plans to support their development and individualised Care Plans, and Eating and Drinking programmes are integrated into the school day.

Each child follows a curriculum pathway best suited to their learning needs. The timetable includes a subject based teaching element for key areas of the curriculum and a cross curricular programme of topic based work through which the remaining areas are taught.

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