Education and learning
Teaching and learning at RNIB Three Spires Academy is creative, relevant and enjoyable, ensuring that all pupils learn and develop. Our vision is to provide exceptional education and development outcomes to meet every need so that pupils can become the best that they can be. Every pupil is valued and we want pupils to be successful, healthy, responsible and engaged learners.
We offer broad and balanced programmes, rich in experiences and creativity which are delivered through a three strand curriculum approach comprised of:
- Early Years
Our learning environment provides access to all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are three Prime Areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development
and 4 Specific Areas: Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design Children learn best by doing. We create active and interactive indoor and outdoor learning environments that are responsive to their changing learning needs and engage and involve children for sustained periods. The EYFS provides a framework to enable a differentiated curriculum for our children to learn and progress at their individual stages of development.
For pupils with a range of severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities, progression from Early Years to subject based learning may not be appropriate or possible. In response, our semi-formal curriculum ensures that pupils continue to make progress and are equipped with skills to make the most of life chances. The 5 elements of our semi-formal curriculum are:
Communication and Interaction Skills Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills Social and Emotional Development Sensory and Physical Development Independence and Living Skills Our semi-formal curriculum is delivered primarily through a thematic based approach building on the ethos of Early Years. The curriculum is designed to be fun, engaging, practical and meaningful, matched to pupils’ learning and developmental needs.
For pupils for whom subject based learning is appropriate, we offer our formal curriculum. This is based on a differentiated National Curriculum with:
- Core Curriculum: Mathematics, English, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Physical education (PE), Computing, and Religious Education (RE).
- Foundation Curriculum: a topic based creative curriculum that includes Art, Design and Technology, Music, Dance, Drama, Science, History, and Geography
We also focus on the supporting the development of independent living skills including personal care, eating and social interaction.
Download overviews of our Curriculum Coverage for academic year 2016-17:
- Key stage 1 2016-17 Curriculum Coverage-RNIB Three Spires Academy (Word, 1,035 KB)
- Key stage 2 2016-17 Curriculum Coverage – RNIB Three Spires Academy (Word, 2,059 KB)
Whichever curriculum our pupils are following, we pride ourselves in ensuring children are ready for their next steps in education.
Progress and achievement
We monitor pupil progress and achievement using a range of different assessment methods appropriate to the pupils’ stage of development and curriculum. Early Years uses ‘Development Matters’ to support assessment about children’s learning and development and to monitor children’s progress. The information gathered informs final assessment against the Early Learning Goals for the EYFS Profile. Children are also taught and assessed using ‘Routes for Learning’ which provides further individualised planning for a small steps approach to progress, assessment and moderation. Our semi-formal curriculum employs Engagement Steps to assess progress in cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social, emotional and mental health, sensory and physical. Engagement Steps enables us to assess progress in thinking skills, early learning skills, communication skills and social and emotional development. Assessment and progression for pupils following the formal curriculum is monitored using P-Level Scales and National Curriculum level descriptions. We are proud of our results which show a high percentage of children exceed the expected progress for their age.
Teaching of phonics
RNIB Three Spires employs Read Write Inc as our phonics and reading programme and full details are provided in our RWI policy 2017 (Word, 361KB)
Pupil Premium allocation
Pupil Premiums are allocated to each student by the local authority. The allocation is discussed by parents/carers, local authority officers and Three Spires staff (and, where possible, the pupil him/herself) at each student’s annual review and the following Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings. Pupil premium allocation strategy is reviewed each September.
Pupil premium report 2017-18 (word 222KB)
School performance tables
Pupil progress report
Download our pupil progress report 2016-17 (Word, 2059 KB)
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
For more information on how we make sure this happens in our school please download the document below.
Download our school meals menu (PDF, 2,228 KB) for autumn term 2017.