The Curriculum at The Phoenix School

At The Phoenix School, we follow a challenging and motivating text-based learning curriculum that supports all pupils to make outstanding progress.

This means that half termly, each class uses a text or book that relates to the whole school learning journey.  

The curriculum is taught through the text based learning programme covers all the subjects of the National Curriculum:  literacy, maths, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, history, geography, languages, music, PSHE, RE and PE.  

We aim to ensure that the following core strands are taught throughout the curriculum:

  • Skills for life
  • Communication and making choices
  • Reading, writing and maths

It is important to us that all of our children’s needs are met, so our curriculum:

  • seamlessly intertwines educational, medical, physical and care needs.

Our curriculum is taught in a variety of ways:

  • Whole class teaching
  • Small group teaching
  • One to one teaching.

Teaching of the curriculum may take place in the:

  • Classroom
  • Playground
  • Forest school
  • Sensory room
  • Soft play room
  • Rebound therapy room
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Local community
  • Home.

Our curriculum may be taught by:

  • Teachers
  • Special needs teaching assistants
  • Therapists – physios, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists
  • School nursing team
  • Visiting speakers
  • Families

Languages are taught in Key Stage 2 at Phoenix. Our aim is to look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken and research whether the country has an ancient language. We want all our pupils to listen attentively to the spoken language and show some understanding by joining in and making sounds that reflect the language. We aim to explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meanings of words.

We have chosen 3 languages to study throughout the year. This may look like a language day for the term or the use of the language during our hello session on a daily basis.

In the Foundation Stage Unit we deliver the EYFS Curriculum which sets out learning for children 0-5 years. We plan activities which help the children to develop their skills and move their learning forward. The curriculum itself is divided into 7 areas of learning and development. Please look at our Early Years page to see all 7 areas of development.

Collective Active Worship is carried out throughout the school day in a number of ways.

This is generally a prayer before the children go for their dinner or a prayer before the end of the day.

All pupils have the opportunity to join in with a thank you song at the end of a session to mark the end of the activity.

At Phoenix we follow the Bradford Syllabus for the RE curriculum and we are developing an RE curriculum that covers mostly Christianity and includes the celebration and beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.

Parents have the right to remove their children from RE if they wish to. Please contact Sarah Lloyd if you have any questions.

Within the National Curriculum, schools must provide swimming instruction in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2’. At the Phoenix School we believe that swimming and hydrotherapy is essential in ensuring that our pupils remain healthy and active. Children at The Phoenix have varying needs and hydrotherapy is acknowledged as a fundamental part of some children’s physical development. Therefore we will endeavour to provide as much hydrotherapy for these pupils as necessary in the week.

Not only do the pupil’s receive swimming instruction/hydrotherapy but they are encouraged to be as independent as possible at these times. They develop their skills for life by showering, dressing and undressing as independently as possible. Pupils have staff who are trained in Water Safety and follow instructions to keep themselves safe whilst near the water and in the swimming area.

Sex and Relationship Education is taught through PSHE in Key Stage 2. This is aimed at the appropriate pupils. This will be taught through the Relationships and Respecting Differences and the Physical and Emotional Changes module.

The aim is to contribute to the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and to prepare them for adulthood. This will not be explicit in any way but will allow the pupils the opportunity to talk about their body, the changes and to respect the differences between boys and girls.

If you would prefer your child not to take part in these sessions then you have the right to do so. Please contact Sarah Lloyd if you want to discuss this matter further.


Planning for the curriculum with individual pupil targets is displayed in classrooms. 

Evidence of learning within the curriculum is displayed around school, and in pupil work books.

Learning is celebrated through:

  • Stickers
  • Certificates
  • Letters to families
  • Reward systems.

Assessments of learning take place regularly within lessons and more formally each half term.   Pupil progress in line with national expectations is regularly discussed and strategies and interventions are put in place to support further progress. 

Strategies and interventions may include:

  • Extra sessions, eg. Reading, maths.
  • Consideration of groupings.
  • Review of physio programme to enable pupils to be more settled in lessons
  • Review of school menu to ensure pupils are not hungry in lessons.
  • Personalised timetables.
  • Communication strategies
  • Teaching in different ways or situations, eg through community based activities.
  • Specialist support, eg. Educational Psychologist.
  • Work with families.

We want families and parents to partner with us in their child’s education.  We encourage this in a number of ways:

  • Families working with their child in school
  • Extending the curriculum to home through homework and information sharing through the VLE 
  • Inviting families to share in celebrations of learning in assemblies.
  • Inviting families to come into school to see learning that is taking place.
The curriculum lead in school is Sarah Lloyd
Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah if you would like more information about the curriculum.