Curriculum

Calder House strives to unlock the potential of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia who are struggling in mainstream education. Literacy and numeracy are the focus of our morning lessons and it is during these morning classes that all remedial support takes place. But, important as these lessons are, our school is about more than teaching children to read, write and calculate. When our pupils return to mainstream education, it is vital that they have as much knowledge and information at their command as their classmates.

To this end Calder House follows the National Curriculum in full. So while we concentrate on reading, writing, spelling and maths skills in the morning, afternoons are spent studying history, geography, science, religious studies, information technology and spoken Italian in small age-appropriate classes. Classrooms are arranged to encourage a quiet working atmosphere and minimise distractions. And, as one would expect, the school is equipped with all the modern teaching aids including computers, a networked whiteboard and audio-visual equipment.

Pupils are encouraged to stretch themselves and to achieve realistic goals.

We consistently receive excellent reports on the motivation and achievements of our pupils from the schools to which they transfer. Pupils transferring to secondary schools usually take the end of Keystage 2 SATs and are prepared for entrance examinations to independent schools if required.

Use the links in the menu above to find out more about our approaches to literacy, numeracy and other specific areas of the curriculum. Alternatively click here to see a typical pupil's timetable.