Other National Curriculum Subjects

As well as addressing their individual learning difficulties, we aim to give pupils an excellent all-round education.

Calder House follows the National Curriculum in full but also teaches around and beyond it. To this end, we take full advantage of the South West's unique resources with regular visits to museums, galleries and places of historic interest.

Languages: All pupils at Calder House are introduced to Latin. Crazy? Not at all. Modern European languages (and French in particular) are notoriously difficult for English-speaking pupils with dyslexic-type difficulties to master. Unlike these languages, Latin relies on the same phonological base as English. It also provides an ideal opportunity to revisit and revise the topics that pupils are already learning in their English lessons (with particular reference to SPAG - for instance the difference between a suffix and a prefix) creating valuable over-learning opportunities. Moreover - and perhaps most importantly of all - it encourages and enables pupils to take a morphological approach to words, language and spelling and in so doing opens up another way of thinking about English with meaning of words at the heart of it.

Geography: We follow the National Curriculum investigating physical geography and looking at the role such things as volcanoes, tectonic plates, oceans and climate have played in shaping the Earth as well as learning about human settlements and discovering, for instance, how the various peoples of the world have adapted to their physical environments. Calder House also enjoys links with schools in other parts of the UK and around the world.

History: Again we follow the National Curriculum with particular emphasis on British History. At Calder House we teach  historical events in chronological order – a simple step but one that helps many of our students grasp what they are learning and put it into context. We also engage in lots of creative art-based activities to reinforce learning. This subject presents an opportunity to teach note-taking and writing skills, and by Y6 our leavers are producing history essays and projects in preparation for entering mainstream secondary schools.

Religious Education: We are a non-denominational school and in these lessons we try to give an introduction to the many faiths which make up our modern multicultural society.  Social and religious festivals are respected, and integrated into school life where appropriate.

Personal Health and Social Education: The value of a healthy lifestyle, sex education and the dangers of substance abuse are all part of a curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, socoial and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils, and which strives to prepare them for adolescence and responsibilities of adult life.