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 in full at Key Stage 2 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 in full at Key Stage 2 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: In our Religious Education lessons we  investigate the beliefs and practices of the main religions of the world in order to gain respect and an understanding of each other. We discuss similarities and differences of faith and explore the variety of ways that this is expressed. School trips to churches, mosques, temples and synagogues along with visits to school by people of faith give pupils a first-hand insight into different religions.

Personal Health and Social Education: Calder House promotes personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education programme.  PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.