Whole School Curriculum Overview
At Laleham Gap we work alongside national curriculum requirements to enhance our own rich and relevant curriculum offer. We endeavour to constantly refine how we best meet the needs of our pupils. We use the word “curriculum” to encapsulate all the learning opportunities that are experienced by our pupils. We aim to cover many of the broader areas of learning to ensure we are providing a robust set of life skills to support current and future successes.
At Laleham Gap School, we recognise that encouraging and supporting a child’s personal development is a crucial factor in their ability to enjoy learning and to achieve. As such, we aim to provide an environment and opportunities that enable children to explore and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
Personal Development lessons help children to go beyond the acquisition of knowledge in order to search for meaning, apply ideas, analyse patterns and relationships, create and design something new and monitor and evaluate their progress.
Personal and interpersonal skills and capabilities underpin success in all aspects of life. It is important, therefore, that children’s self-esteem and self-confidence are explicitly fostered along with the ability to understand and manage their own emotions and to interact effectively with others.
Children are actively encouraged to:
- Try new things
- Work hard
- Push themselves
- Understand others
Personal Development lessons are designed to encourage students to discuss and debate a wide range of issues that directly affect their day to day lives. Topics are challenging and age relevant. Whilst most lessons are delivered by their teacher using a wide range of teaching methods, some lessons are delivered by guest speakers such as the police, charities, dentists, fire fighters, and touring drama companies. Discussion is a regular feature of lessons and pupils become confident in articulating their own opinions and responding appropriately to the contributions of others.