Hednesford Valley High

Hednesford Vallery High School

Life at Hednesford Valley High

Sensory Curriculum

The sensory curriculum offers an exciting opportunity to provide individualised learning and smaller class sizes when the sensory group move to two specialist classrooms and are divided into sensory and study groups. Students will be organised by their needs and support necessary to ensure they are provided with appropriate challenge and precise support to allow them to develop to their full potential.

A purpose made classroom provides a safe and stimulating learning environment where a range of subjects are taught.

Consistent staff members adapt the curriculum for each type of learner. Students experience 1:1 and small group support to improve student outcomes and enable them to make clear progress.

Students follow an adapted curriculum from P levels to Steps (previous National Curriculum levels) including English, Maths and Science to develop academic skills. Further subjects include; PSHE, Computing, PE and Rebound, Music, Horticulture, RE, Humanitties and Food Technology; all of which are taught with a sensory approach adapted for each child.

Life skills lessons take a primary role in the curriculum where students experience real life situations with topics such as road safety, hygiene and cooking. The students will have the opportunity to access the local community. Independent living skills are developed to promote confidence and resilience in our learners.

Additional provision includes access to therapies such as rebound, tac pac and the sensory room to support their learning and physical development.

The sensory group will follow a curriculum of three lessons per day, focusing on literacy and numeracy in the morning and topic lessons in the afternoon which incorporates all other subjects.  Students will be provided with continuous support where sensory diets, therapies and communication skills are paramount. Further areas of the curriculum include: Music, Rebound and Horticulture.

The study group will also follow a sensory approach but with a focus on gaining accreditations. A broader curriculum will be provided to enable students to become well rounded learners with a range of skills. Accreditations will be gained through pre-entry, entry and entry level 1 AQA Unit Awards. Students will participate in 4 lessons per day.

Subjects will include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Life skills
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Art
  • Humanities- Geography, History, RE
  • Food Technology
  • PSHE
  • PE

Students may also have opportunities to join other classes for specific subjects to promote social skills and allow them to gain further independence. 


AQA Unit Awards: http://www.aqa.org.uk/programmes/unit-award-scheme