CA East Anglia’s curriculum is carefully designed for children with specific learning difficulties ages 8-19.
Working within the National Curriculum, pupils receive specialist tuition and support to develop skills in literacy and numeracy. Fundamental disciplines are gained and confidence in learning is restored.
The principles guiding our curriculum are:
- Pupils have access to a broad and balanced National Curriculum;
- Teachers hold specialist qualifications in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties (SpLD);
- Classes are small (usually 5 or 6 pupils) and set by ability and level of preparedness, not year group;
- All pupils have access to individual or paired tutorials in English and/or Maths;
- Teachers skillfully employ a wide range of strategies, materials and resources designed for, or adapted to, the needs of pupils with a specific learning difficulty;
- ICT is integrated throughout the school, including the teaching of keyboard skills and the use of a range of software specifically written for children with a specific learning difficulties;
- Pupils are guided in discovering their own learning styles and actively participate in developing strategies to compensate for weaknesses and capitalize on strengths;
- Pupils develop skills, strategies and attitudes necessary for independent learning relative to their age and ability;
- Learning is linked through whole-school themes, enabling pupils to apply learned skills and strategies in all lessons, and to knowledge linking curriculum areas;
- Regular reviews of subject themes and whole school themes ensure that the curriculum is fresh, stimulating and relevant to the needs of all pupils.
The Junior School
In the Junior School, children ages 8 to 13 are taught the skills, strategies and attitudes necessary for independent learning relative to their age and ability. As you will understand, the Junior School places great emphasis on literacy and numeracy, the foundation for much subsequent learning.
Class tutors are responsible for the pupils’ welfare and the delivery of their curriculum, which also focuses on whole school themes. For example, the theme of ‘Great Britain’ may lead to cross-curriculum studies in British history, the country’s geography and its cultural foundations, to name a few. The whole school theme approach enables our children to apply learned skills and strategies in both broad and narrower contexts—and in a secure and supportive environment.
In addition, regular reviews of subject themes enable students to see relationships between the various disciplines and topics. Thus, a unit on ‘light, sound and heat’ in a Science class may also generate interest in and exploration of ‘climate change’ in a Geography class.
*You may also be interested in our recently inaugurated Lower School called the Sunshine Class. The Sunshine Class accepts children of all abilities, ages 4-7. See the separate Sunshine Class Prospectus. (PDF)
The Senior School
The Senior School extends the skills and coping strategies taught in the Junior School to students ages 14 to 19. There is significant emphasis in the Senior School on literacy and numeracy, and senior students are also expected to make gains in independence and related skills.
Much of the Senior School curriculum is given over to GCSE study in years 10 and 11. Our curriculum enables students to select at least five GCSE courses from a relatively broad range of options. Within this framework, there are some subjects that are indispensable: English, Maths, Science and Information Technology. Other choices include Geography, History, Expressive Arts, Religious Education, Music and Drama. The courses currently on offer reflect our belief that it is right that young people should be able to study subjects in which they are interested and in which they are likely to succeed.
We also offer the American High School Diploma in place of A-Levels. Recognized by all British Universities, the Diploma, unlike A-Levels, is not examination-based. Rather, it uses a system of continual assessment wherein a student earns credit for research, writing essays, completing an Art project and dozens of other subject-based tasks. In essence, the Diploma removes much of the stress and anxiety that students feel when sitting examinations.
Pioneered by our sister school in London, there has never been a Centre Academy Diploma Graduate who has not gone directly to university.
Music, Drama, Art & DT
Many of our pupils exhibit particular strengths in the creative and expressive arts, and at CA East Anglia these can really flourish. Approaches and techniques are taught to provide frameworks for the development of personal style, giving pupils a chance to achieve their absolute best and go beyond the ordinary – which they do! Art projects are proudly displayed throughout the school, while plays and concerts showcase talent as well as enthusiasm. Visitors frequently comment on the quality of the children’s work and their performances.