Lower school (KS2/3)
The Lower School is designed to cater primarily for Key Stage 2 students (although some Key Stage 3 students attend here) as it is a small, safe and nurturing environment. This space enables a student's transition to Notton House to be determined by their personal and social development rather than age. Lower School is split into 2 classes with a teacher and teaching assistant in each one. Daily, we practise our Literacy and Numeracy skills through play, kinesthetic activities and written work.
We also aim to develop skills to cope with emotional challenges through a number of PSHE based games, crafts and group activities. We are learning to build relationships to enable us to access the secondary curriculum.
During a typical school day all subjects are taught from the National Curriculum. The class teacher teaches the core subjects including: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities, PSHE, and SMSC. Students visit other specialist teachers around the school for Art, Food Technology, and P.E. During the school day students are encouraged to make “good choices”, learn new skills and make progress. As a reward for this, students are allocated points for the efforts they make, as well as their attitude towards learning and our LORIC principles: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, and Communication. These are embraced in all areas of the academy, within the school day and on residential houses, and pupils are rewarded with points for showing these principles. They are also given green tokens for acts of kindness.
After the education day, students are greeted by our care team. The points earned through the day determines the activity students are offered during the evenings. The more points earned the greater the choice or value of activities.