“Actively Learning Skills For Life”
Pupils in Venture Hub follow the ‘Active Learning Curriculum’. This is a topic based programme written and designed by The Milestone School staff to help meet the needs of all pupils in the Hub. The ‘Active Learning Curriculum’ focuses on learning through experience as well as maintaining more traditional school based learning.
Classes in Venture Hub are primarily based in one room with a class teacher and learning support workers. Some pupils in Venture Hub may be taught a few lessons by different teachers in a variety of different rooms and settings, these may include English, Maths, PE or Food Technology lessons. Lessons last for approximately one hour, broken up into a number of short activities to maintain pupils’ interests and meet their learning needs. Objectives and outcomes are based on the National Curriculum but planned using The Milestone School schemes of work. In addition to the National Curriculum different activities may be offered to support pupils, for example Mobility, A Sensory Curriculum, the Social Use of Language Programme and Hydrotherapy. Life Skills are a key focus in Venture Hub and pupils are provided with opportunities to develop these. Pupils in Venture Hub spend their playtimes on the Senior Playground and are supported by members of their class staff team.
Pupils moving into Venture Hub from Woodland Hub begin their transition by spending an afternoon with their new class and teacher. In the Summer Term they are invited to join the Venture Hub assemblies.
At the end of Year 9 pupils begin to prepare for transition to Enterprise Hub. Year 9 pupils are introduced to their new Hub through the careers programme. In the Summer Term pupils visit their new Hub and will be shown around by the Head of the Department.
At the Milestone School we understand transition is different for each pupil and we will arrange appropriate activities to help support the needs of individual pupils.
Extra Curricular Activities
To make learning as much fun as possible we plan a number of Hub events and extra-curricular activities during the year. These may include:
- Global Awareness Week - This is a chance for pupils to learn about other countries or cultures. Pupils may listen to music, cook food or learn some of the language of another country.
- Sports events - Pupils take part in a variety of sports, including PE, on-site and have access to sports events and tournaments off-site. Additional coaching is available at times during the year for some pupils.
- Trips and Residentials - Classes try to incorporate at least one educational trip per half term. Some classes arrange a residential week usually in the summer term.
- Options - One afternoon each week is assigned to “Options”. Staff offer a range of activities beyond the usual curriculum and pupils are able to choose which activity they would like to do for their ‘Option’. This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to meet staff and children from other classes. ‘Options’ activities may include - Spanish, orchestra, scouting skills, dog-walking, up-cycling, gardening, sensory art or social games.
- Horse riding, swimming - Riding for the disabled (RDA) and hydrotherapy sessions are available for some pupils.
The pupils and staff of Venture Hub meet together weekly for an assembly. Classes prepare short presentations on a theme for these and there is a senior school assembly each week. On occasions throughout the year whole school assemblies are held, these are opportunities to celebrate achievements and special occasions such as Red Nose Day. Assemblies provide opportunities for pupils to learn and socialise with pupils across the Hub and with members of the wider school community.
Assessment and Reporting to Parents
Teachers continually assess pupils’ work and set appropriate individual targets. Where possible pupils are encouraged to help in setting their own targets.As part of Annual Review and EHCP meetings annual outcomeswill be agreed by teachers in consultation with other involved professionals and parents.
Two Parents’ Evenings are held during the year (Autumn term and Summer term) at which teachers and parents can discuss how well pupils are getting on at school, look at curriculum reports and review targets. A third Parents’ Evening is held in the Summer term at which parents can meet with the new staff their child will be working with in September.
Parents are welcome to contact staff at any time to discuss progress. Each pupil also has a home/school book so that daily events and news can be shared.
Annual Reviews / EHCP meetings
Each pupil will have an Annual Review or an EHCP meeting during the year. Where appropriate pupils are encouraged to attend to talk about what helps them in school and talk about their outcomes for the next year. In Year 9 the Case Responsible Officer will attend the EHCP meeting to discuss options and help to begin the process of planning where pupils will progress onto after leaving The Milestone School at the end of Year 11.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or would like any further information.