An overarching curriculum map shows the subject coverage at all age phases:
Our vibrant curriculum, that offers breadth and depth, is greatly enhanced by an enrichment curriculum that brings learning to life. Recent examples include;
- A trip to Shugborough Hall to experience life in World War 2 era including gas masks and Anderson Shelters
- Trips on narrow boats on local canals to look at wildlife
- Trips to the Snowdome to play safely in snow related activities
- Dan the ‘Canon man’ set up medieval weaponry display for a week in a tented village and demonstrated projectiles with his canon!
- Weekly sailing trips to Calf Heath where students learn to sail independently
- Fishing trips to the Albright on project
- Fire engine on our playground
- Involvement with Black Country Young Producers in marketing and producing ‘The Boy who became a Beetle’ production
- Trips to the Safari park
- Trip to London to see a West End Show (Wicked) and the Globe theatre with a sword fencing demonstration
- Geo cache hunting at Himley Hall
- An orienteering trip to Cannock Chase
- Participation in ‘Samba in the City’ in Wolverhampton City Centre
- Visits from various animals including a hedgehogs called Freddie, various dogs and Rupert the sensory horse, who played football with our pupils! Without forgetting al the interaction with our very own chickens!
- Trips to Twickenham and Wembley to watch international rugby and football.
All of which enliven our daily curriculum and contribute to our pupils life long learning.
Each class has a timetable which clearly indicates the allocation of time to subjects. The core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Computing receive the heaviest weighting but are supplemented by Foundation subjects that include Humanities, Art & Design, DT, PE, Languages, Music, RE and PSHE to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
Curriculum coverage meets DfE requirements in terms of subjects that are compulsory at each Key Stage as described in the NC document for 2016.
In preparing our students for life after Penn Hall School there are a range of activities that help develop an understanding and appreciation of the world of work. We are becoming increasingly successful at securing meaningful work related experiences for our 16-19 students with recent placements including:
- Students as classroom assistants at a local Primary School
- Office and Administration experience at Walsall Homes.
- Sales experience at Old Tree Nursery.
- Work skills at Timken
- Local Estate Agents
Links with Whizz Kidz will hopefully add to this list with opportunities to work in marque companies and participate in Work Skills Days where interview technique and writing CVs will be covered. Developing Enterprise skills is a main focus at this age group and this year as seen a group of students establish a company, Multitude, who have a management team with a diverse range of business ideas for this year.