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Curriculum Overview

Children come into Willow Grove at any time during their school career and at any time during the term. Assessment and the use of existing information is vital in ensuring that the children are taught effectively and that gaps in learning are addressed.


The curriculum at Willow Grove, although clearly reflecting the Curriculum at a mainstream school is modified in the following ways:


  • A theme based curriculum
  • Withdrawal for assessment and teaching to improve the skills of those with severe difficulties in English, including access to Nessie, Better Reading Sessions and The Arrow program.
  • Opportunities to reinforce learning English across the curriculum.
  • Daily PSHE lessons or assemblies focussing on the Jigsaw scheme of work.
  • Access to play therapy and class based Positive Play.
  • Access to the School Counselling Project.
  • Explicit teaching of social situations, such as meal times, play times and less structured times.
  • The use of blocked sessions to cover aspects of the curriculum, particularly those where a more practical approach is beneficial.
  • The use of collected data to ensure that pupils are being taught and given experiences which match their stage of social and emotional development.
  • Accelerated learning techniques, including Brain Gym and Thinking skills.
  • Sounds Write.


RE is taught across the school; it has been adapted from the Wigan Borough Scheme of work and tailored to suit the needs of the pupils in our school.


The main reading scheme used in school is Oxford Reading Tree but this is supplemented with a wide range of other reading schemes to ensure that children are engaged with the reading process and are given materials which will motivate them.