English Curriculum

At Sheffield Inclusion, we believe that the ability to read, write, speak and listen is key to accessing greater opportunities throughout life. Functional literacy enables students to succeed in all areas of the school curriculum, often improving self-esteem and attitudes towards learning.

It is our aim that all pupils access inspiring, relevant and accessible programmes of study that enthuse and promote success.

With this in mind, we have provided a sample of the texts that pupils will read in lessons.

Key Stage 3 2016-17

  • Seminal World Literature – Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

  • A Selection of Non Fiction texts, Media, newspaper Articles, Persuasive and Rhetorical texts

  • Drama – Oxford Play Script, Dracula – Bram Stoker

  • Poetry – First World War Poetry – a section of Poems from 1914-18

  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

  •  Gothic Horror – A selection of short stories from pre 1914 literature

All pupils will be encouraged to read critically a wide range of different texts, linked to these all pupils will be given the opportunity to write accurately, effectively and fluently a range of different forms to suit audience and purpose. Spelling, grammar and vocabulary are taught consistently throughout these units, with the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 2015-17

It is our plan that all pupils are to gain accreditation at the highest level appropriate to their ability.

  •  All pupils will achieve EDEXEL Functional Skills Entry Level – Levels 1,2,3

At KS4 (from September 2015) pupils will study towards the EDEXEL GCSE English Language Qualification, or the EDEXEl Functional Skills Qualification at Level 1.

In addition some pupils will have the opportunity to achieve

  • TWO GCSE English subjects LANGUAGE and LITERATURE EDEXEL GCSE accreditation.

Texts studied are:

  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

  • MacBeth – William Shakespeare

  • Literary Heritage poetry – A selection from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Non-Fiction – A selection from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Short Stories –  H G Wells, Edgar Allen Poe

  • Blood Brothers – Willie Russell

All students follow a programme of study which is informed by the National Curriculum and exam board syllabi. In addition to studying a wide range of age-appropriate texts, their curriculum is supplemented by learning a variety of literacy skills that are personalised according to their ability and need.

Maths Curriculum

Mathematics is essential to the progress and development of our pupils at the Sheffield Inclusion Centre and as a staff team we strive to embed numeracy across all subjects to ensure each of our pupils feels confident with, enjoys and succeeds in this core subject.

Within the Mathematics Department we aim to equip pupils with the relevant skills needed to succeed not only in mathematics lessons, but also with routine activities outside of school. Subject content is often taught within the context of a situation pupils can relate to, enabling them to see when and where this may be relevant to them at a later date.

Pupils cover different aspects of each mathematical strand every half term. These strands being: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Ratio and Proportion.  The content of the curriculum is taught and built upon year on year to embed and develop understanding.

All pupils prepare for and complete an OCR Entry Level mathematics paper on entry to the Sheffield Inclusion Centre ensuring all pupils leave with at least one accredited qualification in mathematics.


The curriculum for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 covers all five strands of maths broken down into much smaller sub strands. Different topics are covered to enable pupils to have a good overview of the curriculum and allow us to revisit these topics. As a department we believe KS3 pupils work better when they are given information little and often, so by completing one topic a week it ensures pupils do not find lessons too repetitive and they have the opportunity to recap the topics learnt more frequently throughout the year.



The mathematics curriculum is tailored to match the level and commitment of all of our pupils, offering accreditation via Functional Skills and GCSE where relevant.


Pupils follow the EDEXCEL GCSE exam course. The exam curriculum covers all of the strands of mathematics and as a department we have developed a scheme of work that breaks these down into individual topics.  We enable pupils to revisit topics throughout the year and to develop skills in a focused manner, thus embedding their knowledge and preparing them to apply their skills to exam style questions.

The assessment method for Year 11 uses past exam papers throughout the year to prepare pupils for an exam setting and to help highlight areas of individual development needs.


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History Curriculum

History is taught throughout KS3 and KS4.



In KS3 the pupils access the Unit Award Scheme using the AQA examination board. Classes will focus on 2 units; Germany 1918-1945 and The American West.  The course consists of course work compiled by the pupils which is assessed and moderated, both internally and externally.  In addition to this pupils access crucial elements of the History National Curriculum that will prepare them for GCSE History when they enter KS4.  These units include; The British Empire, The Origins of the First World War, Nazi Germany, Slavery and The Western Front.



In KS4 the pupils will study towards a Full GCSE qualification in History with the AQA examination board.  Assessment is entirely by examination at the end of year 11. 

The following topics will be studied in preparation for the exam:

·         Topic 1: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

·         Topic 2: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

·         Topic 3: Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

·         Topic 4: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Pupils who regularly attend and make excellent progress will be offered the Full Course GCSE qualification.  Those that attend on a part-time basis will be offered Unit Awards that give accreditation for specific topics within the subject.


History is taught with the aid of presentations, hand-outs, maps, documents and video clips. Class debate, regular verbal discussion and the opportunity to focus on ‘social History’ (focusing on people’s stories) is often encouraged in order to enable pupils to relate to and understand the importance of History.   

Art Curriculum

Art Curriculum

In the Art department at Sheffield Inclusion Centre, we encourage all pupils to develop their own artistic journey and to achieve academically in the subject.

At GCSE level we use OCR as the exam board and guidance. The GCSE Programmes of Study I have devised for Sheffield Inclusion Centre, have not only been praised by OCR Moderators but by the Chief Moderator as well, as excellent practice. The GCSE course provides pupils the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills including, but certainly not limited to; pencil/drawing work, water colour painting, pastel work, marbling, 3D sculpture, photography, ceramics and much more.  The course has, and will continue to include work with external artists, whether it is people coming in to deliver workshops, or taking pupils out to visit exhibitions or work with others.

At KS3 I have developed Programmes of Study enabling our pupils to try a wide range of practical skills in Art .These include: painting and drawing, ceramics, print making, ink spray painting to name but a few! Our pupils alongside these skills are taught about the world of art, including artists who have influenced and changed perceptions in the artistic world, as well as a wide range of cultures, diversity and styles.

Whilst skills will be developed and assisted through the use of teacher guided lessons and demonstrations, the main focus in Art at Sheffield Inclusion Centre is to give the pupils the opportunity to express themselves and develop as artists in their own right, being able to take artistic opportunities further should they wish to, in their future.

DT Curriculum

At the Sheffield Inclusion Centre, Design and Technology is a practical based subject which aims to deliver a KS3 and KS4 curriculum that inspires pupils to combine design and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to make quality products. Pupils have the opportunity to make products that are creative and original and relate to real life problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils learn about materials, how to join them together, how to mark them out accurately as well as choosing and using tools correctly.

As technology changes so does the way we create products, to move with the change pupils are taught how to use and manufacture objects using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to help with this process. As well as CAD pupils have the opportunity to evaluate existing products and maybe even make a better version that suits them.

Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.



KS2 D&T at SIC is relatively new, students from SIC primary are given the opportunity to take part in workshop setting. During their time in the workshop, students are encouraged to use tools and machinery that many will not have heard or seen before. During their lessons in D&T students will undertake many different from projects ranging from electronics to resistant materials.


In KS3 we make a wide range of products ranging from note holders to more advanced projects such as the steady hand game which requires the use of electronic kits. KS3 schemes are predominantly hands on activities that enables pupils to learn through doing, this gives them the opportunity to experiment and make their ideas a reality.


KS4 undertake AQA GCSE Design and Technology.  Ongoing at the moment students are preparing to make their products and complete theory work in order to gain this qualification. The course requires students to undertake both coursework (60%) and an exam (40%). GCSE D&T requires students to use their creativity to produce a solution to a problem.

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PE Curriculum

The vision of the department is for pupils to enjoy and develop. We aim to develop pupil’s confidence, self-esteem and interests through a broad curriculum and range of activities.

Staff are committed to deliver good teaching and learning to develop pupils. We aim to ensure pupils are active whilst having fun at the same time and developing their knowledge and understanding of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

The department offers opportunities for pupils to develop their skills and confidence further through extracurricular activities, sports fixtures and festivals which the school compete in.

All secondary pupils are offered 2 x 45 minute lessons a week. We aim to offer pupils a wide range of activities to ensure they are engaged and develop their confidence and performance through a wide variety of activities.  These include football, basketball, hockey, athletics, fitness, outdoor adventurous activities, boccia, badminton, cricket, rugby, volleyball, tennis, snooker, pool, ultimate frisbee, handball, goalball, rounders and dodgeball. 


Primary pupils are offered a range of activities to keep them active and stimulate the mind. We often take primary students offsite to do a range of activities to keep them engaged and allow them to experience a variety of activities including climbing, curling and football. Primary students also have the chance to take part in sensory PE.

From Year 9 upwards pupils can undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which is delivered through the PE curriculum and other subject areas.  As part of the scheme pupils complete their skill, physical, volunteering and expedition sections.  As part of the expedition section pupils will undertake a 2 day 1 night camp in the Peak District.  They will also complete a walk on both days carrying essential equipment in their rucksack, pitch their tent at the camp site and cook their own food. During this time they will learn vital life skills, build confidence and more importantly enjoy themselves.

Students are also able to complete a Sports Leader award, where they plan and deliver sports sessions to primary aged children. Coming up with new games and activities and evaluating their ideas and performance throughout.

Within PE we offer pupils the opportunity to complete a GCSE if chosen.

Primary Curriculum

The Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum is taught in primary and follows a primary model. Pupils stay in primary until the end of year 6 when they begin their transition to a mainstream secondary school.

The following subjects are taught in Primary:

  • Maths – through the STAT Sheffield Model

  • Phonics – is taught through letters and sounds

  • Literacy – text types and SPAG

  • PE – taught following the national curriculum

The following subjects are taught through topic based lessons following the National Curriculum:

  • Science

  • Geography

  • History

  • ICT

  • Art

  • Design and technology

  • Food

All our teachers work together to develop our planning. Where possible, we make links between subjects as this ensures our pupils have a broad understanding of the topics they learn.

There are 4 classes in primary (Athena, Poseidon, Hercules and Zeus). Classes are of mixed ability and ages (loosely KS1 & 2 are separated) and there are a maximum of eight children per class, with a teacher and 2 teaching assistants assigned to each group.

Lower school assessment is based on the STAT Sheffield Model. Progress is tracked every 2 weeks and there are intervention programmes that children are referred to if sufficient progress is not made.

From the start of the academic year 2017/18 we will be moving to a nurture based curriculum in the afternoons in order to help with pupil’s emotional literacy and better prepare them for a mainstream environment.