We find our students at a crossroads when transitioning from Key Stage 2 to 3; it is our aim to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary teaching styles is carried out carefully and effectively. At Hillcrest Shifnal School we try, therefore, to make sure that when students are transitioning to KS3 teaching methods, approaches and environments are mirrored from our Primary Department. However, we must also guarantee that students are well prepared to become more responsible and autonomous in their learning. In general terms, this means that there is a gradual move from class teaching to a more specialised programme of learning as the child progresses through the School.
Our “Transitions” school curriculum is underpinned by the values that are important in our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating students in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. Students have full access to the subjects they experienced in within the Primary Curriculum ; English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE, SEAL, PSHCE, Art, Design and Technology, Food Technology, MFL, RE, History, Geography with the addition of Outdoor Education and ASDAN Lift Off.