Linnet Education is an alternative school which harnesses the natural inquisitiveness of the young and engages them with learning using nature in a non-traditional school setting.
We use small class sizes for ages 8-16 to nurture any additional social or emotional needs and have fun with how we teach and learn.
Our curriculum is project based and uses science and the natural world as its core subjects. We take part in Citizen Science Projects to ensure our learning makes a difference to the world. We spend as much time using our outdoor classroom as we can to keep us healthy and engaged with learning.
Alongside a science-based curriculum, English, Maths, History, Geography, ICT, RE, PHSE, Sports, Art and Music are all naturally embedded into lessons to ensure our curriculum can be mapped to the National Curriculum standards for relevant Key Stages.
Pedagogically, the school makes use of strategies with a proven positive impact on student achievement and blends humanist, cognitivist and behaviourist strategies to develop all students’ learning in their affective, psychomotor and cognitive learning domains.
We aim to support students with their social and emotional needs and build confidence and resilience to face today's challenges.
By using students’ initial starting points, our curriculum enables students to develop and grow in ability and confidence and display mindfulness and a growth mindset.
All students are given an individual learning plan (ILP) and work towards personalised targets. This includes any support strategies. Student progress is reviewed regularly and suitable records kept. These are shared with students, parents/carers, key workers, social workers and other parties as appropriate.
Students create a portfolio of learning and skill development and work toward recognised awards throughout the year, for example The John Muir Award, ASDAN awards and the British Association of Science’s CREST awards. The portfolio utilises a variety of different evidence types, following a seasonal scheme of work to match the activities planned.
Flexibility in the scheme of work enables students to work at a pace suitable for their needs. This manages both short- and long-term placements which may start and end at any point in the year.
Student outcomes also include communication, mental health and well-being, teamwork, resilience building and concentration. These outcomes recognise and support those who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
Behaviour and attendance is supported by a policy suitable for alternative provision and recognises the individual needs of its students and the alternative approaches needed.
This is the first month of Autumn. The trees and shrubs lose their flowers. Animals and birds eat well. Grey squirrels start to collect acorns ready for winter. Swallows and sandmartins leave us for warmer climates and we start to see the first autumnal colours.
A real month of change with most of the trees now in full autumnal colour. Small mammals start to stash food and put on their winter weight. Summer migrant birds have left and those that use us for warmer weather start to arrive. It's a good time for fungi hunting and seeing rutting deer.
The leaves are now almost gone from our deciduous trees. Birds come together in flocks to seek warmth and protection. It is a good time to see starling murmurations and spot old bird's nests in the trees.
We all start to prepare for Christmas and nature is no different in her preparations. Animals such as the mountain hares get their winter coats, male deers lose their antlers and farmers plough ready for next year.
January is a tough time for animals as they lose their inhibitions to find food, with urban birds and foxes on the lookout for their next meal. In the woods the first sign of botanical life starts. Green lichens and snowdrops show themselves.
Despite the cold, nature is still busy with frogspawn appearing in our ponds. Blackbirds sit on their eggs. Wintering ducks show their finest courtship colours. Queen bumblebees are out and about. We see the first flowers start to appear.
This is a busy time for mating, migration and flowering. It is a time to observe colour in nature and see how this is used to camouflage, warn predators, or attract a mate.
This is the month to hear your first cuckoo. We see swallows arrive from their winter home and watch lambs gambolling in the fields. It is a time for butterflies to be mating, to see baby red squirrels and if you are really lucky spot a baby badger.
It is getting warmer now and the birds start the day with a noisy awakening. The flowers are blooming and insects are busy looking for nectar. Farmers are busy fencing, walling and spraying their potatoes and cereals.
These are the longest days. It is a good time to beach comb, look for shells and sea potatoes. The warm weather is perfect for insect hunts and looking for butterflies. Farmers are busy sheep shearing and hay making. It is a busy month for nature!
This is the warmest month of the year with flowers at their peak. Reptiles bask in the sun and animals are busy feeding their young. It is a good time to see grey seals and take part in the Big Butterfly Count.
This is the main summer holiday month which is a great time to go rock pooling and crabbing. You might spot dolphins off our shores, hear woodpeckers and see farmers start their silage making.
Get ready to learn with your teachers and classmates and review the plan for the day. Set your daily targets and talk about things that might affect your learning that day.
This activity will be a science and nature activity either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. It will fit with the monthly theme e.g. space, and will involve exploring, experiments and excitement. You will work on your own, with a partner or with a group depending on the activity and will develop your maths and English skills at the same time. A break will also be included which might be inside or sat in the woods depending on where we are!
Bring a packed lunch and we will eat it wherever we are- inside or out. Lunchtime can be spent chatting with each other, playing outside or inside. We have plenty of games and arts and crafts to keep you busy.
This activity work will be quite varied and will depend on the weather but we will do lots of different things in the afternoons. Indoor activity can include dance, music, art, ICT, games, cooking and drama. Outdoor activities can include sports, walking and exploring. A break will also be included which might be inside or sat in the field depending on where we are!
At the end of everyday you will sit with teachers and classmates and think about everything you have done in the day and whether you have reached your targets. You can talk about things that went well and things you want to improve on next time. You will also be set activities or projects to do at home.
We operate out of local community centres and village halls.
This means we can be flexible and take our learning to where you live.
We bring everything you need with us.
With a lovely wooded area, stream, outdoor play area, field, indoor space with toilets and kitchen facilities Rosley Village Hall is an ideal location for our activities.