Curriculum

Woodfield School provides a rich, balanced and challenging curriculum for pupils to develop their academic, social and emotional skills. It encourages them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Please download our Curriculum Overviews and Teaching and Learning reviews at the bottom of the page for more details.

 

We aim to ensure our pupils leave us ready for life in modern Britain and a global society. The focus is on enabling pupils to progress through high quality teaching and a range of enjoyable learning experiences.

 

The acquisition of transferrable skills is central to the curriculum, both in terms of literacy and numeracy as well as the wider skills needed to equip pupils for success throughout and beyond their education.

 

Equality of access and equality of opportunity underpins Woodfield’s provision for all. Every pupil has access to a curriculum and a range of learning experiences of the highest standard possible, which take account of unequal starting points and which are provided irrespective of gender, ethnic background, age or disability.

 

Pupils are taught by specialist staff within a specialist environment. The curriculum at Woodfield School is valued for its cross-curricular elements; aiming to reinforce basic concepts and use the pupil's curiosity to extend and enrich that encourages all pupils to progress successfully to the next stage in their education or career path.

 

From Autumn 2016 Woodfield has introduced a new, 'semi-formal' curriculum model for two class bases, where the core curriculum offer is adapted to promote deeper learning, generalisation and real world application. Please see the attachment below for an overview of our New Curriculum model, its Seven 'Strands' of learning, and how progress is assessed against each student's outcome statements.

 

At Woodfield School we strive to:

  • Develop each pupil’s potential to learn and to achieve.

  • Promote all aspects of each pupil’s development preparing them to make a positive contribution to society and to have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

  • Encourage pupils to become independent, responsible, accepting and caring people with respect for the beliefs and values of others.

  • Provide a safe, supportive, calm environment for all pupils

  • Deliver a curriculum that

    • is varied, challenging and inspiring;

    • builds upon first hand experiences;

    • is rich, stimulating and relevant;

    • enable pupils to enjoy learning

 

Our outstanding curriculum strives to be responsive to each learner, and build on individual strengths and interests.

 

During each term, pupils are set targets within each curricular area. This is shared and discussed with parents/carers during the termly PLP Target Setting Day.

 

Assessment is a continuous cycle over the duration of each term, reviewed each half term and where required, strategies put in place to ensure progression. Feedback to parents and carers is provided for these targets at the end of each term. These are shared with pupils to encourage them to have pride in their accomplishments.

Teaching provides opportunities for pupils to contextualize their learning, working within whole class, small group, individual and independent learning opportunities appropriate to that learner. All teaching adults use symbol support and Makaton signing in the delivery of the curriculum to encourage and support understanding.

 

At Woodfield School we use a combination of teaching methods, which are appropriate and adapt them to support the pupils learning styles and needs within individual classes.

 

Teaching across the school gives pupils relevant opportunities for learning, and motivates and inspires all pupils to make progress across their learning intentions and through structured routines, appropriately paced and motivating activities with assessment for learning firmly embedded across all contexts.

 

How do we know we are achieving our aims?

  • Supported by Individual Education Plans (Provision Maps)

  • Structured teaching.

  • Sensory teaching strategies.

  • Active practical learning opportunities.

  • Differentiated curriculum.

  • Alternative communication strategies.

  • Individual alternative curriculum opportunities

  • Inclusion and equal opportunities.

  • Preparation for independent living & adult life

  • Residential trips

  • Recognising, valuing and celebrating achievement

  • Annual and transition reviews

  • Weekly reward assemblies

  • Effective teaching and learning

  • Continuous professional development

  • Teaching and learning monitoring and classroom observations

  • Resources matched to learning needs

  • Target Setting and assessment

  • Ongoing formative assessment

  • Setting individual targets

  • Pupil progress meetings

  • Work scrutiny and moderation

 

Learning is promoted through well organised classrooms and learning environments. Classroom environments are created to support the different range of needs within the class, with learning resources which are shared across the school to support the individualised learning requirements of all pupils. This allows for pupils in a range of classes to have the resources available to support their interests and learning needs.

 

We focus on celebrating each step of progress within these curricular areas, as you can see below. Pupil achievement is shared and celebrated no matter how small the steps.

 

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  1. Woodfield School - Curriculum Overview - A4
  2. Woodfield School - Curriculum Overview - A3
  3. Woodfield School Semi Formal Curriculum Model