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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Structure

 

Primary:

The Primary curriculum at Maplefields is organised into units of work, some of which are discrete subjects and some which are integrated creative curriculum units covering History, Geography, Art and DT with additional Literacy activities. These are mapped over a two year cycle.  Not all subjects are covered every term by all classes as there are additional activities impacting on the planned subject and topic timetable.  E.g. horse riding and swimming. Green Class specifically follow an adaptation of the National Curriculum which links with the Early Years Foundation stage to meet all the children’s needs within the class and ensure progress. There is also the infrastructure in place to capture evidence towards the engagement scale if a child is working below subject specific expectations. The main focus in Green Class is learning through play which enables the child to lead their learning, building responsibility and independence. Play within Green class also encourages communication and healthy relationships between the children and adults, meeting many of the PSHE and RHE (Relationships and Health Education) expectations and also meeting the individual needs of our pupil’s bases on their Educational, Health and Care plan.

 

The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in Green Class:

Table tasks (based around literacy and numeracy) to promote independence

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly x 2, circle time and Primary reward assembly – 20 mins each

4 x Read, Write Inc or Handwriting sessions – 40 mins each

Maths x 4 - 30 mins each

Skills Builder session every day – 15 mins each

Story time session each day – 15 mins each

Science x 1 – 40 mins

Free flow or 1-1 reading – 40 mins

Topic (covering Geography/History/Art/DT) x 2 – 40 mins

PE x 2 – 40 mins each

RE x 1 – 40 mins

Music/Computing (alternate weeks) x 1 – 40 mins

Forest School/ Swimming/ Horse riding (rotating carousel)

PSHE x 1 – 40 mins

Golden time session x 1 – 40 mins

Scheduled reflection times everyday at systematic points throughout the day

Opportunities relating to Food technology and Performing Arts are weaved throughout the areas above

 

Blue Class act as a transition group between Green Class and UKS2 (Red and Purple class). The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in Blue Class:

 

Table tasks (based around literacy and numeracy) to promote independence

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly, one intervention session a week, circle time and Primary reward assembly – 20 mins each.

4 x Read, Write Inc or Handwriting sessions – 45 mins each

Maths x 4 - 45 mins each (one session includes Active Maths)

Skills Builder or group games session every day – 15 mins each

Story time session each day – 15 mins each

Science x 1 – 45 mins

Reading intervention session x 1 – 45 mins

Topic (covering Geography/History/Art/DT) x 2 – 45 mins each

PE x 2 – 45 mins each

RE x 1 – 45 mins

Music/Computing (alternate weeks) x 1 – 40 mins

Forest School/ Swimming/ Horse riding (rotating carousel)

PSHE x 1 – 40 mins

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Guided reading sessions wherever possible (these can be implemented in place of a Skills Builder or Story time session where appropriate).

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

Opportunities relating to Food technology and Performing Arts are weaved throughout the areas above

 

Red and Purple Class specifically cater for UKS2 students in preparation for their transition in to Year 7.

The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in Red or Purple Class:

 

Spellings session everyday

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly, circle time and Primary reward assembly – 20 mins each.

4 x Read, Write Inc/literacy – 45 mins each

Maths x 4 - 45 mins each (one session includes Active Maths)

Skills Builder or group games session every day – 15 mins each

Story time session each day – 15 mins each

Science x 1 – 45 mins

Topic (covering Geography/History/Art/DT) x 2 – 45 mins each

PE x 2 – 45 mins each

RE x 1 – 45 mins

Music x 1 – 45 mins

Computing x 1 – 45 mins

Forest School/ Swimming/ Horse riding (rotating carousel)

PSHE x 1 – 45 mins

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Guided reading sessions wherever possible (these can be implemented in place of a Skills Builder or Story time session where appropriate).

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

Opportunities relating to Food technology and Performing Arts are weaved throughout the areas above

 

Literacy and Numeracy are taught with adaptations but following the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Aspects of literacy, numeracy and ICT are taught within all other subjects.  The National Curriculum is modified in respect of a child’s priority needs as identified on their Educational Healthcare Plan and subsequent Individual Learning and Behaviour Plan (IBLP).  Work is differentiated for each student.  Teachers are mindful of individual learning styles and work with students to maximise their potential across all subjects. Learning outside the classroom is promoted, both within the school grounds and involving visits to Forest School, museums and other educational sites.

 

Secondary: At KS3, students follow the full National Curriculum, modified as above.  The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in KS3:

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly and circle time (based on skills builder criteria) and Secondary reward assembly – 20 mins each.

English x 4 – 45 mins each

Maths x 4 - 45 mins each (one session includes Active Maths)

Science x 2 – 45 mins each

Humanities x 2 – 45mins each

PE x 2 – 45 mins each

RE x 1 – 45 mins

Music x 1 – 45 mins

Computing x 1 – 45 mins

PSHE x 1 – 45 mins

Design Technology x 1 – 45 mins

Drama x 1 – 45 mins

Art x 1 – 45 mins

Life Skills/employability x 1 – 45 mins

Food and Hospitality x 2 – 45 mins each

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

 

At KS4 students have the opportunity to attain functional skills qualifications in Maths, English and ICT alongside expectations for GCSE or Btec examinations that students may be entered for.

 

Students make 2 out of 4 vocational options for the beginning of year 10/KS4. The following elements from the structure of teaching and learning in KS4:

 

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly and circle time (based on skills builder criteria) and Secondary reward assembly – 20 mins each.

English x 4 – 45 mins each

Maths x 4 - 45 mins each

Science x 2 – 45 mins each

Employability x 1 – 45 mins

PSHE x 1 – 45 mins

PE x 3 – 45 mins

Computing x 1 – 45 mins

Vocational option A x 4 – 45 mins each

Vocational option B x 4 – 45 mins each

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

 

In Post 16 KS5 students follow an individualised timetable approach that is formulated using the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes. Skills Builder is also then used to identify strengths and next steps in relation to the 8 Skills Builder criteria. The structure of the timetable is fluid to allow for extracurricular opportunities to meet the emerging needs. For example, travel training. The following are elements from the structure of teaching and learning in KS5:

Breakfast and lunch as a class group everyday

Morning key times with a focus on: Class assembly and circle time (based on skills builder criteria) and KS5 reward assembly – 20 mins each.

English x 2 – 45 mins each

Maths x 2 - 45 mins each

Employability/Life Skills x 18 – 45 mins each broken down in to:

Life Skills x 6

Enrichment x 3

Enterprise x 2

Preparation for Adulthood (employability) x 7

PE x 2 – 45 mins

Golden time session x 1 – 45 mins

Scheduled reflection times every day at systematic points throughout the day

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