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Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Structure

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. The main focus 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 PHSE expectations.

Literacy and Numeracy are taught with adaptations but following the New 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.

At KS3, students follow the full National Curriculum, modified as above.  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 also have opportunities for college placements and work experience.  Students make 2 out of 4 vocational options for the beginning of year 10/KS4. 

Post 16, there are opportunities to study Construction, Mechanics and Catering.  Functional skills courses in English, Maths and ICT are core as is PSD & Employability. There is a focus on broadening horizons for students by linking with the wider community to raise aspirations.

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