We strive to motivate pupils who have so far found school a challenge by providing a safe, calm, caring learning environment which is stimulating through the richness of the learning environment and the caring, nurturing approach and encouragement given to each pupil by staff. We work to foster a sense of belonging and to provide the opportunity for all pupils to develop a sense of self-worth, confidence and control over their lives.
Our main aims are:
To provide opportunities for all pupils to follow a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which includes the National Curriculum, and to encourage each pupil to succeed and achieve their full potential with accreditation, whilst learning to establish independence through working routines, managing their own behaviour and learning to make appropriate choices and accepting responsibility.
To prioritise Basic Skills giving special emphasis to literacy. Our pupils generally arrive with poor literacy skills and we aim to improve their attainments and achievement in reading and writing using a variety of strategies, resources and learning styles. To build upon previous skills and experience to extend the knowledge of pupils, using practical activities and structured play where appropriate. To offer a progression, through small steps, for the development of skills and concepts.
To provide, in addition, direct timetabled opportunities for pupils to learn social, behavioural and communication skills and self-awareness through structured teaching.
To help pupils develop a respect for themselves and others in order to be able to follow rules and become integrated and accepted members of the larger community who are able to form positive, meaningful and healthy relationships. To prepare pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
To promote effective and supportive relationships with parents, carers and all other professionals involved with the pupils in working towards our agreed aims and values. The school promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and those identified as British Values of all pupils together with equal opportunities to enable pupils to achieve the individual outcomes ensuring their safeguarding as our priority.
In addition we will aim to offer mainstream experience or re-integration where a child demonstrates that he/she has acquired the requisite social and academic skills.
Maplefields Key Curriculum Drivers
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.
KS1 & KS2