Springfield School Curriculum

The purpose of education for all children is the same, the goals are the same, but the help that individual children need in progressing towards these goals will be different. For some pupils, knowledge will not be spontaneously acquired and has to be specifically taught.

While welcoming the aim of education reform, as set out in the Education Reform Act (1988), to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils, it must be recognised that there is a core of early development skills and experiences common to all subjects which pupils with Special Educational Needs may not readily assimilate.

The QCA guidelines 'Planning, teaching and assessing the curriculum for pupils with learning difficulties', supports the development and implementation of the school's curriculum. These guidelines are used with the school's own material, the National Curriculum and the frameworks for teaching Literacy and Numeracy, together they confirm the statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils.

There are 13 curriculum areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art and Design and Design and Technology.

Nursery aged children follow the Early Learning Goals Curriculum, as set out in the Foundation Stage. The curriculum areas are as follows: Language, Communication and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Physical Development, Creative Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

The school delivers the subject matter of the programmes in an age appropriate context at a level appropriate to the abilities of our pupils, always remembering that the individual needs of these pupils take precedent.

Developing skills and key skills run throughout the curriculum, such as working with others, thinking skills and sensory awareness and perception. The whole School follows the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme.

Pupil progress and achievement is monitored using the P-scale and National Curriculum level descriptions. Pupils' development and achievement in English, Maths, Science, ICT and PSHE is recorded using the computer program B Squared. Not all pupils will progress at the same rate although most of our pupils will make some progress in all curriculum areas. To enhance curriculum delivery the school uses various methods of communication and a range of adapted equipment.

For some pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4 an accredited course is relevant and appropriate. At all times we aim to provide an environment in which our pupils will achieve and flourish.

Please contact the School office if you would like further information about the curriculum offered.

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