Curriculum

Springfield School believes that all pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. We therefore strive to ensure that all pupils are able to access all areas of learning. As a special school we recognise that our pupils will require a curriculum that meets their needs, as such the balance of our curriculum reflects the need for increased opportunities for communication, maths, PSHCE and Physical Education. ICT exists as a curriculum area and is also used to enhance learning in all subject areas. In the Early Years and Foundation Stage we follow the EYFS curriculum and work towards the Early Learning Goals. As pupils move through the school the curriculum balance changes, leading to a Key Stage 4 curriculum with a greater emphasis in life skills. All pupils of compulsory school age follow the national curriculum. It is organised on the basis of 4 key stages and 12 subjects.

English/Literacy Maths/Numeracy Science History
Geography ICT PE & Games Religious Education
Art & Design Design & Technology Music Personal, health and social education (PHSE)

Nursery aged children follow the Early Learning Goals Curriculum, as set out in the Foundation Stage. The curriculum areas are as follows:

 

We always seek to deliver the subject matter in an age appropriate context at a level suitable to the abilities of our pupils, always remembering that the individual needs of these pupils take precedent.

The theme of developing skills runs 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.

Please see the links below to curriculum documents that provide further information.

Monitoring progress and accreditation

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. More information on this can be found in the Key Stage 4 section.

At all times we aim to provide an environment in which our pupils will achieve and flourish.

We believe that good home school links and communication are essential to a child’s emotional well-being and progress. We aim to support parents to support their children by providing information about curriculum themes and guidance for specific activities such as maths and phonics. It is important for us to know if parents require support in their dealings with the school.  For example, we can make provision for parents who are visually or hearing impaired during school concerts; we can provide support for parents who have language difficulties with either reading or English language; we can also make arrangements for parents with physical disabilities during their visits to school.

If you have a disability or a need for support, please let us know in confidence so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

School Values

The values tree below identifies the specific values that are promoted across the whole school community. These values cover areas of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and the fundamental British Values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

All education settings have a responsibility to ensure children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes (in an age appropriate way).

All our staff support the children’s personal, social and emotional development by helping them to:

  • develop a positive sense of themselves and others
  • form positive relationships and develop respect for others
  • develop social skills
  • learn how to manage their feelings
  • understand appropriate behaviour in groups
  • have confidence in their own abilities

Please contact the School office on 01993 703963 if you would like further information about the curriculum offered.