Fiveways School Curriculum
Staff at Fiveways –“have high expectations, set challenging targets and provide excellent individualised support for each pupil. As a result, the outcomes for pupils remain outstanding. Pupils continue to reach their potential through learning and playing in a happy, secure and caring environment. Providing excellent individualised support for each pupil.” Outstanding – Ofsted December 2017
At Fiveways School we are totally committed to the development of our pupils, to offer them the best start to their formal education – an education that is rich in opportunities & experiences; one that positively influences & ensures lifelong learning, broadening the aspirations, values & opportunities for every child as they grow & develop.
The curriculum forms the basis for the learning & experiences our pupils enjoy during their time at Fiveways School. To us, our school curriculum goes far beyond the required elements of the National Curriculum, its strategies & frameworks, & involves richly imaginative, creative, exciting, inspiring, challenging, fun & dynamic opportunities, with the development of communication skills at the core. As a specialist school for Communication and Interaction this enables teachers and specialist communication staff to work collaboratively – bringing the two disciplines together in new and innovative ways. This significantly impacts on their communication skills, pupil voice, and the development of personal autonomy.
Our curriculum uses the national frameworks to ensure that every child has opportunities to develop the key learning steps defined within that documentation, but our curriculum provides a much more expansive approach to its delivery that ensures pupils receive experiences & opportunities to develop their knowledge, acquire new skills & attributes in ways that will guarantee that learning is relevant. Our curriculum effectively promotes pupils’ holistic development, enhances their self-esteem, & enables them to celebrate & feel pride in achievement gained from the acquisition of new skills, & a desire to succeed.
At Fiveways School, we recognise that there are pupils of widely different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the pupil. We achieve this by:
- setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
- setting tasks with a varying degree of challenge, some children not completing all tasks;
- grouping children by ability and setting different tasks to each ability group;
- providing resources of different complexity;
- using teaching assistants to support the work of individual pupils or small groups.
Pupils of all abilities have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, through planned progression throughout their school career, and by offering them an increasing challenge as they move up through each key stage.
We deliver a curriculum which provides:
- first-hand experiences
- practical activities
- creative opportunities
- pupil independence and choice
- opportunities to work in depth
- visits and visitors
- fun and enjoyment
Early years foundation stage
Our EYFS class has developed the curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which include the 3 Prime Areas of Learning:- Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Physical Development; & the 4 Specific Areas of Learning:- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World, & Expressive Arts & Design.
We recognise that young children are active learners & they learn through all their senses, through exploration, investigation, experimentation, listening & watching as well as through play. It is important that the pupils have opportunities to interpret their environment, learning to make choices for themselves & to grow in confidence, understanding their value within the school community.
GEMS class provides a warm welcome to new children and their families, and the provision includes:
• Liaison with home before the child starts school
• A supportive atmosphere of encouragement, warmth and fun
• A thorough assessment of each child’s needs leading to Personal Learning Goals (PLGs)
• A small-steps Early Years Curriculum focusing on communication, personal and social skills, supported by a wide range of augmented systems
• A stimulating and well-resourced learning : environment including a safe outside play area
• A multi-professional approach to supporting children and their families and a high staff: pupil ratio within the classroom
• Ongoing regular contact with and support to parents
Key stage 1 & 2
By BUTTONS class and Class 1, the transition has been made from EYFS to main school curriculum including core areas such as Communication and Interaction, Language & Literacy, Maths, Science & ICT; also Humanities & RE, PSHE & Creative Arts
BUTTONS class and Classes 1 & 2 are the class bases for children in Years 1 – 6, who will spend most of their time working in their class group, but also link up and mix with other classes for some activities, across the Junior Department. The main features of the curriculum at Key Stage 1 & 2 include:
• Continued emphasis on developing communication, personal & social skills
• Regular opportunities to practise basic literacy and numeracy skills
• Personal Learning Goals (PLGs), regularly reviewed
• Structured routines and systems to support learning
• Planned strategies to motivate and reward children’s efforts and achievements
• Staffing levels and expertise matched to children’s needs
• A broad and lively range of activities planned around a carefully constructed Curriculum Rolling Programme incorporating all the subjects of the National Curriculum
• Links with mainstream schools
• Regular educational & offsite visits
Key stage 3 & 4
To enable Fiveways School to deliver a meaningful curriculum to our senior pupils Classes 3, 4 and 5 provide for Years 7 -11, & pupils are grouped flexibly, across the Senior Department. This organisation allows pupils to work with a range of other pupils, students & adults, for some activities, developing their interpersonal skills. In addition to building on the main features of the primary curriculum, an age-appropriate curriculum is offered through which pupils can continue to learn new skills whilst maintaining & generalising existing ones.
The following features are included:
- Emphasis on the development & application of literacy & numeracy skills in a range of practical, real life situations & further opportunities to be out in the community e.g. shopping, cooking, leisure activities
- Exciting cross-curricular Topics, draw from the key stage rolling programmes
- Wide use of ICT across the curriculum
- A well-developed PSHE curriculum through which issues such as relationships, advocacy, safety of self and citizenship are addressed.
- Work-related learning opportunities within the school and Preparation for Adulthood
- Options for more achievements across National Curriculum subjects to be accredited via ASDAN’s Transition Challenge Award (Key stage 4 pupils)
Key stage 5 & 6th form
The design and implementation of the Key Stage 5, 6th Form Curriculum is geared towards further developing the students’ skills towards independence and preparing for adulthood, thus enabling them to make the transition beyond school with confidence.
The key stage 5, 6th Form curriculum offers a flexible, age-appropriate framework for students that will enable further steps towards maturity and independence, continuing to develop the personal qualities, abilities, interests and confidence which will enable students to take advantage of the opportunities of adult life. In some cases the curriculum can be constructed to meet the particular needs of students, where work experience placements transition visits, physiotherapy or communication needs, are more beneficial to personal development than the school activities. It builds upon the students’ achievements and experiences gained throughout the school and in particular at key stage 4. Accreditation routes via ASDAN’s Towards independence (TI), Transition Challenge (TC) and Duke of Edinburgh Award. These units of work and modules fully support the learning needs of our students giving real meaning to the awards presented at our Senior Presentation Evening held each year. The 6th Form covers areas of the curriculum as follows:- Communication and Interaction, MOVE, Self-Help and Independence, Relationships, My Community, Enterprise and Work.