Secondary and Sixth Form Curriculum

Secondary Department

The Secondary and Sixth Form department continue to develop the current curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of all pupils and reflect the changes in the national curriculum. Those pupils functioning at P-Level 3(ii) and below will study a Prime Curriculum which ensures that they cover all the fundamental areas that are important for their development. For pupils who are at P-Level 4 and above they will study a Specific Curriculum which ensures that they are covering a broader range of subjects. 

Secondary Department

Curriculum paths 

There are four separate paths in the secondary department which are tailored to the needs and ability of the pupils studying. 

  •       The Red Curriculum Path is designed around pupils with PMLD and focuses on the core  subjects but also has a focus on the MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) MOVE covers posture, sitting, working, standing, moving as well as transitions between these situations.
  •       The Green Curriculum Path is intended for pupils with SLD, focusing on core subjects but also includes forest school, flexi days and work experience.
  •       The Blue Curriculum Path is designed for higher ability learners with SLD who will also focus on core subjects but also includes forest school, flexi days and work experience at a higher level.
  •       The Yellow Curriculum Path is designed for pupils with specific communication and/or sensory needs and includes work on communication, leisure activities, independence, and the world around them.

Please see the document below for a specific break down. 

Preferred Learning

The secondary curriculum continues to teach in Preferred Learning groups 50% of the timetable subjects of PE, Science, Maths, English and Computing.

Depending on the Cohort of pupils for KS4 will determine whether we will be delivering Entry Level in that subject or continue with the National Curriculum development.

In KS4 pupils start their journey on the moving on scheme which is accredited through EQUALS and will continue this this journey into the sixth form. 

  •       At KS3 pupils follow the National Curriculum schemes of work further differentiated by our subject coordinators.
  •       Assessment – KS4 and KS3 assessment is through accreditation and the curriculum is assessed through Evidence for Learning. 

Flexi Days

Flexi days continue to be taught in KS3 where pupils will cover a wide range of foundation subjects. Subject coordinators maintain a record of end of topic levels for moderation. 

Other Subjects

Music has a discrete teaching block on the timetable and counts towards pupil’s enrichment.

PSHE

PSHE is not taught as a discreet subject but is covered in all areas of the curriculum on a daily basis. 

 Forest school

Forest school has now taken off in the school and affords pupils time and space to express themselves in different ways as well encouraging them to spend some quality time outside. Pupils take part in many activities such as den building, fire starting, outdoor cooking, tree identification and more. 

Work ex

Our Work Experience programme is delivered by an external company (Safer Opportunities) and offers support to pupils not only with the finding of placements themselves, but also the theory work back at school. The ultimate goal is for the pupils to travel and attend these work placements on their own, but for some of who this is not a realistic goal, it offers the experience of a real life workplace. Our goal at Springfield, where possible, is not to prepare pupils for work but to help them gain employment by the time they leave school if this is their goal.

Residentials
Residentials are always a pupil highlight in the year. Pupils in KS3 often attend an outdoor education centre for two nights while those in KS4 go on a city break in the UK. 

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Curriculum – All Sixth Form work is assessed through External Awarding Bodies.

The Sixth Form currently follows two different curriculum’s dependent on ability.

Curriculum 1 is aimed at higher ability pupils and is further split to offer a full complement of differentiation. English, Maths and ICT is taught through the AIM award program and MOVING ON for vocational subjects. Pupils follow additional courses in Employability, Travel Training and Food as appropriate. All pupils have either a work experience or part time Bridging the Gap placement.

Curriculum 2 is primarily for PMLD pupils and here students are offered a range of ASDAN Towards Independence units.

Bridging the Gap

For some of the most able KS5 placements this programme is available to provide real work placements in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University. Students work mostly independently for up to four day per week. On the fifth day they follow the Travel Training course and a range of other short, work related qualifications.

Work Experience

Our Work Experience programme is delivered by an external company (Safer Opportunities) and offers support to pupils not only with the finding of placements themselves, but also the theory work back at school. The ultimate goal is for the pupils to travel and attend these work placements on their own, but for some of who this is not a realistic goal, it offers the experience of a real life workplace.

Residentials
Residentials in the sixth form are the peak of the residential experience at Springfield. These residentials are often abroad and in recent years classes have visited Rome and Berlin.