Curriculum, Assessment & Accreditation
We provide a holistic curriculum which embraces pupil’s own individual learning needs to ensure that each pupil will meet their full potential academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
The Main School Curriculum
Newfield aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is tailored to suit the learning style of individuals.
All pupils have individual targets relating to their EHCP and these are taught through 1-1 and small group and whole class teaching opportunities. In addition, pupils may access developmental curriculums or specific interventions to enhance learning. For example; MOVE programme or sensory diets. We are committed to providing activities which actively support the development of the cultural, social and mental well being of all our pupils. We are a Rights Respecting School and this ethos encompasses all of what we do.
Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS
In the Early Years, pupils follow a creative curriculum with the focus on learning through play. Fun and exciting practical activities are planned within the continuous provision which encourage pupils to explore their environment and express their interests / needs.
Pupils in Key Stages 1 – 4 follow all of the National Curriculum subjects which are taught at a level that is appropriate to each individual. These are delivered through a stimulating thematic approach with the focus on developing new skills.
Some subjects are taught discretely in addition to being taught within the themes. This means that pupils have the opportunity to learn specific skills (eg reading, number concepts) in a structured approach before applying and generalising these skills in different lessons.
Students in the Post 16 department, apply the skills and knowledge that they have learned to real life situations in preparation for adulthood.
Students are provided with opportunities to develop their independence through practical life skills such as shopping, travelling in the community and preparing their own meals. They also have the opportunity to participate in work experience if appropriate.
The curriculum is designed around individual needs and their aspirations for the future.
Curriculum Enrichment Opportunities
We also offer a varied programme of special events to enrich the learning opportunities for all of our pupils.
These include :-
- Themed Days eg Languages Day
- Charity events eg Children in Need, Jeans for Genes Day
- Educational Visits eg farm, seaside
- School performances
- Lunchtime clubs eg choir
- Arts Award
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Links with other schools and colleges.
The Whole Curriculum
The school offers a curriculum which covers the National Curriculum (see school curriculum pages) and a programme of enrichment to ensure each learner has a rich, varied and interesting school experience.
For our learners at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 there are a variety of accreditation routes open to them (see accreditation)
At Newfield School each learner has an assessment profile made up of a range of assessment tools that are relevant to their needs and abilities.
This is carefully matched to each individual learners long term outcomes on their Education Health and Care Plan and is tracked on a termly basis by their teachers to monitor progress.
The personalised nature of assessment means that each learner can then access a curriculum which has been developed according to their specific needs and abilities. Teachers strive to incorporate the specific interests of learners into lessons and individual activities to capture the attention and interest of that learner. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress on a termly basis.