The Woodlands Curriculum

 
Our curriculum is based on extensive research and examples of outstanding practice from similar schools throughout Britain. It is skill and context based and encourages active engagement in learning for all pupils. The curriculum encompasses our core learning values of independence and interdependence where learning for life is fun. It focuses on developing the key skills of communication, cognition, independence, physical development and self care. These are all transferable skills that will equip our young people for life beyond school.

Our curriculum is enhanced by exceptional care, support and guidance delivered in a safe and nurturing environment.
 
Our curriculum strives to be responsive to each pupil, building on individual strengths and interests.
 
We strive to develop stimulating learning environments outside the confines of the classroom, promoting learning through positive outdoor experiences and play.
 
Children aged 3-7 follow the  Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
 
Pupils aged 8 – 19 are provided with three curriculum pathways:

  • Informal (PMLD) – a curriculum which is specifically designed to meet their needs in connecting and responding
  • Semi-Formal (SLD) – a highly stimulating curriculum promoting life skills
  • Formal (SLD++) – an adapted National Curriculum emphasising life skill


A flexible thematic plan supports a balance of stimulating contexts up to the end of Key Stage 3.

At Key Stage 4 and Post 16, students prepare for external accreditation within the Asdan Foundation Learning and Preparatory Programmes. These include Personal progress; Towards Independence; Transition Challenge and Personal and Social Development.