Curriculum

Overview

Welcome to the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment section of the school website. At Maplewell, we have created a curriculum that is both broad and challenging, aspiring students to do the best they can. We deliver a range of subject areas and qualifications that best suit the needs of our students, complimented with a strong pastoral system that provides care and support throughout each students’ time at Maplewell. We balancing the importance of skills and knowledge in our curriculum.


Key Stage 3

The key stage 3 curriculum is a broad and subject-specific offer that provides students with a sound academic grounding as they approach their key stage 4 studies. The heavily weighted offer of 13 lessons out of a total of 24 of English, Maths, and Science illustrates the emphasis Maplewell places on academic and skills knowledge provision and achievement. The core academic offer is supported with additional academic subjects such as Humanities and RE and skills-based subject areas that pave the way for future related study.

The key stage 3 curriculum is a broad and subject-specific offer that provides students with a sound academic grounding as they approach their key stage 4 studies. The heavily weighted offer of 13 lessons out of a total of 24 of English, Maths, and Science illustrates the emphasis Maplewell places on academic and skills knowledge provision and achievement. The core academic offer is supported with additional academic subjects such as Humanities and RE and skills-based subject areas that pave the way for future related study.

The subject-specific nature of the key stage 3 curriculum reflects where the school is placed on the special school spectrum. Even though a very small number of students will struggle to access the subject-specific nature of our curriculum at year 7, the school’s mastery assessment includes essential soft skills, preparation for adulthoods skills and outcomes linked to students specific EHCP outcomes. Extensive pastoral support and expertise within the staff, ensures all students receive a broad and balanced curriculum offer without neglecting the need to develop independent learners.

The key stage 3 curriculum can be and is adapted for our more autistic students and those lacking in social and communication skills. Spanish and Preparation 4 Adulthood are typically two lessons that would give way for our newly planned ‘social’ lesson and our ‘drama therapy’ based P4A alternative. These are two adaptations that we believe help a number of our learners develop those soft and social skills to not only navigate our aspirational curriculum but the bumpy road we call life.

We enrich our curriculum by using our extensive woodland location. We deliver an outdoor education programme that all students access on numerous occasions throughout the school year. In addition, we offer a range of interventions, cultural days, PSHE related activities, Yoga, dance, and music in order to develop a more rounded individual.

Key Stage 4

The core curriculum in key stage 4 places emphasis on English and Maths. The two key subject areas for students moving forwards. They are supported by core PE, ICT, P4A, RE, and Science. The departments that deliver these subjects ensure that there is at least two and possibly 3 pathways Maplewell learners can travel along. This accommodates each level of the learner at Maplewell. GCSE is offered to our level 1/2 learners and a Gateway Education certificate or award for those students who find accessing the GCSE quite difficult. In addition, an entry-level option is available for our lower ability learners if required. Please have a look at our outcomes section to see how successful our learners have been over the last few years.

Each cohort of students are different and we do everything we can to accommodate the choices of our students. Two option blocks are annually created with a range of subject areas available to choose from. However, how we finalise our option block offer is very much determined by the cohort itself. The skills-based nature of our current year 11 cohort resulted in us narrowing the finalised offer and supplementing these subject areas with additional adults. For example, 4 members of staff are regularly assigned to the Duke of Edinburgh to enable students to experience the subject off-site, making full use of local landmarks and facilities. The demand for Art & Design and Hospitality within the year 10 students first and second choices meant that we have re-designed the option blocks into 3 so all students are able to access preferred choices. Another example of how as a school, we attempt to personalise and tailor our curriculum to suit our students.

Subjects available in our initial round of options include:
History, Geography, Citizenship, Spanish, Performing Arts, Sport, Art & Design, Hospitality, Interactive Media, Duke of Edinburgh, Engineering, Media Studies, Psychology, Level 1 Foundation Project.

Key Stage 5

The key stage 5 curriculum is designed to accommodate the three pathways our students travel upon. Each pathway is structured to provide the skills required to successfully transition from Maplewell into each student’s preferred area of study or employment.

Emphasis is still placed upon English and Maths and providing a core offering that assists in developing a well-grounded and independent learner who is being prepared for life outside of Maplewell. The departure lounge ethos of the K5 department re-enforces to students that when the time is right, its time to transition and move on.

The vocational studies Diploma is a qualification that offers both a variety of units that cover a number of subject areas. As a result, those subject areas above that are coloured in green all contribute to the vocational studies diploma. The Certificate in Progression will be achieved through our Preparation for Adulthood (P4A) programme and core ICT skills, which is designed to run in unit fashion just like the vocational studies diploma. This nature of study allows students and us as a school to tailor and personalise our curriculum to sit each student’s career needs.

Students travelling along the college pathway have access to two option blocks where they can pick and choose between a number of units offers that best suit the direction they wish to travel. Alternatively, in option block 1, they can choose to study the Duke of Edinburgh Silver award which is a valuable qualification in the eyes of most potential employers. College skills and employability enriches students ability to make an informed choice regarding their future. Transition time on the timetable provides students the opportunity to visit colleges, fine tune their independent travel kills, and complete a range of units that focus on learning to manage themselves beyond the comforting gates of Maplewell.

Students seeking employment opportunities are provided with a core offer of English, Maths, P4A, and ICT. Then, volunteering and work experience opportunities are taken up in areas of interest in order formulate a smooth and ascending transition process.

Those students that aren’t quite ready to prepare for departure spend time in the independence group, learning and developing those skills required to manage independently at home and in the community. It is then our intention to ensure an independence pathway student transitions onto the college or work pathway before departing Maplewell.