The Woodlands Academy Curriculum provides a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an in depth knowledge of each individual student, and how they learn. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the students in our school. The majority of our Formal learners are working at levels that can be related to the National Curriculum performance expectations.
The formal curriculum recognises that students have a range of needs and requires access to specialist provision which is made available through a carefully planned curriculum, for example bespoke Social Communication sessions. The curriculum is designed to provide adequate time for practice to embed the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills. Planning ensures that communication, reading, writing numeracy and social skills are embedded throughout the curriculum. Our emphasis on ‘learning through’ other subject areas allows pupils to transfer skills, for example horticulture to transfer numeracy problem solving skills as well as working with others and developing independence. Staff teams identify students who might be falling behind and look at how any issues can be addressed e.g. use of an intervention, pastoral involvement etc. Thinking and Problem Solving is fundamental for our students, it is not taught as an isolated scheme of work, but in everything we do and all learning should be regarded as an opportunity for thinking and problem solving.
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