Curriculum

Curriculum

Tutor Tree September 2017
September School Day 2017
Qualifications and Awards 2017-18 Booklet


Welcome to The Springfields Academy curriculum area.

The Springfields Academy continues to provide an environment in which the development and growth of the whole person is encouraged. Meeting the needs of today, and focusing on the future, we deliver the highest possible standards in curriculum and communication, all centred on our core focus of the individual child. Students are encouraged and supported to develop all their talents; academically, imaginatively, physically, emotionally and socially. Our aim is for students to grow into young people who contribute positively to the different communities they become part of and to become effective learners, beyond, as well as, in the classroom.

Our curriculum is based around 3 core areas: literacy, numeracy and life skills, as these form the foundation of an independent, fulfilling and successful life. In addition, students are given the opportunity to study a host of subjects, for example science, art, computer science, humanities, physical education, as well as vocational subjects that help future employment. As personalisation is at the heart of the academy, many individuals will also have the opportunity to follow bespoke programmes e.g. D of E, Canoeing, Climbing or Animal Care. We are fortunate to have a range of vocational based facilities to help prepare our young people for the world or work, covering vehicle mechanics, catering and hair and beauty. All teachers at The Springfields Academy are committed to providing exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons, which meet the needs of all our young people and enable them to succeed at school and in life. We are ambitious with our curriculum, as we have high aspirations for all of our pupils, but we appreciate that every child is different and has their own challenges to work through.
Please take a look at the curriculum booklet for the year ahead to understand more about the curriculum opportunities and qualifications that are on offer to our young people.

Michelle Reysenn, Assistant Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Pupil Progress


Key Stage 2/3

Since January 2016, our curriculum model has changed. Previously, we had three classes in KS2 and these classes were taught by specialist primary teachers. From January, this primary (or SEND) model of teaching was implemented into KS3 for five more classes in years 7 and 8. The aim is to reduce transitions around the site and to reduce pupil anxiety as they will be based in one classroom with the same teacher for most of the time. All pupils in years 7 and 8 now follow the ‘Trail Blazers’ curriculum, in which their teacher/ tutor will teach them literacy, numeracy, humanities, PSD, art and ICT. The pupils will then go to specialist staff for their science, LOTC and PE lessons. As a result, we have introduced a new assessment system in some subjects and are no longer using National Curriculum Levels at KS2 and 3 in core subjects.

Please refer to the Tutor/ Teacher Class Tree for more information.

Michelle Perrett, Head of KS2/3


Key Stage 4

At Springfields, we want all pupils to experience a broad and balanced curriculum which will allow them to develop their skills and knowledge and enable them to be successful in whatever they choose to do. However, we also feel pupils should be able to personalise their choices according to their needs, interests and goals. Choosing options for Key Stage 4 holds much significance for pupils and it is a process that we take very seriously.

  • At KS4, these are the mandatory subjects that pupils study: English, Maths, PE, Science, PSD and ICT. (Occasionally, due to personalised programmes, not all pupils study science).
  • Pupils can then choose two additional subjects from a range of options, including: Outdoor Education, Additional ICT/ Computer Science, BTEC or GCSE Sport, Art, Humanities (Geography and/ or History), Catering, Motor Vehicles, Construction, and Hair and Beauty. We are privileged to have our own vocational learning centre on site with remarkable facilities for our pupils to access.
  • Pupils who follow the Life Skills Curriculum at KS4, focus their learning on literacy, numeracy, PE, their option choices, as well as spending a day a week at Lackham College.

In addition, at Key Stage 4, pupils have the chance to experience Work Skills, Careers, Farming, or if appropriate, they spend a day a week at one of the Wiltshire College campuses.
Please click on the information below to learn more about the options available for 2015-16.

Qualifications Fields 2016-17