The curriculum at Sheringham Woodfields School is organised to meet the needs of the pupils. We deliver a curriculum that is broad based, differentiated, relevant to the pupils it caters for and, at the same time, sufficiently challenging. A range of teaching approaches are used depending on the subject and the pupils. We seek to involve the pupils as active participants in their own learning. The school also provides a curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our pupils as well as their intellectual and physical development.
We believe that high quality Early Years and KS1 Education makes a positive contribution to childrenâ€™s early development, enabling them to build on this foundation throughout their lives, so providing a sound basis for lifelong learning. We are committed to ensuring that each child has the opportunity to access a broad, high quality inclusive early years curriculum, which encompasses all areas of learning through stimulating and varied topic work and recognises the values of childhood.
Pupils are taught in their appropriate Key Stage. They follow the National Curriculum, but with differentiated tasks and learning outcomes. Visiting professionals, e.g. physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, teachers for the hearing impaired and visually impaired, are also involved in developing the programmes designed to support our pupils with complex needs.
Pupils aged 14-19 follow courses that are acknowledged nationally and for which they receive external accreditation for their achievements. We work in partnership with other providers to offer a wide range of courses, to ensure choice and challenge.
We also use the ASDAN Transition Challenge for pupils at Key Stage 4. This programme is underpinned by the National Curriculum and gives students opportunity to receive external accreditation for their work at an appropriate level.
Every effort is made to secure a rich range of learning experiences for all pupils. We divide our terms up to provide â€˜celebrationâ€™ days filled with extended learning opportunities, often out in the community, and focusing on the development of the individual, developing key skills of communication, problem solving and working with others through fun activities. It is difficult for many of our pupils to stay for after school activities, so we offer a limited range, but do provide many extension clubs at lunchtimes for all pupils. There are also opportunities for residential and extended visits.
The curriculum ensures pupils develop to become as independent as possible. Staff support pupils in learning to make choices in order that they have some control over their lives. Problem solving activities are encouraged so that the pupil can take an active part in their own learning. They build their self-esteem and confidence. We value our links with the local primary and secondary schools.