CURRICULUM

Intent

Our curriculum is designed to re-engage our students with learning and provide each student the opportunity to be successful and move on to the next stage of their education and training.

The curriculum is wholistic and blends broad and balanced academic & vocational timetable driven by the national curriculum with the therapeutic and pastoral support required by our students.

It provides both academic and vocational pathways for learning designed to meet the individual students starting points, academic needs and supports their individual social, emotional and mental health needs developing their resilience and providing access to suitable qualifications pitched at an appropriate level to enable them to transition and cope with the challenges of further education, apprenticeships or training.

To achieve these aims, our teaching, learning support, pastoral and therapy/health teams work closely together to ensure each students needs are met and to provide opportunities for success based on each individuals start point at New Forest School.

Implementation

KS2 Curriculum Overview

Our Key stage 2 curriculum is topic based. Student’s learning in each area of the curriculum is organised into ‘topics’. Each half term, there is a cross curricular class theme and many of curricular subjects are linked to this ‘topic’.

Where appropriate and relevant the timetable can be suspended for a half day, full day or exceptionally a week to allow for focused work on a specific topic or area – for example ‘Space Week’ where we linked the curriculum work in all subjects to British Astronaut Tim Peake’s historic mission to the International Space Station.

1:1 Support

Where required, students are able to receive 1:1 tuition/support for specific curriculum subjects. They may also be withdrawn from certain lessons for 1:1 therapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy as their individual needs dictate.

Lesson weighting

5 x Literacy
5 x Numeracy
2 x Science (Double Lesson)
2 x Topic work (Humanities)
2 x Outdoor Education (Double lesson)
2 x PE (Double lesson)
2 x Computing (Double lesson)
2 x MFL
2 x Farm Studies (Double lesson)
2 x Art & Design (Double lesson)
1 x ILP
1 x PSHE
1 x Music
2 x Food Tech (Double lesson on alternate weeks)
1 x Circle Time (First lesson Monday)
1 x Tutor/Golden Time (Last lesson Friday)

KS3 Curriculum Overview

Our Key stage 3 curriculum allows all students study the full national curriculum. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses and ensure that courses are varied and suited to the talents and aspirations of all our students.

Where appropriate and relevant the timetable can be suspended for a half day, full day or exceptionally a week to allow for focused work on a specific topic or area – for example ‘Space Week’ where we linked the curriculum work in all subjects to British Astronaut Tim Peake’s historic mission to the International Space Station.

1:1 Support

Where required, students are able to receive 1:1 tuition/support for specific curriculum subjects. They may also be withdrawn from certain lessons for 1:1 therapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy as their individual needs dictate.

Lesson weighting

5 x English
5 x Maths
3 x Science (1 x Double Lesson, 1 x single)
1 x History
1 x Geography
1 x RE
1 x PSHE
1 x Careers
2 x Outdoor Education (Double lesson)
2 x PE (Double lesson)
2 x Computing
2 x MFL
2 x Farm Studies (Double lesson – alternate weeks)
2 x Art & Design (Double lesson)
2 x Design & Technology
1 x Music
2 x Food Tech (Double lesson)

KS4 Curriculum Overview

Our Key stage 4 curriculum allows all students study the full national curriculum. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses and ensure that courses are varied and suited to the talents and aspirations of all our students.

We have the flexibility to be bespoke with the the subjects/courses studied by individual students will depend upon their prior experience/knowledge, level of ability and career/educational aspirations.

1:1 Support

Where required, students are able to receive 1:1 tuition/support for specific curriculum subjects. They may also be withdrawn from certain lessons for 1:1 therapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy as their individual needs dictate.

Examination Courses Available

English – GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level
Maths – GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level
Further Maths – GCSE
Science – GCSE (Combined, Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
ICT – GCSE, Cambridge Nationals, Functional Skills, Entry Level
Computing – GCSE
Geography – GCSE
History – GCSE
RE – GCSE
Art & Design – GCSE
Catering – GCSE
PE – GCSE
Animal Care – BTEC
Horticulture – BTEC
Spanish – GCSE

Enrichment Activities

Music
Food Technology
PE
Outdoor Education

Bespoke Requirements

New Forest School will endeavour to provide courses not listed where a particular need arises – for example our students have undertaken French and Russian GCSE where prior experience and ability highlighted a need.

Careers Advice

All Key Stage 4 students receive individualised support and careers advice to aid their progression into further education or career/training pathways.