Fiveways School Curriculum

Meeting the needs of pupils within a richly imaginative, creative, exciting, inspiring, challenging, fun & dynamic Curriculum.

“The school offers a wide range of learning opportunities and as a result, pupils love coming to school. Pupils are enthusiastic about their learning and are very keen to share their experiences.”  Outstanding Ofsted July 2014


At Fiveways School we are totally committed to the development of our pupils, to offer them the best start to their formal education - an education that is rich in opportunities & experiences; one that positively influences & ensures lifelong learning,  broadening the aspirations, values & opportunities for every child as they grow & develop.

The curriculum forms the basis for the learning & experiences our pupils enjoy during their time at Fiveways School. To us, our school curriculum goes far beyond the required elements of the National Curriculum, its strategies & frameworks, & involves richly imaginative, creative, exciting, inspiring, challenging, fun & dynamic opportunities, with the development of communication skills at the core. As a specialist school for Communication and Interaction this enables teachers and Speech and Language therapists to work collaboratively - bringing the two disciplines together in new and innovative ways. This significantly impacts on their communication skills, pupil voice, and the development of personal autonomy.

Our curriculum uses the national frameworks to ensure that every child has opportunities to develop the key learning steps defined within that documentation, but our curriculum provides a much more expansive approach to its delivery that ensures pupils receive experiences & opportunities to develop their knowledge, acquire new skills & attributes in ways that will guarantee that learning is relevant.  Our curriculum effectively promotes pupils' holistic development, enhances their self-esteem, & enables them to celebrate & feel pride in achievement gained from the acquisition of new skills, & a desire to succeed.

At Fiveways School, we recognise that there are pupils of widely different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the pupil. We achieve this by:

Pupils of all abilities have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, through planned progression throughout their school career, and by offering them an increasing challenge as they move up through each key stage.

We deliver a curriculum which provides:


Early Years Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

Our EYFS classes have adapted & developed the curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which include the 3 Prime Areas of Learning:-   Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Physical Development; & the 4 Specific Areas of Learning:-  Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World, & Expressive Arts & Design.

We recognise that young children are active learners & they learn through all their senses, through exploration, investigation, experimentation, listening & watching as well as through play. It is important that the pupils have opportunities to interpret their environment, learning to make choices for themselves & to grow in confidence, understanding their value within the school community.

GEMS class provides a warm welcome to new children and their families, and the provision includes:
• Liaison with home before the child starts school
• A supportive atmosphere of encouragement, warmth and fun
• A thorough assessment of each child's needs leading to an Individual Education Plan with clear learning objectives, teaching activities and levels of support
• A small-steps Early Years Curriculum focusing on communication, personal and social skills, supported by a wide range of augmented systems
• A stimulating and well-resourced learning : environment including a safe outside play area
• A multi-professional approach to supporting children and their families and a high staff: pupil ratio within the classroom
• Ongoing regular contact with and support to parents



By BUTTONS class & Class 1 PEBBLES, the transition is being made from EYFS to main school curriculum including core areas such as Communication, Language & literacy, Maths, Science & ICT; & also Humanities & RE, PSHE & Creative Arts

BUTTONS Class, & classes 1 & 2 are the class bases for children in Years 1 - 6, who will spend most of their time working in their class group, although they may link and mix with other classes for some activities, such as Communication groups. The main features of the curriculum at Key Stage 1 & 2 include:

• Continued emphasis on developing of communication, personal & social skills
• Regular opportunities to practise basic literacy and numeracy skills
• Individual learning targets, regularly reviewed
• Structured routines and systems to support learning
• Planned strategies to motivate and reward children's efforts and achievements
• Staffing levels and expertise matched to children's needs
• A broad and lively range of activities planned around a carefully constructed Curriculum Rolling Programme incorporating all the subjects of the National Curriculum
• Links with mainstream schools
• Regular educational & offsite visits



To enable Fiveways School to deliver a meaningful curriculum to our senior pupils the Classes 3, 4 & 5 provide for Years 7 -11, & pupils are grouped flexibly, across these two classes. This organisation allows pupils to work with a range of other pupils, students & adults, and thereby to develop their interpersonal skills. In addition to building on the main features of the primary curriculum, an age-appropriate curriculum is offered through which pupils can continue to learn new skills whilst maintaining & generalising existing ones.

The following features are included:


KEY STAGES 5 -6th Form

The design and implementation of the Key Stage 5, 6th Form Curriculum is geared towards developing the students’ skills towards independence, encouraging them to develop a responsible adult view of themselves and their environment, appropriate to their age and abilities, thus enabling them to make the transition beyond school with confidence.

The key stage 5, 6th Form curriculum offers a flexible, age-appropriate framework for students that will enable further steps towards maturity and independence, continuing to develop the personal qualities, abilities, interests and confidence which will enable students to take advantage of the opportunities of adult life.  In some cases the curriculum can be constructed to meet the particular needs of students, where work experience placements transition visits, physiotherapy or communication needs, are more beneficial to personal development than the school activities. It builds upon the students' achievements and experiences gained throughout the school and in particular at key stage 4. Accreditation is currently awarded via ASDAN’s Personal Progress Qualification (PPQ), Towards independence (TI), and Transition Challenge (TC). These units of work and modules fully support the learning needs of our students giving real meaning to the awards presented at our Senior Presentation Evening held each year. The 6th Form covers  areas of the curriculum as follows:- Functional Key Skills, Understanding Of The Wider World, Life & Living Skills, Sport, Leisure & Recreation, Creative Arts & Media ,  & Work-Related Learning & Vocational .
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