Curriculum Rationale – KS3
Pupils enter the Secondary Department at Mayfield School as children and they will leave into KS4 as young adults. At Mayfield, pupils may remain on the same site from age 3-16 and therefore it is important they feel a sense of growth and change through their school life. Therefore in KS3 the focus is on helping pupils to become as independent as possible in order to help them fulfil their potential in later life and prepare them for adulthood. For some of our pupils this may mean getting a job or attending a course at the local college, for others it may mean pursuing an interest at a local day care service. Some pupils may eventually be able to live independently and so it is important that they develop a range of daily living and personal care skills alongside their academic education. These many skills can take a lot of practise for our pupils and therefore we start this as soon as possible once they are in the Secondary Department.
In order to develop these specific skills sets we have established a Pathways Model (see Curriculum Policy and Secondary Pathways document for more info) This is based on prior progress, achievement and our knowledge of the pupils’ individual needs, pupils will be grouped in terms of pathways – PMLD, Engagement, Independent Living, and Independent Learning. For all pathways there is an expectation that TIME will be given to make mistakes and problem solve as independently as possible, to focus on the steps of the process rather than the end product. For those on the Independent Learning pathway, specific exam skills sessions will be taught to prepare pupils for entry level examinations in KS4. The KS3 curriculum is a 3 Year lateral rolling programme which pupils can enter at any point and not have any repetition. This may be extended to a 5 year rolling programme for pupils on PMLD and Engagement Pathways. The new National Curriculum programmes have been considered to ensure appropriate breadth and learning objectives are taken from the Mayfield Assessment Curriculum which breaks down Year 1 ARE levels from MAC9- MAC13 after P levels.
Please see the PMLD, Sensory and Engagement Pathway Curriculum document for information for these pupils
Last Reviewed:September 2018