Freemantles School

Freemantles School

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Curriculum

Our aim is to provide an exciting and stimulating curriculum that will engage students in their learning and promote communication and understanding. We strive to challenge each individual to develop their own skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Freemantles has a separate Social Curriculum that enables us to address specific topics that our students can find difficult to understand and respond to appropriately. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for further details.

 

Primary

In the Primary Department at Freemantles, we follow topic based learning. The Early Years (Year R) class has a separate programme that enables staff to address specific areas of learning within the Early Years Goals. The remainer of the department, Years 1 to 6, follow a 3 year rolling programme. The topic based approach enables us to address some specific areas of learning e.g. English and computing. We aim to address learning with a cross curricula approach which engages children and helps them to build skills in learning and thinking, and also personal, emotional and social skills, enabling them to transfer knowledge and understanding to all areas.

Maths and Science are not always easy to incorporate into topics and will be sometimes be addressed separately. Within these subjects there are 2 different levels of learning. These are intended to be for each Key Stage, but are also dependent on each individual's readiness to access learning.

Please view the documents below for details of the topics covered in the Primary Department.

PDF icon Year R (Early Years)

Click the links below to see the 3 year rolling programme for Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1 to 6)

Year 1 of programme

Year 2 of programme

Year 3 of programme

Phonics and Reading Schemes

Across the primary department at Freemantles we use a wide range of schemes to teach phonics including Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Due to the way in which our students learn we provide a variety of activities to enable them to learn and apply their phonetic knowledge and understanding.

We follow a colour band reading system which encompasses a selection of different reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Sails, Reading 360, Dandelion Readers, Foundations, Sunshine Spirals, All Aboard, Storyworlds and Literacy Links Satellites. With these we aim to provide an assortment of different texts and literature which will encourage students to enjoy sharing and reading books.

Computing

To view more details about computing aspects of the curriculum in the primary department please click the links below.

PDF icon Computing - Key Stage 1

PDF icon Computing - Key Stage 2

 

Secondary

Key Stage 3

In Key stage 3 students are encouraged to build on skills learnt in Key stage 2 whilst continually developing the skills needed for the future. There is a particular focus on Social and communication skills considering Social context and personal and social development. Learning takes place both at school and in the community. All students cover a balanced and broadly based relevant curriculum according to their own needs.

All curriculum areas are covered through the use of topic based curriculum. We have a 3 year programme to cover different topic areas to avoid repetition of content although the learning of key skills will be continually revisited according to the students’ level of development.

Full details of the curriculum in Key Stage 3 can be viewed in the document below.

PDF icon Key Stage 3

To view the three year rolling programme for the Key Stage 3 curriculum, please click the link below.

3 year Rolling programme - Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

In Key stage 4 students are encouraged to build on skills learnt previously whilst continually developing the skills needed for the future. In addition to a continued focus on extending the social and communication skills developed in KS3; extending students’ understanding of social context and furthering their personal and social development, there is also a new focus on developing the skills students will need for further education, employment and adult life in recognition of their age.

All students cover a balanced and broadly based relevant curriculum according to their own needs and work towards a recognised portfolio qualification with the ASDAN, OCR or WJEC examination boards.

Full details of the curriculum in Key Stage 4 can be viewed in the document below.

PDF icon Key Stage 4

Further Education (Post-16)

For a brief overview of the curriculum in the Post 16 Department at Freemantles, please choose the link below.

PDF icon Post 16 Curriculum Summary

If you would like to view full details of the curriculum taught in the Post 16 Department, this can be found below.

PDF icon Post 16 Curriculum Full Details

For details of Post 16 Courses starting in 2017, please click below.

PDF icon Post 16 courses - 2017 entry

Computing

To view more details about computing aspects of the curriculum in the secondary department please click the links below.

PDF icon Computing - Key Stage 3

PDF icon Computing - Key Stage 4

 

How to find out more about the Curriculum at Freemantles

For more information on any aspect of our curriculum, please contact the school office in order to discuss with the relevant Assistant Headteacher.

 

Social Context Curriculum

In September 2012 the school introduced a new element to the timetable, the social context curriculum. It is a timetabled subject that can also be taught cross-curricular as opportunities arise.

PDF icon Social Context Curriculum

As an integral part of this curriculum we have put a post box in the school foyer where students can post any ideas, thoughts, questions, problems, worries, etc. The template that we have created for the students to write these on is below, or they can tell staff or parents what they would like to say and have it written for them. Other students may wish to write using a more usual letter format - that is fine too. All letters will be responded to in a way that helps the children understand social situations.

PDF icon Post box templates