Doubletrees School Curriculum - What is our curriculum design and why?
Our curriculum is designed to ensure our learners achieve their full potential, are able to communicate their needs, knowledge, choices and aspirations and enjoy their school experience. We value each learner highly as individuals and aim to personalise all their learning experiences as much as possible. We do this by using both their EHCPs and the National curriculum, which is adapted as necessary to enable the learners to access it, whatever their needs.
Our learners broadly follow three different curriculum pathways:
- Learning to learn - Our pre-formal learning pathway
- Bridging to learn – our semi-formal learning pathway
- Ready to learn – Our formal learning pathway.
Further details of the learning pathways are available in the Learning Pathways document.
How will we teach it?
Our ethos and values continue to underpin our curriculum. We take a mastery approach to all learning, first teaching discrete skills, then offering increasing opportunities to rehearse and embed these across different contexts so that the learning becomes generalised and lifelong, before we move on to the next steps.
Our learners progress through the following phases of school, each of which is accompanied by a long term rolling scheme of work:
Within each phase, there are classes that follow one of our three learning pathways.
The long-term schemes of work are included below. Where relevant, the National Curriculum outcomes are included. This is to give focus to the purpose of learning and offer aspirational endpoints. Though most of our learners work below age related expectations, their learning may be ‘spikey’ and these are included as our learners may access some aspects of these. It enables us to offer a broad and balance curriculum where we aim to use termly themes to inspire and enthuse our learners in their learning.
More information on our personalised learning approaches are contained in our curriculum overview document, which explains how we adapt to suit various learning styles, cohorts and needs.
Doubletrees School welcomes the opportunity to work with parents, members of the local community and other agencies. We endeavour to provide all pupils with appropriate extended enrichment opportunities and encouragement to participate, achieve and enjoy their learning.
Please click on the Green box to your right, to gain more details on our subject based curriculum designs and rationales.
What do we aim to achieve?
As our learners continue on their journey through the school we increase the focus on developing life skills and independence, enriching the learning with real life, contextual experiences as we prepare our learners to be able to access the wider world and achieve their full potential. Accreditations and qualifications are offered to all learners at key stages 4 and 5.
- We have two classes in our EYFS phase – The Oak class and the Juniper class. This contains learners up to year 2. Following their time in the EYFS phase, learners are then placed on the most suitable pathway for their continued school journey.
Key stages 1& 2 – years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
- The Holly class is one of our Key stage 1 & 2 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Bridging to Learn pathway.
- The Cedar class is one of our key stage 1&2 classes, The learners here mostly follow our Ready to Learn pathway.
- The Rowan class is one of our key stage 1&2 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Learning to Learn pathway.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 & 9
- The Willow class is one of our key stage 3 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Bridging to learn pathway.
- The Maple class is one of our key stage 3 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Ready to Learn pathway.
- The Apple class is one of our key stage 3 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Learning to Learn pathway.
Key Stage 4 & 5 – years 10,11, 12,12 & 14
- The Redwood class is one of our key stage 4&5 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Learning to learn pathway.
- The Cherry class in one of our key stage 4&5 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Ready to learn pathway.
- The Elm class is one of our key stage 4&5 classes. The learners here mostly follow our Bridging to learn pathway.
Do you want more information on our curriculum?
Please do not hesitate to contact the school and ask to speak to a member of our senior leadership team who will be happy to answer any further queries you may have.