Pupils are in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. We deliver education to the children using an Early Years Curriculum and teaching approach. This means that children are encouraged to develop their skills and understanding through exploration and play. The classroom is structured with activities and resources which are changed on a regular cycle throughout the year. These cycles are planned to incorporate a topic and an appropriate Big Book which is used to motivate the children and support the 7 curriculum areas of;
- Communication and Language,
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design,
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
As a class we place an emphasis on communication and independence skills. It is important that we have high expectations for all our pupils and encourage them to communicate their wants and needs appropriately and be as independent as they possibly can be. We believe that by encouraging these skills in the early stages of their school life we are preparing them for their ongoing school life in Woodfield.
In our class we have two teachers (Vicki and Jane) who share the working week in the class. We also have three full-time Teaching Assistants and a MSA. The staff working in the class are focusing on Characteristics of Learning, these promote the skills of engagement, motivation and thinking in the children and adults working in the class.
Class 2 children are mostly in years 1 and 2. We start to extend on the learning the children have done in the Early Years Curriculum in Class 1. We begin to introduce more adult led group activities mostly centred around increasing communication and learning functional skills. We have a total communication approach in school and so we work on learning to say words, to use symbols and to use Makaton signing. We encourage turn taking exchanges in communication by doing short sessions of intensive interaction with our children. We also begin to work on self-care skills such as washing hands, washing faces, brushing hair and brushing teeth.
Class 2 are also working on peer relationships and playing turn taking games together. We have learnt some playground circle games and call and response games and have also played turn taking games within the classroom.
We do creative activities such as painting and papermache and in the summer term will engage in sand and water play. We have weekly PE sessions and weekly Swimming sessions. We are also beginning to explore the community in small highly supervised groups.
Class 3 are a dynamic and active class of 10 pupils who are Year 2 and Year 3 with a mixture of needs. In Class 3 we are learning many different important life skills through our lessons including preparing food, tidying up, organising and sorting, constructing sentences, going out in the community and using problem solving. Some pupils use individual work stations with TEACCH systems to help them develop their concentration and attention skills. Class 3 also learn through many different personalised mediums including Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, Sensory Circuits and self- regulation, Lego based mediums, Rebound, Yoga and Music Therapy. These personalised therapies are very important to the class.
Class 3 also love having fun as a group! You will often find us playing chase at playtimes or squealing with delight during a ‘Big Book’ as a giant bear is revealed!
Pupils are in year 3, 4 and 5 and range from the ages of 7-10. We follow a destination led curriculum which encompasses key skills from different subject areas focusing on a functional approach to learning.
In Class 4 we continue to develop our independent skills in all areas of the curriculum, this underpins everything we do. We learn to work on our own and with others to complete learning tasks based on counting, sorting, matching as well as reading based activities based on our story for the half term. We enjoy weekly pretend play sessions where we learn to pretend play or roleplay with our peers, take turns and work together to achieve a goal.
We continue to develop our self – help skills including brushing our teeth, getting undressed and dressed for PE and swimming. We learn functional skills in class as well as in the wider community, for example walking out in the community and visiting a local café, learning road safety and making choices and communicate our choices using our own individual communication systems. There is opportunity for our pupils to attend integration at a mainstream primary school where our pupils go and join in playing and working alongside the class.
Class 4 also enjoy active learning, and we love soft play sessions where we learn to take turns, play with our peers and practise our gross motor skills. Some of us love to start the day with physical activity and this helps get us ready to learn. We love our weekly cooking sessions where we learn cooking skills such as spreading, cutting and mixing and learn to find what we need and follow simple recipes. We work hard on being independent and learn to tidy away in the kitchen, wipe the tables and wash and dry up. We also thoroughly enjoy our creative based activities such as painting and collage; we have had great fun learning to work together on collaborative art projects. We love to join in music sessions playing and singing along with the ukulele as well as learning ‘Makaton signs’ to the songs!
In Class 5 we are currently all aged 8, 9 and 10 years old and are part of the ‘middle school’ at Woodfield. We continue as previous classes to further develop our independent skills and confidence through all areas of the curriculum, this underpins everything we do. Our teachers are very committed to the ‘destination – led’ learning ethos of our curriculum at Woodfield.
We develop our self – help skills including our own personal care routines which includes brushing our teeth, washing and putting on deodorant. We learn functional skills in class as well as in the wider community, for example walking out in the community to visit the park, learning road safety along the way. We learn to use and develop our own individual communication systems that support us through different activities throughout the school day. We look forward to integration twice a week with class 6, when a small group of pupils from two local mainstream school visit us and we get to learn to work collaboratively, playing and learning together having lots of fun!
Class 5 enjoy active learning, some of us love to start the day with physical activity and this helps to get us ready to learn. Some of us complete a sensory circuit in the ‘Zone’ to help us to self -regulate so we are able to learn effectively throughout the school day. Big book is one of our favourite sessions, sharing a story together, learning new vocabulary, learning to respond to questions and make comment about the story. We particularly like to dress up as the ‘big book’ characters and role-play the story. We love our weekly cooking sessions in the ‘Cookery room’ where we learn to be independent in cooking skills such as spreading, peeling, cutting and mixing, as well as mathematical skills such as counting, reading and listening skills, such as reading simple recipes and following simple instructions. We work hard on being independent and learn to tidy away in the cookery room, wipe the tables and wash and dry up, which will help us be more independent as we grow. We also thoroughly enjoy our creative based activities such as photography, collage and painting; we have had great fun learning to work together on collaborative art projects. We love to join in music sessions playing and singing along with the ukulele as well as learning ‘Makaton signs’ to songs!
Class 6 is made up of 11 pupils and 4 TA’s. We focus on enhancing independent in our daily lives; this includes learning to communicate appropriately, use money and accessing the local community. We are currently reading Harry Potter for our class story and learning to describe our favourite characters. Pupils take part in a weekly cooking lesson learning to develop keys skills such as cutting, grating, peeling and learning to use the microwave and oven safety.
Some of our pupils work with the Work Related Team to take part in café skills lessons and the charity shop. As part of our relationships work, we take part in a weekly session with two different mainstream school groups as part of integration sessions in which we learn to work with others and develop our social skills.
Class 7 are a mixed Key Stage 3 and 4 class (years 8 to 11), consisting of 11 pupils and 3 TAs with an MSA working with us at lunch time. We follow a destination led learning curriculum (to prepare for our future). We have lots of fun with our learning and enjoy opportunities to get out and about in the community. We regularly visit the shops to practise using money and take part in community based activities. We focus on independence and learning the skills needed to live as independently as possible. We take part in weekly integration with students at West Herts College, to give us a sense of what’s ahead of us if we should choose to go to college in the future. Some pupils take part in work based activates in which they learn about Café skills and take part in learning to prepare food and serve our paying customers at our magnificent Pop Up Cafes.
We are class 8 we have 9 pupils and 5 TAs. Our teacher is Susie. We really enjoy our time together in school, learning about lots of different things. Class 8 is mainly a KS3 and 4 class although one of our pupils is in KS5. In our class there is a strong emphasis on developing our mobility skills which we do through our Me and My physical Development part of the curriculum and interventions such as MOVE and Rebound therapy. We also have a very strong focus on our commination skills. We use a variety of communication systems including both visual and auditory scanning PODD books.
In Class 8 we follow a destination led learning curriculum (to prepare for our future) and work towards becoming more independent in our everyday life. Sometimes we work together; sometimes we work on our own. We build on the work achieved by the in the primary part of the school and transfer these skills into preparing us for life in our 14 to 19 class and beyond.
In 14-19 students are in years 12, 13 & 14. We follow a Curriculum for Adulthood which embraces the skills students need as they prepare for life after Woodfield. We concentrate on 6 curriculum areas which are Me & My Functional Skills; Me & My Relationships; Me & My Sport & Leisure; Me & My Future; Me & My Community and Me & My Independent Life.
Much of our time is spent in the community where we develop the skills needed for everyday living. Students in post 16 work with the Work Related Learning team in order to acquire the skills needed to function in the work place and there is travel training for students who can access it. Our Young Enterprise business helps students to develop skills for working life, and our pop up cafés and coffee shop provide further opportunities. We learn to look after the community as part of outdoor learning. We learn about college and have visits as we prepare for next steps.
We are the Enterprise Group and we are six students aged from 13 to 19. We focus on preparing for adulthood and our next step after school. All of our emphasis is on work related learning.
Between us we work in different parts of the school to increase our independence and confidence. We work in the Woodfield Coffee Shop, the Woodfield Charity Shop, we run the Young Enterprise company selling arts and crafts we have made, and also by running a staff lunch service. As part of Café Skills, we prepare breakfast sandwiches and host Pop-Up Café. We even work outside of school through the supported internship programme.
In our ‘down time’, we like singing in the school choir, keep fit sessions in class, listening to our favourite bands and both enjoying each other’s company and our own.