Fairmead School

Making memories

Key Stage 4

Curriculum Intent

To create a curriculum that supports students on their journey to becoming successful and confident adults who understand and are able to maximise their own potential.

Students  will develop independence skills which allow them to progress successfully into further study, work and independent living, in line with the Preparation for Adulthood agenda. Students, and their families, will have high expectations of the meaningful roles they will have within their local communities that enable them to have meaningful and fulfilling adult lives.


Curriculum Design

The curriculum will be based around the experiential learning which gives the students the skills and confidence they will need as they move towards successful adult lives. Developing skills that will allow them to be successful alongside carefully chosen qualifications that complement the curriculum.

The curriculum will include:


Young Enterprise- Students will follow a recognised programme, which for 2020/21 will also form their main piece of certification. Through the programme the students set up and run a business whilst learning the skills needed to be successful, including communication, team work, budgeting, sales and marketing, production and administration. Students will develop their resilience as they experience the trials and tribulations of working together to run their own business, producing adverts, entering competitions and attending sales events.


Independent Living Skills- Students will develop skills and confidence in household and community based tasks including cooking, cleaning, washing, bed making, shopping, road safety, budgeting and travelling  in the community. Progress towards these tasks will be monitored through individual tracking sheets where students are tracked in their progress and level of independence in these tasks. Activities can be differentiated to meet individual need.


Out and About- Students will have the opportunity to access the local community to carry out tasks that will build their personal confidence and will support other subjects and staff in everyday activities. Activities might include visiting local shops, banks, post offices, leisure facilities, cafés and local colleges. Students will have a job list which they will have to manage on a weekly basis that will be given by staff members each week. This session is unpredictable by design which allows students to build strategies towards managing less predictable situations and develop time management skills. In addition students will travel mostly on foot to build their stamina and fitness as well as their road awareness.


Horticulture- Students will take part in horticulture tasks, supported by the school governors, both on the school site and at the school allotment to grow plants and vegetables that can be used to enrich the school environment and within cooking activities. Students will also learn about growing cycles and seasonality of produce. Through the activities students will also develop their team work and communication skills.


English and Maths- Students will have discreet sessions of English and Maths where they will focus on core skills with these skills also being embedded into the rest of the students programme. Students will follow a Function Skills Curriculum with the opportunity to sit Function Skills exams or unitised awards as they make progress towards these skills.


Fit for the Day- This will include group activities that develop fitness and wellbeing that prepare students for their day of learning and develop activities that they could continue beyond school.


Careers and World of Work- As a core pillar with the Preparation for Adulthood strategy careers will be delivered to the group each week allowing them to focus on their next educational steps as they work towards a working future. Students have the opportunity to meet employers and gain insight into different areas of work to build their aspirations and explore their own skills and qualities as the plan their next steps towards their chosen field of work.


The World Around Us- Allowing students to understand themselves and their places in their local community is the key for this part of the curriculum. The students work through topics including understanding myself, my community, my village, my town, my county, my country and the wider world. Students will develop self esteem through a better understanding of themselves and their place in the wider world.


Hobbies and Interests- Added to the curriculum for 2020/21 this part of the curriculum acts to investigate a range of hobbies and interest that students can engage with at school and beyond in their lives beyond Fairmead. Students will have the opportunity to try out and learn about different activities with their peers.


Get Active/Yeovil College Gym- Visits to Yeovil College gym to work with the sports students has been an important piece of transition work for a number of years. Whilst developing the students fitness it also provides the opportunity to experience a new environment and work with mainstream peers.


Relationship and Sex Education- This piece of curriculum develops students understanding of safe and healthy relationships, managing and understanding emotions and dealing with difficult situations. Students understanding of their own and others emotions is a EHCP target for a number of students and this session provides focused time to address this area of need.


Using Technology- Within this session students have the opportunity to build their skills and confidence using a range of different technologies including computes, mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. Assistive technologies will be key for a number of students future independence and this session will provide an opportunity to develop this skill set.


Goal Setting and Tracking- Student will have individual goals set in line with EHCP targets that are able to be addressed at the end of each day with their peers. This will develop individual responsibility and peer support around these individual goals. This daily tracking of individual goals will enable progress to be monitored closely so we can ensure goals are meaningful and offer sufficient challenge. Achievement of goals will then be celebrated to build confidence and self-esteem.