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Curriculum Statement

The Kingfisher Curriculum is a flexible, skills based framework designed to accommodate the different learning needs of our young people. It is framed within six key areas of learning, to which the subjects of the National Curriculum have been assigned. The following table illustrates how the areas of learning incorporate different curricular strands.

Key Areas of Learning

Curriculum strands known as Learning Journeys

Communication Language and Literacy



Independent life skills


Keeping myself safe


Personal care

Physical Development


PE & Games




Occupational therapy

Problem Solving and Reasoning



Knowledge and Experience of the World






Creative and Leisure

Art and design

Design and technology

























The skills based Areas of Learning have a developmental and progressive list of skills and learning objectives which provide a scaffold for the learning experiences of our young people. They inform our planning and are delivered though a topic based long term plan

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage follows the New Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning, 3 being prime areas and 4 being specific. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. All areas are differentiated according to the children’s individual needs

Foundation Learning Curriculum

The Foundation Learning Curriculum has been designed to give students at Post 16 meaningful learning opportunities which will enable them to develop the skills they need for adult life.

The curriculum is divided into four strands; Functional Skills, Life and Living Skills, Vocational Studies and Leisure and Recreation. Physical skills are embedded into every area of the curriculum. Each student will work on a personalised programme from a suite of topics. These topics are accredited through the Personal Progress Qualification and students gain a Certificate or a Diploma in the Personal Progress Qualification at the end of their course. Other accreditation is offered when felt appropriate including the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Arts Award.

Recognising the very different needs of students at Post 16, Kingfisher school has developed two pathways, the Life Skills Pathway and the Independence Pathway. Students may focus on one or aspects of both pathways depending on their needs. The Independence Pathway has been especially developed recognising the unique qualities of students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, however both pathways have, at their core, communication and independence and many of our students benefit from aspects of the sensory based Independence Pathway.

Life Skills Pathway

The Life Skills Pathway enables students to develop functional skills in a range of situations both in school and out in the community. Social communication and independence are the core of the curriculum in which students are encouraged to make choices, given time to complete tasks, encouraged to put forward their views ,  problem solve and to keep safe. At post 16 students are given many opportunities to generalise the skills that they already have.

Independence Pathway

Staff at Kingfisher school recognise that teaching students with profound and multiple learning disabilities requires a specialised curriculum tailored towards each student’s individual needs. Communication is the starting point for the curriculum and a total communication approach is used consisting of speech, sign, gesture, facial expression, body language, objects of reference, symbols and photographs.

A multi-sensory environment and curriculum is devised to provide opportunities to stimulate the visual, tactile, gustatory, olfactory and kinaesthetic senses of each student based around everyday themes for example ‘the seasons ‘or ‘people who help me’. Each theme is specifically aimed at providing relevant and real life experiences for the students.