The curriculum at Woodlands aims to develop each individual to reach their full potential with a broad and balanced curriculum with a particular focus on literacy and communication, numeracy, personal development and life skills. Our school provides a Values-based curriculum experience. This means that we promote and teach a set of values to our pupils that will ensure they develop the skills to be good citizens in the future. In doing so, we are committed to meeting their complex and diverse needs. 


We support our curriculum with a set of principles (5C’s) that are woven into teaching and learning in order to develop improved social and emotional skills that will positively affect behaviour. 

  • Confidence 
  • Challenge  
  • Curiosity 
  • Character 
  • Creativity 


These values are underpinned by our 3 Golden Rules of behaviour: 

  • At Woodlands we are kind and respectful to each other. 
  • At Woodlands we engage in our learning. 
  • At Woodlands we take pride in our environment. 


The curriculum aims to provide our pupils with the knowledge, skills and experiences required to live as independently as possible, taking into account the needs and challenges of each individual, we aim to provide quality learning experiences and the cultural capital required for our pupils to develop as individuals, ready to face the challenges of the next stage of their lives with confidence. We take a holistic approach to developing the whole person.  

Our curriculum is organised into 3 pathways to support the specific needs of the pupils. 

At Woodlands Academy, we do not have a dedicated EYFS class, but we do have provision for pupils working at a level analogous to EYFS and therefore can offer provision to EYFS pupils should the demand arise.

To view our EYFS policy, click the link below.

Yellow Pathway

This pathway supports learners with the most significant educational needs. These young people have needs including ASD, PMLD, Speech, Language and Communication and Physical disabilities. Yellow Pathway aims to develop the pupils’ independence and communication.  It is hoped that pupils will be able to work collaboratively with peers and be able to perform personal care independently.   

Green Pathway 

This pathway supports learners with significant educational needs who are also able to engage in subject specific learning. These young people have needs including ASD, MLD, SLD, SEMH, Speech, Language and Communication and Physical disabilities. Green Pathway aims to develop literacy and numeracy skills, along with independence and communication.  The pupils have opportunities to express themselves and build self-confidence through creative subjects such as Art, drama and music.  

Blue Pathway 

This pathway supports learners with needs including ASD, MLD and SEMH, and those able to access a more traditional curriculum. Blue Pathway aims to develop independent and rounded citizens, through a wide range of formal accreditations, work experience and employment opportunities.  

Click below to find out more information about our long term planning for all subjects

English Maths Science Life Skills ICT Design & Technology PE PSHE Art Humanities
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