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Curriculum by Subject


All students experience maths on a daily basis. It maybe in the form of a maths lesson or it maybe experiencing using maths within the community as part of their life skills. We aim for all children to become as numerate as possible, necessary for their daily living, giving them a wide variety of experiences to practice their skills.


In Key stages 2 and 3 the children are streamed according to their ability enabling them to access the curriculum at their level. Each child has a target set and reviewed by their group' teacher.


The maths scheme of work is continuing to develop and based around P levels and the National Curriculum for KS1. Staff use a variety of resources to teach the children and once a year the children participate in PACE maths assessments.


There are opportunities to access maths within the primary and secondary school. We currently have one student accessing Key stage 4 maths at the secondary school.


Please click here for a copy of our Maths Policy


English is taught daily throughout the school as a discrete subject. In KS2 and 3 pupils are streamed and taught in ability groups. All literacy classes at this level begin with a short phonics session that can vary from listening to sounds found in our environment to learning and blending letter sounds as a key to enhancing reading. Writing and mark making are taught daily. ICT is used in every literacy lesson as a tool for learning, an aid to communication and to enhance writing skills.

In KS 4 pupils are encouraged to use their literacy skills to understand the world around them. Instead of phonics pupils will be taught to recognise words in their environment that will help their independence when they leave school.

All pupils are assessed using Pace assessments and a Phonics assessment and the Equals scheme of work is followed across the school.


Reading schemes

KS2 and 3 currently use a combination of Spiral starters and Rigby Star reading schemes. These have been combined and graded to be used by pupils across the key stages. More advanced readers in KS3 and 4 follow the Rapid Reading scheme until they become free readers. All pupils have book bags and take books home daily to read with parent/carers. 


Approach to the Teaching of Reading

All pupils are assessed for phonic knowledge when they enter the school. They are then put into streamed Literacy groups where they are taught an appropriate level of phonic skills. These sessions are based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. However, the school has produced its own assessment for pupils who fall below the levels found in Letters and Sounds. Pupils working below p4 are taught to listen and identify sound direction and to track sounds that are moved in front of them.

Pupils in KS2 and 3 are taught letter sounds and blends and are assessed termly. Whole word recognition is used throughout the school and becomes the main method of teaching reading to those pupils for whom phonics becomes inappropriate. A cross curricular approach to reading emphasises the importance of reading for meaning.

Pupils are read to every day regardless of ability and reading and listening is encouraged across the school by reading events such as reading week. Books are available in most classes in the school and pupils are encouraged to look at both fiction and nonfiction books that interest them. Pupils in KS2-4 read regularly to an adult in the school.

In KS4 and 5 pupils who still struggle to read or derive meaning from text are directed towards words that they find in their environment that will encourage their independence in the future and ensure that their learning is practical and relevant.


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Please click here for a copy of our English Policy.


All students have a Science lesson once a week. They are taught through a variety of teaching methods which make lessons interactive, explorative and involve pupils investigating themselves and the world around them. The lessons are taught in class groups and utilise a variety of resources which can be tailored to meet the individual learning needs of the pupils. We follow the EQUALS schemes of work and all pupils are assessed using the PACE assessment tool.

Key stage 2 studied materials last term and explored a wide variety of materials and their properties and we are currently looking at forces in the world around us including pushes and pulls and magnetism.

Key stage 3 studied materials and their properties last term including whether they conducted electricity or not, currently they are studying the human body and the changes that occur as people grow older.

Key stage 4 and 5 looked at recycling and composting last term, examining a range of materials that can be recycled and the process this involves and are currently investigating a variety of machines and how they work.



All pupils explore a range of media and equipment in art to develop a practical understanding of the subject. Pupils are encouraged to use their imaginations as well as develop their analytical skills and fine motor skills when mark-making, drawing and painting. The safe and appropriate use of tools is modelled.

Pupils are exposed to the work of different artists and designers and are encouraged to respond creatively through a broad selection of materials. Work is effectively displayed which develops self-esteem and confidence.

This year, pupils in key stage 3 have also explored tone through charcoal and chalk and learnt about light and dark. Pupils in key stage 2 have developed skills in printing, learning to use various stamps, rollers and poly-block techniques.

In upper school, students follow the Equals curriculum. This year, they have focused on exploring art and landmarks in the local community which has led onto designing 3D models and photo-montages. There are also opportunities for some students to work with BLC mainstream secondary school on QA examination courses. We currently have one student completing an AQA photography course.



ICT has become central to the way we work and entertain ourselves. Almost everything we do at school now involves the use of ICT:


• Online lesson research, teaching plans and resource materials.
• Lesson delivery via overhead/data projector, interactive whiteboard or plasma touch-screen.
• Communication by e-mail and fax.
• Document distribution and storage.
• Assessment information analysis.
• Production and editing of reports.


Through teaching ICT we equip children to participate in a world of rapidly changing technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also help them to develop the necessary skills for using information in a discriminating and effective way. This is a major part of enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.


We follow the EQUALS schemes of work and these operate on a rolling programme. This term (3&4) we have been:

-Lower KS 2: Control; making things happen & Control; moving pictures.

-Upper KS 2: Learning to control things.
-KS 3: Designing and exploring environments.
-KS 4: Using a range of devices.
-KS 4 PMLD: noticing things happen.


Please click here for a copy of our ICT Policy.


The pupils at New Fosseway have a weekly PE session and follow a varied PE curriculum which includes learning team games, ball skills, athletics, dance, swimming and orienteering. KS2 and KS3 pupils also swim every week at the Hengrove Leisure centre. Each class has access to the gymnastics centre one afternoon a week- this is on a rolling basis which means that each pupil will attend the specialist coaching sessions for at least two terms each year. KS4 and KS5 have sessions with specialist visiting coaches for cricket and football and they have the opportunity to access the gym facilities at Hengrove Leisure Centre. The PE coordinator is a member of BASSA ( Bristol Area Special Schools Association) which organises PE festival days throughout Bristol for all age groups.



The teaching of geography enables all pupils to experience, explore and investigate the world starting with their own space, surroundings and local community and beyond.

The main emphasis will be on encouraging each pupil to experience and learn about their immediate personal space, themselves, their family, their class, their school and local community and the wider world.

Opportunities are provided for contact with a range of people and experience and to explore different places and environments. Pupils are encouraged to develop their awareness of familiar places and people linked to them. They are encouraged to develop geographical enquiry through experience and observations both inside and outside the classroom. Wherever possible pupils get involved in practical experiences to support and encourage exploration, discovery, investigations and first hand experiences.Pupils are encouraged to have a responsible attitude towards the environment and to be aware that some people in the world live very differently and some very similarly to themselves. Students in KS4/5 follow an Equals programme of study and their work is accredited. From September pupils in KS 2/3 will also be following Equals schemes of work and will be able to have their work accredited for the first time.


Design and Technology (D&T)

Design & technology (D&T) provides practical learning experiences, which make it accessible to all pupils. Pupils use knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum and apply them in practical activities. Designing and making real products that can be used can give pupils a sense of achievement and improve their self-esteem. They benefit from seeing their own progress and taking greater responsibility for their own learning as they begin to evaluate the quality of their work. Pupils' personal involvement with tasks often improves their attention span, persistence and commitment.

At New Fosseway School KS 2/3 students follow the Equals scheme of work on a rolling programme and study exciting topics such as The Fairground and Making Biscuits. These are hands-on topics for the students to get involved in as well as providing cross-curricular links. Students in KS 4/5 also follow an Equals Programme of Study and have their work accredited. The focus for this age group is primarily centres around Daily Living skills and students practice essential life skills such as cooking a meal and clothing care and maintenance.



In PSHE this year we have begun to operate on the new KS2/KS3 Three-Tear Rolling Plan working with a new scheme of work provided by Equals. We will continue to tailor our provision to meet the learning objectives in line with the specific needs of New Fosseway students. There will be a strong emphasis this year on the structure and delivery of PSHE across the whole timetable this year - exploring "out-of-lesson" opportunities as well as developing our academic class sessions. Students will be working on PSHE units and learning objectives outside of class through our Eco-Schools, Healthy Schools and International Schools programs-further information for Eco-schools, Healthy schools, and International Schools can be found using the links on the left hand side of this page.


All pupils will experience both live and recorded music from of a variety of styles, composers and performers.

Students will be given the opportunity to:


  • respond to music
  • develop their abilities to listen to and become involved with music emotionally and critically
  • develop an understanding of music in terms of its elements and the combination of elements
  • learn and develop skills in the use of musical instruments
  • provide opportunities for active participation in creativity and self-expressions through the medium of sound
  • for music to be an activity which provides pleasure and stimulation

Key stage 2: exploring timbre, tempo & dynamics

Key stage 3: Class orchestra

Key 4 & 5: through the Creativity part of the Equals curriculum this year students have been looking at music from other cultures.

Students in key stage 2 also receive drumming lessons and some students across the whole school are working with the MUSE project on their listen allowed project to make music using technology they have helped to create.




The teaching of the History subject gives pupils the opportunity to develop an awareness of the concept of factors such as "time" and "the past" and of the ways in which these concepts differ from the "present". In considering these factors, pupils may be helped to have a greater understanding of the present and the future and will enable pupils to develop a sense of chronology.

We hope to foster a curiosity in children to become interested in the past, including British, European and World History. To help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage. Learning is wherever possible encouraged through practical experiences such as visits to primary sources e.g. visiting sites of historical significance.

At New Fosseway School students follow the Equals Programme Scheme of Work and where possible use cross-curricular links.



When teaching RE, it is our aim to provide pupils with experiences, knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religious traditions represented in contemporary society.


RE has its own place within the curriculum but it also contributes with other subjects to the personal, moral and social education of the pupils.


We have a comprehensive bank of resources which provide the pupils with ‘hands on' experiences of different cultures and their customs. We also have access to a well-equipped Resource Centre based at All Saints Church in Bristol which provides us with any additional resources we may require.


Curriculum by Year Group


Years 3 to 6


Pupils in lower school have daily streamed Numeracy and Literacy lessons, the curriculum is continued to be developed around the P levels and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. For other subject areas lower school follow the Equals schemes of work. Each pupil has a target for Literacy, Numeracy and PSHE and these are assessed each term and new ones given.


Years 7 to 9

Pupils in middle school have daily maths and English lessons for which they are streamed. In all areas of the curriculum classes follow the Equals scheme of work. All areas of the curriculum are adapted to reflect the ability of each child from low P levels to National curriculum level 3. Classes have regular access to a local swimming pool and gym.


Years 10 to 14


In KS4 school the students follow the Equals Schemes of work and will all leave New Fosseway with an Equals accreditation. A group of students are following AQA courses in English and Maths will gain certificates for this.  Post 16 students will complete some Asdan modules and will have these awards also. Some Post 16 students will also have certificates from The Park in specialist areas.