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Key Stage 3


The Curriculum at Mapledown is designed to meet the wide range of individual needs of our students.

Students within KS3 have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which includes access to the National Curriculum, where programmes are adapted and differentiated according to students’ individual need. There is a three-year cycle which maps out the Modules/Themes to be taught. Long term Planning Grids have been produced and these are supported by modules and schemes of work. The following subjects are taught:

  1. English,
  2. Maths,
  3. Science,
  4. Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
  5. Relationships and Sex Education
  6. RE
  7. PE (including MOVE)
  8. Creative arts
  9. Humanities
  10. Modern Foreign Languages

All students (throughout the Learning Zones and at all Key stages) have Key Personal Learning Targets (KPTL) and Key skills are identified that are taught regularly.

The Mapledown curriculum model is centred on our KPLT’s/Key Skills/Core Curriculum and has Modules to provide breadth and access to the full range of National Curriculum Subjects. 75% of our timetable is dedicated to our 'Core Curriculum'.

POST 14 &16

As students move into Post-14, they are offered more vocationally based opportunities, which are further extended once students are Post-16. Links with local colleges are established, leisure opportunities are explored and practical life skills are developed. At the same time, basic literacy, numeracy and ICT skills continues to be taught.
We have identified nine broad learning themes which will form the basis of our curriculum and learning plans.
Mobility & Fitness
Social Skills
Daily Living and Independence
Functional Literacy
Functional Numeracy
ICT Skills
Creativity & Leisure
Citizenship and Work-Related Learning
Environmental Awareness
Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Awareness
Our weekly timetables ensure that we cover each of these themes and dimensions through:
Key Skills sessions
Circle Time & School Council
Hydro/MOVE/PE/Swimming/Rebound Therapy
PSHE – New Horizons and Sex Education Schemes of Work
ASDAN – Towards Independence
RE Schemes of Work and daily Acts of Collective Worship
Use of Community trips/Action for Kids/Work Related Learning & Business Enterprise programmes
College Links
A five year cycle of termly topics to give breadth and choice to learning particularly in regard to creativity, leisure and environmental awareness
Our curriculum is enriched by a wide range of opportunities to make educational visits to the local community and to places of interest in London and beyond. Students regularly participate in cultural and creative events both in school and off-site. Mapledown provides a range of sporting and well-being opportunities including the access to specialist teachers e.g. yoga, tai chi, karate

For any other information please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Sandra Chaaya                         

020 8455 4111