We believe that pupils learn best when they are active participants in planned, educational experiences which are appropriate to their level of development.  We want our pupils to experience a sense of success through their achievement and develope confidence and spiritual and moral values.

Woodlawn School - Curriculum Policy

PSHE Parent Info - Primary

PSHE Parent Info - Secondary

More information regarding the curriculum can be found at

Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a fully inclusive, local authority assessment unit catering for pupils aged 2 and a half (rising 3’s), Nursery (aged 3-4 years) and Reception (aged 4-5 years) with a diverse range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We work as a large mulit-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to assess pupils who may require an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our curriculum follows a highly differentiated and bespoke version of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which focuses on the 7 prime and specific areas of learning: Personal, social and emotional development; Communication and language; Physical development;

Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the world; Expressive arts.

Our pupils learn via 1:1 and small group teaching and learning with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor learning through play.  We have a strong focus on literacy, maths and functional communication. We use a range of daily formative assessment opportunities culminating in

our summative Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and PIVATs assessments.

Reading and phonics are given high priority in our school with daily sessions in the early years and Primary department. We use read write inc programme to support our teaching of these early skills. Children progress through the staged reading books from the Oxford Reading Tree. They also read from a range of other short appropriate books. Children are encouraged to take books home to read and share with their parents and carers to extend their learning.

Primary Department (KS1 and 2)

Our Primary Department caters for pupils from year 1 to year 6, aged 5-11 years old.  Mixed age classes offer a highly differentiated curriculum covering all National Curriculum subjects; English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and

Design, Music, Physical Education, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages (where appropriate).

We have a strong emphasis on ensuring pupils develop their basic skills in English and Maths and dedicated lessons for functional and social communication which we embed across the curriculum.​

Additional bespoke opportunities to develop skills are available including access to a hydrotherapy pool, specialist support for social and emotional difficulties, maths and literacy intervention.

We work as a large multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to ensure pupils achieve the desired outcomes within their Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our pupils learn via 1:1 and small group teaching and learning.  All pupils have Individual Education Plan targets and pupils are assessed by a variety of formative assessment opportunities culminating in our termly, summative PIVATs assessments.

Secondary Department (KS3 and KS4)

There are four mixed ability form classes within the secondary department.

The pupils work within their form group for Creative, Humanities, Enterprise, PSHE, RE,Swimming and Media. 

Pupils are taught within streamed groupings for the core subjects of Maths, English.IT/Computing  and Science and are taught by subject specialist staff.

Social Communication is taught each week within the form class and linked to individual learning outcomes. 

The pupils begin their accredited courses in non-core subjects to enable them to follow their learning pathway.

Pupils access a range of PE activities on a weekly basis including a block of swimming at a local leisure centre. 

AQA Unit Award Scheme:





Enterprise/Personal Finance (Secondary)

Healthy living (Secondary)

Media (Secondary)




English Language

Computer Science

Edexcel Functional Skills:




Post 16 (KS5)

Post 16 pupils work in two groups to access their curriculum opportunities.

The curriculum in school  offers GCSE Maths, Science and English and there are  off-site opportunities for GCSE Art,photography,PE and creative studies. . All pupils access English and Maths at the appropriate level to ensure a progression and building of essential core skills.  Pupils have access to enriched learning opportunities on a weekly basis – Independent Travel, Gym, Swimming, photography, Enterprise and independent living skills as well as a wide variety of ASDAN short courses throughout the year.

Pupils all have the opportunity to engage in work based learning opportunities and are supported to do this to develop their employ ability skills. 

Pupils follow an individual learning Pathway for accreditation including ASDAN, Edexcel and Functional skills and GCSE. 

Pupils participate in volunteering projects throughout the year to develop their community involvement and independent skills. 

For further information please see the Post 16 section on the drop down menu. 


Careers Lead - Ben Brown

Telephone - 0191 6432590 

Email -

Termly Overview 2017 - 2018 

Autumn Term 

Termly Overview 2018 - 2019 

Autumn Term 

Spring Term

Summer Term 

Spring Term 

Summer Term 

Curriculum Map 18-19 

Curriculum Map 

Termly Overview 2019 - 2020 

Autumn Term 

Curriculum Map 19-20 

Curriculum Map 19 - 20

From September 2020, Relationship Education and Health Education became statutory in all primary schools.  At Woodlawn School, we have carefully considered how we will cover the content in a way which is appropriate for our students.  Please see the PDF above for information about what will be covered during primary, (Year 1 to Year 6.)  For further information, please see the PSHE and RSE policies.  


From September 2020, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education became statutory in all secondary schools. At Woodlawn School, we have carefully considered how we will cover the content in a way which is appropriate for our students.  Please see the PDF above for information about what will be covered during secondary, (Year 7 to Year 11.)  For further information, please see the PSHE and RSE policies. 

Please note that while parents have the right to remove their child from aspects of sex education that are not covered by the science curriculum, we would recommend that you speak to the PSHE lead, or a member of SLT before doing so. 

If you are a parent and require a paper copy of any information on this website, please contact the school office.

Woodlawn School

Drumoyne Gardens

Whitley Bay

NE25 9DL


0191 643 2590

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