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Upper School Curriculum (KS4&5)


Bradstow School's upper school curriculum offers a progressive school leavers programme throughout the key stages 4 and 5 in order to develop life skills and participation in the community.

Key stage 4 curriculum

The key stage 4 curriculum operates on a 2 year rolling programme which is considered to be a transition period between key stage 3 learning and the further education curriculum.  Children & young people continue to follow the structure of the National Curriculum with elements of ASDAN’s Transition Challenge embedded within it through a topics based approach. The aims of ASDAN’s transition challenge are to incorporate life skills learning into the National Curriculum with a view to building upon this in key stage 5. For more information related to ASDAN click here.

Each of the key stage 4 classes follow the same theme using the transition challenge overview to support a thematic approach to learning; by doing this we aim to create a cohesive structure to learning and a sharing of experiences with their peer group.  Children & young people also engage in mixed grouping within their key stage and begin to mix with key stage 5 classes for specific activities to gain a flavour of leaning that is to come.

Below is our two year rolling program for KS4 - broken down into 6 terms

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  • Autumn Year 1
  • Spring Year 1
  • Summer Year 1
  • Autumn Year 2
  • Spring Year 2
  • Summer Year 2

Key stage 5 Curriculum

The key stage 5 curriculum builds upon leaning within key stage 4 through a person centred approach to planning. Children & young people follow the ASDAN Towards Independence modules on a three year rolling programme (See table below) which act as a vehicle to explore life skills, opportunities in the local community and their own interests and motivations. The life skills map gives an overview of learning areas that children & young people in the further education department access throughout their school week (See diagram below).

Young people in key stage 5 also engage in community activities.


Click here for: 16-19 Curriculum map

For more personalised programmes consider units/programmes below:

TI units:



Going To College



World of Work



Out In The Community




Life Skills Map


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