The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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"To build safe, independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement"

We intend for pupils to have the historical skills to:

  • To develop a rounded understanding of the wider world and society we live in
  • To understand, interpret and respect different points of view
  • To develop knowledge and understanding for a safe, fulfilling and independent life


A range of strategies and techniques are used at Springfields building on the strengths of our learners with autism and their individual learning styles.

Pupils in primary phase follow the skills progression from the Hamilton schemes of learning.  Pupils in key stage 4 follow the skills progression for their accreditation pathway.  

Wow days/Immersion days:

In order to introduce a topic or theme, pupils have the opportunity to engage in regular 'Wow' days throughout the year, in order to develop interest in that topic.  Immersion days generally occur at the beginning of topic or term and may include activities such as visiting speakers, dress up days and practical activities/ investigations.

 Quality History Experiences: 

Wherever possible, history is taught through interests of the class/pupils, in order to develop engagement, purpose and subject knowledge. Teachers gather pupil voice and input and take this into account when building a curriculum and planning lessons.

Humanities (History, Geography or R.E.) sessions are planned weekly and as learners progress through the academy, the depth of knowledge and skills increases. Pupils are encouraged to develop life skills for the future through their humanities learning. Pupils will learn about a variety of people and events from history, and develop understanding about how these have shaped the world we live in today.

As many of our pupils with autism are still developing a ‘Theory of Mind’ much of the history learning also focusses on developing an understanding of different points of view and perspectives 

Phase 3/ Key Stage 4 Accreditation: 


Measuring the Impact of the History Curriculum:


  • Feedback on writing tasks within the lesson
  • Teacher assessment against the History Key Performance Indicators that are cohort/pathway specific.
  • Progress towards assessments through pupil progress cycle

The humanities curriculum is evaluated through the termly curriculum review which is informed by:

  • Progress Frameworks - autism, knowledge and skills bespoke to cohort pathway. 
  • Progress towards EHCP outcomes 
  • Accreditation achieved in KS3/4.
  • Pupil progress and attainment cycle 
  • Pupil voice
  • Staff curriculum evaluation 
  • Parent voice 
  • Quality feedback

Impact of the History Curriculum:

All Springfields pupils will leave the academy achieving as a minimum the Entry Level 1 qualification in History; many will achieve higher level qualifications such as further Entry Levels, Functional Skills Qualifications and some may achieve GCSE History.