Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result - Oscar Wilde
KS3 Curriculum content
Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils have access to a broad and balances rolling program that covers all areas of the National Curriculum over three years. Within this curriculum, broad topics are given to allow teachers to tailor the focus of the unit to their class’ needs, interests and learning goals making each class’ version of the topic unique and interesting.
Our Modified and Supported groups learn through a more structured approach but still benefit from the flexibility that a creative curriculum provides. These pupils are taught the core subjects of Maths, English and Science regularly throughout the week alongside a range of subjects, such as history, geography and art throughout their three years in Key Stage 3. Each topic provided teachers the opportunity to use their creativity to deliver sessions tailored to their class’ interests and to build on and introduce skills appropriate to each specific group of learners. Independence is encouraged and a love of learning and knowledge is cultivated though a curriculum that seeks for pupils to ask questions and find their own answers.
All pupils across Key Stage 3 are involved in our Creative and Performing Arts session where pupils choose their favourite group, such as drama, ICT, music, light and sound, set design and dancing, and spend time with pupils and staff from across school working on elements for the school’s next production. Pupils in Year 9 are also enrolled in The Duke of Edinburgh’s award- a new scheme to the school- which gives pupils more opportunities to peruse their interests and learn new skills. We also offer pupils the opportunity to work towards their Arts Award certificate, something which pupils really enjoy.
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KS4 Curriculum content
As pupils progress into our KS4 classes the curriculum continues to follow the national curriculum but pupils are able to begin to make more choices about which subjects they will study.
KS4 pupils begin to work towards achieving accreditation in year 11. Most of the pupils work towards functional skills qualifications in English and Maths. Pupils options are selected from the AQA schemes which offer a wide breadth of subjects areas such as History, Geography, ICT and working outdoors to name a few.
Pupils in KS4 continue to study RE and are involved in all the school RE theme days, we believe studying RE helps our pupils to value each other and others in society regardless of their personal beliefs.
Pupils within KS4 are prepared for the transition into post 16 and higher expectations are placed upon them to be role models for younger pupils.
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Modified & Supported Curriculum
The fundamental aim of the school is to enable the pupils to achieve success, and to develop - educationally, socially, physically and morally.
We aim to offer all our learners the opportunity to develop and learn in a supportive, caring environment which has high expectations for all to achieve.
We offer three different curriculum stands which are Sensory and experiential, modified and supported as well as our post sixteen provision. Each strand is designed to meet the educational development needs of learners of all our pupils
Whole School Creative and Performing Arts and Arts award.
On a Thursday afternoons the whole school comes together to work upon creative and performing arts. We produce two shows a year and pupils select which area of performing arts they want to participate in, these include dance, drama, singing, costumes, scenery, sound and lighting alongside publicity including making brochures and photography.
Alongside the other subjects taught at Beechcliffe school we also offer pupils working within the modified and supported bases to become involved in working towards an Arts award, pupils can work through the levels bronze, silver and gold. This is enjoyed by the students and most pupils get to select which area of creative arts they are interested in. The selection choices are - dance, singing, music, drama and art.
Pupils participate in both practical and theory lessons and build up a portfolio of their work which is assessed at the end of the year.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Pupils within KS3 and KS4 work towards achieving the duke of Edinburgh Award. We feel that this award offers our pupils to develop skills and apply them independently alongside achieving a recognised award at which they can feel proud to achieve. Independence is vitally important to our pupils and it is up to us as a school to promote independence as much as possible in a safe secure manner.
The award involves pupils developing a self chosen skill and evidencing this, participating in activities which support others, planning and presenting a review off how they achieved the award and participating in a overnight camping activity including developing self help skills. Our pupils are keen to undertake this challenge and show great enthusiasm in each element.