Key Stage 3
Overview and aims
We offer all our learners the opportunity to develop and learn in a supportive, caring environment which has high expectations for all to achieve. This curriculum follows the National Curriculum and is modified to suit the needs of individual pupils.
In Key Stage 3, we strive to offer an exciting curriculum where pupils of all abilities develop and extend their knowledge linked to a range of exciting themes over the three years that they are in Key Stage 3. We provide a broad, balanced curriculum, which is relevant to the needs of all our pupils and makes sure that all pupils make progress.
Pupils are at the centre of our curriculum and through 'thematic learning' each teacher can pursue the interests of their class, whilst also providing engaging opportunities to broaden their knowledge and build on key skills for life. Through practical lessons and first hand experiences, we offer pupil the chance to ask questions about their learning, to make mistakes and to grow in independence on their way to becoming lifelong learners.
Implementation of the Curriculum
Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils have access to a broad and balanced rolling program that covers all areas of the national curriculum over three years. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been developed with a range of themes which allows each teacher to adapt each topic to create a teaching unit which meets their class’ needs, interests and learning goals, thus making each class’ version of the topic unique and interesting.
The curriculum offer is personalised and based on individual need, pupil attainment and target setting takes place through formative and summative assessment and are central to the EHCP process. You can find out more about our curriculum by contacting the school - please see the school contacts page.
As well as daily Maths and English lessons, students benefit from Science, PSHE, Lifeskills and PE lessons. Afternoons are largely devoted to Thematic Learning and this gives the opportunity for National Curriculum topics across several subject areas to be delivered using a common theme each half-term. An afternoon each week, is also devoted to games and activities, promoting the social development of all our students.
Qualifications and Achievements
As part of the whole school ethos we believe that all pupils deserve to have their achievements recognised. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in Functional Skills examinations to demonstrate their mastery of English and Maths programme of study. Pupils can also receive accreditation through Unit Awards, for their work in particular topic areas.