Key Stage 3 and The Bridge Staff
The Bridge is a KS3 nurture group for those students who are having difficulties learning and adjusting to the main body of the school due to their individual needs.
We focus on social skills within our learning environment to give the opportunity for our students to progress further in their social surroundings. We actively encourage this by regularly visiting our local community.
We follow a primary model. The students stay with their form tutor for most lessons and go to specialist teachers for DT, Art, Performing Arts, PE and ICT. In class our learning takes a practical form ensuring that everyone can access the curriculum. We have lots of fun in our lessons!
The jump from primary to secondary school can be a very scary one and with the help of their teachers and learning partners, we would like to think that we make it a happy and comfortable transition.
In 3A we have our own dedicated learning areas that the children can feel comfortable in to do the best they can do and to fulfil their goals and learning potentials throughout The Valley School.
3A is split into two classes with a teacher and a learning partner in each. This gives us other spaces for the children to use for wider learning opportunities and also a room where social skills can be developed.
The Valley is a wonderful place to be – the children are always happy and engaged in all that they do. The staff here really care about their needs and treat them all as if they were their own children.
Learning takes place in so many different forms and always has the children’s best interests at heart.
One can tell immediately that the children are happy as their enthusiasm and love for learning is infectious.
Pupils are so welcoming at the Valley. The videos demonstrate the pride they have in their own learning; which is a snapshot of what they can achieve. There is a wealth of experiences for the children to build upon and equip for the future with confidence.
We are very lucky to share these exciting, yet challenging experiences and watch them grow throughout their time here into confident and independent young adults.
We are situated in a quiet area on the first floor to aid concentration and focus to assist in learning and holistic development.
We deliver a highly differentiated curriculum to our pupils to assist in them fully accessing their learning in a quiet calm environment. A large number of subjects are taught in the same class by the same teachers to help to build on confidence and self-esteem to aid learning. There are a number of subjects that are taught in specific classes by specialist teachers such as: Design Technology, P.E, Art, Food Technology, Computing and the Science Laboratory (when required).
2015/2016 has been the first year for this model and has proven to be successful in enabling our pupils to progress with their learning and confidence to move on in their learning journey.
This group is made up into two classes of students from year 8 and 9. They have their own base classroom each and have a core form tutor and learning partner who supports them throughout the day.
The two base classrooms are next to each other which strengthens friendships between students who may be in different classes or who have been together in classes previously. They can interact with each other throughout the school day.
For PE lessons all of 3C students come together to take part in different sporting activities and help the reliance of each other and support them in team building activities.
The majority of their lessons are taught in the base classroom by their form tutor. Specialised subjects are taught in different areas of the school by the subject teachers.
This approach works for our young students as they have the support structure of a base room for the majority of their learning to form a close working relationship between students, form tutor and learning partner. This means the staff get to know the students very well and can adapt their teaching to meet the needs of each individual student