Key Stage 3
Year 8 are made up of three classes that each have their own core Form Tutor and Learning Partner. The layout of the area allows classes to combine where needed to allow us to best support students in their learning.
We deliver a creative curriculum with a different topic each half term. There includes ‘My Community’, ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Myths and Legends’. Core skills are taught within the curriculum, such as Maths, English, Humanities and Science. We also have a new subject this year of Outdoor Learning, where students are able to develop skills in a more creative way outside the classroom. To develop skills in other subjects, students are taught by specialist teachers such as DT, PE, Art and Performing Arts.
Class sizes are small to allow a close working relationship with students and each class has their own Form Tutor and Learning Partner. This means that staff get to know the students well and are able to adapt lessons to suit each child’s individual needs.
We are situated in a quiet area on the first floor to aid concentration and focus to assist in learning and holistic development. This group is made up into three classes of students from year 8. They have their own base classroom each and have a core form tutor and learning partner who supports them throughout the day. We also have a break out space where pupils can undertake their own individual learning. This also serves as a comfortable and secure place to nurture their specific needs.
We deliver a highly differentiated curriculum to our pupils to assist them in 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).
For PE lessons all of students come together to take part in different sporting activities and help the reliance of each other and support them in team building activities.
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.
This year group is made up of three classes of students. They have their own base classroom each and have a core form tutor and learning partner who supports them throughout the day.
The three classrooms are along the same corridor 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 and will all eat lunch together in the dining room where the year 9 have a specific area to sit and eat their lunch with the year 9 staff.
The majority of their lessons are taught in the 3 base classrooms by the year 9 team. Pupils move between just 3 teachers for their English, mathematics, science, humanities learning for life, ICT, food technology and outdoor learning lessons. Specialist subject areas and staff are also used for performing arts, food technology, design technology and art.
For PE lessons all of Year 9 students come together to take part in different sporting and sensory activities which helps them build positive relationships through team building activities.
This approach works for our young students as they have the support structure of a smaller group of teaching staff and a smaller number of rooms for the majority of their learning in order to form a close working relationship with each other, their teachers and the 3 learning partners. This means the staff get to know the students very well and can adapt and tailor their teaching to meet the needs of individual students.
This approach also prepares students for the transition from key stage 3 into key stage 4 where they will have a different teacher for each of their subjects and will move around the school for many more lessons.