It is always helpful for parents and carers to know what topics their children will be studying, especially if their teacher gives them a homework!
We teach our classes in Key Stage groups, rather than Year Groups, but your child will always be set work that is both age appropriate and differentiated for them – so it won’t be too easy, but it will give them enough challenge to learn.
EYFS – We follow the EYFS Framework, in summary – students who come to us will taught under the following guidelines:
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
- Numeracy will be taught every day, using a variety of engaging and stimulating activities, and covering a broad base of mental and written methods of calculation, shape, time, and measures such as weight, capacity and length.
- Literacy will be taught every day – with foci on Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students will be assessed on entry and then the work will be differentiated to their academic level ensuring each child can make accelerated progress. Some of the schemes we will develop the use of include Active Phonics, Read, Write Inc. and Rainbow Reading, and circle time allowing for development of interpersonal speaking and listening skills.
- PE – students will have opportunity to engage in a variety of active lessons every week, varying over their time with us from Swimming, climbing, athletics to team sports and individual fitness activities.
- Thematic Curriculum – students will be taught history, geography, ICT, Science, Art, Craft, (DT), and PSHE through specific topic based units which cover a breadth of content but engage students through relevant and differentiated lessons.
- Nurture start to the day: Pupils start the day with a nurture breakfast in form time, where pupils have planned activities to develop their personal SEAL skills and in order to have a settled start to learning.
- Numeracy – In Numeracy, pupils cover all four areas of the National Curriculum which include; Shape, Space and Measure, Using and Applying Number, Algebra and Handling Data. Numeracy is taught daily and is assessed after each unit.
- English – All pupils have a baseline assessment on entry (using WRAT4 or similar). English lessons are taught by the class teacher. The theme for the half term is explored and pupils have access to a variety of texts and explore a range of genres of writing.
- Thematic Curriculum– students in KS3 will also follow a topic based curriculum. This will have a greater emphasis on specific subject lessons (to ensure that students are able to reintegrate back into Mainstream where appropriate), and we will be following the content requirements of the DfE programmes of study, allowing progression routes for the students into KS4 and subsequently P16.
- History, Geography, Science, PSHE and ICTwill be delivered within bespoke topics such as ‘The Earth and Universe’, ‘Exploration’ and ‘Gothic Horror’.
- PE will be taught through a variety of activities, utilising Pupil Premium and per pupil funding to give the students experiences that they wouldn’t necessarily access at home such as Parkour, Climbing Walls, Skiing/Snowboarding, athletics, whilst ensuring that they are undertaking meaningful and healthy activities. These activities develop not only their fitness but also their communication and team work skills.
- Food Technology– Our Food Technology lessons are linked closely to our thematic curriculum. Over the year we will be looking at a variety of different cultures and dietary requirements – including making Sushi in Autumn (Japanese theme), Christmas Cake in Winter (Celebrations Theme), and Chicken Kievs and Stroganoff in Spring (Russian Theme)! We also take great pride in baking delicious treats and selling these to staff to raise money for fantastic causes such as Macmillan Cancer Care and Children in Need.0
- Princes Trust– Personal Development and Employability Skills – This is being developed for implementation next academic year (2017-18) – students aged 13 years and over can access this unit based course which develops a large number of the skills that our students can be less confident in on arrival, further improving their chances to become successful adults and make a positive contribution to society.
Students at KS4 have historically been placed on full time Alternative Provision (placements) by Springwell Lincolnshire. This is evolving to bring students into centre more to ensure they make progress and have gainful qualifications to enhance their ability to engage with P16 provision.
Students will still access some AP, this is now rigorously checked and monitored by Springwell Lincolnshire and Wellspring, and we are developing accreditation pathways for each child to ensure that they have the best chance of success. Where students have been out of ‘formal’ education for a number of terms, this ‘re-integration’ to centre will be phased and in small steps to give the best chance of success. AP will be tailored to the needs and the past successes and interests of the students.
- English – Where students are regularly accessing centre, they will be undertaking Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2.
- Maths – Students will undertake Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 Maths where they regularly access centre.
- NOCN – Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development – this is a unit based accreditation allowing for tailoring of units studies to the interests of the students
- Jamie Oliver BTEC (also known as BTEC Home Cooking Skills) at Level 1 and Level 2 will be delivered to students accessing our Baumber site
- ABC Construction – this is being delivered at our Gainsborough site only
- ECDL – we will be looking to ensure that all students will access and complete ECDL from September 2016. This may be as part of a year-long course, or through deep immersion days where students receive intensive teaching.
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Craft – where students have a keen interest in craft and arts they will be able to complete this qualification.