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Emerald Lodge

The curriculum offer for students on Emerald Lodge combines subject sessions which are aligned to the National Curriculum. Alongside the subject sessions there are therapeutic sessions such as Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy and other group therapies such as group talking therapies for example. 

A sample timetable can be seen below:

For more information regarding the curriculum content of the subject specific lessons please see below.

Please note that the content offered to students may differ from the main plan below if specific gaps in learning are identified or if the students host school has previously covered this material. In these cases, bespoke plans may then be put in place. 

English

Focus of schemes

The KS3 schemes scaffold students towards these same core skills of identification, comprehension, inference, synthesis and evaluation, as well as creative writing techniques and enjoying the pleasure of language. Use of historical context in analysis is focused on more at KS3. 

Autumn 1

Myth and Legend

  • Character
  • Narrative Structure
  • Themes
  • Setting
  • Creative writing
Autumn 2

Celebrations

  • Connotation
  • Analysis
  • Debate
  • Poetry
  • Non-Fiction leaflets
  • Characters in fiction
  • Context
  • Comparison
Spring 1

Poetry

  • Connotation
  • Author intention
  • Sonnet
  • Comparison
  • Composing
  • Focus on marginalised writers
Spring 2

Gothic Fiction

  • Genre
  • Short stories
  • Setting
  • Tropes
  • Themes
  • Use of language
  • Sentence structure
  • Character types
Summer 1

Persuasive Writing (Debate/Speaking & Listening)

  • Persuasive techniques
  • Speeches
  • Charity leaflets
  • Word and sentence variation
  • Creative writing
  • Argument, opposition
Summer 2

Film and Narrative

  • Media glossary
  • Camera angle
  • Director intent
  • Descriptive writing
  • Audience response
  • ‘Shorts’ evaluation
  • Film reviews

Maths

Our approach is to enhance pupils' enjoyment of maths by working to ensure they experience success. For pupils who have missed time in school or who have struggled to make progress, this may mean spending more time building up their knowledge of number facts and methods, with structured practice to help with long term retention. Pupils who are already more confident also spend time learning strategies to apply to problems and recognising when a particular strategy is required. 

Although pupils join us at different points, we structure the school year to provide the possibility for progression and some clarity for pupils as to what to expect and what they might have missed. 

We follow a KS3 plan from the National Curriculum using resources from MathsWatch, MyMaths, PixiMaths and WhiteRose Maths. The main aim of these lessons is re-engagement aimed at increasing confidence and 'filling in gaps' often from long periods away from education.

Autumn 1

Algebra

  • Solve one and two-step equations and inequalities
  • Solve one and two-step equations and inequalities with brackets
  • Inequalities with negative numbers
  • Solve equations with unknowns on both sides
  • Solve inequalities with unknowns on both sides
  • Equations and inequalities in other mathematical contexts
  • Formulae and equations
  • Rearrange formulae (one-step)
  • Rearrange formulae (two-step)
  • Rearrange complex formulae (Higher)
Autumn 2

Geometry

  • Know names of 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Recognise prisms
  • Accurate nets of cuboids and 3-D shapes
  • Sketch and recognise nets of cuboids and other 3-D shapes
  • Plans and elevations
  • Find area of 2-D shapes
  • Surface area of cubes and cuboids
  • Surface area of triangular prisms
  • Surface area of a cylinder
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • Volume of other 3-D shapes
  • Explore volumes of cones, pyramids and spheres (Higher)
Spring 1

Numbers 

  • Integers, real and rational numbers
  • Understand and use surds (Higher)
  • Work with directed number
  • Solve problems with integers
  • Solve problems with decimals
  • HCF and LCM
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Solve problems with fractions
  • Numbers in standard form
Spring 2

Geometry

  • Identify the order of rotational symmetry of a shape
  • Compare and contrast rotational symmetry with lines of symmetry
  • Rotate a shape about a point on a shape
  • Rotate a shape about a point not on a shape
  • Translate points and shapes by a given vector
  • Compare rotation and reflection of shapes
  • Find the result of a series of transformations (Higher)
Summer 1

Ratio and Proportion

  • Solve problems with direct proportion
  • Direct proportion and conversion graphs
  • Solve problems with inverse proportion
  • Graphs of inverse relationships (Higher)
  • Solve ratio problems given the whole or a part
  • Solve 'best buy' problems
  • Solve problems ratio and algebra (Higher)
Summer 2

Probability and Data

  • Single event probability
  • Relative frequency
  • Expected outcomes
  • Independent events
  • Use tree diagrams (Higher)
  • Use tree diagrams to solve 'without replacement' problems (Higher)
  • Use diagrams to work out probabilities 

Science

In Science our aim is to enhance pupil’s enjoyment of the Sciences. Our curriculum at KS3 follows the National Curriculum and is taught in an engaging and interactive way, making the learning fun and ensuring that pupils’ experience success. We structure the lessons so that they are representative of learning in the pupils’ home school and support pupils to gain both the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that they need to succeed in the subject.

Although pupils join us at different points, we structure the school year to provide the possibility for progression and some clarity for pupils as to what to expect and what they might have missed. 

Staff work with the pupil during their stay at Becton to identify any gaps in learning and then work together to address those gaps.

Autumn 1
  • Population
  • Genetics
  • Species and extinction
  • DNA
  • Elements
  • Atoms
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Potential Energy
Autumn 2
  • Cells
  • Blood Vessels
  • The Heart
  • National and Global energy demands
  • Renewable energy
  • Acids and Alkalines
  • PH
Spring 1
  • The Black Death
  • Health and Disease
  • What is a virus, and what is viral disease?
  • What is bacteria and what is a bacterial disease
  • Disaster - Earthquakes
  • Igneous rocks
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Rock Cycle
  • Our solar system
  • The turn of the seasons
  • Beyond our solar system and into the galaxy
  • Our expanding universe
Spring 2
  • Pollination
  • Fertilisation
  • Growth and germination
  • How do animals use plants
  • Properties of metals
  • Group 1 metals
  • Corrosion
  • Metals and alloys
  • Solids, Liquids and gases
  • Calculating density
  • Pressure and liquids - Cartesian divers
  • Drag - making parachutes
Summer 1
  • Muscles, heart rate and blood
  • What is fitness
  • The skeleton
  • How drugs can affect health and fitness
  • Fire safety and fire triangle
  • Experiment – Burning candles
  • Air pollution
  • Global warming
  • Global warming – the future ahead
  • Light – Making a rainbow
  • Reflecting light – Periscope making
  • Refracting light with water
  • Primary colours and colour lights
Summer 2
  • Animal reproduction
  • Reproductive organs
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • The lifecycle of humans
  • Recap on atoms and molecules
  • Ionic bonding
  • Covalent bonding
  • Bonding in metals
  • Electricity – series circuits
  • Electricity – parallel circuits
  • Static electricity
  • Electric symbols

RSE and PHSE

All Becton students are taught using a spiral curriculum approach which is a curriculum that returns to the same topics over time. All lessons are aligned to the National Curriculum.

 The spiral approach to curriculum has three key principles. The three principles are:

  1. Cyclical: Students should return to the same topic several times throughout their school career;
  2. Increasing Depth: Each time a student returns to the topic it should be learned at a deeper level and explore more complexity;
  3. Prior Knowledge: A student’s prior knowledge should be utilised when a topic is returned to so that they build from their foundations rather than starting anew.

The curriculum approach uses 5 levels of skills across 3 different areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Relationships

Staff will benchmark students on entry and will choose a level and subject according to the specific, bespoke needs of the students at that time. The choices will be made with liaison with the wider multidisciplinary team.

ICT/Computer Science

The modules and content have been developed with reference to the National Curriculum guidance.  Topics have been identified to provide some degree of familiarity and to act as a vehicle for the delivery of the overreaching objectives.

Staff will benchmark students on entry and will choose a subject according to the specific, bespoke needs of the students at that time.

Autumn 1

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Autumn 2

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Spring 1

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Spring 2

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Summer 1

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Summer 2

One from:

  • Online Safety
  • Small Basic Programming
  • Python Programming
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • Block Coding
  • Scratch
  • 3d Modelling
  • Green Screen Tech
  • Infographics & Image manipulation
  • Hardware & Software
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.

 

Humanities

The modules and content have been developed with reference to the National Curriculum guidance.  Topics have been identified to provide some degree of familiarity and to act as a vehicle for the delivery of the overreaching objectives.

Staff will benchmark students on entry and will choose a subject according to the specific, bespoke needs of the students at that time.

Autumn 1

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Autumn 2

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Spring 1

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Spring 2

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Summer 1

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.
Summer 2

One from:

  • RMS Titanic.
  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • The Black Plague.
  • Women and the Vote.
  • Natural Hazards.
  • Where appropriate, content provided by the mainstream school to support reintegration.