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KS3(1)

Typically, our KS3 pupils are offered 13 hours per week. Our aim for our KS3 pupils is to support them into a successful transition back to their mainstream school or other appropriate setting.

A sample timetable can be viewed 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

 

Language

Novel

  • Reading for understanding
  • Character description
  • Planning writing

Play

  • Difference between a novel and a play
  • Reading for understanding
  • Design a set

Literacy Skills

  • Sentences
  • The word 'and'
  • Capital Letters and full stops
Autumn 2

Language

Poetry

  • Characteristics of poetry
  • Read and respond
  • Writing with expression

Media

  • Recognise bias 
  • Fact and opinion
  • Features of an article Writing an article

Literacy Skills

  • Handwriting
Spring 1

Language

Novel

  • Reading for understanding
  • Develop inference skills/ recognising implied meaning
  • Story writing skills

Play

  • Acting as a group
  • Develop character costumes
  • Writing from a different perspective

Literacy Skills

  • Homophones
  • Antonyms/Synonyms
  • Using a dictionary
  • Using a thesaurus
Spring 2

Language

Poetry

  • Active reading/Reading for understanding
  • Giving a personal response
  • Compare two poems

Media

  • Features of an advertising leaflet
  • Design a theme or holiday park including advertising

Literacy Skills

  • Homophones
  • Apostrophes
  • Commas
  • Speech marks
Summer 1

Language

Novel

  • Reading and inferring
  • Writing about writers

Play

  • Features of a play
  • Writing a short play

Literacy Skills

  • Question marks
  • Exclamation marks
  • Noun
  • Verb
  • Adjective
Summer 2

Language

Poetry

  • Poetic effects
  • Techniques
  • Write about a poem you have studied or write your own poem

Media

  • Newspaper featured
  • Writing a newspaper article

Literacy Skills

  • Writing in the first and third person

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. 

For KS3(1) 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

  • Understand Place Value
  • Calculate Averages and the Range
  • Rounding
  • Sequences

Autumn 2

  • Probability and events
  • Scale and drawing
  • Calculations with Whole numbers

Spring 1

  • Fractions
  • Understand negative numbers
  • Measures: Units

Spring 2

  • Properties of Number – factors, multiples and primes
  • Geometry: Symmetry

Summer 1

  • Statistical Charts and Diagrams
  • Graphs and coordinates

Summer 2

  • Geometry and measures: Angles
  • Geometry: Transformation

Science

Autumn 1
  • Forces - Contact forces and pressure
  • Electromagnets and magnetism
Autumn 2
  • Energy - Work and Heating and Cooling
  • Waves - Wave effects and properties
Spring 1
  • Matter - Periodic table and elements
  • Reactions - Chemical Energy
Spring 2
  • Reactions - Types of reaction
  • Earth - Climate
Summer 1
  • Earth - Earth resources
  • Organisms - Breathing and Digestion
Summer 2
  • Ecosystems - Respiration and Photosynthesis
  • Genes - Evolution and inheritance

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.

Tuesday Enrichment

Autumn 1 First Aid
Autumn 2 Enterprise (Christmas themed)
Spring 1 Homeless Project
Spring 2 Hapa-Zome Art
Summer 1 The Kindness Project (Pebble Painting)
Summer 2 Mental Health & Wellbeing

Enrichment

Our site enrichment sessions occur on a Thursday afternoon and pupils can choose from a variety of activities to suit their needs and interests. Activities change across the terms and examples of what we have offered so far this academic year can be seen below: 

Autumn 1
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Board Games
  • Online Escape Room
  • Film Club
  • Documentary Club
Autumn 2
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Board Games
  • Minecraft club
  • Computer Coding
  • Whirlow Hall Farm
  • Baking
  • Local History and travelling on local transport
  • Christmas Bonanza
Spring 1 TBC
Spring 2 TBC
Summer 1 TBC
Summer 2 TBC