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Sapphire Lodge

The curriculum offer for students on Sapphire 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

Largely, the long term planning below is driven by exam skills, especially to enable KS4 students to gain a Grade 4 or higher in English Language (can differentiate as needed). Work is based on AQA papers, though skills are largely transferrable across examination boards. Reading/writing skills are mixed over the course of a half term (as opposed to split via half term) due to the changing nature of the cohort, as well as the reduced number of hours compared to mainstream teaching. All topics can be adapted to include a Speaking and Listening element if required by the student for exams, but it’s explicitly focused on in Celebrations and Persuasive Writing. 

Why this, why now? 

Language is focused on as opposed to Literature, because students are usually struggling with a multitude of barriers such as ill health, reduced timetable, attendance and engagement, and missed schooling in their past. Trying to manage both the Literature and Language schemes of study is therefore likely to be overwhelming and unrealistic. However, all planning is flexible and differentiated to suit the needs of individuals; if a student were studying a Literature text at their home school, we have resources and expertise to plan for this. Extracts also include texts from a variety of genres and forms, to expose them to literary texts in a shorter form. Repetition and cyclical learning are helpful in this setting. The document below outlines schemes of work that last a half-term, but they are titled ‘Option A’ (etc) because the order is flexible and can be adapted to the needs of the current cohort.  

Autumn 1
  • Speeches 
  • Articles 
  • Comparison 
  • Persuasive writing
Autumn 2
  • Summary 
  • Synthesis
  • Comparison sentence structure
  • Biography 
  • Informative / explanative writing
Spring 1
  • Connotations 
  • Evidencing 
  • Evaluation 
  • Setting and character analysis 
  • Structure
Spring 2
  • Narrative building
  • Structure 
  • Language use 
  • Sentence structure
Summer 1
  • Exam skills revision - Based on needs of student
Summer 2
  • Literary Inference - Based on needs of cohort e.g. Poetry Anthology, short Drama, Film and Narrative, further Exam Skills

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. 

Y11a students follow the Edexcel 1MA1 syllabuses. Y11a study the higher level aiming for GCSE Grade 5 or above. The curriculum is split into five areas: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. Each area is taught as a whole over the course of a half term.  

Autumn 1
  • Algebra 
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percentages 
  • Shape
Autumn 2
  • Graphs
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Shape
Spring 1
  • Data
  • Algebra
  • Pythagoras and Trignometry
Spring 2
  • Probability
  • Number
  • Transformations
Summer 1
  • Constructions
  • Algebra
  • Vectors
  • Similarity
Summer 2
  • Exam skills revision - Based on needs of student

Science

In Science our aim is to enhance pupil’s enjoyment of the Sciences. Our curriculum at KS4 involves the teaching of Chemistry, Biology and Physics at GCSE level 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
  • Cells and DNA
  • Atoms and atomic number
  • Salts
  • Wave Motion
  • Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
Autumn 2
  • The nervous system and receptors
  • The eye
  • Energy demands
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
Spring 1
  • Health and disease
  • What is virus and what is viral disease
  • What is Bacteria and what is bacterial disease
  • Protists and fungi diseases
  • History of the atmosphere
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Atmospheric pollutants
  • Global warming
  • Radioactivity – model making how alpha particles are emitted
  • Radiation
  • Alpha, Beta and gamma rays  paper, foil and lead model making
  • Radioactive decay! What happens to the atomic number
  • Nuclear reactor – how it works? model making
Spring 2
  • Diffusion
  • Osmosis in plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Photosynthesis - Rates
  • Properties of metals
  • Group 1 alkali metals
  • Corrosion
  • Metals and alloys
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Calculating density of regular and irregular shapes
  • Pressure and liquids - Pressure at different levels in a bottle (p164) and/or Cartesian divers.
  • Drag – Making parachutes competition
Summer 1
  • History of genetics
  • Theory of evolution
  • Fossils and extinction
  • Classification
  • Rates of reactions
  • Collision theory and surface area
  • Temperature, pressure and concentration effects
  • Reversible reactions of acids and alkaline
  • Light – Making a rainbow
  • Reflecting – Periscope models and pathways of light
  • Refracting light with water and lenses
  • Primary colours and colour lights
Summer 2
  • Feeding relationships
  • Material being recycled
  • Carbon cycle
  • Rates of decomposition-
  • Making a compose heap
  • Recap on atoms and molecules
  • Ionic bonding
  • Covalent bonding
  • Bonding in metals
  • Electricity – series and parallel circuits
  • Electricity Symbols
  • Electricity – working out resistance (measuring voltage and ampere.
  • Electricity – wiring a plug

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.

CEIAG, Progression and Gatsby Benchmark

All pupils approaching a transition in their education (latter part of Y10, Y11 or Y13, for the majority of pupils) are offered a 1 to 1 session with a careers adviser.  This takes place, face to face, or, where necessary, can be supported remotely at the Becton site.  Where feasible, and appropriate, pupils are supported to maintain contact and input from their mainstream educational placement.  This can include careers and progression advice and guidance. 

Pupils who are at the stage where it is necessary to make plans to secure appropriate educational progression (e.g. a college application) are supported, to do so  by the most  appropriate staff members from the entirety of the MDT. 

Pupils who are discharged into a new educational placement are supported by a plan made by the education team. Where appropriate, this plan will be supported by the site MDT, family, relevant community teams and family. 

In addition to fulfilling key elements of the guidance on careers education, the Enterprise and Careers related curriculum can contribute significantly to our key aims of building resilience, aspiration and confidence within our pupils.  Where individual circumstance, such as health and risk, allow KS4 and 5 pupils have access to a range of experiences that support these aims. The experiences map to the features of an appropriate careers curriculum and some of the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

The CEIAG offer includes encounters with further and higher education, encounters with employers, experience of workplaces, building familiarity with the online National Careers resource and participation in enterprise activities. 

Subject to NHS infection control measures, relating to COVID 19, and the health of individual pupils, a pupil experiencing an average stay of 17 weeks would have the opportunity to access 2 experiences.  Access to individual advice and guidance, through a careers adviser, can be facilitated, in addition, as required.