In KS3, all students follow a rolling programme of English, Maths, Science, PE, PSHE, Humanities, ICT, Food Technology and Art. All students complete Entry and Exit Assessments in English, Maths and Science in order to measure progress across the 30 week placement. Literacy Intervention is available to both KS2 & KS3 students, such as one-to-one reading, Lexia, spelling, handwriting and comprehension support.
In English, pupils enjoy reading and studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts such as autobiographical writing, descriptive writing and persuasive writing. Our pupils study a range of Literature such as Shakespeare, Poetry and Modern Fiction.
English units include: Poetry through song (rap & hip hop) / Non-Fiction – Magazines / Fiction – “Looking For JJ”, “Skellig” and/or “Face” / Shakespeare – Macbeth / Persuasive Writing – Advertising
Last term pupils studied an Advertising unit and worked hard at creating their own Advertising projects for their very own trainers. The students delivered “Dragon’s Den” style sales pitches to a panel of staff at St Christopher’s and demonstrated superb skills in planning, persuasion and public speaking. This term, students are studying a fiction text “Skellig” and exploring a range of reading for meaning techniques in preparation for KS4. Next term, students will be exploring British culture through poetry and we look forward to completing some creative writing workshops on what it means to British.
Literacy intervention is offered to all students at St Christopher’s, which is monitored closely by teachers and Behaviour Support Workers alike. Progress is measured via the Entry and Exit Assessments and half termly teacher assessments, as well as weekly one-to-one Literacy support where our BSWs test spelling, reading and comprehension through informal, but recorded sessions.
In Maths, pupils follow the new National Curriculum guidelines which support the idea of maths being an interconnected subject where pupils must be able to move between old and new concepts. Pupils therefore are encouraged to build a solid foundation of basic skills in order to help them develop the ability to tackle more complex concepts. Ninety percent of all Key Stage 3 pupils make the progress expected, with many of these making better than expected progress.
Throughout the course of their placement, pupils will investigate mathematical concepts falling under the following headings:
– Ratio, proportion and rates of change
– Geometry and Measures
– Probability and Statistics
Science is a subject which should provide the foundation for helping pupils understand the world around them. Science has a real and profound impact on our daily lives therefore we encourage pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring around them and thus predict and analyse future outcomes.
At St.Christopher’s, pupils are encouraged to take an active part in lessons and practical activities therefore enabling them to re-build basic scientific knowledge and skills. In Key Stage 3, we help the pupils to develop a deeper understanding of the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. During a typical placement of two terms students will be taught four units of work, with at least one of these from each of the three disciplines of Science.
In ICT across KS3, pupils study:
- E-Safety http://www.childnet.com/resources/pshetoolkit
- Digital Photography
The pupils are currently accessing an ICT programme built around the planning of a music festival. It requires them to use and develop their skills with a variety of Information, Communication and Technology mediums.
Information Gathering – They will design a spreadsheet, using Excel, to record the information they have gathered via the internet on the bands they want at their festival. As part of this they will need to design and carry out surveys amongst their peers.
Costing – They will use Excel to record all of the costing researched on the internet to analyse the spenditure and therefore the reasonable ticket price to make a reasonable profit.
Communication – The students will need to advertise their festival via Posters and leaflets, using Publisher, as well as a promotional video using video equipment, digital cameras, music and video editing software. An app will need to be designed to support their advertising campaign.
As part of the project pupils will be promoting E-Safety as their target audience will be based around their own age group.
Many issues can very emotive for our pupils as they can be close to home. These subjects are not avoided but delivered in a sensitive manner. The health and wellbeing of pupils is paramount which is why a great importance is placed on the delivery of topics such as: e-safety, British Values, bullying, conflict, resolution, compromise, diet and healthy eating (which is also dealt with during a biweekly cooking lesson), current and future wellbeing. We have recently had several guest speakers such as the Deputy Mayor talking about his experiences of racism as he grew up and the effect on individuals and communities and The Matthew Project which builds on pupils’ awareness of Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Misuse.
In PSHE across KS3, pupils study:
- Healthy & Wellbeing
- Alcohol, Smoking & Substance Misuse
- E-Safety http://www.childnet.com/resources/pshetoolkit
- Sex & Relationships
- Careers & Money Management
- Further Education
KS3 students receive two sessions of PE each week on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Thursdays are delivered by Norwich City Community Sport Foundation where the students have covered, or will be covering, a range of sports and skills such as Football, Hockey and Basketball. Tuesdays are organised with other agencies such as golf at Fynn Valley Golf Centre and Rugby Training provided by the coaches at YMCA Rugby Club.
Art projects are varied and bespoke to cater for the needs and interests of our students.
Projects include: clock design project; space scene on canvas using stencils and spray paint and a clay and plaster cast project inspired by a selection of abstract paintings and lettering designs.
Geography and History are a key part of the curriculum so that the pupils are aware of what is going on around them as well as the lessons learnt, or not, from the past.
We have learnt much about the water cycle including rainfall and river systems and how the earth has been shaped through movement of tectonic plates and the eruption of volcanoes.
The pupils have discovered what it would have been like for them during the industrial revolution, or how others have fought for the freedom during the great wars or the equality for women during the suffragette movement to win the vote. The realization of the sacrifice and determination shown by others often has the effect of inspiring pupils.
St Christopher’s is trialing the delivery of a new qualification: Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship and is equivalent to a GCSE. The evidence is gathered through a variety of means which include written work based on pupils’ own experiences; a community project in conjunction with Holywells Park, where the pupils are volunteering with various task such as litter picking, ground clearing and developing areas within the park. Part of the instruction and activities are carried out at Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge. Here pupils learn many practical skills, such as tree management, shelter building, fire lighting and cooking outdoors as well as learning to appreciate and care for our surroundings. Future volunteering projects include continuing fund raising activities for charities, helping out at local retirement homes and planning community activities that are close to pupils’ hearts.