Key Stage 4 Curriculum – Years 9 (Ver), 10 and 11

For pupils who are in Years 9,10 and 11, most of the lessons are taught in their teaching group classroom. Pupils’ timetables are varied according to their learning needs.

All lessons are planned to provide pupils with opportunities for “Learning and Growing Towards Independence”; making use of the outdoor learning areas with the vast school grounds and the local community.

  • The teacher of the Ver class is Mrs Andrew
  • The teacher of the Dacorum class is Mrs Epps
  • The teacher of the Alban class is Miss O’Sullivan

The basic structure of a pupils timetable is:

Skills for Learning

This takes place for the first 45 minutes every day, it is a time for pupils to develop their social skills, develop their fine and gross motor skills, spend time focusing on the thought of the day, as well as an opportunity to have a brunch/snack

English/Literacy

5 lessons each week, currently based on the Read, Write Inc teaching programme for phonics, reading and writing and/or following a KS4 accreditation

Maths/Numeracy

5 lessons each week following a KS4 accreditation

Games and P.E

As part of an Entry Level Qualification.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Based in the land studies centre, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the world around them and follow and Environmental Land Based Studies Accreditations in Animal Care, Conservation and Horticulture.

Science

Most pupils will have an identified science lesson in which they will be working towards an externally accredited course. The Ver group will learn their science as part of their integrated learning.

Humanities

Some pupils will have an identified humanities lesson in which they will be working towards an externally accredited course, this will cover RE, History, Geography and PSE.

Work Related Learning

In year 11 pupils follow a link works skills course, which feeds into a BTEC qualification in Personal and Social Development, pupils also attend Central Bedfordshire College for a term for a vocational course in running a coffee shop.

ICT

This will an individual lesson and will be externally accredited through the Functional Skills qualifications.

Additional Options

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to follow additional accredited course, these include, British Sign Language, Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills, Outdoor Education, Art, Music and Radio & Media Studies.

In all subjects, pupils will be encouraged to develop their personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS), to make them more aware of how they learn and how they can improve.

The Ver timetable is more flexible to meet the needs of the pupils, its is structured to meet the assessment requirements of the BTEC Pre Entry Level qualification in Personal Progress.