Curriculum Intent

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Curriculum

Albright Education Centre

Curriculum Intent

“Developing the right pathway for each individual child, enabling them to flourish and succeed.”

 

The curriculum at Albright has been developed to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to gain essential skills and knowledge that they need to prepare them for their future success.  Albright understands that a pupils future can take a path in many different ways from transitioning back to their mainstream, another mainstream school or onto college, alternative providers or employment.  Therefore it is vital that the curriculum offers all pupils the ability to develop skills and knowledge that will allow them to succeed in their individual path.

 

Key Stage 3

Pupils within Year 7, 8 and 9 are spilt into 2 classes depending on a range of baseline assessments.  The curriculum is divided into two main areas – academic and social emotional subjects.  A pupil’s progress is tracked in both of these areas to ensure that they grow and flourish to reach their full potential and beyond.  Within the curriculum pupils have the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:

Core Academic Subjects: English, Maths, Science, ICT

Creative Academic Subjects: Art, Food,

Social Emotional Subjects: Humanities, DT, Enrichment, Life Skills, PSHE, Mentoring

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

Within Key Stage 4 both years 10 and 11 are split into 2 classes depending on academic and social emotional need.  The curriculum is carefully developed to ensure pupils have the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in their next chosen pathway.  Academic and Vocational subjects are planned within the curriculum in order for pupils to achieve a set of diverse skills and knowledge balanced carefully with the demands of exams and coursework.  Within Key Stage 4 pupils can cover the following subjects:

Core Academic Subjects : GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language / Literature, GCSE Combined Science, GCSE History, GCSE Art and Design

Core Vocational Subjects : BTEC Level 1 / 2 Award IT Users, BTEC Level 1 / 2 Award Work Skills, BTEC Level 1 / 2 Home Cooking Skills

Social Emotional Subjects : PSHE, Mentoring, Enrichment

 

Developing the right pathway for each individual child, enabling them to flourish and succeed.”

In order for all pupils to make expected or above progress in all subject areas, Albright Pathways have been developed.  The baseline assessments that a pupil undertakes within Induction informs the pupil’s pathway for their education at Albright.  Each pathway has been developed to ensure that pupils builds resilience, confidence and self-belief.  Pathways are also reviewed to ensure that they continue to be appropriate. 

Assessment / Monitoring Progress

In all subject areas pupils are monitored by a comprehensive skills based tracker within Key Stage 3 and at Key Stage 4 a tracker that is based on developing pupil’s skills and knowledge within the grade structure of each subject area.  Assessments are regular and varied in order for all pupils to have the opportunity to show progress in all topic areas.  For areas that a pupil is not making the required level of progress then timely interventions (at a subject based level) are put into place to ensure progress is made.  If a pupil is still not making progress then a general intervention will be delivered to ensure pupils confidence and progress is enhanced.

In addition to Academic tracking and monitoring Albright Education Centre also promotes progress within Social Emotional targets set at the Induction through the SDQ questionnaire responses.   Every pupil is given a Social Emotional Target focusing on 2/3 main areas of concern indicated from the baseline SDQ results. 

Equality / Diversity

Within the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum we promote independence and resilience in order for every pupils to achieve their full potential and succeed.  At Albright we feel that differentiation is vital in every lesson in order for pupils to make progress in academic and social emotional targets.  From the information gained during the Induction it is decided how to best support pupils so they can access the curriculum effectively and have coping mechanisms that enable them to self-regulate their own behaviours.  All pupils will have the opportunity to access a broad and balanced curriculum whist achieving the highest expectations set for them. 

 

 

 

 

During their time in English at Albright Education Centre, students will develop both their reading and writing skills through a range of Literacy, moving image and non-fiction text. 

 

In Key Stage 3 our aim is to reignite their love for reading sharing and giving voice to their ideas and rebuilding their confidence in being able to access and engage in all types of material.  As much as possible, students will always be working towards a real life purpose or will be inspired by real life experiences in order  to contextualise their learning.  Visits to the London War Museum and delivering a speech to our Head Teacher, Mrs Hazelwood, will be just some of the things students will be involved in.

 

In Key Stage 4 when appropriate students will follow either GCSE or Entry Level plathway.  We follow the AQA examination board and will prepare our students for the two English exams.  Exposing them to a wide range of reading material will help develop these key skills as well as giving them ample opportunity to develop their own writing. 

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history's most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Key Stage 3

Year 7, 8 and 9 follow the Key Stage 3 scheme of work covering number, algebra, geometry, and statistics. 

Key Stage 4

Pupils follow the Key Stage 4 scheme of work to prepare for the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) examinations at the end of year 11.  They sit 3 exam papers at either Higher or Foundation tier.  We combine the topic work with a focus on confidence, problem-solving and reasoning, enjoying some 'real-life' maths activities like geo-coaching, whenever we can.

Also, where appropriate, an Entry Level Certificate in mathematics is available to pupils to help develop and apply their mathematical skills.

 

Science is an important subject due to its relevance to students’ everyday lives and the problem-solving and critical thinking skills it uses and develops. These are lifelong skills that allow students to generate ideas, make decisions intelligently and open doors to future career opportunities. Science gives students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.

 

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 follow the Key Stage 3 scheme of work and cover topics such as the human body, chemical reactions and the solar system and beyond.

 

Key Stage 4

How is it taught?

Students will have five 50-minute lessons each week.  There are six final exams at the end of year 11; two Biology, two Physics and two in Chemistry.  Each of these assessments will last 1 hour and 10 minutes.

 

What do students learn?

Students will work towards a double award in Science with OCR: equivalent to two GCSEs.  There are 24 topics in total, with a strong practical element to learning. Year 11 students will also prepare a portfolio of evidence towards achieving a Level 2 Award in Science with OCN West Midlands.

 

Where could it lead?

Below are just some of the potential career pathways that Science could lead to:

Pharmacist

Nursing

Teacher

Zoologist

Laboratory Technician

Plumber

Electrician

Plasterer

 

 

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum should provide opportunites for pupils to:

  • Work in, and across, the areas of fine art, craft and design, including both applied and fine art practices
  • Exploration of media, processes and techniques in 2D, 3D and new technologies
  • Study of a range of artefacts from contemporary, historical, personal and cultural contexts
  • Understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will be encouraged to research, develop and produce work at a personal level using a full range of media. The main areas of work could include:

  • Painting and drawing
  • 3D studies including card, wire, paper mache and plaster, etc.
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Examinations - GCSE using the OCR Examining Board

Students develop their design and making skills with graphic products, resistant materials and electronic systems to produce a range of innotive and exciting products.

Projects include:

Educational toys made from wood

Pop up graphic book / card

Acrylic products - desk lamp 

Windchime using wood / metal / plastic

Animal shelter / birdbox

 

 

Key Stage 3

All pupils at Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to experience both the practical and theoretical elements to Food Technology.  The Food curriculum has been developed to promote pupil’s independence in regards to the preparation, cooking and presentation of food.  Food from different countries and cultures will be explored along with how menu are designed to cater for various dietary needs.  Pupils will also consider food preparation on a budget and creating meals that are nutritious and balanced.

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils will complete the BTEC Level 2 in Home Cooking Skills qualification.  This unit qualification will give pupils the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals independently. Pupils will gain an understanding of how to economise when planning meals to cook at home. The course will encourage pupils to transfer skills learnt to other recipes and to inspire others by passing on their knowledge.   This course is based on demonstrating practical skills and completing a portfolio of evidence to show an understanding of food hygiene and the planning required for a two course meal.

 

Humanities covers History, Geography and Religious Studies.

The lesson captures the imaginations of the pupils as they explore different themes within each subject.  Pupils are encouraged to use transferrable skills such as research, presentational skills and to ask and answer insightful questions.

Key Stage 4 History is offered as a stand alone subject at GCSE

If pupils opt for History at GCSE they can expect further variety of topics. We study the OCR GCSE (9-1) Schools History Project course which includes topics such as;

  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Elizabethans
  • History around Us in the local area
  • The Making of America
  • Living Under Nazi Rule

Key Stage 3

All pupils at Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to access ICT in a discrete lesson.  Pupils will gain a knowledge, skills and understanding of the various software packages that will be used to enhance their learning and future career prospects.  The curriculum is designed for pupils access all software including Word Processing, Presentations, Spreadsheets, E-mail and image enhancing.  They will experience different types of technology through project based learning were pupils develop their independence, resilience and team working skills. 

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils will complete the BTEC Level 2 IT Users qualification.  The purpose of these qualifications is to develop and recognise pupil’s IT skills and knowledge and enable them to use IT effectively in their daily lives. These qualifications have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

 · engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life

· gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to further education course

The qualification comprises of different units based on a real life scenario in order that pupils will learn at their own pace and understand the importance of meeting deadlines to complete work set.

 

 

The National Curriculum is used as a basis for its learning programme. The service closely works with the child’s school to find out at what level the child is working at and what content they are covering at that moment. This information is then used to form a personalised programme for the child. The majority of the lessons are Literacy and Numeracy based but other subjects can also be taught if required by the school. Assessment of the child’s progress is made on a regular basis and this is also used to help develop the individual learning programme.   This key stage is offered on Home Tuition basis only.

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