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Curriculum

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 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.

 

 

 

Welcome to the Art Department

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

Learning about healthy eating and how to cook are key life skills important for everyone. Our year 7, 8 and 9 pupils learn about both in their Food lessons.  Practical work includes making soup, pizza, spaghetti bolognese, shepherd’s pie, fruit crumble, fruit salad and flap jacks. Pupils will also learn about basic food hygiene.

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 pupils can choose to study on the OCR GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course.  There are two assessment tasks, the Food Investigation task and the Food Preparation task which are completed in year 11 along with the written exam at the end of year 11.      

Humanities covers History, Geography, Religious Studies and Languages.

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

Welcome to the ICT Department

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  1. Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  2. Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging foals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  3. Create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  4. Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibility and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns

At Key Stage 3 pupils will undertake the following Units of work to build and develop their current ICT skills:

Key Stage 3
 
E-safety
 Computer Crime & Cyber Security
Computer Basics (History)
Database
Digital Literacy
Spreadsheets
Digital Creativity (Faking It)
Animation
Spreadsheets
Graphics
Moviemaker
Digital Literacy
Understanding computers
 
Database
 
Website
 
Scratch Programming
 
Intro to Python Programming
 
Myths Busters

 

Key Stage 4

The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  • Develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in Information & Creative Technology
  • Understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns
  • make choices about when and where it is appropriate to exploit technology to support them in other areas of learning and everyday life
  • work creatively and collaboratively, taking different roles in teams
  • be independent, discriminating and reflective when choosing when to use technology
  • use ICT to manage themselves, their work and their learning
  • apply ICT to real-world situations when solving problems and carrying out a range of tasks and  enquiries
  • use initiative to find out about and exploit the potential of more advanced or new ICT tools and information sources
  • evaluate their experiences of using ICT, considering the range of its uses and its significance to individuals, communities and society
  • use ICT in other subjects and areas of learning with contexts that are relevant and interesting to them

At Key Stage 4 pupils will undertake the following qualifications to build and develop their current ICT skills:

  • Edexcel Functional Skills Level 2
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology

Edexcel Functional Skills in ICT – Level 2 (Information & Communication Technology)

Functional Skills pupils must undertake practical tasks under controlled assessment conditions (2 hours). The tasks are based on improving skills and learning problem-solving techniques.

Functional Skills qualifications in ICT will help pupils work more confidently in their chosen field after leaving school.

Year 11s will be studying Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology

The BTEC First is to:

  • inspire and enthuse pupils to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems, rather than just consumers of them
  • give pupils the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and skills in, the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries, e.g. computer games development
  • give pupils the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries.

Junior job roles include:

  • Website Content Manager
  • Computer Animator
  • Graphic Designer


Year 10s will be studying Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology and will complete the following units over 2 years:

 

 

The PSHE at Albright is a planned developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole centre approach PSHE develops the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

PSHE can equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising, and supports them making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices. It gives the pupils the opportunity to reflect and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore conflicting values and attitudes.

PSHE contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem and manage risk and make informed decisions. They develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others. This will help them to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and learn how to manage their lives.

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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