Key Stage 3
The aim of the curriculum is to provide a support framework that students need to develop the depth of their numeracy competence and skills that are essential for enjoying lessons and consequently make expected progress.
The curriculum presents student with a scaffold that encourages problem solving and in line with the new GCSE specification. This promotes independence, transfer of pre-requisite skills and enhances resilience in the young people.
Each fifty-minute lesson is planned to meet the learning needs of individual students while promoting collaboration between students through activities and investigation tasks.
The learning objectives of the lesson are reinforced by referencing the application of the learning content to real life and work-based situations.
The depth of the curriculum content of study vary between students given that they have different levels of challenge at the point of entry which is determined by baseline assessment during the induction process.
The sequence of learning tasks and gradient of difficulty ensures that students are able to recall previous learning and transfer relevant skills to solve problems.
This will boost students ‘confidence, improve behaviour for learning raise attainment.
What will students learn?
The courses are structured to designed encourage continuity and re-enforcement of knowledge that can be recalled and applied in subsequent learning.
We have made a conscious move to get away from textbooks and towards active learning and investigation-based learning. These engages the students much more and creates lasting memories of what they have learnt.
The very small class size ensures that support for students is bespoke.
Qualifications and accreditation
Students can achieve accreditations in Entry level or Functional skills level one. These qualifications are designed to bridge towards GCSE and give students a strong foundation in the functional math they will need in adult life, further study and employment.
The students are encouraged to bring math into their home life. The students take home board games for the times tables they need to work on and encouraged to think how the math they are learning relates to what they want to do. Students are offered extra revision for their exams.
The students at Elthorne road will be going to the bank of England in order to learn about money in Britain. It will give them the knowledge on how our currency was developed and increase their interest in learning about finance.
How will students be assessed?
- Upon entry: baseline assessment
- During term: written and verbal formative feedback from teachers with opportunities to develop work further.
- End of each half term: students are graded with the PEARSON’S STEPS that correspond with the 1-9 GCSE grading system.