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KS3 Curriculum

English

At College Central we believe that access to the curriculum is at the heart of any future success within mainstream, the most immediate route to this is via effective writing in English. Our English curriculum focuses on the key skills of communicating via written English. Each week we focus on a key skill- e.g. Sentence Structure, use of adjectives, using similes and metaphors. With students building up to an extended piece showcasing the skills they have learnt. Each term will see a new focus for developing these skills, so not only do students develop key skills they develop creative skills too.

 

Term 1

  • Horror Writing

Term 2

  • Poetry

Term 3

  • Newspapers & Journalism

Term 4

  • Advertising

Term 5

  • Biographies and Autobiography

Term 6

  • Travel Writing

 

Each term will culminate in a larger piece of writing showcasing all the skills they have learnt, students will tackle Horror stories that build tension through altering sentence lengths, Poems rich with metaphors and similes and newspaper reports that carry powerful messages through the skilful use of repetition.  AT COLLEGE CENTRAL WE ARE CONFIDENT WRITERS

Maths

Maths is vital, we use numbers every day and at College Central we focus on how Maths affects us every day. Each week we will highlight a key skill or concept in maths and place it in real world context. Students will plan they dream house utilising skills of area and perimeter, plan their dream career and lifestyle using % and interest and plan a journey into space through the use of angles. Students will develop practical skills of Maths, but will also be able to place them in context of their own lives

 

Term 1 Home and Garden Term 2 Money, Money, Money Term 3 Travel & Transport Term 4 Food & Drink Term 5 Sport & Leisure Term 6 Holidays

 

Each term will culminate in a project where students highlight their understanding of a number of key mathematical skills, but also demonstrate the ability to utilise a number of maths skills to solve problems. AT COLLEGE CENTRAL WE ARE CONFIDENT MATHEMATICIANS

Star Curriculum

As our students are only with us a short time we have focussed on developing the key skills of a learner rather than content which may not transfer well on their return to mainstream. We have identified the key skills that we feel support students in accessing the wider curriculum

 

1 I can share information with others 2 I can ask questions to learn more 3 I can listen to feedback and make changes 4 I can research and find relevant information  5 I can make a plan to solve a problem, and choose the best solution 6 I can make comparisons 7 I can give reasons for my decisions 8 I can work with others to complete a task or solve a problem 9 I can work on my own to complete a task or solve a problem 10 I can come up with an idea and test if it’s true or not

 

These skills will be developed through thematic learning with each term focussing on a key text. Through the key text the skills will be developed through English Reading, Science, Humanities, Computing and British Values. Start the day with the “Witches Speech” from Macbeth and explore chemical reactions or create a social media profile for a witch! Or read “My side of the mountain” and discover food chains in the school grounds or discuss tolerance and understanding in terms of alternative lifestyles.  We focus on learning rather than content. AT COLLEGE CENTRAL WE ARE STAR LEARNERS

Creative Curriculum

As well as developing skills in key academic areas we want to develop skills of creativity, confidence and resilience. We feel that these are best developed through subjects which harness creativity and experimentation. Through practical sessions students will focus on the following

 

Food Technology: Health & Safety, Alternative Diets, British & Commonwealth food, healthy eating, food for celebrations, vegetarianism and veganism

Arts: Fine Art, Photography, Ceramics, Textiles, Multi-Media, Film

 

AT COLLEGE CENTRAL WE ARE CREATIVE THINKERS

OAA and PE

Students will also programme of PE (this will focus on a number of sports including Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball etc…) and OAA which focuses on a number of adventurous activities such as kayaking, tracking, Outdoor Classroom etc…  Again the focus of these activities are to create skills of resilience, elements of physical health and increased confidence for our students

 

AT COLLEGE CENTRAL WE ARE RESILIENT AND TAKE RISKS