Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

 At Key Stage 4 all pupils follow an individualised programme which combines the opportunity to study core subjects up to GCSE and vocational subjects at BTec level, in partnership with Stockport College and other vocational providers.

 Some optional GCSEs are available at Windlehurst, such as art and RE but our close links with other mainstream schools in the borough means that all pupils could access any subject at GCSE should they choose.

 In addition, all pupils follow an ASDAN course and gain an ASDAN qualification appropriate to their ability. Work experience placements are also available for those who are interested in preparation for work in this way.

Key Stage 3:

 At Key Stage 3 all pupils are taught English, maths and science as discrete subjects and RE, PSHE and ICT in a “carousel”.  The rest of the week is a series of options which pupils choose according to their particular interests and strengths. The purpose of these options is to re-engage pupils with education and to foster a sense of achievement. The options are also used to allow staff to teach those skills which pupils with SEBD lack but which would not appear in a regular KS3 curriculum, such as communication, team working, leadership, emotional literacy, co-operating with one another etc.”

Subjects

English

 

At Key Stage 3 students focus on the three strands of the National Curriculum; reading, writing and speaking & listening.  Students use creative methods to study poetry, letter writing, the novel, film, media, and plays.  One of the main focuses of development is reading and to help develop this, students take part in 1:1 reading with staff and use an interactive programme, 'Lexia'.

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 7

Literacy Boot Camp

 

WE ARE STARS:

Persuasive writing techniques.

 

Room 101

Writing A Speech.

SPaG

Theme Park Project

 

Produce an advert or leaflet

 

Travel Writing

Holiday brochures

SPaG

Creative Writing:

SPaG

Short writing task assessment

Perfect PEE Chains

Novel/Short Stories

 

Lamb to the Slaughter

 

 

Poetry

IM A SNOOP

Poetry Detectives:

 

Shakespeare:

Life and Times

Background

Life in England

History of the theatre

 

The Tempest

BBC Animated tales on TES

Year 8

Creative Writing

Descriptive writing

SPaG

Exam format question for assessment

Poetry

IM A SNOOP

Poetry Detectives

Poetry in lyrics/Raps

 

 

Exploring and writing Non-fiction texts

and presentational devices

Fact and Opinion

 

SPaG

WE ARE STARS

Persuasive writing techniques.

 

Writing to argue& Persuade

Writing a film review

 

SPaG

Shakespeare:

 

 Macbeth

.

Shakespeare’s language,

characters and writer’s craft.

 

 

Novel

 

Holes

 

 

Year 9

Poetry- Revisit & revise

IM A SNOOP

Poetry Detectives:

 

 

War Poetry

 

Themes: Conflict and Power

 

 

 

 

Creative Writing

Creating an atmosphere

Horror Genre

compound sentences.

SPaG

Exam format question for assessment

Novel

 

‘Of Mice and Men’

 

Understanding character, plot and themes and structure and context

Select and retrieve

Diaries/letters

 

 

Shakespeare:

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

 

WE ARE STARS

 

Persuasive

 

Don’t get me started…

 

Voicing strong opinions; establishing a point of view

 

SPaG

Transition to GCSE

Non-fiction and Literary non-fiction texts.

PAFT

Themes

 

 

 

SPaG

 

At Key Stage 4 students build on their previous successes to achieve their goals by completing the Edexcel Certificate in English and the full GCSE. Any student who may have fallen behind his / her peers also receives additional support to ensure he/she catches up and a qualification is attained.

KS 4

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 10

Poetry – Poem 1

Poem 2

Controlled Assessment

 

Re-sit any controlled assessments not up to target

 

Exam Skills

 

 

 

Writing to Persuade, Argue

PEE

 

Mock Exam

 

 

Exam Prep

 

 

Literature?

Functional Skills Prep?

 

Exam Skills

 

Presentational and Structural Devices

 

Year 11

Exam Skills

 

Presentational and structural Devices

 

Exam Skills

 

Writing to Persuade, Argue

Exam Skills

 

Practice papers

Mock Exam

Exam Prep

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is accessible every day to every student from year 8 at Windlehurst in the form of a single 45 minute lesson per day. In year 7 students participate in four 45 minute lessons per week. The subject incorporates the main streams of mathematics, namely; Number, Algebra, Statistics & Probability, and Geometry & Measures. Additionally, we offer Functional Skills to all KS4 students, starting in year 9 according to the new framework.

In lessons, students are introduced to a variety of equipment such as protractors, compasses, and scientific calculators and ICT to assist in their learning and are encouraged to use the equipment safely. In year 10 most students sit for the entry level 1 functional skills qualification. In year 11, able students take their GCSEs in Mathematics following the Edexcel Linear Specification A. 

 

SCIENCE

Our Goal

The Science Team at Windlehurst strives to encourage in our students the wonder and curiosity that leads to questioning the way the world around us works. Through this we are inclusive for all pupils and engage students of all abilities to achieve in Science. It is essential that we prepare all of our students for a life in which scientific skills and knowledge are central to their future.

KS3

In KS3 we have a Science curriculum to deepen scientific knowledge and develop the varied skills that will form the basis for success at KS4. This includes Science specific knowledge, literacy, numeracy and investigative skills. Topics covered are a balance of the three sciences, including covering areas such as personal development, drug awareness and health to support their learning in PSHE.    Currently KS3 ends in year 8 and pupils begin their GCSE or Entry Level Certificate studies at the start of year 9.

KS4

At KS4 we offer two routes for science. The pathway each pupil will follow is determined by their attainment along with their individual aspirations. Science is a core subject in the curriculum and there is an expectation that all pupils study and gain a qualification in Science at KS4. This is because Science incorporates the building of key transferable skills required for success in both Further Education and in the workplace.

Pathway 1

Pupils may follow the Edexcel : Entry Level Certificate 1-3. This enables pupils to gain a combined qualification in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is most suitable for those students who find academic aspect s more challenging, but does not restrict their access to GCSE science once completed.

There are nine topics that focus on these important areas of the Key Stage 4 syllabus.

 

1 Classification and variation

2 Changes in humans and plants

3 Drugs and bacteria

4 The Earth, its atmosphere and chemical reactions

5 Acids and metals

6 Fuels

7 Waves and radiation

8 Earth and space

9 Electricity and energy

 

Each topic has a terminal assessment, marked internally – of the nine topics only the best 6 test assessment marks need be submitted for the award (60% of the total)  with an internally marked assignment (40% of total) to make up the remainder.

Pathway 2

Pupils will follow the Edexcel : GCSE Core single science award. Pupils will study specific areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in preparation for examination. Pupils will sit three written examinations alongside one controlled assessment over the two/three year period of study.  Written examinations account for 75% of the GCSE, with the remaining 25% being attained through controlled assessment tasks. Pupils on this pathway can achieve grades A*-G and prepares them for Further Education and scientific careers.

Units studied are:

Biology B1 - Influences on life

  1. Classification, variation and inheritance
  2. Responses to a changing environment
  3. Problems of, and solution to a changing environment

Chemistry C1 – Our world

  1. The Earth’s sea and atmosphere
  2. Materials from the Earth
  3. Acids
  4. Obating and using metals
  5. Fuels

Physics P1  - Universal physics

  1. Visible light and the solar system
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum
  3. Waves and the universe
  4. Waves and the Earth
  5. Generation and transmission of electricity
  6. Energy for the future

 

PE

Overview

At Windlehurst School, Physical Education / Outdoor Education and School Sport aims to provide all children with opportunities to improve their physical skills, develop an interest and awareness of active and healthy lifestyles as well as providing a chance to improve their personal thinking skills.

To help students make progress in the areas above. PE at Windlehurst School is aiming to provide a fun physical experience. This will be achieved through a balance of individual, team and outdoor activities that meet individual needs and abilities. Positive experiences in PE will help promote positive thoughts and feelings that will be beneficial in helping students improve their behaviour and social interactions.

 

PE Curriculum

Through experimentation with different teaching styles and strategies the current teaching format has evolved. Outdoor Activity and off-site sport sessions are usually taught in a holistic manner. The holistic approach is designed to encourage as much engagement as possible by the students. For example, mountain biking has been delivered this way with great success and links well to all three of the PE Assessment strands. Forest School style sessions and many of the REWARD ACTIVITY school trips have been providing the students with additional opportunities to participate in similar activities.

 

KS3 PE Lessons

At KS3 a broad range of sports and activities are provided. Students have the opportunity to participate in games and activities such as athletics, badminton, basketball, bmxing, creative activities (e.g. designing their own skill practices or games), cricket, cycling, dodgeball, fitness training, football, handball, hockey, golf, group work, lacrosse, leadership activities, mountain biking, outdoor activities, paint balling, problem solving activities, rock climbing, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling and volleyball. These activities are used to develop the following.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

PERFORMANCE

(skills, techniques and personal qualities)

HEALTH

(fitness and safety)

 

THINKING

(ideas, strategies, evaluation and analysis)

 

Most lessons include elements of all three assessment areas. However each term has a focus to help students make progress in these specific areas.

 

Leadership

Where possible, students are encouraged to develop leadership skills during their PE lessons.

Examples of Leadership Opportunities would include students:

  • Create and lead their own warm ups and skill sessions etc.
  • Develop their own games
  • Take on additional responsibilities such as scorekeeping, officiating and helping with the PE equipment.

 

KS3 PE Assessment

Assessment at KS3 will be based mainly on teacher assessments and pupil assessments. Other evidence such as photos and video can be used to supplement this. The subject teacher should use the PE APP to track the long term progress of students in PE and to help identify areas requiring improvement. 

Each student will have their progress in these areas highlighted on their PE APP Grid. As National Curriculum levels no longer exist the PE APP Grid will help students identify what type of PE LEARNER they are from the following ascending categories.

KS3 PE

PASSIVE (1)

ENGAGED (2)

PROACTIVE (3)

DETERMINED (4)

PERSISTENT (5)

RESILIENT (6)

 

KS4 PE

KS4 PE at Windlehurst offers students the opportunity to be successful in either the AQA Entry Level PE qualification or the AQA GCSE PE qualification (short course).

The Entry Level PE qualification is based upon their performance in:-

  • Controlled Practical Assessment in 3 different sports from two different categories. Their performance on the day can be supported by digital evidence (100%)The GCSE PE short course is based upon their performance in:
  • 45 minute Written Exam Paper (40%)
  • Controlled Practical Assessment in two different sports from two different categories (one off performance assessed by external examiner, school will have supporting digital evidence but this is not usually considered by the external examiner) – (60%) While studying for these qualifications the theme of engagement continues and students will have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of activities. Some examples are given below.
  • Football and other team sports provide an opportunity to improve individual skills to help improve the overall performance of the team, as well as developing co-operation, team work and problem solving skills.
  • Individual sports such as table tennis and badminton provide further opportunities for students to concentrate on improving their own performance.
  • We have also recently started using ten pin bowling as another individual sport. It is a very accessible activity and through video analysis students are able to improve their performance. Their progress can then be easily tracked through such video evidence and records of their weekly score. The experience gained through this process will make it easier for students to analyse their own performance in more complex sports such as table tennis and football for example.
  • Fitness training at Woodley Sports Village. This activity helps students to understand how to improve specific types of fitness. It is also one of the activities that students are more likely to continue into their adult lives as a way of keeping fit and healthy.
  • Outdoor Activities and alternative sports such as BMXing and mountain biking also provide opportunities to participate in activities that the students are more likely to continue into their adult lives as a way of keeping fit and healthy.

Safeguarding in PE @ Windlehurst School

The Windlehurst School PE Department will endeavour to help every student to feel and stay safe by:

  • Providing an environment that is healthy, safe and secure.
  • Insisting that all individuals working with children must champion the right of every individual to participate in sport.
  • Ensuring that every child who participates in sport has the right to feel secure and be safe whilst experiencing a spirit of adventure, fun, excitement and a sense of belonging.
  • Providing support for the children we work with to build relationships with each other based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect and demonstrate proper personal behaviour at all times.
  • Ensuring all individuals will respond to a safeguarding concern or issue in line with the Windlehurst School safeguarding policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • Providing children with information, skills and support to help them keep themselves safe and report any concerns.

 

Art

At Key Stage 3 pupils will produce creative work and express themselves. They will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and improve their drawing, painting and sculpture. They will be encouraged to comment on art and learn about the work of two great artists. At Key Stage 4 pupils will be working towards a GCSE qualification. They will follow two projects each year, studying topics such as portrait, landscape and still life. They will be given the opportunity to express themselves using the techniques and ideas they developed at Key Stage 3 and by learning more advanced and exciting skills that will help them realize their visions.

Food Technology

Food Technology at Windlehurst School is a practical subject that allows students to gain the necessary basic skills for designing and preparing healthy, balanced meals. Students will study:

  • Diet and modifying recipes
  • Health and safety
  • Ways food can be cooked, served and stored
  • Food characteristics

 

By studying cultures from around the world we consider the choice and preparation of food for different groups of people. Students are encouraged to develop new skills, apply their knowledge and create some new taste sensations.

 

RE

Religious Education at Windlehurst school is in line with Stockport Locally Agreed Syllabus. The aim of this is to introduce students to the key concepts of Christianity and other major world faiths through learning about religion and learning from religion. Thinking skills are encouraged and Students are encouraged to empathise with others and create their own questions about the World in which we live. The 6 key concepts that are covered are:

  • Respect
  • Beliefs, teachings and sources                                                                      
  • Expressing meaning                                                                           
  • Values and commitment
  • Identity, diversity and belonging                                                       
  • Practices and ways of life                                                                              
  • Meaning, purpose and truth     

 

Religious Education is taught in form groups and there is the option to study for a GCSE in Religious Studies at key Stage 4. 

If parents/carers have any concerns about the delivery or content of the Religious Education syllabus please contact the Headteacher to discuss further. Although parents may exercise the right to withdraw their child from the RE which school provides, as it is a compulsory subject, parents must be able to provide an appropriate alternative agreed with the Local Authority.                                                                                                                                     

PSHE

PSHE is delivered by form tutors and other school staff that know the students well. The schemes of work for PSHE incorporate Relationship and Health Education, (including Sex Eduaction), Career Information Advice and Guidance as well as topics about learning, respecting others and Community cohesion.