Corpus Christi Catholic College

Corpus Christi Catholic College

Laborare est orare, to work is to pray

Specialist Resource Provision

Specialist Resource Provision

Strategic Leader

Mrs A. Ringsell – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Teaching Staff

Mr G. O’Donnell – Specialist Resource Base Lead

Mrs L Hardy – Specialist Provision Teacher

Ms H. Richards – Specialist Provision Teacher

Support Staff

Mrs P Wilson – Intervention Support Worker

Mrs J Navy – Teaching Assistant

Mrs D Dines – SEN Inclusion Administrator


SEND Information Document – Link


Resource Base KS3 Curriculum

Years 7 & 8

Students accessing the Resource Base follow a curriculum which mirrors their mainstream peers although lessons are differentiated and incorporate opportunities to develop social skills, life skills, fine motor skills and often have significant elements of practical tasks built into them. The lessons are structured to allow successes to be quickly achieved and celebrated. Tasks are chunked into manageable sections and skills. Some topics from KS1 and KS2 may be revisited.


Number 1 – Number and Place Value Number 6 – Algebra
Number 2 – Addition and Subtraction Geometry 2 – Shape
Number 3 – Multiplication and Division Measurement 3 – Reading and Using Scales
Number 4 – Number and Place Value 2 Measurement 4 – Symmetry
Measurement 1– Time Measurements 5 – Area. Perimeter and Volume
Measurement 2 – Money Number 8 – Fractions
Geometry 1 – Position, direction and movement Statistics 1 – Graphs and data
Number 5 – Addition and subtraction



In each year students study two novels, a selection of poetry, one simplified Shakespeare play, a selection of non-fiction texts and a play.

Writing and Composition

Students develop their writing whilst covering a range of topics each year, such as: Persuasive writing, biography, poetry, short stories and play reviews.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Students work to improve their writing skills by covering a range of topics such as: Constructing sentences, tenses, plurals, punctuation, suffixes, prefixes, subordination and coordination, nouns, adjectives and verbs.


Students attend weekly library sessions and are given regular reading books which they read in school and at home.


 1. The Human Body  6. The Health Service
 2. Materials and Chemical States  7. The Human Body 2
 3. Life and Habitats  8. Finger Prints, DNA and Blood Groups
 4. Electricity and Magnets  9. Chemical Reactions
 5. Space  10. Using Earth’s Resources


1. Romans 6. Civil War
2. Vikings 7.  Victorians
3. The Norman Conquest 8. World War I
4. Medieval Life 9.  WW II
 5. The Tudors 10. Civil Rights and Slavery


1. Where I Live  5. Weather and Natural Disasters
2. Africa Project  6. Map skills
3. India Project  7. The Water Cycle
 4. Climate Change  8. China Project

Resource Base KS4 Curriculum

Courses Followed

AQA Step up English  GCSE English
OCR Entry Level Maths Entry Level Science
Edexcel GCSE Maths
ASDAN RE – Beliefs and Values


Employability Skills


Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)

Transition Challenge


Life Skills


Pearson  Jamie Oliver Home Cooking
Trinity College London  Arts Award

These are some of the many courses that SEND students student although those running throughout school are offered.

Year 9, 10 & 11

Yr 9 / 10 /11 students are taught for some lessons in mixed age groups within the Resource Base. In some lessons they work in groups with others from their year. A wide range of qualifications and programmes are on offer to suit each student’s requirements. Some Resource Base students will also complete GCSE examinations. Please see individual departmental sections for information about each of these courses.


Students will take either the Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics or GCSE Mathematics some students will complete both of these examinations.

Entry Level Certificate

N1 Whole Numbers and Calculations N7 Scales and Graphs
N2 Fractions, Percentages and Decimals S1 Shapes and Solids
N3 Multiples S2 Symmetry and Transformations
N4 Estimation and Approximation S3 Units and Measures
N5 Proportionality D1 Lists and Outcomes
N6 Formulae D2 Averages


Most students will take the Step up to English Entry Level Certificate which will cover:

Reading and comprehension

  • Identifying and interpreting themes
  • Reading in different ways for different purposes
  • Drawing inferences and expressing a point of view.
  • Commenting on writer’s choice of vocabulary, form and grammar.
  • Comparing texts.


  • Producing clear and coherent text.
  • Writing for different purposes.
  • Selecting vocabulary, grammar and form.
  • Using language imaginatively and creatively.
  • Using information provided by others to write in different forms.
  • Writing for impact: selecting, organising and emphasising facts, ideas and key points.

Spoken language

  • Selecting and organising information and ideas
  • Presenting information and ideas.
  • Preparing spoken presentations.
  • Making presentations and speeches.
  • Responding to spoken language presentations.


Entry Level Science covers the following:

Biology items
ELB1 Dead or alive (cells)


ELB2 Babies (reproduction)

ELB3 Control systems

ELB4 Fooling your senses

ELB5 Gasping for breath

ELB6 Casualty

ELB7 You can only have one life – look after it


ELB8 Body wars

ELB9 Creepy crawlies

ELB10 Extinction

ELB11 My genes

ELB12 Food factory

Chemistry items
ELC1 Physical or chemical change


ELC2 Acids and alkalis

ELC3 Everything in its place

ELC4 Clean air and water

ELC5 Novel materials

ELC6 Sorting out

ELC7 Let’s get together


ELC8 Heavy metal

ELC9 Fuels

ELC10 Are you overreacting?

ELC11 How fast? How slow?

ELC12 CSI plus

Physics items
ELP1 Getting the message


ELP2 Full spectrum

ELP3 Medical rays

ELP4 Hot stuff

ELP5 Alternative energy

ELP6 Nuclear power

ELP7 Our electricity supply


ELP8 Attractive forces

ELP9 Pushes and pulls

ELP10 Driving along

ELP11 Fly me to the moon

ELP12 Final frontiers


Transition Challenge

This programme covers programmes of study for the Key Stage 4 National Curriculum, along with a range activity to develop the skills required for adult living. Some tasks are written or project based, whilst some are practical activities. Students will complete at least 45 tasks from the following topics:

 English Spanish  Art Sport and Leisure Online Safety
 Maths  ICT  Family/Home  Work Related SRE
 Science   R.E.  Recreation Geography
 Technology  Citizenship  Community  History

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)

This qualification, which is available at levels 1, 2 and 3 covers a range develops students’ challenges students

CoPE demonstrates capability in six skills: teamwork, independent learning, problem solving, research, discussion and oral presentation. It involves engaging challenges across a choice of 12 modules including communication; independent living; and science and technology.

Employability Skills

This course will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of working environments and make them aware of skills that are needed to be effective in the workplace. It will cover 12 areas:

Self-management Problem solving Applying for a job
Team working  Communication Exploring job opportunities
Business and enterprise Working with numbers Rights and responsibilities at work
Customer awareness IT in the workplace Health and safety in the workplace.

Life Skills

Lifeskills Challenge from ASDAN allows us to personalise learners’ curriculum and meet their individual needs. There is a bank of challenges designed for learners to progress in curriculum areas that are important for success in adult life. Every pupil will complete a set of challenges that is appropriate to themselves. To view the bank of challenges, visit


As well as ASDAN Beliefs and Values Short Course, students will cover work that supports and develops their understanding of the Catholic Faith. The modules covered are:

Controversial Issues Crime and Punishment
Theology of the Body Peace and Conflict
Values, Beliefs & Decision-making Inspiration
The Environment


Students that choose the ASDAN History Short Course will cover:

Local history British history – our island stories
Britain, the empire and the world History from below
European history History in the world


Students that choose the ASDAN Geography Short Course will cover:

My place  Global interdependence
Food, energy, waste  The BRICS
Physical processes  Big issues
Sport and leisure  Why do people move?

Arts Award

The Arts Award qualifications support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities to engage and participate in the arts. Students will cover:

Part A: explore the arts as a participant

  • Participation in any art form
  • Improvement in personal arts practice

Part B: explore the arts as an audience member

  • Experience of one or more arts events
  • Reflection on personal enjoyment and quality of the arts event(s)
  • Participation in discussion about the arts event(s)

Part C: Arts Inspiration

  • Simple research into, and appreciation of, the work of an artist, craftsperson or arts practitioner
  • What they have learnt from the research into the person’s arts career, life and work

Part D: Arts skills share — passing on arts skills to others

  • Discussion with their adviser or another arts professional about the plans for their arts skills share
  • Delivery of their arts skills share
  • How well they passed on their skills

Department Extra Curricular Activities

Staffed break and lunch time supported common room with varying activities to promote social interaction and develop social skills.

Useful Links


Arts Award

Life Skills Challenge

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