Mrs A. Ringsell – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO)
Mr G. O’Donnell – Specialist Resource Base Lead
Mrs L Hardy – Specialist Provision Teacher
Ms H. Richards – Specialist Provision Teacher
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
|AQA||Step up English||GCSE English|
|OCR||Entry Level Maths||Entry Level Science|
|ASDAN||RE – Beliefs and Values
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)
|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.
- 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:
|ELB1 Dead or alive (cells)
ELB2 Babies (reproduction)
ELB3 Control systems
ELB4 Fooling your senses
ELB5 Gasping for breath
|ELB7 You can only have one life – look after it
ELB8 Body wars
ELB9 Creepy crawlies
ELB11 My genes
ELB12 Food factory
|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
ELC10 Are you overreacting?
ELC11 How fast? How slow?
ELC12 CSI plus
|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
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|
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.
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.|
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 www.lifeskillschallenge.org.uk/challenges.
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|
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?|
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.