Key Stage 4 2019 - 2020
- Current NC subjects have been aligned to the Donaldson Report Learning areas to form a holistic and thematic approach to learning for subjects at KS4.
- Core subjects being taught at KS4 as part of a thematic two year rolling programme including Maths, English, Science, ICT, PSE, Humanities, Culture, Technology, PE, RE and Careers.
- LNF is incorporated into the curriculum at KS4 as is the digital competency framework
- Provide a range of accreditation across the department using WJEC Entry Pathways and Personal Progress.
- Enhanced choice and flexibility are available in option modules one afternoon a week.
- Pupils are provided with opportunities for community participation.
- Careers information, advice and guidance are provided for all learners we have a close working relationship with Careers Wales.
- Pupils are involved in taking part in their Individual Education Plans (IEP's) which provide the opportunity for the school to develop a learner centred, personalised approach to learning.
Some pupils at KS4 take courses in WJEC Personal Progress at entry level 1.
These consist of six modules
- Developing communication skills
- Developing reading skills
- Developing writing skills
- Developing ICT skills
- Early mathematics- number
- Understanding money
WJEC Entry Pathway modules are followed at entry level 2 and 3 across the curriculum.
Year 11 Students will sit ESW at entry level 2 or 3
In addition to the core curriculum at KS4 option modules are offered for an afternoon per week for learners 14-16.
Pupils at Key Stage 4 have the opportunity on an annual basis to take part in a Physical Education residential course. These may be held in residential centres such as Glan Llyn or Nant BH.
During these outdoor & adventurous activity courses, pupils may take part in skiing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling zip wire and team building activities. Pupils are able to extend a variety of skills which are more easily facilitated in an outdoor environment. The development of these skills promotes individual well being, a positive attitude and self confidence, which will help the children to become responsible citizens, confident individuals and effective learners. A fantastic time is always had by all!
Our school links with other special schools across North Wales to compete in a number of sports. The NWSAPLD is an organisation which all special schools in North Wales affiliate to and collaboratively school staff make opportunities to compete in, Football, Boccia, Swimming, Basketball, Athletics, Hockey, Cross Country, Orienteering and many more.
Pupils in Years 10 and 11 may have the opportunity to visit local colleges in Northop and training centres with North Wales Training over the course of the year. They take part in courses with college tutors and are supported by school staff.
Many of the pupils in year 10 and 11 go on to attend 6th form and the college link opportunities give them a sound basis in the decision making process which comes when they leave school at 19 years of age.
Some pupils opt to leave school after year 11 and for these students the opportunity to spend time familiarising themselves with the college environment, the courses and the staff is an invaluable insight into what is to come.
The Annual Review in year 11 is completed early in the autumn term, allowing as much time as is possible to put plans in place for the transition from school. School works closely with parents, the future provision and partner agencies towards a smooth transition. During the Summer term, the transition process is increased and opportunities to visit the new provision are created.
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