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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 comprises two classes of years 7, 8 and 9 pupils and the pupils are grouped according to need and ability.

We strive to meet the individual needs of all our pupils through the delivery of a broad, balanced and vibrant curriculum that promotes their self-confidence and independence skills. The KS3 teachers and support staff work together to plan a curriculum that meets the changing needs of our pupils as they develop. The National curriculum is adapted and differentiated to meet the needs of our pupils although some of our pupils have additional and complex needs and require a personalised curriculum to help them progress.

Pupils stay in tutor groups with their class tutor on Monday-Thursday mornings covering Maths, English and Science. Clear realistic targets are set for each individual pupil and pupils work in small groups according to ability under the supervision of a teacher or support staff on appropriate practical tasks to help them achieve their targets. There is a high ratio of adults to pupils within each class. Assessment is monitored through the B squared system and progress is assessed each half term. If progress is not as expected, strategies are put in place with individual pupils to improve achievement of targets.

On Friday mornings pupils are placed in different groups and move through a rotation of life skills groups (see separate section on this website under Life Skills). In the afternoons pupils are taught by different specialist teachers in other areas of the curriculum such as Humanities, Art, Music, PE, RE, PSHE, Citizenship, DT and FT.

Learning is enhanced by a series of 'enrichment' days enjoyed across the school each half term. In 2016 we wholeheartedy participated in Poetry day, World War 2 day, PEEMS, Children in need and World Book day.

 

KS3 had their first residential trip in June 2014 and this is to become a regular feature in the school year for all pupils in KS3. All pupils will have the opportunity to go Carlton Lodge near Thirsk or East Barnby for an outdoor activity-based experience. The trip helps promote teamwork, helps to increase confidence and self-esteem and also helps develop greater independence and self-care skills.


We have strong links with the local mainstream schools, which further enrich the educational opportunities available to our pupils and pupils in their respective schools, and dual placements can be arranged when suitable.

Regular off-site visits are used as a stimulus for theme-based learning and as a way of promoting social and emotional development as well as linguistic and cognitive development. During the last year as well as the three day residential trip to Carlton Lodge, KS3 had day trips to the Castle Museum in York, the beach in Scarborough, Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, a farm visit, Eden Camp, Flamingoland, Hope Central in Malton, Pickering War Weekend, Nunnington Hall, Michael Morpurgo Ryedale Book festival, the pantomime at Middlesbrough theatre and trips to the church in Harome for Harvest, Christingle and Easter services .

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