Notton House Schools outreach provision offers a bespoke academic, vocational, therapeutic, extra curricular and life skills full time programme to pupils whose specific needs would be best met in Bristol. This provision offers pupils a staged transition back into their communities and into education or training post Notton.
KEY STAGE 3
Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in two small groups (maximum 7). There is still an emphasis on basic literacy and numeracy skills but with access to specialist subjects and teachers delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
Class 7/8; Steve Thomas (Tutor) Pete Young (LSA)
Class 8/9: Jackie Ball (Tutor) Jane Warner (LSA)
KEY STAGE 4
On entering Year 10 Upper School pupils have the opportunity to choose which subjects they take. All pupils continue with Maths, English, Science, PE, Emotional literacy, PSHE (inc RE,Citizenship,Careers) and can currently choose from:
Art / Home Cooking / DT Resistant Materials / PE (GCSE) / ICT / Motor Vehicle Studies (delivered at KnowleDGE) / Construction (delivered at Rocksteady Training) / Land Based Studies / Independent Living
English and Literacy
Most students study for a GCSE in English, following the WJEC specification. The course is taught over a two-year period and assessed using a combination of controlled assessments and formal examination. Students receive a qualification based on reading and written tasks. There is a separate grade for their speaking and listening; this is assessed by the teacher.
Some students study for the WJEC Entry Level in English. This exam ensures that students have a working grasp of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening – i.e. they can speak in Formal English and can read for information and for entertainment.
Maths at Notton is delivered through good classroom teaching and individually planned pupil pathways. In Key Stage 2 and 3 we follow the New National Curriculum 2014 for Maths and use a mastery model. Pupils have individual plans so that they learn new skills each lesson and make good progress. There are regular times during the year for topics to be revisited and for the learning to be consolidated. Pupils are taught how maths applies to real life and how a good grasp of functional numeracy will help them in the future, from buying a house or car, to borrowing and paying back money, budgeting for household expenses and working out how pay is calculated.
In Key Stage 4 most pupils follow the Edexcel specification, leading to a GCSE qualification in Maths. The course teaches pupils to develop their maths skills in areas such as number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. The qualification has two tiers of entry. Higher Tier covers grades A* to D. Foundation Tier covers grades C to G. One or two pupils who are not able to access the requirements of the GCSE Maths programme complete an Entry Level qualification instead.
At Notton House School, our aim is to create a stimulating learning environment to enable students to develop scientific skills and become enthusiastic and scientifically literate young people. Students develop practical skills, scientific theory and applications. These scientific skills can be applied across all disciplines for learning and set pupils up for life, regardless of the career path they choose.
Our KS3 science course is tailored to the new 2014 curriculum and will support students through KS3 and prepare them for science at KS4.
At KS4 there are two routes:
- The Edexcel Certificate in Science (Double Award) which aims to impart a systematic body of scientific knowledge and facts, and an understanding of scientific concepts, principles, themes and patterns. It develops experimental skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques, as well as students’ ability to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them.
And for students for whom terminal examinations are a challenge.
- WJEC Science Today Entry Level which is designed to enable different units to be combined to create programmes of study suited to individual learners’ needs.
All the staff of Notton House School are committed to developing literacy skills in all of our students, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum.
Design & Technology – Resistant Materials
Lessons in the workshop, give students an opportunity to experience practically based lessons in designing and making. Using tools and machinery to shape and form materials, along with the creation of products that work is an exciting challenge for students at Notton House.
Students are given design contexts to work with that are intended to promote learning in a variety materials. Successful projects include laminated plywood money boxes, recipe book stands, transistor radios, small items of furniture and plastic moulded products.
Key Stage Four students are currently working towards a GCSE in Resistant Materials. This comprises project based work, a written examination and two main projects that are assessed by the examination board.
Computers are used across the school at Notton House. Many students bring with them a knowledge of computer systems and software learned outside of the school day. During the school day, students are encouraged to extend their computing skills; to use on-line material safely and responsibly, to find information and also to use computer systems to create solutions to situations and design problems.
Students enjoy using a variety of devices. The school provides tablets, computer stations in classrooms, digital cameras and a suite of Apple Macs that are also used to run Windows. Classrooms are also fitted with whiteboards for use in lessons.
At Notton House, computing is taught across all ages and Key Stages through a digital literacy curriculum that comprises designing for an audience, handling data, graphics, online security and safety, network styles, web page design, programming and control.
Key Stage Four students are currently working towards a BTEC award in Information and Creative Technology. Students are also entered for Entry Level ICT at the end of year nine.
GCSE PE (Short Course)
Exam Board: Edexcel
This option is equivalent to half a GCSE and aimed at those students with an interest in sport, fitness and physical activity. The course structure and assessment is very similar to the full GCSE, only with half the content. Students study the theory module on healthy active lifestyles and have to offer two (rather than 4) sports for their practical performance as well as completing their analysis of performance.
The Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Physical Education requires students to develop their knowledge and understanding of physical education and physical activity, in relation to balanced healthy lifestyles, including:
- How, and why, people take part in physical activity
- Exercise and fitness
- Personal health and wellbeing.
Students will also develop their knowledge in relation to performance in physical activity.
The Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Physical Education gives students the opportunity to develop skills relating to performance in physical activity, including:
- Practical performance, in roles such as player/participant, official and leader
- Analysis of performance
60% Practical Assessment
- Practical performance in 2 different activities
- Analysis of performance including the personal exercise programme
40% Theory Externally Set Examination
- Healthy, active lifestyles
- The examination is 1 hour, and includes multiple-choice, short-answer, and longer-answer questions.
Range of Sports
Students will have an opportunity to take part in a variety of sports/activities including football, hockey, basketball, swimming, kayaking, trampolining, badminton, tennis, rounders, cricket, volleyball, athletics, cycling and rock-climbing.
Please speak to your current PE teacher if considering taking Short Course PE as an option. They will be able to advise you of its suitability.
Art and Design
We offer opportunities for pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the Artistic world and that of other artists. They are guided to develop their creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Pupils develop a practical, technical, visual and tactile language to communicate their ideas, feelings and meanings. They also explore ideas and meanings in the work of contemporary and historic artists, craftspeople and designers. They are exposed to the diverse roles and functions of Art, craft and design In the Environment and in different times and cultures.
The course in enhanced by regular trips to see the work of:-
Artists, Galleries, Potteries, Craft Exhibitions, Museums and National Trust premises both locally and regionally. This celebrates and underpins the connection between Art and Artists in our everyday environment.
All key stages follow an individualised scheme of work that provides a broad framework for the development of the following skills in in 2D and 3D:-
Painting and drawing,
Key stage 4 Pupils work towards GCSE Art in year 10 and 11with the WJEC Examination Board.
Colette Cassin – Davies B.A. ( hons) 3D Design. PGATC. CAPS ( Sen)
We have used Unique Voice over the past 2 years to enhance the delivery of our PSHE curriculum. Their use of Drama as a vehicle to address social issues which our pupils find hard to approach, works amazingly well with our pupils.
The school curriculum includes provision for PSHE delivered by a subject specialist. However it is the expert use of drama to really engage with the children and draw out their true feelings about an issue that makes Unique Voice special. Sessions aim to re-build confidence and outlook, often using drama therapy methods to address fear, trauma and past experiences. We maximize the impact of this work by having our subject specialist timetabled with UV both to follow up issues and as a professional development opportunity.
From Key Stage 2 to year nine, pupils have access to a double lesson of Food Technology a week. We focus on practical skills to facilitate a working practical knowledge giving pupils the skills they may need to feed themselves and their families in the future. There is an emphasis on having an understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a balanced diet. In year 10 and 11 pupils follow the Btec route and have the opportunity to gain a level one and 2 accreditation in Home Cooking. This is delived through four lessons a week, mostly practical and skills based.
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding is based on the number of pupils
DfE guidance on the conditions of the PE and sport grant for the academic year 2013/14 explains that allocations will be calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 and those aged five in reception as recorded in the January 2013 School Census.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils will receive £8,000 plus £5 per eligible pupil.
Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils will receive £500 per eligible pupil.
Notton house school was allocated 4,396 for the academic year 2013-2014 and 771 for 2014-15. The change in funding is due to a reduction in the number of KS2 pupils on roll.
Purpose of Funding
This funding must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2013 to 2014 academic year so that they develop healthy lifestyles.
Reporting Impact of Funding
Maintained schools and academies must publish, on their website, information about their use of the PE and Sport Grant allocation by 4 April 2014. Schools should publish the amount of grant received; how it has been spent (or will be spent) and what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment as a result, to help to ensure that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles.
Notton House School PE and Sport Grant Objectives
- Increase the participation in sport of primary aged pupils
- Improve quality of teaching PE
- Improve progress of students in PE
- Increase the resources available to primary students
|Record of Sports Grants spending 2013/14/15||Funding|
|Impact / Outcome|
|Objective 1: |
Increase participation in sport
|Primary aged students from two local link primary schools participated in PE lessons each week. These are delivered by our staff and sports leaders (Notton pupils). We provided transport to bring primary aged pupils to Notton House using 2 minibuses and 2 drivers. Approximately 25 pupils from Lacock school and 15 from Lypiatt school accessed this provision each week.||80min Teacher and LSA 74 X 2 per week |
Transport costs 30 x 2
25 per session
|Delivered a range of lessons to KS2 pupils preparing for transition to local secondary schools. Invasion games, striking and fielding, net games, gymnastics/Trampolining, Athletics and health related fitness|
|Provision 2014-2015||2014-15 £771|
|Primary aged students from two local link primary schools participate in PE lessons each week. These are delivered by a member of staff and sports leaders (Notton pupils) at the link school site. Approximately 25 pupils from Lacock school an 15 from Lypiatt school access this provision each week at their home schools||20x35 weeks |
+ travel costs
Homework Timetable September 2014
|PE (MW)||PE (MW)||Science (JB)||Core (ST)||Core (HMO)||Core (LS)|
|TUES||Mathematics (TO)||English (SH)||English (SH)||Mathematics (TO)||Core (ST)||Core (HMO)||Core (LS)|
|WED||Science||Science||Science (JB)||PE (MW)||PSHE (SF)||Core (HMO)||Core (LS)|
|THURS||ICT (RD) & JG|
|Mathematics (TO)||Mathematics (TO)||English (ST)||Core (ST)||Core (HMO)||Core (LS)|
The Lower School is designed to cater for pupils within a safe and nurturing environment which enables their transition to the middle and upper school to be determined by their personal and social development rather than age.
There can be as many as 12 boys from year 4, 5, 6 and 7 in Lower School, split into 2 classes with a teacher and teaching assistant in each one.. Our school day starts at 09:00 and finishes at 16:00.
During our school day two of us spend some of our time in the “Right Start” room. We are “Learning to Learn”. We practise our Literacy and Numeracy skills through play. We are also developing our skills to cope with our emotional challenges through a number of PSHRE based games, crafts and group activities. We are learning to build relationships to enable us to rejoin our class group on a full time basis. We are supported through our learning journey by Emma and Belinda.
The Pupils spend most of our time with the teacher in the classroom.
During a typical school day we learn all subjects from the National Curriculum. Our class teacher teach us the core subjects including: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities, CPSHRE and every term we practise these skills learning through a project.
We visit other specialist teachers around the school for Art, ICT, Food Technology, Design and Technology and P.E.
We also participate in Music and drama session with companies called “Kandu” and “Unique Voice”. On a Tuesday one of us visits a local farm learning new skills with a member of staff.
There are also daily sessions for some of us to have intense one-to-one sessions to build on our Literacy and Numeracy skills with our teaching staff.
During the school day we are encouraged to make “good choices”, so that we are learning new skills and making progress. As a reward for this we are allocated points for the efforts we make.
After our school day we are greeted by our care team. Our points for the school day determines the activity we are offered during our evenings. So the more points we earn the greater the choice of activities.
Curriculum Organisation and Delivery
The school teaches pupils from KS2, KS3 and KS4. All pupils access the national curriculum, programmes of study are differentiated to meet their needs, through individually tailored packages.
The school places a high degree of emphasis on the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy, whilst preparing young people for their transition to college, or world of work Post-16.PSHE is delivered as a timetabled lesson to Pupils in Years 8-11. The school curriculum is enriched by access to outdoor pursuits and leisure activities both during the teaching day and during residential hours.
All key stages have a week of a minimum of 25 hours taught time.
Key Stage 2
The school operates one KS2 class, of no more than 6 pupils, in Years 5 and 6, (although an occasional Year 7 may remain in the group, if appropriate), who are class based and taught the majority of the curriculum bytheir class teacher. These lessons are supplemented by the pupils having access to specialist rooms and specialist teachers, supported by a teaching assistant, for Art, HE, DT and PE.
Key Stage 3
The school operates with flexible grouping within Key Stage 3.
One Year 7/8 follows a primary model, is class based and taught by their class teacher for the majority of their subjects. These lesson are supplemented by the pupils having access to specialist rooms and specialist teachers, supported by a Teaching Assistant,for Art, HE, DT and PE.
One Year 8 and one Year 9 group of no more than 7pupils who follow a secondary KS3 curriculum moving between specialist teachers for each subject. Each teacher will be supported by a minimum of one teaching assistant. In year 9 Drama is delivered at Woodstock school by member of staff from Bristol Gateway school.
Key Stage 4
The school operates flexibe grouping within Key Stage 4. There are two Year 10/11 class groups of no more than 7 pupils and one year 10/11 group who attend the Outreach alternative programme which is based in Bristol as day pupils. At Keystage 4 a proportion of the curriculum is delivered through partnerships with a range of school, college and alternative providers.