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.