Freemantles School

Freemantles School

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Secondary Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Key stage 3 students are encouraged to build on skills learnt in Key stage 2 whilst continually developing the skills needed for the future. There is a particular focus on Social and communication skills considering Social context and personal and social development. Learning takes place both at school and in the community. All students cover a balanced and broadly based relevant curriculum according to their own needs.

All curriculum areas are covered through the use of topic based curriculum. We have a 3 year programme to cover different topic areas to avoid repetition of content although the learning of key skills will be continually revisited according to the students’ level of development.

 

Year

One

The Changing World

- Fiction or non-fiction text about the changing world (e.g. dinosaurs)

- Time: Days, months, calendars, decades.

- Space: Direction movement and position

- Rivers

- Forests

- Pollution

- Deforestation

- Conservation

- What the world looked like in the past

- How the world has changed (Ice Age, Stone Age)

- Rocks and fossils

- Recycling and Materials

- Renewable energy

   

Life in other countries

- Pen pals

- Communicating via questions

- Non-fiction texts about how people live in a different country (newspapers, magazines, Newsround, online news)

- Data Handling: Classifying and comparing life in different countries.

- Surveys about food, clothes, culture with peers in school.

- Money: Coins and currencies.

- Cost and value of items sold in different countries and our own country.

- Online safety

- The cultural backgrounds of our classmates

- People who live without electricity

- Uses of electricity

- Charity links (including religious charities)

- Clothing and food

- Continents and Countries  

Media/Production: Science Fiction

- Science Fiction stories Retelling

- Comprehension

- Numeracy: Measures – set construction and design.

- Making props - length

- Catering for audience – weights and volume.

- Sound/Music

- Real and pretend

- Problem solving and teamwork

- Role Play and drama

 

Year

Two

Travel and transport

- Fiction or non-fiction story about transport or the history of transport.

- Time: Days, months, calendars, decades.

- Timetables

- Journey planning

- Space: Direction movement and position

- Public transport

- History of transport including museum visits

(Milestones, military museums, Brooklands)

- Forces

 

Where we live: Past and Present

- Non-fiction texts about the local area.

- Local newspapers, magazines, Newsround, online news)

- Money: Costing, Value of everyday items.

How much things cost in the past and now.

- Maps/Co- ordinates/Directions

- Cities, Villages, Towns

- Our town in history

- Woking Mosque

- Guildford Cathedral

- Healthy living

- Clothing and food

- Best of British

- Google Maps/Google Earth

- The cultural backgrounds of our classmates

Media/Production: Adventure

- Adventure stories

- Sound/Music

Numeracy: Measures – set construction and design.

- Making props - length

- Catering for audience – weights and volume.

- Real and pretend

- Problem solving and teamwork

- Role Play and drama

 

Year

Three

Wonders of the world

- Fiction or non-fiction book about a Wonder of the World.

- Time: Days, months, calendars, decades.

- Space: Direction movement and position

- Volcanoes

- Pyramids

- Landmarks

- Geology

- Gardens

- Temples (Taj Mahal)

- Statues (David, Nelsons Column etc.)

- Solar System

- Roman Baths

- Buildings (e.g. Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa)

  

Famous people

- Non-fiction texts about a person or group of people

- Biographies (e.g. Pop Culture, Sports people)

- Value of everyday items.

- Celebrity salaries

- How much things cost in the past and now.

- Religious Leaders

- Historical figures

- Healthy living

- The cultural backgrounds of our classmates

 

 

Media/Production: Comedy

- Comedy stories

- Numeracy: Measures – set construction and design.

- Making props - length

- Catering for audience – weights and volume.

- Real and pretend

- Problem solving and teamwork

- Role Play and drama

- People find different things funny

- When it’s not ok to laugh

- Sound/Music

 

Read more about the Key Stage 3 CurriculumComputing - Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 4

In Key stage 4 students are encouraged to build on skills learnt previously whilst continually developing the skills needed for the future. In addition to a continued focus on extending the social and communication skills developed in KS3; extending students’ understanding of social context and furthering their personal and social development, there is also a new focus on developing the skills students will need for further education, employment and adult life in recognition of their age.

All students cover a balanced and broadly based relevant curriculum according to their own needs and work towards a recognised portfolio qualification with the ASDAN, OCR or WJEC examination boards.

Read more about the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Computing - Key Stage 4

 

Animal Area

Freemantles has an animal area on site, to give our students the experience of taking care of a range of small animals.

Most students from Keystage 3, 4 & FE have Animal Care scheduled once a week. Usually, half of the class spend each half term learning the correct feeding & watering procedures for a single animal.  A TEACCH system is used to encourage students to work independently from basic steps through to feeding, watering & cleaning out. All students are encouraged to change into & out of the appropriate protective clothing, with little or no staff help.  The students build up their skills & independence gradually until they are able to use a worklist to find the correct animal cage then use a schedule to follow the procedures for cleaning out, changing the water, giving the correct amount of the appropriate feed & providing a suitable amount of hay where necessary.  Most students are eventually able to carry out these duties completely independently.

This outdoor experience of caring for animals provides a calm & peaceful environment that is beneficial to our students’ self-esteem & independence.