KS3 Curriculum Introduction

The aim of the KS3 curriculum is to build on the experiences from the primary phase and to support our students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

At KS3, students are based in classes and have one teacher who delivers the full curriculum. Students study a rich, developmentally appropriate curriculum at KS3 which encompasses a broad range of subjects including: Literacy, Numeracy, Humanities, Science, PSHE, The Arts, Technology, Music and PE. The curriculum is delivered on a three-year rolling programme based on a thematic scheme.

KS3 Semi-Formal CurriculumTopic Overview

Term Primary KS3 Secondary West
& East (Pathway 1)
Cycle One
Autumn Me, myself and I Diversity
Spring Natural World The Circle of Life
Summer Destination By land, sea and air
Cycle Two
Autumn Food Supermarket Sweep
Spring Materials What’s the matter?
Summer Play, health and leisure My health and leisure
Cycle Three
Autumn Stories Myths and Legends
Spring Environment What a Wonderful World
Summer Water, Water, Everywhere Treasure Island

KS4 Curriculum Introduction

The KS4 curriculum at The Grove, caters for pupils with a primary diagnosis of complex or moderate autism with a range of associated learning difficulties.  We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that offers different pathways for pupils and their individual needs. The key aim is for pupils to develop independence in both their academic learning and their personal skills and to be recognised for these achievements through external qualifications and accreditation.

The curriculum is progressive and builds on previous learning from primary through to KS3 emphasising the skills required for each individual pupil to become ready for  the transition to post 16 education and beyond. All our work is designed around the ambitions and hopes of the young people, working towards their future destinations as outlined in their Education Health Care plan and their Transition towards Adulthood plan.

Success at KS4 looks different for every pupil, with an aim to decrease the adult support provided so that they will be able to function as independently as possible in their day to day life.

KS4 Semi-Formal Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 pupils working below age related expectations, are taught through the informal, semi-formal or formal curriculum dependent upon their needs.

The intent of the KS4 curriculum is to build on the experiences from the Primary and the KS3 phase and to support our pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

The semi-formal curriculum is an adapted and modified National Curriculum which is accessible, meaningful and relevant to all Pupils. Every lesson is planned to be challenging, enjoyable and successful for each pupil and there are many opportunities for practical hands-on activities and visits to places that enhance learning and extend cultural capital, ensuring learning is fun!

The majority of KS4 pupils are based in classes and have one teacher who delivers the full curriculum. The curriculum is delivered on a three-year rolling programme based on a thematic scheme. Themes have been carefully chosen to have a particular relevance to students and to build on and extend their knowledge and skills, enabling students to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in English, Maths, Science and other curriculum areas in a purposeful and concrete way. Each theme is designed to be broad and balanced ensuring coverage of Humanities, PSHE/RSHE, The Arts, Technology, Music, PE and MFL.

Examples of KS4 Semi-Formal Curriculum Overview:

Term KS4 Secondary West  KS4 Secondary East
Cycle 

One

Autumn Special Events Special Events
Spring Looking After Yourself Looking After Yourself
Summer My Community My Community