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Pebble Brook School Curriculum

 

At Pebble Brook School we want our pupils to enjoy learning and to maximise their achievements, particularly in reading, writing, communication and numeracy. 

Through the curriculum our pupils develop knowledge they need to make the best progress they can but also skills for learning and life such as resilience, persistence and cooperation.  Our curriculum develops the whole child – spiritually, morally, culturally and socially.  It is extended and enriched by a variety of extra-curricular activities, trips and visits.

A measure of our success can be defined by where our pupils go on leaving the 6th form. 100% of pupils in the past 2 years have left for college, apprenticeship or employment.  

 

Core Curriculum KS3 and 4

We have a relentless focus on literacy and numeracy hence all year groups have 5 lessons of English and 5 lessons of maths every week. As well as these subjects they study science, computing, art and design, PSHE, PE and cookery in KS3.

English

5

Maths

5

Science

3

Computing

2

Art and Design

1

PE

2

PSHE

1(KS3)   2(KS4)

Cookery

1 (KS3)

 

This curriculum is followed in the first 4 periods of every day, and pupils are in groups according to their ability in both KS3 and 4.

 

Period 5 KS3 and 4

Period 5 is taught in tutor groups and covers literacy and numeracy, alongside citizenship, independent skills and RE. Pupils will have opportunity to read and practice handwriting every day.

 

Creative Curriculum KS3

Again taught in tutor groups on the whole the creative curriculum incorporates elements of humanities as well as expressive arts for years 8 and 9. Some of the topics from p 5 are expanded, and KS3 tutor groups have the opportunity for input from our SALT and OT teams. These lessons and activities give all our pupils a chance to use and apply their learning, as well as learning new skills and approaches. The focus in the afternoon is on the development of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural and personal well being. The lessons are designed to ‘light the spark’ for our pupils so that they can become fascinated and enthused by all school life can offer.

 

Challenge Curriculum KS4

Years 10 and 11 follow 1 year option courses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Options this year are – travel and tourism, health and social care, small animal care, bricklaying, painting and decorating, horticulture, sports leaders, art, 3D art, fashion and textiles, cookery.

All courses are one year and are accredited. Levels of accreditation are from entry level 1 to BTEC level 2.

On Monday afternoons KS4 pupils work on projects to contribute to their ASDAN qualification, which range from transition modules to CoPE level 1, depending on the needs of the pupils.