Year 7 – 11
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 the 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 & KS4
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.
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This curriculum is followed in the first 4 periods of every day, and pupils are in groups according to their ability in both KS3 & KS4.
Period 5 KS3 & KS4
Period 5 is taught in tutor groups and covers literacy and numeracy, alongside citizenship, independent skills and RE. Pupils will have an opportunity to read and practise handwriting every day.
Creative Curriculum KS3
Again taught in tutor groups, on the whole, the creative curriculum incorporates elements of humanities as well as French. In year 9 pupils have a taste of the KS4 Challenge curriculum, having sessions of PE, Art and horticulture. 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 one-year option courses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Options this year are – travel and tourism, small animal care, bricklaying, painting and decorating, horticulture, sports leaders, art, BTEC Sport, cookery.
All courses are one year and are accredited. Levels of accreditation are from entry level 1 to BTEC level 2.
Careers and employability
We have developed a new curriculum that we have called Works4U. We are very proud of the high percentage of pupils who leave our school and go into employment. This is why KS3, KS4 and FED pupils have a weekly lesson using our Works4U curriculum.