Kingsley Curriculum

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Academic Curriculum

It is the duty of The Green Room Kingsley to re-write the negative aspects of previous school experience, by offering a safe and secure environment, with engaging hands on practice, to reignite a passion for learning and drive to succeed.

Pupils will be supported not just academically to bridge gaps in their knowledge but also emotionally, enabling then to make positive life choices and interact socially

with staff, their peers and build relationships in the future. This is a place where the academic and therapeutic approach are inextricably linked. Being situated on a farm, pupils will take on the responsibility of working alongside and caring for a range of animals which in itself will have enormous therapeutic rewards.

We are brave and reflective, exploring what works best for every pupil, offering a bespoke and flexible timetable for all. We believe that all pupils want to succeed; we will give them the space, time and guidance they will need to do so.

At The Green Room Kingsley, pupils are offered the opportunity to start again, to start a new journey. Expectations are clear and simple to assist pupils in making the right choices and move forward in their education.

Choice 

English and Maths is compulsory and this is understood and respected. Outside of this our timetable reflects a wealth of enriching subjects that pupils will engage with, offering a wide range of skills that may ignite a spark that could lead to a passion and career. The importance of choice is paramount, as the pupils make decisions about their own development. The subjects are defined by the skills and passions we have as staff members, but if a pupil has an interest in pursuing a subject that we don’t offer, we will do our best to facilitate it. 

The Qualifications We Offer 

BTEC Land Based Studies

English & Maths up to GCSE level

Project Qualification

BTEC in Land Based Studies

The BTEC in Land Based Studies offers pupils a qualification which develops core skills when working with animals, plants and machinery, and theory which allows them to work with expert staff towards a qualification in a field they have genuine interest in.

Working outside in the natural environment offers a therapeutic release from the everyday classroom, giving pupils fresh air, a chance to reflect and work hard on the sessions that are being delivered. It builds not only subject knowledge but also self-esteem. It widens career prospects as it gives practical experience to take forward to a more vocational career. The BTEC is extremely versatile and allows pupils to focus on a range of skills from animal handling, the study of plants and how to use and maintain a tractor. This diverse offer holds their interest and highlights at least one key area to be passionate about. Pupils work through the Pearson BTEC Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Award in Land-based Studies and can move on to their Diploma when they have successfully achieved these first stages.

Meeting The Needs Of The Statement (Education, Health And Care Plan) 

We use the Statement as a springboard to explore the right techniques, qualifications and therapy for that pupil. This is completely individual and we are open to explore whatever option best suits them, whether this be for specific learning difficulties or emotional and behavioural support. If we cannot meet these needs within The Green Room, we actively seek out the professional help required to meet their needs, for example we have recently employed the assistance of a SALT to help deliver our Speech and Language requirements

English

English is a dynamic language and integral to young peoples’ ability to function in wider society. Through the study of English pupils can gain a means to effectively communicate and a level of comprehension that provides an enjoyment of reading.

Our aim is to consolidate KS2 skills in order for our young people to access the KS3 and KS4 curriculum given periods absence from mainstream education. Alongside filling the gaps in prior knowledge, we aim to teach a vigorous and varied KS3 curriculum that draws on cross curricular links. It is our intention that this will adequately prepare students for KS4 English qualifications appropriate to their individual requirements.

The course of study allows students to be:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others

  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others

  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn

  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges

  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference

Science

It is our intention that pupils at The Green Room will have the opportunity to take at least the Entry Level Certificate in Science. Science appears in many areas of the curriculum and our cross curricular links are strong.

The pupils are often working outside in the natural environment and grow ever more inquisitive about the world around them. Pupils are regularly asked questions about their surroundings and given key information to support the work they are doing in Science, BTEC and the other outdoor activities they take part in.

Our curriculum also encourages pupils to ask questions, plan their ideas, work on accuracy and precision, document their findings and evaluate, all of which are important life skills.

Maths

The goal of the Green Room Kingsley within Mathematics is to firstly, reestablish the pupil within the subject and within a classroom, secondly to establish what knowledge has been obtained previously and what gaps in knowledge there are, and thirdly to ignite a confidence in as many mathematical areas as possible.

Topics are taught in progressively greater depth over the course of both key stage 3 and key stage 4 (GCSE), and thus outcomes will still include key stage 3 level content. The Green Room Kingsley repeats the teaching of content from earlier stages in order to re-enforce.

We aim to provide a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, and to encourage pupils to develop their confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

Forest School

We believe that participating in outdoor learning and Forest School activities brings many benefits to the students including:

  • Growth in confidence and independence

  • Opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves

  • Helping students to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment

  • Allowing students to become more confident in the natural environment

  • Team-building and co-operative activities

  • Enabling a practical element to their learning

  • Physical, social and health benefits (including mental health)

  • Improved behaviour and motivation - and having an impact on achievement

  • Promoting self-discovery

  • Improving communication skills in the real world

  • Working in an environment which develops key skills, curriculum work and informal learning

  • Raising self-esteem.

Topics covered include

  • Campfire cooking

  • Woodcraft activities

  • Tool use and care of tools

  • Activities using mud

  • Ecology games

  • Sensory games

  • Using woodland materials

  • Creative activities

  • Shelter building

PSHE

PSHE at The Green Room Kingsley gives us the opportunity to challenge pupil beliefs and opinions, contextualise skills learnt across the curriculum and give them a greater understanding about the world we live in and their impact on it. We have a duty to ensure all pupils have a wider view of world and the people within it. It helps our pupils to develop fully as an individual and as a member of a school, family and society. It provides our pupils with the practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives. Building on character ensures well rounded young adults ready to embark on their own lives.

Sport

Sport is compulsory for all as the benefits of exercise are immeasurable. We utilise our local leisure centre facilities as well as our school environment to establish healthy physical exercise and develop the skills and attributes that taking part in sport and being part of a team brings.

Alton Leisure Centre has a well-equipped gym and swimming pool plus a sports hall which can accommodate 5 aside football, basket ball, bench ball, quick cricket and many other ball games We aim to:

  • Encourage our pupils to lead a healthy and active lifestyle 

  • provide a detailed understanding of the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating.

  • To broaden knowledge base of different sporting competitions 

  • to create a well rounded sportsperson who can carry his/her sporting experiences off the pitch and implement them into their daily routines.

  • maintain healthy competition amongst peers.

History

Only by learning from the past can we hope to shape the future, or so the saying goes. Education’s primary purpose is to prepare ones self as best as possible to face whatever lies ahead. Through the topics covered pupils will be given snapshots of History, travelling from the 11th century up to the 20th century in order to gain a better understanding of how ideas, societies and people develop.

The skills acquired through studying History are varied and wide ranging. Pupils will develop a level of analysis, as well as judging and weighing up outcomes. They will gain an understanding of the wider world around us and how many of the things we see in our lives today have come to be. History will develop cultural knowledge and encourages a level of acceptance and tolerance.

Geography

The power of Geography is in its ability to aid integration and provide a framework for a better future. Through the teaching of Geography, it is our hope that pupils will gain a curiosity about the world round them and be more empathetic towards the people we share this earth with in an increasingly globalised society. Pupils will cover snapshots of both Human and physical geography as well opportunities to conduct fieldwork.

Through the study of Geography pupils will acquire new skills as well as consolidating key

skills introduced through English, Maths and Science. Pupils will develop research and note taking skills; understanding of graphs and data; analytic thinking; evaluation; organisation skills and general knowledge. Most importantly, they will develop a better understanding of the world around them and the impact they themselves have upon it.

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning gives pupils the freedom to explore, imagine, learn, think and create. This freedom creates a more independent learner who will become more resilient to failure and create more pride in their success, which means pupils have greater curiosity and enthusiasm for other lessons as they begin to see how the skills of English, Maths and Science will all positively impact their projects.

At The Green Room Kingsley, we have a vast array of opportunities for Project Based Learning, from the farm, the workshops and the local businesses. Pupils are encouraged to make decisions about where their project is going and what they need to do to achieve it.

Pupil Progress

Our aim is to provide a safe, consistent environment for our pupils to make short term changes and  enable them to go out into the world as kind, empathetic and brilliant people. We have weekly mentoring meetings to assess how the student is doing both academically and emotionally

 

We also monitor progress using our GRIP (Green Room Individual Plan) where pupil's academic and social  targets for the future are set. 

Work Experience 

The Green Room Pupil is encouraged to live in the present and look to the future. We offer three Career Guidance sessions per year where we discuss colleges, courses and careers, raising pupils' awareness of opportunities after The Green Room and enabling us to search for Work Experience placements appropriate to their interests. Good relationships with local colleges and businesses promote further choice and opportunities for post 16 progression.