We offer a very wide choice of curriculum at Chaigeley School. The timetable aims to be flexible and comprehensive to meet the academic as well as the vocational needs of our pupils. Each class group, of no more than seven pupils, has a qualified class teacher and at least one dedicated teaching assistant. Specialist teachers deliver specific subjects and are also skilled in working with pupils experiencing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. All our classrooms are equipped with the latest in smasrtscreen interactive technology to aid learning. At Key Stage 4 a personalised curriculum is offered based on the schools adaptation of Progress 8 which can be found below.

With a renewed focus on Careers from central Government through the Gatsby report, Chaigeley has revised it’s approach to the Careers strategy. Running alongside Work Related Learning, which is a subject in it’s own right, Careers will offer the opportunity for learners, staff and parents to begin a journey in Year 9 through to the end of Year 11. This will take in exploring avenues of future study beyond Chaigeley in College or Apprenticeships; identifying areas of work students may wish to take up and pathways that will allow them to be successful in their aspirations.

Is it Further Education, University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Apprenticeships, Traineeships or straight into employment? All of these can be explored.

Learners and parents will be given access to the Start resources with a login and can spend time together getting clued up on what is available and the skills required. We will have employer engagement days where learners will get to meet people in the trades or areas of study they wish to enter. Where appropriate, work experience will be arranged in Year 11.

Learners will be equipped with a Careers Action Plan Booklet to help them keep track of their research and progress

Career Action Plan Booklet

Following the recent successes of some Year 11 learners, an aftercare programme is being set up where Chaigeley staff will continue to follow learners after they have left. For those who maybe struggled to find a pathway, we can continue to help them find a destination. For those settled, we can keep contact until they are ready to finally go on their own.

We have an allocated worker from Job Centre Plus, who has already been into school to begin advising Year 11s on next steps. This will also be available to Years 9 and 10 soon.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the school and ask for the Careers Co-ordinator.

Here are some documents and web pages you may find useful;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-guidance-provision-for-young-people-in-schools

http://www.thecdi.net/write/Careers_strategy_Dec_2017.pdf

https://icould.com/?essential&statistics – a neat little personality test and then linking to careers options you can bring into school to speak to the Careers adviser about. Lots of interviews and videos about different jobs if you are unsure.

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/careerometer – will help you make choices based on the information you enter.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

 

A summary of our curriculum areas can be found below.

 

Lower School offers a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which is underpinned by the key skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing and mathematics across all subject areas. This ensures that the children are given opportunities to learn, and develop new skills. Reading is given a high priority with daily Guided Reading lessons.

Our provision is delivered using nurture principles. As Nurture Group we provide a carefully planned day, where there is a balance of learning and teaching, affection and structure within a home-like atmosphere. The emphasis is on emotional growth – focusing on offering broad-based experiences in an environment that promotes security, routines, clear boundaries and carefully planned, repetitive learning opportunities.

Children are exposed to a range of subjects and activities that allow them to experience different topics and learning styles. This includes Design Technology (Resistant Materials and Food Technology), Art, Music, Craft, ICT and P.E. Lessons. Learning experiences for our children are further enhanced through visits and trips in line with our topic areas.

Homework is given on an individual basis and includes weekly spellings, reading and topic related learning.

New Primary Curriculum
The Government have released a New National Curriculum which was implemented from September 2014. All planning reflects the changes.

KS2

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KS3

English Curriculum Overview Lower School Ks3

HUMANITIES Curriculum Overview Lower School ks3

ICT Curriculum Overview Lower School 2017_18 ks3

Maths Curriculum Overview Lower School ks3

PSHE Curriculum Overview Lower School ks3

RE Curriculum Overview Lower School ks3

The outreach service provides tailored support to children who are currently out of school. Each pupil is provided with a timetable and support package that meets their own and their family’s immediate needs.
Each child will receive one to one face to face tuition in the first instance with a timetable and curriculum designed to encourage greater participation in school work. The sessions are delivered in a flexible and friendly manner in more informal circumstances within the child’s local area, for example Library, Children’s centre.

Our staff are dedicated, experienced and qualified professionals who utilise their skills and learning strategies to gain trust and build up meaningful working relationships with each child.

There is close liaison with other agencies and service providers who have contact with each child to ensure a fully integrated approach is established and maintained. As part of the Outreach service we offer Welfare support for the family and young person to access. This support will continue even when the young person is integrated back into full time education.

The timetable will be designed with reintegration into the main school as its desired focus. Each child will have a dedicated outreach worker who will act as their mentor throughout the duration of their programme which will include the transition period when joining the main school.

There is a close link between the outreach timetable and that of the main school. Each child will have bite size school sessions integrated into their programme to develop relationships and understanding of school life at Chaigeley. These sessions can include participating in class offsite visits that are part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

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ictOur pupils are discovering the importance of digital literacy and computing in the current digital era. Pupils at Chaigeley will learn a variety of digital literacy skills and computing including graphics, video, programming techniques and website construction. In year 8 and 9 they will learn the importance of ICT and computing in daily life and future employment.

Pupils will learn programming languages, each used to solve computational problems, create games or create an interactive solution. They undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of programs, to achieve challenging goals.

At Key stage 4 pupils are following the Cambridge Nationals imedia Level 2 award in Year 10 and 11. These qualifications allow students to complete 3 distinct units focusing around  multimedia applications, animation, graphics game design, video and web design and an exam based unit on planning, design and project management. This allows students a broad view of areas of imedia they will encounter in their working life. Projects and trips to supplement learning are offered to all pupils who participate in Level 2 ICT qualifications.

ICT Curriculum Overview Y11

ICT Curriculum Overveiw Y10

ICT Curriculum Overview Y8-9

 

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is an extremely important subject for our pupils. Topics of study include: Managing Feelings, Healthy Bodies, Coping with Pressure, Cyberbullying, Social Skills, Economic Wellbeing, healthy relationships and Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Awareness Challenges follow the statutory framework in PSHE. Themes within PSHE are introduced in the Lower School, and then they are revisited and developed at aged appropriate levels during Year 8 and 9. Pupils are encouraged to work independently, in pairs, and in small groups.

Also as part of PSHE and as a wider school context pupils are taught how to stay safe on the Internet. This is covered as part of PSHE in assemblies, in ICT/computing lessons and we also promote the UK Safer Internet Day. As part of the PSHE programme we also invite guest speakers to inform students of various parts of the subject.

Curriculum Format PSHE Y8-9

asdan Curriculum Overview KS4

Citizenship Curriculum Overview KS4

 

At Key Stage 3 pupils learn about human and physical geographical topics that form the world around them, these include plate-tectonics, globalization, industry, continent case studies and weather.

Pupils have the opportunities to gain knowledge about Historical periods and are actively encouraged to give their opinions not only about the effect that these events had at that time, but also how they may have impacted on the future and the World we live in today. Pupils use a variety of mediums, in order to complete their studies. This subject is closely linked to Enhanced Learning, where pupils are able to engage on Educational visits.

Humanities incorporates religious studies at Chaigeley to give pupils a broad view of the key event/issues and leaders in relation to the main religions practiced in this country, in order to equip them to function in a multicultural society. In Key Stages two and three pupils learn about the main world religions and consider the key figures, beliefs and practices of each religion and how these impact the lives of believers.

British values is another theme covered in Humanities, this allows learners to develop pride in Great Britain and its diverse society whist being encouraged to reflect on and develop their own beliefs and opinions, at the same time developing an understanding that other people may have many differing views and that it is important to show respect and tolerance towards others.

Curriculum Overview 2018-19 humanities

ASDAN is an award designed to equip the pupils with knowledge to assist them in developing important life skills.
The modules within the Bronze and Silver awards are as follows:
*Communication
*Sport and Leisure
*Home Management
*The Environment
*Number Handling
*Health and Safety
These modules are based on giving the pupils real life experiences when completing the tasks so that they will be familiar with similar situations in the future and have prior knowledge to draw upon.

asdan Curriculum Overview KS4
 

science

 

The teaching of science plays an important role across the whole school curriculum at Chaigeley. It is the aim of the department to help students develop both emotionally and academically in preparation for life as informed adults. Students in key stage 3 will follow the Edexcel Entry Level certificate in Science This pathway allows learners to gain certification early and also allows progress onto the BTEC first principles of applied Science.

Literacy and numeracy strategies are embedded throughout the science curriculum across all key stages. Extra curricula activities include: • Gardening • Animal club

Students of all key stages are encouraged to take part in activities relating to the above mentioned clubs. Various activities have been undertaken throughout previous academic years which have included tree planting, ancient tree hunt, recycling, weaving, rug making, vegetable growing and

rainforest awareness. Students are also encouraged to interact with the lab animals which have been proven to have a calming effect when stressed.

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Key stage 4 students will be working towards the Pearson Edexcel BTEC First in Principles of Applied Science.

The BTEC course allows pupils to gain a GSCE level qualification through completion of coursework (75%) and a singular exam. (re-sits available throughout the 2 year course)

Literacy and numeracy strategies are embedded throughout the science curriculum across all key stages.

Extra curricula activities • Gardening • Animal club

Students of all key stages are encouraged to take part in activities relating to the above mentioned clubs. Various activities have taken have be undertaken throughout previous academic years which have included tree planting, ancient tree hunt, recycling, weaving, rug making, vegetable growing and rainforest awareness. Students are also encouraged to interact with the lab animals which has been proven to have a calming effect when stressed

Awards achieved
• Eco Schools Silver
• Woodland Trust Green Tree School Gold

Curriculum Overview 2018-19 science BTEC Y10

Curriculum Overview 2018-19 science BTEC Y11

Curriculum Overview 2018-19 science ENTRY

mathsMathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching.

All pupils are given the opportunity to achieve an Entry level Certificate in Year 8/9 and are encouraged to work towards a GCSE at an appropriate level in Year 11.

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y9-2

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y10-1

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y11

English is at the core of understanding the world and creating and building relationships with others. It allows us to be empathetic and to be able to communicate clearly and effectively; it also enables us to be creative and delicately craft writing like pieces of art.

Our English department promotes a love of reading, encourages creativity and imaginative and purposeful writing in a wide range of forms and genres. GCSE literature texts such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ will be read in order to help understand the world around us; it will build critical thinking skills and it helps to address human nature and conditions that affect all people. Students will enjoy a varied curriculum, encompassing plays, non-fiction, and narrative writing as well as a wide range of novels and poetry from different eras and cultures.

Students in year 9 and 10 will follow the Edexcel Entry Level certificate and functional skills in English and this will lead on to year 11 completing WJEC English Language GCSE 1-9 and/or AQA English Literature GCSE 1-9.

 

English Curriculum Overview 18-19 Chestnut and Beech – Y10

English Curriculum Overview 18-19 ELM – Y9

English Curriculum Overview 18-19 Maple and Sycamore – Y11

 

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The PE Department is committed to promoting the health and well-being of its children and staff through physical activity.

The department strives to maximize opportunities for children, young people and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity.  This includes the curriculum, environment and wider community.

The department’s main aim is to ensure that all aspects of physical activity in school are promoted for the health and well-being of children, staff and visitors.

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Our specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To enable children and staff to understand the importance of physical activity through the provision of information and development of appropriate skills and attitudes
  2. To provide and promote opportunities for staff and children to be physically active throughout and beyond the school day
  3. To increase physical activity levels of children in line with national targets

 

All children receive a minimum of two hours of high quality PE instruction per week spread over their week.  All children are offered additional activities through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as part of their curriculum.

 

 

BTEC Sport Curriculum Overview YEAR 10

BTEC Sport Curriculum Overview YEAR 11

PE Curriculum Overview KS3

PE Curriculum Overview KS4

PE Curriculum Overview Lower School

The focus of food technology at Chaigeley is to create independent learners who have the confidence and skills to look after themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.

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Learners will acquire a wide range of practical skills and develop their knowledge about healthy eating, food hygiene and safety, the importance of nutrition to health, economical shopping, and the effects of cultural and moral issues on food choices.

They will learn about meal planning, team work, the vocational aspects of the hospitality and catering industry; they will also be given the opportunity to access a range of qualification in this area of the curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 pupils have access to a range of qualifications in this subject.

These include BTEC Level 1 & 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills – which encourage pupils to learn new skills and/or develop the skills to create home cooked meals from scratch (not from convenience foods!) and investigate ways to prepare and shop for foods economically. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete BTEC Level 1 Awards in Basic Cooking Skills

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS3 – y8-9

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4 – Y10

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4 Y11

Resistant materials technology at Chaigeley allows students to explore the practical basics of wood and metal work. This pathway of study offers the students an oppurtinity to develop skills in the use of hand tools and in small machinery that may be of benefit when applying for roles in industry. Students work on distinct projects using these skills to produce end products such as furniture, musical instruments and childrens games. Students take a great deal of pride in their finishing and presentation of their pieces of work.

enhancedlearningEvery week the school offers each year group the opportunity to participate in an enhanced learning programme. This is designed to support the academic curriculum whilst giving students the opportunities to explore new horizons and develop trusting and meaningful relationships with their peers through team based activities. Activities students participate in include BMX, hiking, water sports, mountain biking, climbing, trampolining and museum and historic trips.

DofECurriculum Format for 18-19

artWe offer a wide and varied curriculum to suit the needs and skills of all pupils, this ranges from construction and 3D modelling to painting, drawing, textiles and other mixed media work. Pupils have the opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications in Years 10 and 11. We offer various art related trips to support and enhance student learning.

Art Curriculum Overview Y9 ELM

Art Curriculum Overview Y10 chestnut

Art Curriculum Overview Y11 Maple

 

Music: In Music, our goal is to learn basic chords and notes and progress through to more difficult patterns at their individual pace. We can focus on beats and percussion if learning the basics in drums is more suited to them as well as offering song writing lessons and song structure support. All of which can be offered on a 1-1 basis or as a small group.

Music-Drama Curriculum Overview Y8-9

The course covers aspects of careers, health, business, enterprise, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Students are encouraged through classroom activities to engage in active discussion that equips them with a better understanding of the working world and society. Preparation for Working Life also allows students to learn skills such as how and where to find employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs and courses, and how to prepare for an interview. Students at Chaigeley follow the short course equivalent to half a GCSE.

WRL Curriculum Overview Y10

WRL Curriculum Overview Y11

It is important for KS4 pupils to leave school fully prepared and with the skills required for life at college /training or in the workplace.

All KS4 pupils have the opportunity to engage in Work Related Learning activities and externally accredited courses. Timetables can be personalised to meet the needs of individuals. All KS4 pupils have the opportunity to experience taster courses in a range of vocational subjects at local colleges. Year 11 pupils undertake a block two week work experience placement which can be extended for individuals if necessary.

BTEC Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure is undertaken by students in Key Stage 4.

There are 4 mandatory units which are:

  1. Planning Own Fitness Programme
  2. Taking Part in Exercise and Fitness
  3. Assisting a Coach or Sports Leader
  4. Safe Learning in the Workplace

These offer practical situations that children will come across in the Leisure Industry and provide an excellent starting point for a career based in and around sport.

Many sessions involve the students planning and working independently on their own tailor made activity programmes.

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BTEC Sport Curriculum Overview YEAR 10

BTEC Sport Curriculum Overview YEAR 11

PE Curriculum Overview KS4

 

At Key Stage 4 pupils have access to a range of qualifications in this subject.

These include BTEC Level 1 & 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills – which encourage pupils to learn new skills and/or develop the skills to create home cooked meals from scratch (not from convenience foods!) and investigate ways to prepare and shop for foods economically. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete BTEC Level 1 Awards in Basic Cooking Skills

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4 – Y10

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4 Y11

mathsMathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching.

All pupils are given the opportunity to achieve an Entry level Certificate in Year 8/9 and are encouraged to work towards a GCSE at an appropriate level in Year 11.

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y10-1

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y11

 

Our English department promotes a love of reading, encourages creativity and imaginative and purposeful writing in a wide range of forms and genres. GCSE literature texts such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ will be read in order to help understand the world around us; it will build critical thinking skills and it helps to address human nature and conditions that affect all people. Students will enjoy a varied curriculum, encompassing plays, non-fiction, and narrative writing as well as a wide range of novels and poetry from different eras and cultures.

Students in year 11 will be following the WJEC English Language GCSE 1-9 and/or AQA English Literature GCSE 1-9.

English Curriculum Overview 18-19 Chestnut and Beech – Y10

English Curriculum Overview 18-19 Maple and Sycamore – Y11

 

 

Key stage 4 students will be working towards the Pearson Edexcel BTEC First in Principles of Applied Science.

The BTEC course allows pupils to gain a GSCE level qualification through completion of coursework (75%) and a singular exam. (re-sits available throughout the 2 year course)

Literacy and numeracy strategies are embedded throughout the science curriculum across all key stages.

Extra curricula activities • Gardening • Animal club

Students of all key stages are encouraged to take part in activities relating to the above mentioned clubs. Various activities have taken have be undertaken throughout previous academic years which have included tree planting, ancient tree hunt, recycling, weaving, rug making, vegetable growing and rainforest awareness. Students are also encouraged to interact with the lab animals which has been proven to have a calming effect when stressed

Curriculum Overview 2018-19 science BTEC Y10 Curriculum Overview 2018-19 science BTEC Y11

The BTEC Level 1 in Travel and Tourism for year 11 course will equip pupils with various knowledge and skills needed for work or further study within the Travel and Tourism sector. Pupils will learn through teacher led activities, independent research/learning and practical experiences. This course explores units such as: 

UK Travel Destinations; pupils will learn about the different tourist attractions situated in the UK along with costing, accessibility etc.

Recommending a Package Holiday; pupils will learn about various package holidays such as city weekend breaks to all-inclusive family holidays where different aspects will have to be researched such as entertainment, travel, cost.

Researching a Tourist Destination; pupils will undertake research in order to learn about a tourist destination, either abroad or in the UK and produce a presentation with key information.

Planning For and Taking Part in a Visit; pupils will have the opportunity to plan and take part in a visit to an attraction, where they will have to plan travel, cost, times and document their experience.

Working in a Team; this unit looks at how pupils can be effective members of a team. Pupils will identify the skills, roles and responsibilities needed to complete the team task and match their skills accordingly; will take part in team tasks and review their contribution.

Travel & Tourism Curriculum Overview KS4

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a recognised and certified award that you achieve by completing a personal programme of activities in four or five sections


These sections are:

  • Volunteering – helping someone, your community or the environment
  • Physical – becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills – developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition – planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
  • Residential staying and working away from home as part of a team

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is very popular at Chaigeley with activities as varied as orienteering, climbing, canoeing, mountaineering and sports.

 

At Key stage 4 pupils are following the newly introduced Cambridge Nationals Level 2 qualification in iMedia. This qualification allow students to complete three distinct units focusing around practical use of digital media in business, multimedia applications, graphics, video, comics, gaming, animation and web design. Students also complete an exam based uinit covering design and project management principles. This allows students a view of areas of ICT they will encounter in their working life. Projects and trips to supplement learning are offered to all pupils who participate in Level 2 ICT qualification.

 

ICT Curriculum Overview Y11

ICT Curriculum Overveiw Y10

 

Chaigeley School undertakes rigorous monitoring of the curriculum and its’ delivery.
Monitoring is completed by the Head of Education, Senior Leadership team and Governing body.

Aims

* To ensure a consistent approach by all teaching staff
* To ensure a high quality curriculum suited to the individual needs and levels of ability of our pupils
* To ensure positive outcomes for our pupils
* To provide support and relevant CPD for teachers

Monitoring is conducted in different ways;

* Regular curriculum meetings with Heads of Education
* Supervision
* Each Governor is linked to a Subject Leader and termly meetings are held.
* Information is fed back to specific governor sub -committee meetings each term
* Learning Walks by Senior Leadership Team
* Lesson Observation
* Chaigeley works with a School Improvement partner to ensure standards are maintained
* Regular meetings with Principal and heads of Education

All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC, promote
British Values and be aware of the Prevent Duty.

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Chaigeley offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for pupils to engage in
to promote this development. SMSC is embedded into the curriculum in addition to
specific activities designed to prepare our pupils for life in Modern Britain.

SMSC Statement

SMSC Policy march 2017

SMSC Matrix

A breakdown of recent exam results for Year 11 and headline progress data for the school can be found below:

 

If parents or carers or members of the general public would like further information on the Curriculum operated at Chaigeley school please contact:

Jan Barlow
School Principal
Chaigeley School
Lymm Road
Thelwall
Warrington
WA5 2TE
Tel: 01925 752357
E Mail: jan.barlow@chaigeley.org.uk