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.

At Key Stage 4 a personalised curriculum is offered based on the schools adaptation of Progress 8 which can be found below.

CHAIGELEY SCHOOL PROGRESS 8 PERSONALISED CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

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.  Children are heard reading, using an enjoyable and effective Rapid Reading Scheme.

Our provision is delivered using nurture principles. As a 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 Eco Club, Design Technology (Resistant Materials and Food Technology), Art, Music, Craft, ICT and Swimming Lessons. Learning experiences for our children are further enhanced through visits and trips. The World War 2 topic included visits to Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Chester Military Museum and the Imperial War museum.

New Primary Curriculum
The Government have released a New National Curriculum which is to be implemented from September 2014. All planning will reflect the changes needed.

English Curriculum Overview Lower School

ICT Curriculum Overview Lower School

Maths Curriculum Overview Lower School

PSHE Curriculum Overview Lower School

Text Curriculum Overview Lower School

PE Curriculum Overview Lower School

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.

outreach-dream

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 or create an interactive solution. They undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals.

At Key stage 4 pupils are following the Cambridge Nationals ICT award in Year 10 and 11. These qualifications allow students to complete four distinct units focussing around practical use of ICT in business, computer hardware and networks, multimedia applications and web design. This allows students a broad 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 qualifications.

ICT Curriculum Overview Y11

ICT Curriculum Overveiw Y10

ICT Curriculum Overview Y8-9

ICT Curriculum Overview Y9

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, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Awareness Challenges follow the ASDAN Short course in PSHE. Themes within PSHE are introduced in the Lower School, 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.

The aim of religious studies at Chaigeley is 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. Themes follow the ASDAN CoPE unit guidelines.
Pupils are 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.

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.

Citizenship Curriculum Overview Y10

Citizenship Curriculum Overview Y11

PHSE Curriculum Overview Y8-9

RE Curriculum Overview -Y8-9

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

The Key stage 4 Geography specification used at Chaigeley School studies a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Topics include climate change, urban change, the challenge of natural hazards, poverty and deprivation and global shifts in economic power. Pupils have an option to pursue an entry level or GCSE qualification in the subject

Pupils are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Geography Curriculum Overview KS3

Geography Curriculum Overview KS4

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.

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 stages 2 and 3 follow the National curriculum programme of study.

Students in key stage 3 will follow the Edexcel Entry Level certificate in Science and Entry Level Certificate in Further Science. These pathways allow learners to gain certification early and also allows progress onto the GCSE 1-9 Science or the BTEC first principle of applied Science.

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 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 has been proven to have a calming effect when stressed.

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

Science Curriculum Overview BTEC Y10

Science Curriculum Overview GCSE y11

Science Curriculum Overview Y8-9

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

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y10

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y11

 

Chaigeley English Department

Our English department promotes a love of reading and encourages creative, imaginative, and purposeful writing in a wide range of forms and genres.

Students are closely involved in assessment and target setting. They monitor their own progress and set their own targets for specific pieces of work. We love to celebrate our endeavours and achievements in English and there is keen competition for the “Top Banana” prize in each year group.

Students enjoy a varied curriculum, encompassing plays, script writing and performance as well as a wide range of novels and poetry from different eras and cultures. We have whole school literacy activities, some performance events and the pupils enter literary competitions. Last year we had a national champion.

There is strong support given in establishing and developing the basic skills and dyslexia-friendly tools and methods are available to all. Students work through their Functional Skills qualifications in Key Stage 3 and the OCR GCSE syllabus in Key Stage 4.

English Curriculum Overview 2016 – 2017 Y8-9

English Curriculum Overview Y10

English Curriculum Overview 2016 – 2017 Y11

English Curriculum Overview 2016 – 2017 Y11 (2)

English Curriculum Overview Lower School

Pupils have the opportunities to gain knowledge about periods from the past 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.

Commencing in September 2016 – Pupils will be offered GCSE History -(AQA Modern World Syllabus)as one of their options.
Lessons will be a mixture of discussion, written work and group work. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding and explanations as well as source evaluation skills. They will be able to relate many of the current events in the world to what we study. There is no coursework option but students are required to carry out an historical visit in preparation for the examination. Students will be assessed by examination only, there is no coursework.

History Curriculum Overview KS3 B

History Curriculum Overview KS3 A

pe ks3

The PE department at Chaigeley School offers a broad and well-balanced programme of study that aims to meet the needs of the individual pupil.

Chaigeley school recently received a £1000 PE and Sport Premium. We have yet to allocate this funding due to restructuring of the PE department and are in the process of reviewing how this can best be applied to enrich the learning and physical well being of the pupils.

At Key Stage 3 and 4 the department offers the pupils five of the national curriculum areas:

  • Outwitting opponents through a variety of games activities
  • Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences in gymnastics
  • Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength and accuracy through athletics
  • Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing through health-related activities.

Pupils will have at least 3 lessons per week involving physical activity that follows one of the main strands above.

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.

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.

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS3

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4

Food Technology Curriculum Overview Lower School

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, museum and historic trips.

D of E Curriculum Overview 2016-2017

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 external accreditation from entry level certificate in Years 8 and 9 to full GCSE qualifications in Years 10 and 11. We offer various art related trips to support and enhance student learning.

Art Curriculum Overview Y11

Art Curriculum Overview Y8 and Y9

Art Curriculum Overview Y10

An introduction in Music and Drama
Drama: The Drama workshop encourages confidence, attentiveness, focus, observational skills, as well as practicing good communication with peers which promotes teamwork, respect, self-observation and management of impulses. We aim is to aid reasoning, lower inhibition and raise poise.

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, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Preparation for Working Life is a practical course in which students 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.

sportBTEC Level 2 in Sport is a vocational and work related qualification.

There are 2 mandatory units (Practical Sport and Fitness Testing and Training) and 2 optional units. The qualification is based on 50% coursework and 50% on-line testing throughout the two years. Outward bound units as part of the DoE programme and enhanced learning also contribute towards the coursework element. Students are also encouraged to help with the organisation of school sporting events to further inform their learning.

Candidates are marked at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

BTEC Sport 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 either Basic Cooking Skills and /or The Introduction to the Hospitality Industry.

KS4 also have the opportunity to complete Vocational Level 1/2 Award Hospitality and Catering (WJEC) learning about ‘The Hospitality and Catering Industry’ and ‘Hospitality and Catering in Action

Food Technology Curriculum Overview KS4

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

MATHS Curriculum Overview Y11

Chaigeley English Department
Our English department promotes a love of reading and encourages creative, imaginative, purposeful writing in a wide range of forms and genres.

Students are closely involved in assessment and target setting. They monitor their own progress and set their own targets for specific pieces of work. We love to celebrate our endeavours and achievements in English and there is keen competition for the “Top Banana” prize in each year group.

Students enjoy a varied curriculum, encompassing plays, script writing and performance as well as a wide range of novels and poetry from different eras and cultures. We have whole school literacy activities, some performance events and the pupils enter literary competitions. Last year we had a national champion.

There is strong support given in establishing and developing the basic skills and dyslexia-friendly tools and methods are available to all. Students work through their Functional Skills qualifications in Key Stage 3 and the OCR GCSE syllabus in Key Stage 4.

English Curriculum Overview 2016 – 2017 Y11

English Curriculum Overview 2016 – 2017 Y11 (2)

English Curriculum Overview Y10

Key stage 4 students will from September 2016 be working towards GCSE Science or BTEC First Principles of Applied Science.
Key stage 4 students also have the option to complete AQA units in the Land Based science option. Within this subject learners and staff are working to build and maintain a small animal farm within the school grounds.
Literacy and numeracy strategies are embedded throughout the science curriculum across all key stages.

Extra curricula activities
• Lunch clubs
• Eco Schools
• 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

Science Curriculum Overview BTEC Y10

Science Curriculum Overview GCSE y11

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.

D of E Curriculum Overview 2016-2017

At Key stage 4 pupils are following the introduced Cambridge Nationals ICT award in Year 10. This qualification allow students to complete four distinct units focusing around practical use of ICT in business, computer hardware and networks, multimedia applications and web design. This allows students a broad 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.

In partnership with a local Microsoft Academy we are in the process of introducing a Microsoft Certification Qualification that is recognized in industry as an additional pathway for Year 10 and 11 students. Students will become super users in Microsoft applications and operating systems.

ICT Curriculum Overview Y11

ICT Curriculum Overveiw Y10

In accordance with statutory guidance from the Department for Education and to ensure our pupils leave school prepared for Life in Modern Britain, Chaigeley has adopted a proactive approach to Careers Education for our young people.

Careers advice, education, preparation for working life and semi- independent living skills are evident in different areas of the curriculum in addition to a range of activities, work experience, college taster courses, motivational speakers, careers fairs, 1:1 and group careers activities.

Chaigeley has secured independent careers guidance for all Y8-11 pupils to take place throughout the academic year.

For the Academic Year 2016/2017 Chaigeley intends to develop a Business Mentoring Enterprise. A scheme designed to help pupils prepare for a successful future. The scheme will involve local businesses working with the pupils and acting as mentors to assist and inspire pupils in broadening their horizons based on a clear view of the current labour market and moving forward to access their ideal careers.

Pupil Premium funding will be used to help secure positive outcomes for our young people.

framework-for-careers-education-pdf

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.

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 2016 Exam results for Year 11 can be found below:

Year 11 exam results Summer 2016

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
Head of Education/ Senco
Chaigeley School
Lymm Road
Thelwall
Warrington
WA5 2TE
Tel: 01925 752357
E Mail: jan.barlow@chaigeley.org.uk