During the 2 years of schooling in Key Stage 4 we aim to build on the learning that has taken place in Key Stage 3, whilst ensuring that the skills that are required for transition to adulthood are appropriately covered.
Throughout the school, communication is the foundation; in KS4 we actively encourage all of our learners to practice these skills in a wide range of contexts- from classroom practices to the local community.
All of our learners follow their own ‘Individualised Learning Plans’ which are a working document, constantly being reviewed and updated. These plans are closely linked with their EHCP plans, and written to make sure the targets set are realistic, measurable but, most importantly, beneficial to the development of learner.
To give a richness and creativity to the curriculum, each term we follow a different theme, these themes vary from ‘Me, myself and I’ to ‘The World around us’. They all encourage us to think about who we are, and how we can celebrate being part of our amazingly diverse community.
Throughout the year, one day a week, each learner has the opportunity to engage with different options, taught by the different members of the KS4 team. At the start of the year all the learners have taster sessions, then they can choose the options they wish to follow. This year the options available are: Duke of Edinburgh Skills, Art, Trampolining/rebounding, Cooking, Pet therapy and Gardening.
During the Duke of Edinburgh sessions, all learners work towards their Bronze award. In Year 11 the learners have the opportunity to start their Silver award, completing their expedition in Sixth Form.
Enrichment for our learners is a key part of what we aim for. This year Forest School has been ongoing, giving us the chance to experience the great outdoors in a purpose built environment. The Rep Theatre Group have been coming in twice a week to offer a fun packed drama session, which really encourages confidence and communication skills. The different classes have opportunities to visit the wider community; these visits include trips to the local shopping centre to get the ingredients for their cooking. We have also been working alongside The Dudley Canal Trust to do some conservation work. All very exciting times!
All the learners in KS4 are accredited through ASDAN Personal Progress units. These qualifications have been developed to match the needs of our learners, to give them the opportunity to obtain a recognised achievement.
Learners undertake modules in the following areas:
•Independent Living Skills
•Preparation for Work
Pupils working at the earliest stage of learning undertake the following modules:
•Encountering experiences: being part of things
•Engaging with the world around you: technology
•Engaging with the world around you: therapies
•Engaging with the world around you: people
•Engaging with the world around you: events
•Engaging with the world around you: objects
Our Higher-level learners have the opportunity to gain recognition in Key skills areas at Entry 1 and Entry 2
KS4 Areas of learning - accreditation: document link