Key Stage 3

In English Key Stage 3, we aim to develop and extend our students' learning and understanding in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

We include a variety of research, reading and writing tasks linked to fiction books, poetry, autobiographies, Shakespeare plays, media, myths and legends among others.

Pupils are encouraged to plan, draft and write short stories to develop their sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar. We also provide opportunities for them to explore their creativity and imagination when writing.

We aim to develop pupils' understanding of different forms of writing such as writing to persuade, inform, argue, describe and compare. We also provide a variety of texts (fiction and non-fiction) to improve reading skills.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 we aim to help pupils develop their functional skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening which they will use in real life situations.  These include writing informal and formal letters, reading notices and posters, writing emails, completing application forms and holding conversations linked to a variety of topics.

We also offer GCSE English which requires learners to write accurately and fluently, choosing content and adapting style and language to a wide range of forms, media, contexts, audiences and purposes, and adapting form to a wide range of styles and genres. Learners become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi modal texts. Pupils will read a range of poetry, prose, and drama, including a text from English, Welsh or Irish literary heritage, a text from different culture or tradition and a Shakespeare play.

Maths

Independent young people need mathematics for everyday life. In Key Stage 3, we focus on mental arithmetic with an emphasis on calculating money and helping pupils understand timetables, plan timings of events and being punctual for appointments.

Pupils learn the use of measure and shape to give them the foundations needed to undertake everyday household tasks like weighing ingredients for cooking or measuring for DIY tasks.  We also follow an academic curriculum that includes visual and hands-on maths to support deaf pupils' preferred learning styles.

In order to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving, we support pupils to increase their confidence with the language and literacy skills needed to discuss often abstract concepts.  Pupils progress well including those who started in Key Stage 3 at a level below the national average.  The majority of pupils are ready to work towards GCSE by the end of Year 9. 

 

In Key Stage 4, the majority of pupils achieve a foundation or higher GCSE in mathematics.  Some pupils work towards entry level maths qualifications as a stepping stone towards GCSE or as a qualification recognising mathematical achievements and progression.  In addition, all pupils work towards functional maths qualifications. 

Academic achievements in maths are valued, but emphasis remains on pupils being able to use maths for everyday life and prepare them for future careers, including the social and cultural uses of maths. 

Pupils can access mymaths as a key learning resource for home and school. It provides clear English and useful visuals for maths from National Curriculum Level 1 up to GCSE and A-level.

Science

Science is an essential underpinning to modern society and an exciting way to understand and learn about the world. All our pupils participate in science lessons and we hope to give them a wider awareness of how many parts of life work - from ourselves and our bodies to the latest technology - as well as promote the curiosity and questioning that will allow them to be confident and informed citizens in adult life.

 

At Key Stage 3 and 4, our pupils have excellent opportunities to investigate and experiment in science using our well equipped science room and laboratory. Key Stage 3 science follows the full National Curriculum allowing pupils to undertake a variety of courses at Key Stage 4, from full GCSE science to more vocational national qualifications.

Most of our pupils will also work in parallel towards entry level qualifications in science. Every opportunity to do hands-on practical work is used, complemented by visual and interactive explanations of the concepts behind the science. A focus on literacy is fundamental for successful science understanding and explanation, and science lessons use cross-curricular strategies to develop vocabulary and English skills. 

Useful websites for science:

  • www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - the BBC Bitesize revision pages for KS3 and KS4 provide helpful summaries of National Curriculum content
  • www.freezeray.com – interactive demonstrations of many ideas for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • phet.colorado.edu – detailed investigations and simulations for the Physics in Engineering and Technology group
  • www.superscienceworld.com – includes specialist vocabulary and detailed diagrams for KS3 and KS4

ICT

The School has a Learning Resource Centre combining the school library and the main ICT facilities. This is a spacious area, fully equipped with computers and the technology needed to support pupils with special needs.

The School uses all relevant software to allow pupils to access the ICT curriculum and, where possible, freeware programs to encourage pupils to engage in ICT at home with no cost implications.

Pupils are taught skills such as data handling, spreadsheets, presentations and Computer Aided Design. We have more specialist software to simulate electronic circuits (crocodile clips), program computer circuits (Logicator), simulate computer control (Flowol) and 3D design programs (Inventor). Pupils are able to study ICT to GCSE and Entry Level qualification.

RE

All secondary pupils attend weekly RE lessons with a subject specialist teacher of the deaf. Pupils learn following the locally agreed syllabus and with an emphasis on visual and kinaesthetic learning.  All pupils are entered for a Short Course GCSE at the end of Year 11. 

History

At Key Stage 3, all pupils follow the National Curriculum for History in weekly lessons with a subject specialist teacher of the deaf.  At Key stage 4, History is offered as a GCSE option and our success rate is excellent.

Geography

Geography is studied by all pupils at Key Stage 3 in accordance with the National Curriculum.  Pupils are encouraged to develop their map skills as well as their knowledge of the local, national environment and the wider world.

In Key Stage 3 most pupils study towards the ASDAN programme of Personal and Social Development (PSD), which aims to improve knowledge and understanding of personal and social issues.

The programme encourages pupils to be more confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy and responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society. Pupils will also cover SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) and Health Education.

In Key Stage 4 pupils may opt to extend their PSD qualification, or study towards the ASDAN qualification for the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). This qualification is designed to enable the pupils to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills leading to personal effectiveness. This qualification is comparable to different GCSE grades, depending upon the level.

Art

Art and Design follows the National Curriculum. with all pupils working to a level suited to their abilities and encouraged to explore the various facilities provided within the Art department. The pupil teacher ratio enables us to offer a personalised programme of study which supports each student’s strengths and allows them to develop individually while working alongside others in the group.

The Art Department regularly organises trips to local art galleries and museums to broaden our pupils’ experience of art in the community and allow them to practice life skills, both on public transport and within public buildings.

The department designs and makes props for school productions, using various crafts for seasonal celebrations and involves children in workshops.

Most pupils are encouraged to pursue Art & Design at Key Stage 4 to either GCSE or Entry Level, depending on their ability.  We have enjoyed a high level of success in GCSE in recent years and are constantly striving to obtain even better results for our young people.

Design & Technology

A design and technology specialist teacher teaches pupils in Key stages 2, 3 and 4, including GCSE Resistant Materials. The School has facilities to teach all aspects of the Design and Technology syllabus up to Key Stage 3, including Food Technology, Textiles, Control Systems, Electronics and Resistant Materials (woodwork, metalwork and plastics).

The School continues to expand its resource base and recently invested in CNC equipment (Vinyl Cutter and Laser cutter). All pupils have the opportunity to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) and make designs using CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) machines, as well as traditional hand forming tools. Pupils also have the opportunity to make electronic projects and programme them using Picaxe micro controllers. At GCSE we currently offer Resistant Materials (AQA)

Careers Education and Guidance 

The School aims to provide pupils with balanced, impartial careers advice supported by local services to help pupils make self-directed decisions about their future in further education, training or employment. 

We make good use of our unique links with Doncaster Communication Specialist College - a leading provider of post-16 education and training for deaf and hearing impaired people and those with additional communication or complex needs.

The College is situated on the same grounds as the School and has extensive and well-equipped teaching rooms, modern specialist workshops and residential buildings.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk