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  • Bradfields Academy is aspirational and ambitious for all its students. As the students progress through Early Years, KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5 they all have the chance, as appropriate, to access and be successful in a range of nationally accredited examination courses.

Artwork depicting a student holding a spray can.  Art models of the letters L O V E, arranged with L and O sitting on top of V and E.

  • The curriculum delivered at Bradfields is similar to that of any primary/secondary school/academy with the exception that class groups are smaller and the curriculum is differentiated to meet the particular and special needs of the students. In addition, the PSHCE & Citizenship Course includes developing social and emotional skills (SEAL – Social Emotional Aspects of Learning & EI – Emotional Intelligence) and independent learning and living skills with opportunities for practice in a real-life setting, through Work Related Learning and placements.
  • In addition, the emphasis being placed on developing a sense of Britishness and ensuring steps are taken to prevent radicalisation are now implicit in our curriculum.
  • In addition, there is significant community engagement for students in : Land Studies (KS4 & KS5)  and sport and recreational club links (KS4 & KS5).  A range of subjects are offered as Option choices for students in KS4 and Sixth Form, further detail of which may be found in the booklets linked below:
  1. Primary Curriculum Booklet
  2. Key Stage 3 Curriculum Booklet
  3. Key Stage 4 Curriculum Booklet
  4. Sixth A Group Curriculum Booklet
  5. Sixth Form B/C Group Curriculum Booklet
  6. Programme One Curriculum Booklet
  7. Year 14 Curriculum Booklet
  • The emphasis throughout the whole curriculum coverage from EYFS to KS5 is to achieve the principles of 'every child matters' and successfully prepare all students for independent living, local community engagement, continued learning, access to recreational opportunity and workplace employment.

Phonics

Throughout the academy, we use a variety of phonics schemes to meet the individual needs for our students.

  • In EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, we use the Monster Phonics and Jolly Phonics Schemes.
  • In Key Stage 3 & 4, we use the Monster Phonics scheme.
  • In the Maple community, we use the Monster Phonics and the Twinkl Phonics schemes.
  • In the Pine community, we use the Monster Phonics, Sound Write, Twinkl Phonics schemes.  For non-verbal students, we teach signing and reading symbols.  Throughout the Pine community, we teach multi-sensory techniques using sight, sound and touch in order to engage kinaesthetic and visual pathways in the brain.

All of these schemes are used as a guide and are adapted for individual students.

Subjects

For further detail on each subject, please view the accordions below:

English and Drama 

English

Key Stage 3

Students focus on the skills of literacy and communication.

ASSESSMENTS

Assessments are set each term for reading and writing. These assessments are tasks which are designed to complement the unit of study and are completed as a part of our class work.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Students should bring a reading book home each week and encouraging them to read in the home environment is a very positive contribution to their learning. It is also encouraged, where possible, for families to support students with their home learning and help them to check their answers.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

We try to arrange author visits, English themed competitions and charity events such as read-a-thon each year, to boost student engagement and enthusiasm for reading. We also have a storyteller who has visited the Academy and enthralled the students with his performance and will definitely be returning again this year.

We have the POP-UP Author Festival each year as well as the travelling theatre group Quantum Theatre each year performing various plays, and we are aiming to deliver two theatre trips per year.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

Year 7

Me, Myself and I Myths and Legends

(Robin Hood/Christmas)

Fairy Tales

Roald Dahl/Revolting Rhymes

Shakespeare Introduction Class Reader (author visit)

Year 8

Storytelling and Superheroes Dickens/Christmas Carol

Myths – gods and monsters

Poetry – syllables, structure and similes

Shakespeare’s stories – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Class Reader (author visit)

 

Year 9

Character, genre and events in stories

Myths and Legends (around the world)

Science Fiction Poetry – ballads and imagery

Shakespeare KS4 preparation.

Class Reader (author )

Key Stage 4

English – Additional English - Entry Pathways - Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

This course has six core units:

  • Communicating Experience – this is a speaking and listening unit which focuses on a student’s ability to organise and communicate ideas clearly.
  • Creating Narratives – this is a writing unit where students will be expected to plan and sequence ideas for a storyboard. They will also need to use descriptive techniques.
  • Exploring Narratives – this is a reading unit which focuses on the timeline of events in a text and how/why the main character changes through the course of a novel.
  • Exploring Events and Characters in Audio Visual Texts – this is a media based reading assessment involving the study and analysis of the opening sequence of a film.
  • Exploring Poetry – this reading unit focuses on identifying the key features of a poem and the poet’s choice of language as well as understanding character and events.
  • Exploring Shakespeare – this is a reading unit which focuses on one Shakespeare play, analysing characters, their relationships and actions.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is marked in Bradfields and a sample is sent off for moderation by the exam board. Each unit is worth a set number of “credits” and these credits contribute towards a final award. The more credits achieved, the higher the award.

WHAT NEXT

Entry Level 3 can lead to GCSE.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

Communicating Experience

Creating Narratives

Exploring Narratives

Year 11

Exploring Events and Characters in Audio Visual Texts

Exploring Poetry

Exploring Shakespeare

English – English Language - GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in four categories:

  • 20th Century Literature Reading
  • Prose Writing
  • Reading and Transactional / Pervasive Writing
  • 19th & 20th Century Non-Fiction

The qualification also includes a non-assessment focus on spoken language study.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is based upon two externally assessed examinations and one internally assessed spoken language assessment.

WHAT NEXT

This course supports progression to college entry requirements and in some cases, may lead to opportunities to study A Level.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

20th Century Literature Reading

Reading and Transactional / Pervasive Writing

Spoken language study

Year 11

Prose Writing

19th & 20th Century Non- Fiction

Exam revision

Sixth Form / Options (if Applicable)

English – Personal Progress - Entry Pathways Entry Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or below (P scale).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is unitised so units can be selected to suit student needs and to add to their previous achievements. There are three core components:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

Currently, the units we cover include storytelling, speaking about experiences, studying a poem and a play as well as a film study piece.

ASSESSMENT

This is a coursework only qualification so students can work on units, submit them and ‘cash in’ for a qualification at the end of any academic year.

An Award in this subject is given for 8+ credits at either Entry Level 2 or 3, a Certificate will be awarded for 13+ credits. This means that a student who achieved an award at EL2 in Year 11 could add units to achieve a certificate during Sixth Form or even improve upon the previous pieces to push for the higher grade (EL3). It is a flexible course which allows students to continue to achieve into Sixth Form.

WHAT NEXT

Personal Progress can lead to Entry Level 2 or 3 Additional English or qualification for some vocational courses.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

& 13

Personal Progress: Writing

Personal Progress: Reading

Personal progress: Speaking & Listening

English – Additional English

Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

The course is unitised so units can be selected to suit student needs and to add to their previous achievements. There are three core components:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

Currently, the units we cover include storytelling, speaking about experiences, studying a poem and a play as well as a film study piece.

ASSESSMENT

This is a coursework only qualification so students can work on units, submit them and ‘cash in’ for a qualification at the end of any academic year.   An Award in this subject is given for 8+ credits at either Entry Level 2 or 3, a Certificate will be awarded for 13+ credits. This means that a student who achieved an Award at EL2 in Year 11 could add units to achieve a Certificate during Sixth Form or even improve upon the previous pieces to push for the higher grade (EL3). It is a flexible course which allows students to continue to achieve into Sixth Form.

WHAT NEXT

Additional English Entry Level 2 or 3 can be useful for securing vocational courses and can lead to GCSEs.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

Exploring Narrative

Exploring Poetry

Exploring Shakespeare

Year 13

Audio Visual Unit

Movie Genre Unit

Communicating experiences

English Language - GCSE LEVEL 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 13c or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in four categories: 20th Century Literature Reading

Prose Writing

Reading and Transactional / Pervasive Writing 19th & 20th Century Non-Fiction

The qualification also includes a non-assessment focus on spoken language study.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is based upon two externally assessed examinations and one internally assessed spoken language assessment.

WHAT NEXT

This course supports progression to college entry requirements and in some cases, may lead to opportunities to study A Level.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

20th Century Literature

Reading for meaning

19th Century Fiction

Year 13

20th Century Non-Fiction

Reading for meaning

Exam revision

English Literature - GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 13c or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Paper 1:

Section A - Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B - The 19th Century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2:

Section A - Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B - Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C - Unseen poetry: students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

WHAT NEXT

This course supports progression to college entry requirements and in some cases, may lead to opportunities to study A Level.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

Romeo and Juliet

Animal Farm/Poetry Anthology

Frankenstein

Year 13

Poetry Anthology

An Inspector Calls

Frankenstein

English Literature - A Level - Level 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 23S or above

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AS Level

Paper 1: Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900)

Paper 2: Study of two prose texts: examination will include an unseen prose extract

A Level

Paper 1: Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems

Paper 2: Choice of two options:

Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

Examination will include an unseen extract.

WHAT NEXT

A Level studies provide an opportunity to access further education opportunities such as degree level study.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

The Great Gatsby

The Taming of the Shrew

Wuthering Heights

Year 13

Journey’s End

Atonement

WW1 Poetry Anthology

Home Learning

For the majority of students,  Home Learning consists of (weekly)

  • IXL English - 1 hour
  • Reading - 1 hour
  • Oxford Reading Buddy (Reading Comprehension) - 1 hour

Additionally,

  • GCSE Students - Writing Tasks 1 hour
  • A Level Students - Essay Writing Tasks (2) + Additional Reading

Drama

Key Stage 3

Students will complete a 10 week rotation which will focus on speaking and listening, communication, moving and improvisation skills.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are assessed using the Drama criteria on the Bradfield Steps. HOW

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encourage your son/daughter to participate and practise turn taking/social skills through playing games. Reading around the topics being studied in class and providing support with practising and reading lines.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Students will have the opportunity to see performances given by older students as part of the Bradfields Arts Showcase. During the Christmas term, students may also watch a pantomime.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

Year 7

Key Drama Skill – listening, speaking, self-control and teamwork

Year 8

Characters – exploring how to change voices and body language to portray different characters.

Year 9

Shakespeare Tragedies – Macbeth

Awards and Accreditations

Basic Skills Quality Mark

As a result of our subject development work in English we were accredited by The Basic Skills Agency in July 2018 as providing a high standard of English (and Maths) at Bradfields.  This is the 5th time we have been accredited for our Basic Skills Quality Mark. 

This award was renewed after a successful inspection during Spring 2017 and is a testament to the amazing work being done by staff in the core subjects at Bradfields Academy.

 The Basic Skills Quality Mark logo.

Platinum Literacy Mark

As a result of our work in developing the literacy levels across the academy, partly funded by Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Funding, we were awarded the Platinum Literacy Mark in 2021.  This award is directly linked to our success with Buster's Book Club and we have collectively reached the 7 million minutes read mark thanks to the wonderful support of parents, carers, students and staff.

 

Maths
 

Key Stage 3

Using and applying maths skills and the development of an understanding of Functional Maths using real world examples.

ASSESSMENTS

On-going teacher assessment and a series of informal classroom based tests to establish individual student progress. Students are also encouraged to self-assess at the end of each topic to establish next steps and areas for development. Stretch and challenge tasks to ensure a depth of understanding is established.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Parents can support the use of numeracy in the real world using real life examples such as time, money, timetables, calendar involving days of week, months of year and seasons. It is also encouraged where possible for families to support student with home learning and help them to check answers.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Students experience a variety of learning styles, practical tasks, textbook work, worksheets, outdoor maths and numeracy across the curriculum links. We also have outside agencies come into the Academy to deliver Maths workshops.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

Rules of number, Place Value, Coin Recognition, Number Patterns, Shape, Carroll Diagrams, Symmetry, Volume

Time, Measure, Bar Charts, Fractions, Money

Odds/Evens, Probability, Measure, Revision of 4, basic rules of operation

Year 8

Place Value, Addition, Multiplication, Division, Area, Shape, Symmetry, Algebra, Word Problems, Bar Charts, Rounding, Angles

Number Machines, Coordinates, Tessellation, Number Patterns, Calendar, Weight, Angles, Addition

Money, Volume, Area, Fractions, Division, Decimals, Compass points, Pictograms, Bar Charts, Probability

Year 9

Rounding, Money, Prime Numbers, Fractions, Shape/measure, Angles, Place Value, Problem Solving, Time

Algebra, Fractions, Time, Money, Numeracy, Language, Negative Numbers, Geometry, Bar Charts, Shape, Area, Symmetry

Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication, Averages, Probability, Decimals

Key Stage 4

Maths - GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 16S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course develops the following key areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Measurement
  • Angles
  • Co-ordinates
  • Area, perimeter, volume
  • Geometry
  • Averages
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Data collection & Handling

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is through written examinations which will be taken in the summer term of Year 11. Students working at Bradfields Steps Level 16S or above at the end of KS3 would be considered for this level, within the GCSE Foundation Tier.

WHAT NEXT

This qualification could lead to a Level 3 qualification.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

Number & Geometry

Measure Statistics

All aspects challenge current stage of development

Year 11

Number & Geometry

Measure Statistics

All aspects challenge current stage of development

Maths – Mathematical Skills - ASCENTIS Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 6S to 15C.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Ascentis Entry Level Awards in Mathematical Skills and the Entry Level Certificate in Mathematical Skills are ideal qualifications for adults and young people wishing to develop their mathematical skills. They are intended to aid progression to further study through Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. The Ascentis Entry Level Awards in Mathematical Skills are a range of small qualifications which have been designed to ‘bridge the gap’ in learners’ mathematical knowledge thus focussing on developing confidence and ability.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed through an assessment to be taken under supervised conditions. The assessment is then internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by Ascentis.

WHAT NEXT

The opportunity to move towards Mathematics Functional Skills through each level. Evidence of achievement for learners moving into the world of work or work-based learning.

Level

Units

Entry Level 1

Whole numbers, addition skills, subtraction skills, money and time, measures, shape and space, data handling

Entry Level 2

Whole numbers, addition/subtraction/multiplication of whole numbers, fractions, money, time, length weight and capacity, temperature, shape and space, data handling

Entry Level 3

Number skills, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, decimals, money, time, distance and length, capacity and temperature, shape, data handling

Maths – Mathematical Skills - ASCENTIS Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 16S to 25C.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Awards in Mathematical Skills and the Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Mathematical Skills are ideal qualifications for adults and young people wishing to develop their mathematical skills. They are intended to aid progression to further study through Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. The Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Awards in Mathematical Skills are a range of small qualifications which have been designed to ‘bridge the gap’ in learners’ mathematical knowledge thus focussing on developing confidence and ability.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed through an assessment to be taken under supervised conditions. The assessment is then internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by Ascentis.

WHAT NEXT

The opportunity to move towards Mathematics Functional Skills through each level. Evidence of achievement for learners moving into the world of work or work-based learning.

Level

Units

 

Level 1

Understanding numbers, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, time and temperature, length weight and capacity, perimeter and area, volume, 2D shapes, handling data, data calculations, probability

Level 2

Understanding numbers and formulae, fractions, ratio and proportion, decimals, percentages, money, time and temperature, length, weight and capacity, shape and space, handling data, data calculations, probability

Sixth Form / Options (if Applicable)

Maths – Mathematical Skills - ASCENTIS Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 6S to 15C.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Ascentis Entry Level Awards in Mathematical Skills and the Entry Level Certificate in Mathematical Skills are ideal qualifications for adults and young people wishing to develop their mathematical skills. They are intended to aid progression to further study through Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. The Ascentis Entry Level Awards in Mathematical Skills are a range of small qualifications which have been designed to ‘bridge the gap’ in learners’ mathematical knowledge thus focussing on developing confidence and ability.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed through an assessment to be taken under supervised conditions. The assessment is then internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by Ascentis.

WHAT NEXT

The opportunity to move towards Mathematics Functional Skills through each level. Evidence of achievement for learners moving into the world of work or work-based learning.

Level

Units

Entry Level 1

Whole numbers, addition skills, subtraction skills, money and time, measures, shape and space, data handling

Entry Level 2

Whole numbers, addition/subtraction/multiplication of whole numbers, fractions, money, time, length weight and capacity, temperature, shape and space, data handling

Entry Level 3

Number skills, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, decimals, money, time, distance and length, capacity and temperature, shape, data handling

Maths – Mathematical Skills ASCENTIS Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfields Steps 16S to 25C.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Awards in Mathematical Skills and the Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Mathematical Skills are ideal qualifications for adults and young people wishing to develop their mathematical skills. They are intended to aid progression to further study through Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. The Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Awards in Mathematical Skills are a range of small qualifications which have been designed to ‘bridge the gap’ in learners’ mathematical knowledge thus focussing on developing confidence and ability.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed through an assessment to be taken under supervised conditions. The assessment is then internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by Ascentis.

WHAT NEXT

The opportunity to move towards Mathematics Functional Skills through each level. Evidence of achievement for learners moving into the world of work or work-based learning.

Level

Units

 

 

Level 1

Understanding numbers, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, time and temperature, length weight and capacity, perimeter and area, volume, 2D shapes, handling data, data calculations, probability

Level 2

Understanding numbers and formulae, fractions, ratio and proportion, decimals, percentages, money, time and temperature, length, weight and capacity, shape and space, handling data, data calculations, probability

Maths – Personal Finance - ASCENTIS Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working between Bradfield’s steps 14S to 17C. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

The aim of this qualification is to enable students to:

  • Understand the sources of income and expenditure
  • Understand the need to balance income and expenditure
  • To know how to reduce expenditure
  • Have knowledge of products sold by banks and building societies
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money

ASSESSMENT

This qualification is assessed through the completion of a multiple choice test that is completed on paper or e-assessment.

WHAT NEXT

This qualification gives students an introduction to managing personal finance which can be applied to a variety of contexts. Students can use this qualification as part of a longer vocational or academic program of study.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

Year 12

Income and expenditure

Balancing income and expenditure

Reducing expenditure

Banks and building societies

Borrowing money

Maths - GCSE LEVEL 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 16S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course develops the following key areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Measurement
  • Angles
  • Co-ordinates
  • Area, perimeter, volume
  • Geometry
  • Averages
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Data collection & Handling

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is through written examinations which will be taken in the summer term.

WHAT NEXT

This qualification could lead to a Level 3 qualification.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12 & 13

Number & Geometry

Measure Statistics

All aspects challenge current stage of development

Home Learning

Home learning is set weekly by teachers.

A valuable resource available to students is the IXL Maths Software package. The Department are actively encouraging students to use the package as part of their Home Learning.

Click here to access the IXL Maths software.

Basic Skills Quality Mark

As a result of our subject development work in Maths we were accredited by The Basic Skills Agency in July 2018 as providing a high standard of Maths (and English) at Bradfields.

 The Basic Skills Quality Mark.

This is the 5th time we have been accredited for our Basic Skills Quality Mark.

Science & Land Studies 

Science

Key Stage 3

The KS3 Science curriculum allows students to learn about a wide variety of scientific topics and techniques.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are continually assessed throughout the year over four strands: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Practical Skills. The students are assessed against the criteria as set out in the science curriculum. Assessment occurs after each topic or when student work or achievement provides suitable opportunity.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Visits to science museums, environmental centres, exploratory centres etc Watching and discussing Science programmes on TV

Discussing with students the learning from their weekly lessons

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Extracurricular experiences will be used as and when available.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

The Chemistry Lab Cells, Organs, Life

Light

Acids and Alkalis

Magnetism Habitats

Year 8

Forces

Microbes & Healthy Living

Mixtures in Chemistry Our senses

Materials Space

Year 9

Reproduction Reaction Chemistry

Heat

Solids, Liquids & Gases

Variation & Classification Electricity

Key Stage 4

Science Today - Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 5S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Entry Pathways is a course which enables teachers to devise a learning programme to match learner’s needs and abilities. It will enable students to:

  • Understand the nature of science and its application to the environment and society
  • Develop an interest and enthusiasm for science
  • Become competent in observational, practical and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory and in other learning environments
  • Understand more of the relationships between data, evidence and explanations and their ability to evaluate scientific claims
  • Apply their skills of communication in scientific contexts

ASSESSMENT

All Entry Pathways units are internally assessed and externally moderated. All criteria must be met for each unit to be accredited.

WHAT NEXT

Students can progress to BTEC Science in KS5.

Teachers will choose units suitable for the group and of particular interest, from the following

Food and Health

Science: Health and Safety Making Useful Compounds Science and the Human Body Variation and Adaptation

Working with Electrical Circuits Chemical Products Used in the Home Science and our Universe

Science and the Plant World

Sixth Form / Options (if applicable)

iGCSE Single Science Award

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students must complete the 3 mandatory units:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

ASSESSMENT

This qualification will be marked externally by completing an exam at the end of the course. Students will complete an end of term test at the end of term 2, 4 and 6.

WHAT NEXT?

Students can progress to A-Level Science. Alternatively, they can progress to NVQs such as Laboratory & Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Science. With GCSE’s typical employment opportunities may be as a laboratory technician or in roles involving sample analysis in environmental protection or healthcare.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

Living Things and Principles of Chemistry

Forces and Motion, Electricity and Inorganic Chemistry

Waves, Solids, Liquids and Gases and Reproduction and Inheritance

Year 13

Ecology, Physical Chemistry and Energy

Organic Chemistry, Magnetism and Radioactivity

Uses of biological resources and Astrophysics Examination

Home Learning

Key Stage 3 students are given an optional home learning pack at the beginning of every topic.  Home learning for Key Stage 4 is set by the teacher, as and when needed.  Students in Key Stage 5 get a termly homework task.

Woodlands

Key Stage 3

Students will learn about the seasonal impact on plants and trees, along with the impact woodlands have on the plants and animals that live in them. Students will learn how to safely work within the woodland environment.

ASSESSMENTS

Each activity in Woodlands is practical based and the students will be assessed throughout.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Students can help carry out gardening activities with friends and family. Another good way to develop skills is to try and identify plants and trees in your local environment.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Students will take part in woodland based enterprise tasks that are designed to raise money for the academy, in order to develop the outside spaces.

TOPICS

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will study

Introduction to Woodland

Health and Safety.

The importance of trees. The structure of a tree Identifying trees Introduction to groundsmanship and woodland enterprise

Identification of plants and animals.

Identifying wild flowers Identifying and cultivating edible plants Identification of woodland animals

Woodland Maintenance.

Safe use of a range tools Maintenance of plants and their environment

Basic business skills for the woodland project work.

Key Stage 4 & Sixth Form

Forestry – Practical Countryside Skills (Option) - SEG Awards Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should be comfortable working with plants and be happy to get their hands dirty.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The qualification gives a broad overview of the tasks and skills involved with looking after plants and trees.

Students will also be developing employability skills, e.g. meeting deadlines, teamwork, following written and verbal instructions.

ASSESSMENT

Each year students are required to complete 2-3 units of work. Each unit has a value of 2-4 points and the number of points achieved determines the level of qualification awarded.

  • Award – 10 points
  • Certificate – 20 points
  • Diploma – 37 points

WHAT NEXT

On completion of the Level 1 Certificate, students may progress on to completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Years 12 and 13.

 

Students will study from a range of topics

Year 10 & 11

Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding

Maintain wooden structures with water-based preservative Propagate by stem cuttings

Assist with the maintenance of grass surfaces Maintain an area of habitat

Plant container grown plants

Home Learning

Key Stage 3 students are given an optional home learning pack at the beginning of every topic.  Home learning for Key Stage 4 is set by the teacher, as and when needed.  Students in Key Stage 5 get a termly homework task.

Awards and Accreditations

In 2021, the Science Department won the KM Charity Team's Clean Air for All - Green School Award.  This award was in recognition for the work completed by the Key Stage 5 Maple Community students.  The students created posters for the academy, to encourage anti-idling (turning off car engines) to help global warming.  This Green Award recognises the outstanding commitment to the promotion and development of green issues linked to schools.

 

Computing 

Flow chart depicting the Computing Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

Students will develop the ability to use a variety of key tools that appear in a range of programs to present information in differing ways.

ASSESSMENTS

Most tasks are project based, as in the real world ICT industry and students are assessed on their final product. They are given a set of objectives and are assessed on how well they can meet those objectives and their level of independence when working. E-safety and careers are built into the curriculum throughout the year to make them relevant to topics being covered and to provide constant recap.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Access to a computer and office type programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint would be helpful. Students can access online versions of these programs for free as part of their school Office 365 account. Details of this can be found in student planner and students should be supported with their access to the internet.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Extracurricular experiences will be used as and when available.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

 

Year 7

 

Identifying hardware and skills building

Using computer software to share information

 

Communicating safely on the Internet

Programming skills

 

Finding information online Collecting and analysing data

Multimedia

Year 8

Exploring hardware inside the computer and how messages are sent inside the computer.

Using email safely Editing and writing HTML

Exploring how the Internet has changed the way we communicate and work. Public Information Systems

Programming hardware Image editing

Year 9

 

 

Identify how computer systems work Describing networks including the Internet

Exploring SMART technology Exploring how technology has changed shopping and services

Exploring the accuracy of information online Blogging

Key Stage 4

Computing – IT Users - Entry Pathways Entry Level 1, 2, 3 & Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Unit levels: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 which lead to (three sizes) of qualification at an Award, Certificate or Diploma.

There are 17 different units to choose from including office-based applications, Internet safety for IT users, improving productivity using IT. In addition, there are multimedia-based applications, including video software and audio software, which also complement the IT qualifications.

The ICT User course offers a flexible, inclusive route to achieve the skills needed for work. It is tailored to meet individual needs.

ASSESSMENT

It starts at Entry Level 1; additional units can be added in order to raise the level of the qualification. It is available in three sizes – Award, Certificate and Diploma, across these Levels – Entry Level 3, Level 1. There are no examinations for this course.

Assessment is entirely internal and the courses are flexible. Teachers can choose units which match, or can tailor the course by choosing units to meet specific candidate needs or interests.

WHAT NEXT

This can lead to a Level 2 or 3 ICT qualifications.

 

Units students will study include

Year 10 & 11

Audio and Video Software Using emails

Imaging software Presentation Software

Computing – ICT Functional Skills - Entry Level 1, 2, 3 & Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many students are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics. Functional Skills ICT at Entry Levels 1, 2 & 3 aims to ensure that each individual is:

  • Confident and capable when using ICT systems and tools
  • Able to find and select information
  • Able to develop, present and communicate information in both life and work

Employability skills: The content gives students important employability skills. Excellent progression: Available from Entry 1 to Level 1, there are clear progression pathways for students, whatever their starting point.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment for Functional Skills ICT at Entry Levels 1, 2 & 3 is internally assessed. Edexcel Functional Skills in ICT at Entry Level comprises one core task that is internally assessed, verified and then externally verified. Level 1 is externally assessed.

WHAT NEXT

Functional Skills contributes points towards the new GCSE ICT. This course may also provide the basis for progression to Level 1 & 2 ICT courses.

 

Students will study the following topics

Year 10

General introduction to ICT and new software skills. Introduction to exam structure in preparation for Year 11.

Year 11

Complete activities for level working at, including poster, creation emails and spreadsheets. Tasks vary in difficulty based on level.

At the end of the 2 terms, students sit examination.

Computing – Cambridge Technical - Level 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above or have gained an Entry Level 3 in ICT.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course has been structured to enable learners to gain qualifications at their own pace and build on their achievements. The Cambridge Technical qualifications offer learners the opportunity for a programme of study to:

Prepare for further learning or training

Develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in a subject area that interests them, with the aim of enhancing their employability

Move into different areas of employment and achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification

Students need to demonstrate the ability to use different types of software in order to enhance presentation of their work.

ASSESSMENT

Students need to be good communicators and independent workers. Evidence will comprise of videos and written documents. The units will be locally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates will be required to meet all the assessment objectives as stated in the unit specifications.

WHAT NEXT

A learner may enter employment and undertake a related qualification at a level appropriate to the job role. This can also lead to Level 3 qualifications.

 

Units students will study include

Year 12 & 13

Learning about animation or game making Creating an animation or game making Communication

IT Jobs

Home Learning

Home Learning for this subject, if applicable.

Awards and Accreditations

What accreditations has your department achieved?

Humanities, MFL and RE 

History

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will develop their literacy skills, ability to understand causation, and develop their awareness of chronology. They will learn to use and interpret evidence (sources – paintings, photo’s, etc.) in order to develop a greater understanding of key events.

ASSESSMENTS

Each topic ends with the completion of an assessment booklet as well as student work being marked and levelled throughout the year.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Visiting Museums and places of historical interest

Talking with your son/daughter about their history classwork

Watching relevant programmes on TV – on the historical topics detailed above. Exploring history books from the local library

Playing history games on the Internet, for example: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible- histories

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

The History curriculum will involve lots of interactive learning such as role plays, model making, food tasting and playing educational games. There will also be a variety of trips including one to Dover Castle to look at the role it played during the Second World War.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

The Romans

The Norman Conquest

The Tudors

Year 8

Slavery

Era of the English Civil War

Industrial Revolution Local history

Year 9

Titanic and era of WW1

Holocaust and Nazi Germany

WW2 to Vietnam

Key Stage 4

History and Spanish - AQA Units

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 4S or above and need to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students in C Groups will study History, RS & Spanish over two years. They will develop their Humanities skills such as speaking, listening and developing their literacy and numeracy skills. They will participate in a wide range of activities such as going on trips to relevant places (Synagogue, local museums), role-play, model making, and research.

ASSESSMENT

Students produce coursework which is assessed throughout the two years. There are no examinations.

WHAT NEXT

Humanities Entry Pathways Level 2 & 3

 

Units students will study include

 

Year 10 & 11

History – Victorians – Experiencing Victorian Toys and Washing Victorian Clothes

RS – Introduction to Religious Festivals Spanish - Leisure, Home, Food and Hobbies

History (Option) - Entry Level 1, 2, 3, GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 6S or above. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

Students will complete a range of activities such as research, presentations and model making in order to develop their understanding of the different topics. The History course covers the following units:

  • History of Medicine
  • World War One
  • Hitler and the Nazi party
  • World War Two
  • 20th Century British History
  • Elizabethan History

Some trips will be offered to complement what is being studied e.g. the Imperial War Museum.

ASSESSMENT

Entry Level students will be assessed throughout the course on their knowledge and understanding, on their use of evidence and on their ability to identify how the past has been represented. Coursework will be submitted at the end of the course.

GCSE students will sit exams at the end of this course. WHAT NEXT

This course will lead to Asdan Level 1/2 courses in History.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

WW1

Conflict and Upheaval

20th Century – 1940’s to 1980’s

Germany

Year 11

20th Century – 1920’s and 1930’s

Conflict and Upheaval Medicine

Medicine

Sixth Form / Options (if Applicable)

ASDAN Short Course

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this course. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will create evidence for their portfolio. They will complete a range of activities including research, designing presentations, making models and going on trips to gather evidence for assignments. The course contains 6 modules which include:

  • British History
  • Local History
  • European History
  • History from below
  • The British Empire
  • World History

ASSESSMENT

Students will complete a portfolio of their work which will contain:

  • History Short Course activities
  • Planning and reviewing documents
  • Record of progress
  • Summary of achievement and identifying skills for development There are no examinations for this course.

WHAT NEXT

Credits from this Short Course can count towards half the curriculum requirements for the COPE course which has GCSE equivalence of Level 1 and 2.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

World History

History from below Britain,

British History

Year 13

European History

Empire and the World

Local History

Home Learning

Home Learning is set for students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.  Students will receive termly booklets to complete.

Geography

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will build upon their use of map skills, thinking skills and analytical skills as these are important components of every topic, and will help prepare students for Key Stage 4. This subject will enable students to develop an awareness of their local area and places beyond, how places can be linked together, and our role in supporting our local & global communities.

ASSESSMENTS

Students will complete a range of assessment tasks throughout the units they study. These range from practical, experiential, written and an end of unit test.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Practising basic map reading skills (i.e. map symbols and directions). Investigating local environment and further if possible.

Watching geographical TV programmes about wildlife, environments, or natural disasters. Playing geography games on the Internet, for example www.mapzone.com

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

The Geography curriculum will involve making things (e.g. Volcanoes), exploring news articles, watching video clips and playing games.

There will also be trips to places such as Rochester and the Kent coast.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

Map skills

One world, different places

Settlements

Year 8

Natural disasters

Ecosystems

Weather and climate

Year 9

Coasts

World development

Crime and community

Key Stage 4

Entry Level 1, 2, 3, GCSE Level 1 & 2 (Option)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 6S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Entry Level Geography course topics will include:

  • Rivers
  • Coasts
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Population
  • Cities
  • Urban transport
  • Climate change
  • Energy sources and use
  • Water supply and use
  • Global tourism
  • Development and inequalities
  • Trade and Aid

During the course, a field trip will be organised for students to enable complete their EL coursework.

ASSESSMENT

Entry Level students will complete coursework which will be submitted at the end of the course.

GCSE students will sit exams at the end of this course.

WHAT NEXT

This will enable students to progress to the KS5 ASDAN Award in Geography.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

Population

Cities

Global Tourism

Year 11

Ecosystems

Coasts

Natural Hazards

Sixth Form / Options (if applicable)

ASDAN Short Course

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this course. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will create evidence for their portfolio. They will complete a range of activities to provide evidence for assignments. The Geography Short Course contains 9 modules which include the following topics:

  • My Place
  • Food, Energy and Waste
  • Physical Processes
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Holidays
  • Global Interdependence
  • The BRICS
  • Big Issues
  • Why do People move

ASSESSMENT

Students will complete a portfolio of their geographical activities which will contain:

  • Geography Short Course activities
  • Planning and reviewing documents
  • Record of progress
  • Summary of achievement and identifying skills for development There are no examinations for this course.

WHAT NEXT

Credits from this Short Course can count towards half the curriculum requirements for the COPE course which has GCSE equivalence of Level 1 and 2.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

My Place

Sport and Leisure

Holidays

Year 13

Food, Energy, Waste

The BRICS

Big Issues

Home Learning

Home Learning is set for students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.  Students will receive termly booklets to complete.

Religious Education / Religious Studies

Key Stage 3

Students will develop a range of key skills including literacy, discussion, listening, problem solving and decision making. The course is designed to develop an understanding of six world religions and beliefs and develop student’s confidence in self-expression.

ASSESSMENTS

Each topic ends with the completion of an assessment booklet as well as student work being marked and levelled throughout the year.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

You can help further your child’s understanding and appreciation of religion and culture by visiting places with religious features, watching relevant programmes on TV and talking about their home learning booklets.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

All students will have the opportunity to make things e.g. to develop ideas of Creation, take part in Chinese new year activities, have opportunities to taste different foods and experience different customs. There may also be trips to local churches/places of worship and visits from guest speakers.

TOPICS

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

Sikhism and Christianity

Chinese New Year and Easter

Judaism and Hinduism

Year 8

Christianity and denominations. Hinduism and Diwali

Islam and Sikhism Gurdwaras

Buddhism and the Design Argument

Year 9

Islam and Judaism

Christianity, Buddhism, Justine and Suffering

Humanism and the Cosmological Argument

Key Stage 4

Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 6S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study a number of units focusing on exploring a range of religions such as Christianity.

They are encouraged to reach their own moral judgements and express their personal views exploring ethical and moral issues in today’s society. In addition they will learn to respect other people’s beliefs and cultures.

ASSESSMENT

Students produce coursework which is assessed throughout the two years. There are no examinations.

WHAT NEXT

Entry Level Religious Studies could lead to GCSE Religious Studies.

 

Students will study the following topics

 

Year 10 & 11

Festivals

Persecution of People

Religious and moral arguments to contentious issues Responses to conflict in world events

Famous followers of religion Places of worship

GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will enhance students’ personal, social and cultural development. They will explore historical and contemporary ethical issues and world events. They will develop their language skills both orally and in written form as well as develop their ability to formulate and articulate a strong argument.

ASSESSMENT

Students will sit exams at the end of the course.

WHAT NEXT

GCSE Religious Studies could lead to a Level 3 qualification at college.

 

Students will study the following topics

 

Year 10 & 11

 

Religious Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World Study of a World Faith

Study of Christianity

Sixth Form / Options (if applicable)

GCSE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should be working at RS Bradfield Step B15

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study various themes such as:

  • Relationships
  • Life and Death
  • Good and Evil
  • Human Rights

They will develop their understanding of people's beliefs and be able to develop their responses about truth and purpose. They will undertake a variety of activities to support their learning such as writing essays, making PPTs and playing games.

ASSESSMENT

Students will take a set of written exams at the end of the course.

WHAT NEXT

This course results in a GCSE which will help students progress to college or an apprenticeship.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12 & 13

Relationships Life and Death

Good and Evil

Human Rights Revision

Home Learning

Home Learning is set for students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.  Students will receive termly booklets to complete.

Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

French and Spanish

ASSESSMENTS

There will be on-going assessments for students via listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises within the lesson.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encourage your son/daughter to practice their speaking with you. TRIPS AND

EXPERIENCES

There will be games and food tasting opportunities. TOPICS

 

Students will study

Year 7 French

Greetings and introductions Numbers, age, birthdays

Year 8 Spanish

The weather

Colours and classroom objects

Year 9 French

 

Family and pets Food and drink

Culture and geography, festivals and historical traditions

Key Stage 4

French and Religious Studies - Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

Students in A & B Groups will study the two Humanities subjects over two years. They will develop their Humanities skills such as speaking, listening and writing using details and explanations. They will participate in a wide range of activities such as going on trips to relevant places (Synagogue, local museums), role-play, model making, presentations and research.

ASSESSMENT

Students produce coursework which is assessed throughout the two years. There are no examinations.

WHAT NEXT

GCSE in French or RS

 

Units students will study include

Year 10 & 11

French – Introducing self, family and friends RS – Religious Festivals

Sixth Form / Options (if applicable)

Spanish - ASDAN Short Course

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this course. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will create evidence for their portfolio. They will complete a range of activities including research, designing presentations, making models and going on trips to gather evidence for assignments. The course contains 6 modules which include:

  • It’s my life
  • Just getting in touch
  • The perfect host
  • What’s it like over there?
  • My language
  • Imagine

ASSESSMENT

Students will complete a portfolio of their work which will contain:

  • Spanish Short Course activities
  • Planning and reviewing documents
  • Record of progress
  • Summary of achievement and identifying skills for development

There are no examinations for this course.

WHAT NEXT

Credits from this Short Course can count towards half the curriculum requirements for the COPE course which has GCSE equivalence of Level 1 and 2.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12

It’s my life

The perfect host

Imagine

Year 13

My language

Just getting in touch

What’s it like over there?

Home Learning

Home Learning is set for students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.  Students will receive termly booklets to complete.

Awards and Accreditations

RE Quality Mark

As a result of our subject development work in Religious Education we were accredited by REQM in July 2017 as providing a high standard of RE at Bradfields and awarded the Gold Quality Mark.

Geography Quality Mark

As a result of our subject development work in Geography we were accredited by Secondary Geography Quality Mark in September 2018 as providing a high standard of Geography at Bradfields.

History Quality Mark

As a result of our subject development work in History we were accredited the Gold Secondary History Quality Mark in February 2018 by the History Association for providing a high standard of History education at Bradfields.

Holocaust Beacon School

Bradfields Academy has been awarded Holocaust Beacon School status.  This means we will be engaged in a number of exciting training opportunities to develop our provision of Holocaust teaching and learning including a teachers trip to Poland.  As a Beacon school we will also be involved in helping other local schools access some excellent training and resources.

Physical Education (PE) 

PE

Key Stage 3

Students build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2. They become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques. Students improve their understanding of what makes a performance effective. They develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise and sports out of school and in later life.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are continually assessed throughout the year during each activity studied. Assessments are collated three times a year to monitor progress.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

By supporting the tasks for home learning and by asking questions students extend their learning. You can reinforce the importance of staying healthy by being active as a family. This could be by encouraging students to take part in extracurricular clubs.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

There are many opportunities to experience competitions and festivals throughout the year. Students visit schools and leisure facilities across Kent to take part in sports events including: athletics, swimming, football, archery, boccia and tag rugby.

TOPICS

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

 

 

 

Year 7

 

 

 

Multi skills Team

game Creative

exploration Gymnastics

REAL PE

Creative unit

 

Multi skills

SAQ

Team game Benchball

REAL PE

Social unit

 

 

Team Game

Netball

Creative exploration Dance

REAL PE

Health and fitness

 

OAA

Problem solving

Team game Boccia

Real PE

Cognitive Unit

 

Individual

Athletics

Team game Cricket

REAL PE

Physical unit

Individual

Cycling

Individual Tennis

Personal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8

Multi skills Team

Game Creative

Exploration Gymnastics

REAL PE

Creative Unit

OAA

Problem solving

Team game Netball

REAL PE

Social unit

Team Game

Handball

Health and Fitness Aerobics

REAL PE

Health and Fitness

Individual

Tennis

Team game Kurling

Real PE

Cognitive Unit

Individual

Athletics

Team game Cricket

REAL PE

Physical Unit

Team game

Individual Tennis

Real PE

Personal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

Sport Education

Cricket

Individual Archery

Team Game

Netball or Handball

Creative Exploration

Trampolining

Health and Fitness

Circuit Training

Individual Table tennis

Team game Basketball or Football

Creative Exploration

Dance

OAA

Orienteering

Individual Cycling

Sport Education

Athletics

Individual Tennis

Key Stage 4

PE- Healthy Living & Fitness - Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 9S or above.

Students are guided to select different activities from the following categories:

  • Team Competitive Activities
  • Gymnastics Activities
  • Creative Activities Dance
  • Individual or Partner Activities
  • Frequent and Regular Physical Activities for Health, Fitness & Well-being
  • Adventurous Activities

ASSESSMENT

Students are teacher assessed via observation and oral questioning and are required to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the chosen practical activities
  • Perform a range of skills demonstrating the areas of planning, performing and evaluating
  • Show a variety of skills and abilities, either alone, in pairs or in group situations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of rules, laws and safety measures which govern each activity

Video/photographic evidence will be collected and an external moderator from the Exam Board will observe students “in action” during terms 4 or 5 of their second year of study.

WHAT NEXT

Further PE courses; for example: GCSE PE; BTEC Sports courses.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

Trampolining Table Tennis

Archery Bowling

Cycling Athletics

Year 11

Fitness Circuits

Trampolining Game, basketball/handball Archery

Athletics

Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Sports Leaders (Option) - Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students need an interest in sport and the ability to speak in front of other people.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will be coached to lead small groups in simple sports and recreational activities. Leadership skills, organisation, planning, communication and teamwork are covered via the medium of sport.

Students will work with and lead younger students under the supervision of PE staff.

ASSESSMENT

Students’ log books and work portfolios are externally moderated by the exam board. Level 1 - Students must demonstrate one hour of leadership at the end of the course. Level 2 – Students must demonstrate ten hours of leadership during the course.

WHAT NEXT

Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership, sport specific coaching qualifications and volunteering roles.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

Year 10 & 11

Introduction to Course

What makes a good leader

Acting as an Official Audit of Leadership Skills

Plan, assist in leading and review a sports session

Sixth Form / Options (if applicable)

ASDAN Short Course

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to bring the correct PE kit and take an active part in all lessons.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Physical Education develops students’ competence and confidence so that they can take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives.

We aim for all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. We support them in finding leisure interests and sports activities that they would like to do in their spare time and when they leave education.

In Sixth Form there are opportunities to use a range of local facilities. Students are encouraged to become increasingly independent and develop self-management skills. Students are able to complete modules for their ASDAN Sports and Fitness Award. Personal qualities, abilities and achievements are recognised and recorded.

ASSESSMENT

Students create a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio is then assessed.

WHAT NEXT

Students are able to see a range of job opportunities when visiting local facilities. The course could provide the chance for work experience in a leisure or sporting environment.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12 & 13

Sport Participation: students select from a range of activities

Health & Fitness: circuits accessing a local facility

Coaching and Officiating

Healthy Living

Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students will be expected to try and make links between the course and their own life experiences.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Healthy Living course will help students to develop:

  • an understanding of basic concepts of healthy eating; the concept of a balanced diet and food labelling
  • an appreciation of the importance of activity and exercise
  • an understanding of the importance of water in a balanced diet and how alcohol, smoking and caffeine can affect the body

ASSESSMENT

Students will sit an ‘online’ multiple choice examination paper at the conclusion of the course.

Level 1 students may progress to the Level 2 award if studied for the full 2 years.

WHAT NEXT

Students may progress to specific related vocational and academic qualifications at Level 2.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

 

Year 12 & 13

 

 

Understand how to keep a healthy body weight.

 

 

Understand the requirements of a healthy diet.

 

Understand why a healthy lifestyle is important.

 

Preparing for the assessment.

Sports Leadership

Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have an interest in sport and the ability to speak in front of other people.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will be coached to lead small groups in simple sports and recreational activities. Leadership skills, organisation, planning, communication and teamwork are covered via the medium of sport.

Students will work with younger students under the supervision of PE staff. For those students who make rapid progress in Sports Leadership or have completed the Level 2 course previously a qualification in Sports Volunteers can be offered.

ASSESSMENT

Students’ log books and work portfolios are externally moderated by the exam board. Level 1 - Students must demonstrate one hour of leadership at the end of the course. Level 2 – Students must demonstrate ten hours of leadership during the course.

WHAT NEXT

Level 2 & Level 3 Award in Sports Leadership, possible career routes into sport specific coaching and volunteering roles.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12 & 13

Introduction to Course. What makes a good leader

Acting as an Official Audit of Leadership Skills

Plan, assist in leading and review sport sessions

Home Learning

Home learning is set for our Sport Leaders, ASDAN and Healthy Living theory lessons. 

Awards and Accreditations

In 2018, the PE Department achieved their second Gold Sports Mark (4th mark overall) for their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2018/19.

 

Primary Curriculum 

Early Years Foundation Stage KS1 - KS2 Curriculum

The Early Years - Reception

The Early Years curriculum focuses on developing the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These are supported through the provision of opportunities within the following specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Key Stage 1 & 2 - Year 1 to 6

In Key Stage 1 & 2 the curriculum will further build upon their prior learning at the EYFS and KS1 to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding in line with National Curriculum requirements taught through a creative ad fun thematic (project based approach) curriculum - The International Primary Curriculum.  This curriculum focuses on the development of :

  • Subject learning goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
  • Personal goals - the development of individual qualities and dispositions essentials in the 21st century including enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.
  • International goals - which help support the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective.

PSHCE & Life Skills 

PSHCE

Key Stage 3

Students will develop social, emotional and life skills, now and in the future. These skills will equip them with mutual respect for themselves and others.

ASSESSMENTS

Regular assessment will take place throughout the year; this may take the form of research, surveys, watching the news, worksheets, persuasive posters, costing items, food labels, finding newspaper articles.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encouraging students to watch or read the news, on television, in a newspaper or on the internet. Respond to survey work

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Life Skills trips e.g. shopping and handling money.

TOPICS

 

Students will study the following topics

 

 

Year 7,

8 & 9

Introduction to PSHCE Communities

Human Rights

Medicines and Health Conflict Resolution Safety

Families Healthy Living Puberty Careers Project - topic

Safety and Risk Healthy Lifestyles Money

Anti-Bullying Fair Trade

Media and Democracy Project - Topic

Healthy Living

RSE – Relationships and Sex Education Project – Topic Choices

Preparation for AQA PSE Course

Key Stage 4

PSHCE – Personal & Social Development - ASDAN Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above. COURSE

DESCRIPTION

The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:

  • becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
  • being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
  • managing risk together with their own wellbeing as well as introducing them to new activities and personal challenges.

Students will also be following an RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) programme which is not assessed as a part of the PSD course.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is through a portfolio of work and records of discussions. Supporting evidence is submitted for external moderation purposes. Students are entered for either Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. Students will also be required, in some elements, to be actively involved in activities outside the academy; records of such activity may be required.

WHAT NEXT

It is useful for future study in relation to Life Skills, Health and Social Care courses and for development in wider key skills qualifications in KS5.

 

Students will study the following topics

 

 

 

 

Year 10 & 11

 

 

 

 

Community action

Healthy living

Preparation for work

Managing own money Parenting awareness

Making the most of leisure time

Environmental awareness

Using technology in the home and community

Food safety in the home and community

Personal safety in the home and community

Healthy eating

Working towards a goal

Your money in the future

Dealing with problems in daily life Identity and cultural diversity Working as part of a group Developing self

Managing social relationships Individual rights and responsibilities

 

 

 

HOME LEARNING

In KS4, the ASDAN PSD modules will require support and monitoring from home. This may take the form of students helping with practical environmental tasks such as recycling and reducing energy use around the home. Parent(s)/Carer(s) may also be asked to help with monitoring students' targets including health goals, SMART academic targets and in developing independent travelling skills, for example.

Sixth Form

Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All students are accepted at a range of appropriate levels.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is based on a range of PSE and Citizenship topics. It is intended to cover a range of key topics such as careers and sex and relationships education.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework

WHAT NEXT

Students are prepared for the future and the topics also relate to a range of college courses.

 

Units students will study include

Year 12 & 13

UNIT 8: Applying for Jobs and Courses UNIT 3: Sex and Relationships Education

Life Skills

Key Stage 3

Students will begin to develop social, personal and emotional skills and learn how to be safe and independent in everyday life.

ASSESSMENTS

Regular assessment will take place throughout the year; this may take the form of the following: research, surveys, watching the news, worksheets, persuasive posters, costing items, food labels and finding appropriate newspaper articles.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encouraging students to watch or read the news, on television, in a newspaper or on the internet. Respond to survey work

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Students will visit a range of local places to develop personal, social, financial and independence skills.

TOPICS

 

Students will study the following topics

 

 

 

Year 7, 8 & 9

First Aid

Safety Skills

Health and Safety in the Workplace

General life skills such as social, financial and travel skills

Healthy Living Emotional Life Skills

Health Lifestyle

Social and Work Skills

Body Confidence

Key Stage 4

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students may need to apply for bus passes. They may also need a small amount of money to develop financial skills in shops and cafes.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study topics listed below. They may also go on visits, where appropriate. These visits may be to local shops, cafes and libraries.

The purpose of the visits is to develop financial, personal and social skills.

Some trips will also be provided to support students in the development of travel training skills and as such will involve the use of public transport.

ASSESSMENT

A small number of these courses will be assessed via the ASDAN Life Skill Challenges programme, at entry level.

WHAT NEXT

The skills developed are useful for future life, both within the workplace and in general life.

 

Students will study the following topics

 

 

 

 

Year 10 & 11

First Aid

Living Skills e.g. home management

Safety Skills

Health and Safety in the Workplace

General life skills such as social, financial and travel skills Healthy Living

Learning to Learn

Emotional Life Skills

Health Lifestyle

Social and Work Skills

Body Confidence

Sixth Form

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students may need to apply for bus passes. They may also need a small amount of money to develop financial skills in shops and cafes.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study topics listed below. They may also go on visits, where appropriate. These visits may be to local shops, cafes and libraries.

The purpose of the visits is to develop financial, personal and social skills.

Some trips will also be provided to support students in the development of travel training skills and as such will involve the use of public transport.

ASSESSMENT

A small number of these courses will be assessed via the ASDAN Life Skill Challenges programme, at entry level and Level 1.

WHAT NEXT

The skills developed are useful for future life, both within the workplace and in general life.

 

Students will study the following topics

Year 12 & 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Aid

Safety Skills

Health and Safety in the Workplace

General life skills such as social, financial and travel skills

Healthy Living

Learning to Learn

Emotional Life Skills

Health Lifestyle Social and Work Skills

Body Confidence

British Values

Staying Safe Online

Social Media and Safeguarding

Travel training

Using Technology and Communicating

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 14

Travel Training & Life Skills

As a requirement for this course it is essential that all students have obtained a bus pass before the September start.

As our Young Adults grow in confidence and become more independent, we aim to support them through travel training on a range of public transport facilities and develop key Life Skills such as shopping and budgeting.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Young Adults will be given the opportunity to further develop or establish their ability to travel to different destinations using a range of public transport options. This will be fully supported by staff with the level of supervision adjusted as young people gain confidence and develop their skills.

Young adults may have the opportunity to gain credits towards the Progression Course for appropriate units such as accessing public transport and skills for shopping.

ASSESSMENT

Students will work at an appropriate level for their ability. Any Progression units undertaken are internally assessed through the students building up a portfolio of evidence that covers the relevant assessment criteria – there is no examination.

WHAT NEXT

This course will enable young adults to develop greater independence and confidence.

 

Students will

 

 

Year 14

Students take part in travel training for a period of two terms. During this time they will learn how to overcome any anxieties and issues they may have about using public transport.

We will visit local places of interest that are linked to social aspects of importance to the group.

The group request where we go and why.

Students will gain independence and life skills by purchasing and paying for things and speaking to unfamiliar people.

Health & Social Care

Sixth Form

BTEC Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There is no requirement for prior learning.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • Key areas of study include:
  • Core units involve students developing organisational skills and creating a personal progression plan
  • Promoting health and well-being; understanding why good health is important and encouraging individuals to be healthier
  • Visiting Health and Social Care settings to observe how people work in the sector, the skills they need and how they demonstrate good working practices

ASSESSMENT

This qualification is assessed by the tutor. Marks awarded by the centre will be subject to external moderation.

WHAT NEXT

This course is designed to help people gain employment in health or social care, in jobs such as adult care, youth work, emergency services and childcare. It is possible to progress to further study in this area.

 

Units students study will include

Year 12

Being Organised

Making Healthy Snacks when Caring for People. Developing a Personal Progression Plan

Year 13

Visiting a Health or Social Care setting Advising Others About Healthy Lifestyles

Year 14

Community Volunteering

ASDAN Community Volunteering Award

The course aims to help young adults to understand the purpose of an event and how to make an effective contribution to it as a volunteer. It will involve practical volunteering roles as a group.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is about becoming an effective volunteer. They will learn how they can meet their responsibilities at the event and agree ways to improve their performance.

There will be lots of opportunity to take part as a group in voluntary events such as working in the grounds of local schools and primaries, etc. The event is likely to involve members of the wider community as well as organisers, staff and volunteers. They will be involved in all aspects of planning, preparing for and running an event.

ASSESSMENT

This course is assessed through a portfolio of work - No Examinations.

The portfolio will show the young adults understanding of the purpose of the event they contributed to, and how they identified the main activities that took place and the tasks and responsibilities they were given.

WHAT NEXT

Provides the first step towards a career in play work and child care.

 

Students will take part in

Year 14

Visits and Volunteering

Award in Progression

Entry Level 3 & Level 1

Many young people need support to overcome barriers which are preventing them from achieving what they want to in life and work. This qualification offers a flexible and broad range of subjects which can be tailored to help our students to learn new skills and knowledge.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The main purpose of this course is to help students to achieve a skill set that will enable them to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work. There is a wide variety of units available to ensure that there are topics that the students will enjoy.

ASSESSMENT

To gain the qualification students must complete a minimum of one or two units (depending on the credit value for the unit). Students will complete units on a variety of topics, some of which are listed below:

  • Developing skills for gaining employment
  • Preparing for work
  • Plan and participate in short walks
  • Take part in an Activity
  • Introduction to Road Safety
  • Skills for Shopping
  • Accessing public transport

Students will work at an appropriate level for their ability. All units are internally assessed through the students building up a portfolio of evidence that covers the relevant assessment criteria – there is no examination.

WHAT NEXT

The aims of these qualifications are to enable students to be able to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work.

Awards and Accreditations

We are currently working on achieving the UNICEF RRSA Silver Award.

Technology 

Design Technology

Key Stage 3

Students will learn how to design, make and evaluate a range of projects covering a range of different materials (wood, metal and plastic)

ASSESSMENTS

Each activity in Design Technology is practical based and the students will be assessed throughout the activity.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Students can gain experience in a number of different ways, such as using Lego to design and create their own products and helping family members carry out DIY tasks.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

We aim to take part in competitions during the year depending on the competitions that are being run.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

 

Year 7

Introduction to DT

Students will look at health and safety dangers in the workshop. They then design and make key rings. This is followed by making coat hooks out of wood, metal and plastic.

Year 8

Joining different materials

Students will aim to work on three different projects in the term. Each of these projects will cover different skills such as:

Marking and cutting wood joints. Painting work

Bending plastic

 

Year 9

Clock Design

During the rotation in Year 9 the students will get the chance to design and make their own clock. This will allow them to research a chosen theme before they start making their product out of materials of their choosing.

Key Stage 4

Creative Crafts - NCFE Level 1 Award

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above in Technology. Students will need to have the ability to work with tools and follow instructions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will develop a range of techniques including

  • Drawing skills using Isometric, 1 Point Perspective and 2 Point Perspective.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) to design idea.
  • Modelling to develop ideas,
  • Prototyping of their own ideas
  • Making a range of different craft based products.

ASSESSMENT

The certificate does not require an exam at the end of the course, it is 100% coursework. The coursework will include practical, written and drawing elements.

WHAT NEXT

The NCFE Level 1 course will lead students on to the NCFE Level 2 Creative Crafts course by providing them with a wide range of skills and experiences that they can then develop over time.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

Year 10

Developing skills in drawing through the use of isometric drawing, 1 point perspective and 2 point perspective

Rendering drawings to make them look more realistic

Developing understanding of joining methods with different materials. Shaping of materials

Developing own ideas into products

Year 11

Using skills learnt in year 10 to research, design, and model and make a product that will be used as their coursework

Sixth Form (Options)

Creative Crafts – NCFE Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 13S or above in Technology. Students will need to have the ability to work with tools and follow instructions. For students to complete the level 2 course they must have completed the Level 1 course prior to starting the level 2 course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will develop a range of techniques including:

  • Drawing skills using Isometric, 1 Point Perspective and 2 Point Perspective.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) to design idea.
  • Modelling to develop ideas,
  • Prototyping of their own ideas
  • Making a range of different craft based products.

ASSESSMENT

The certificate does not require an exam at the end of the course, it is 100% coursework. The coursework will include practical, written and drawing elements.

WHAT NEXT

The NCFE Level 1 course will lead students on to the NCFE Level 2 Creative Crafts course by providing them with a wide range of skills and experiences that they can then develop over time.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

Year 12

Further developing skills in drawing through the use of isometric drawing, 1 point perspective and 2 point perspective

Rendering drawings to make them look more realistic

Developing understanding of joining methods with different materials Shaping of materials

Developing own ideas into products

Year 13

Using skills learnt in Year 12 to research, design, and model and make a product that will be used as their coursework

Home Learning

Students are encouraged to talk about the tools and equipment they have used within their lessons to learn different skills.  Students are also encouraged to help out with practical jobs around the home.

Food Technology

Students will learn to select the ingredients and methods to prepare food and drinks for themselves. This will equip them with a variety of techniques in handling food preparation. Students will also gain knowledge about foods, nutrition and hygiene.

ASSESSMENTS

Each activity in Food Technology is practical based and the students will be assessed throughout the activity.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encourage students to get involved with preparing meals at home, this will give them confidence in the kitchen and improve their practical skills.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

All students will take part in producing food for different events throughout the year whether this is for a charity sale, seasonal event or the tuck shop.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

 

Year 7

Introduction to Food Technology & Healthy Eating

Students will familiarise themselves with the Food Technology room. We will explore basic food preparation focusing on healthy eating, safety and hygiene in the kitchen. All recipes we prepare follow The BNF Eat Well Plate.

Year 8

Healthy Eating

Students will build on the skills they have gained in year 7. All students will use a range of different skills to produce a variety of different types of foods, again placing emphasis on healthy eating.

 

Year 9

Food from different cultures

During the rotation in Year 9 the students will focus on preparing a variety of different main meals. We look at food from different cultures and reproduce them as a healthier option. Students will have more freedom in this rotation to experiment with different flavours and techniques.

Key Stage 4

Home Cooking Skills – BTEC Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above. Students should be prepared to do their own washing up.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1 and 2 Award in Home Cooking Skills has been developed to give students the opportunity to develop:

  • The knowledge, understanding and confidence to cook meals at home
  • An understanding of how to economise when planning a meal
  • An ability to transfer skills learned to different recipes
  • An ability to inspire others by transferring that knowledge

ASSESSMENT

All units are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. The BTEC Level 1 qualification offers 4 credits and the Level 2 qualification offers 6 credits.

WHAT NEXT

On successful completion of a BTEC specialist qualification, students can progress to employment within the food industry. Alternatively, they can progress to Acentis Food & Safety in Catering Level 2 qualification.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

 

Year 10 & 11

Level 1 Introduction.

Development of skills and use of ingredients.

Controlled Assessment for a 1 course meal.

Tasting and evaluation of work.

Level 2

Menu planning Practice dishes.

Controlled Assessment tasks 2 course meal.

Evaluation of products.

Sixth Form (Options)

Home Cooking Skills - BTEC Level 1 & 2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

They should show a willingness to have a go and an ability to follow instructions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Edexcel BTEC level 1 and 2 award in Home Cooking Skills has been developed to give Students the opportunity to develop:

The knowledge, understanding and confidence to cook meals at home

An understanding of how to economise when planning a meal

An ability to transfer skills learned to different recipes

An ability to inspire others by transferring that knowledge

ASSESSMENT

All units are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

WHAT NEXT

On successful completion of a BTEC specialist qualification, students can progress to employment within the food industry. Alternatively, they can progress to Acentis Food & Safety in Catering Level 2 qualification.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

 

Year 12 & 13

 

Level 1 Introduction

Development of skills 

Controlled Assessment for a 1 course meal.

Tasting and evaluation of work.

Level 2

Menu planning Practice dishes.

Controlled Assessment tasks 2 course meal.

Evaluation of products.

Food Wise – ASDAN Short Course

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have ideally completed the BTEC Home Cooking Skills course prior to studying this course

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Through the course students will develop Catering skills including food preparation, budgeting and basic event planning. The content gives students important employability skills.

ASSESSMENT

All units are internally assessed prior to the work being externally moderated.

This course provides an introduction to the skills, qualities and knowledge that may be required for employment in the Hospitality and Catering Industry.

WHAT NEXT

This course can help students to attend catering courses at college and possible employment within the Hospitality and Catering industry

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 12 & 13

Healthy Living

Basic Food Safety

 

Home Learning

Students are encouraged to talk about the equipment they have used within their lessons to learn different cooking skills.  Students are also encouraged to help out with meal preparation at home.

Textiles

Key Stage 3

Students will learn how to design, make and evaluate a range of projects covering different materials and skills (felt, cotton, wool, and plastic).

ASSESSMENTS

Each activity in textiles is practical based and the students will be assessed throughout.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Students can gain experience in different ways. They can design and make their own projects at home, as well as helping family members with simple repair tasks such as sewing on a button.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Extracurricular experiences will be used as and when available.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

 

Year 7

Introduction to Textiles part 1

During Year 7 students will look at health and safety dangers in the textile room. They then design and make a felt book mark and a felt mini bag. Basic hand stitching is introduced and the origin of fibres and fabric is covered in felt making and weaving.

Year 8

Introduction to Textiles part 2

During Year 8 the students will aim to work on two different projects in the term. Each of these projects will cover different skills such as cutting fabric, using a pattern, joining fabric by hand or machine or colouring fabric.

The skills build on those already introduced and we also take a look at textiles in fashion and the home.

 

 

Year 9

Bag Design and Hot Textiles

During Year 9 the students will design and make their own environmentally friendly bag. This will allow them to research a chosen theme in more depth.

Sewing machine skills and hand stitching are further developed. In hot textiles some of the more unusual aspects are introduced such as using plastic, Bondaweb and the iron safely to create interesting surfaces for mixed media

work.

Key Stage 4

Creative Media – Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students need to be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above and have good fine motor skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will develop skills in researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making, testing and evaluating within a textiles context. They will have the opportunity to explore a range of tools and techniques and learn how to plan and present their ideas, and make their planned item.

Typical tasks include:

  • An accessory or fashion item influenced by natural forms
  • An item inspired by the work of a well-known designer
  • A product influenced by a fashion trend or a well-known fashion designer
  • A child’s gift or fashion product to be sold in a shop
  • A product that uses recycled fabrics and components

Each year students will acquire skills and knowledge to prepare them for their assessment task. Each year the students complete self-contained units e.g. printing on fabrics. They build a portfolio of their work and a design and make project, e.g. printed and stitched bag. They also look at health and safety, materials and industrial applications.

ASSESSMENT

The award is 100% coursework, formed of a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the students’ practical skills, leading on to the creation of a final piece of work.

WHAT NEXT

This course can lead to further study at college.

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 10

Textiles introduction

Development of hand sewing skills

Use of a sewing machine

Year 11

Introduction to Printmaking

Development of a printed product

Evaluation of work/course

Home Learning

Students are encouraged to talk about the tools and equipment they have used within their lessons to learn different skills.  Students are also encouraged to help out with practical jobs around the home.

The Arts 

Art

Key Stage 3

Students will understand and use visual elements in creating their own work. They will investigate the work of others and use the findings to create their own ideas. They will then review and evaluate their own work and that of others.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are assessed using the Art criteria on the Bradfield Steps.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Encourage students to visit art galleries and museums. They should also practise observational drawing at home and junk modelling.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

All students will take part in activities such as 'The Big Draw’; this will allow them to express themselves in creative ways.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

Year 7

Introduction to Art & the visual elements

Year 8

Portraits & Masks

Year 9

Realism to Abstraction

Key Stage 4 (Options)

Entry Pathways - Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will use a variety of media to experiment with 2D and 3D techniques and learn to use visual vocabulary such as colour, line, tone, pattern and texture. Students will explore the work of other artists and use this to inspire their own responses.

Students need to complete two units of work over the course of two years.

  • Projects include:
  • Portraiture and still life
  • Pattern and texture
  • Food and drink

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to:

  • Award - 8 credits
  • Certificate - 13 credits
  • Diploma - 37 credits

WHAT NEXT

It can lead to a BTEC Level 1 Art and Design.

 

Units students study will include

Year 10 & 11

Painting and Drawing Printmaking

Three Dimensional Studies

BTEC LEVEL 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is suitable for students currently working at Bradfields Steps 10S or above in Art.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The BTEC Art and Design course gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of Art processes including, painting, printmaking, mixed media and 3D techniques.

On the successful completion of each unit students will gain credits enabling them to progress from Entry Level 3 to a Level 1 Certificate.

ASSESSMENT

Students will develop a portfolio of artwork which is assessed using BTEC unit criteria. Evidence will include photographs, written notes, video presentations and an exhibition.

This course enables students to build upon their achievements and progress through a series of qualifications.

  • BTEC Entry Level 3 = 6 credits, BTEC Level 1 Award = 7 credits
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate = 13 credits WHAT NEXT

Students can work towards a BTEC Level 1 Diploma (37 credits).

 

Units students study will include

 

 

Year 10 & 11

Explore Mixed Media

Explore Painting

An Accessory project

Explore 3D Fine art

Explore Drawing

Explore Printmaking

Sixth Form (Options)

Art & Design – Creative Media - Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is suitable for students currently working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above in Art.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will use a variety of 2D and 3D media processes and techniques. They will learn to use the visual elements to express their ideas. Students will explore the work of other artists and use this to inspire their own responses.

Students need to complete two units of work over the course of two years. Projects include:

  • Portraiture and Still Life
  • Food and Drink
  • Pattern and Texture
  • Shape and Colour
  • Geometric Design

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to:

  • Award – 8 Credits
  • Certificate – 13 Credits
  • Diploma – 37 Credits

WHAT NEXT

This course can lead to BTEC Level 1 Art and Design.

 

Units students study will include

 

Year 12 & 13

Painting and Drawing Printmaking

Three Dimensional Studies Textiles

Ceramics

BTEC ENTRY LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is suitable for students currently working at Bradfields Steps 10s in Art or Entry Level 3.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The BTEC Art and Design course gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of Art processes including, painting, printmaking, mixed media and 3D techniques.

On the successful completion of each unit students will gain credits enabling them to progress from Entry Level 3 to a Level 1 Certificate.

ASSESSMENT

Students will develop a portfolio of artwork which is assessed using BTEC unit criteria. Evidence will include photographs, written notes, video presentations and an exhibition. This course enables students to build upon their achievements and progress through a series of qualifications.

  • BTEC Entry Level 3 = 6 credits, BTEC Level 1 Award = 7 credits
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate = 13 credits. WHAT NEXT
  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma (37 credits) or BTEC Level 2 Art and Design courses

 

Units students study will include

Year 12 & 13

Explore Painting Explore Mixed Media Explore 3D Fine Art An Accessory project Explore Printmaking Explore Drawing

Home Learning

No home learning is set at Key Stage 3, but students are welcome to attend Art Clubs. In Key Stage 4 & Sixth Form, students are to attend Art Club once per week.

Applied Art

Key Stage 3

Students will complete a 10 week rotation which will focus on developing basic Applied Arts skills. This will include creating objects and ideas that are both useful and beautiful. Specific areas of study will include fashion, interior and design.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are assessed using the Applied Arts criteria on the Bradfields Steps.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Parents/Carers can encourage their son/daughter to look at items around the home that have purpose and are in their eyes interesting or beautiful. Discuss what they like about it, how they think it was created and what purpose does the item serve.

Parents/carers can visit local shops that stock fashion items and interiors for the home initiating conversations about applied arts.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Applied Arts will involve a range of workshop based experiences allowing students to explore materials and processes associated within the fashion, interior and design industry. Students have the opportunity to explore the environment around them including the woodland area to help further support their learning and ideas.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

Year 7

Introduction to Basic Applied Arts Skills

Year 8

Portraiture within Applied Arts

Year 9

Organic forms within Applied Arts

Key Stage 4 (Option)

Applied Art – Creative Media - Entry Pathways Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students will take a range of photographs on site and the surrounding area. They will be expected to discuss their work with others.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will work through a series of themed projects to learn the basic principles of photography and graphic design. They will use this knowledge to develop a series of their own ideas.

They will explore and experiment with digital manipulation, lighting, composition, colour, typography and photomontage techniques.

Students will investigate the work of photographers from a range of styles and genres and will understand the purpose of photography in a wider context.

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to:

  • An Award (8 credits)
  • A Certificate (13 credits)
  • A Diploma (37 credits)

WHAT NEXT

Foundation Learning for a BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies.

 

Units students study will include

 

Year 10 & 11

Photography

Present an Art & Design Evaluation

Plan, Advertise and Present an Exhibition

Sixth Form (Options)

Applied Art – Creative Media - Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students will take a range of photographs on site and the surrounding area. They will be expected to discuss their work with others.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will work through a series of themed projects to learn the basic principles of photography and graphic design. They will use this knowledge to develop a series of their own ideas.

They will explore and experiment with digital manipulation, lighting, composition, colour, typography and photomontage techniques.

Students will investigate the work of photographers from a range of styles and genres and will understand the purpose of photography in a wider context.

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to:

  • Award – 8 Credits
  • Certificate – 13 Credits

WHAT NEXT

Foundation Learning for BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies

 

Units students study will include

Year 12 & 13

Photography

Present an Art & Design Evaluation

Plan, Advertise and Present an Exhibition

Home Learning

In Key Stage 4 & Sixth Form, students are to attend Art Club once per week.

Music

Key Stage 3

Students will complete a 10 week rotation which will focus on developing listening skills, composing their own pieces, and evaluating differing styles of music.

ASSESSMENTS

Students are assessed in listening and appraising, performance and composition using the Bradfields Steps.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Parents/Carers can talk to students about the music that they like and saying what they like about it.

TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES

Students are given the opportunity to take part in a range of performances, including the Christmas concert, afternoon tea and assemblies.

There are also opportunities to join in workshops given by visiting performers. Lunchtime guitar and ukulele clubs run each week for all age ranges and abilities.

TOPICS

 

Students will study

Year 7

Musical Building Blocks – reading basic notation, composing music, learning about instruments and how to play them

Year 8

World Music – music from different countries including North America, India and Africa

Year 9

Popular Music – music of the 20th century, genres of music, playing in a group

Key Stage 4

Music – Creative Media - Entry Pathways - Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should currently be working at Bradfields Steps 7S or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is highly practical and enjoyable and allows students to look at a wide variety of music genres.

There are opportunities for students to be creative in a range of ways through group and solo performances and composing original material.

This course builds upon the music curriculum taught at KS3.

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to: An Award (8 credits)

  • A Certificate (13 credits)
  • A Diploma (37 credits)

WHAT NEXT

Students can work towards BTEC in Performing Arts or Arts Award Bronze.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

Year 10 & 11

Solo Music Performance

Ensemble Music Performance

Appraising Music

Composing Music

Working as part of a group

Working towards goals

Sixth Form (Options)

Music – Creative Media - Entry Pathways - Entry Level 2 & 3

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students will be expected to perform in front of others and review their own and other’s performances.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is highly practical and enjoyable and allows students to look at a wide variety of music genres.

There are opportunities for students to be creative in a range of ways through group and solo performances and composing original material.

This course builds upon the music curriculum taught at KS3.

ASSESSMENT

On the completion of each unit, students will gain credits leading to: Award - 8 credits

  • Certificate - 13 credits
  • Diploma - 37 credits

WHAT NEXT

Students can work towards Arts Award or BTEC Performing Arts.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

Year 12 & 13

Solo Music

Performance Ensemble

Music Performance

Appraising Music

Composing Music

Working as part of a group Working towards goals

Music

BTEC First Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is suitable for students currently working at Bradfields Step 10S in Music or Entry Level 3.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The BTEC Music course gives students the opportunity to progress on from their Entry Level qualification. Students will gain an understanding of the music industry and further develop their skills in performing solo and ensemble and composing and producing their own music to meet project brief requirements. Students will develop a range of employability skills and carry out work-related tasks developing self-management, working in a team, customer awareness and problem solving.

ASSESSMENT

The successful completion of each unit enables students to gain credits leading to a Level 1 qualification.

BTEC Level 1 Award = 7 credits BTEC Level 1 Certificate = 13 credits BTEC Level 1 Diploma = 37 credits

WHAT NEXT

This qualification can lead to BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Music.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12 & 13

 

The two core units are:

Unit 1 ‘The Music Industry’ – This unit explores different elements of the music industry.

Unit 2 ‘Managing a Music Product’ – This unit allows students to create their own CD, put on a concert or create an online product.

 

The additional units are:

Unit 4 ‘Introducing Music Composition' – This unit extends students’ knowledge and understanding of music composition. Students will create their own music for TV, which could be suitable for a documentary, comedy series, film music, computer game or for a concert performance.

Unit 5 ‘Introducing Music Performance’ – This unit develops students' instrumental and vocal techniques.

Home Learning

Sixth Form students are set Home Learning on teams and can attend music practice at lunch times.

Drama

Key Stage 4 (Option)

Drama - Arts Award - Level 1 - Bronze

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have a keen interest in the Performing Arts – drama, music and dance. They must show a willingness to perform in front of others including on stage.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is about enjoying the Arts with a focus on the Performing Arts. The students complete a series of projects in a vocational setting. They will develop their confidence and self-esteem whilst learning about and taking part in performances.

ASSESSMENT

To pass this course, students create a portfolio that records their progress in each area. These areas include art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication.

WHAT NEXT

Students can progress to Arts Award Silver in Performing Arts

 

Units students study will include

Year 10 & 11

Taking part in the Arts Going to an Arts event

Research an Arts hero or heroine Sharing your skills with others

Sixth Form (Option)

Drama – Arts Award - Level 1 - Bronze

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have a keen interest in the Arts – drama, music, photography, fine art or dance. They must show a willingness to take part in all activities.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is about enjoying the Arts. The students complete a series of projects based on different art forms. They will develop their confidence and self-esteem whilst learning about and taking part in different art forms including: dance, music and art.

ASSESSMENT

To pass this course, students create a portfolio that records their progress in each area. These areas include art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication.

WHAT NEXT

Students can progress to Arts Award Silver.

 

Units students study will include

Year 12 & 13

Taking part in the Arts Going to an Arts event

Research an Arts hero or heroine Sharing your skills with others

Drama – Arts Award - Level 2 - Silver

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students should have completed the Bronze level Arts Award.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is progression from the Bronze Arts Award course and encourages students to further develop their understanding and enjoyment of the Arts.

ASSESSMENT

Portfolio assessment including a record of art works students have seen or been a part of and researched. Silver Award assesses students at NQF Level 2 standard in the following:

  • Art form knowledge & understanding
  • Creativity and experimentation
  • Planning and review
  • Communication

WHAT NEXT

This qualification may support access to Level 3 qualifications in Art, Music and Drama.

 

Units students study will include

Year 12 & 13

An Arts Challenge

Attending & Reviewing Arts Events Undertaking Arts Leadership

Learning about Artists and Art Organisations through participation and working with others

Home Learning

Students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form will be set Home Learning to learn lyrics and/or scripts.

Awards and Accreditations

Artsmark Award

In 2022, we were awarded the Artsmark Gold Award, showcasing a strong, long-term commitment to arts and culture which has measurable effects on staff, pupils and community engagement. 

Prince's Trust and Duke of Edinburgh & Work Skills/Experience 

Duke of Edinburgh

Sixth Form (Option)

Bronze & Silver

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) broadens horizons, skills and friendships. It helps build confidence and become more independent, providing opportunities for young adults to understand and develop the key skills needed for the workplace.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The DofE Award will provide young adults with the opportunity to develop or build upon new or existing skills, interests and hobbies. Achieving a DofE Award opens doors to education and employment opportunities for any young person. Volunteer, get fit, learn, go on expeditions… its one amazing adventure! The award consists of 3 sections:

  • Volunteering: 3 months (6 months Silver)
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night (3 days/2 nights Silver)

For silver, you also have to do 3 more months in either the physical or skills section. This can be completed separately or at the same time.

ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed over the expedition on group work, navigational skills and camp craft, including cooking.

WHAT NEXT

Students can in the future work towards Silver or Gold levels.

 

Units students study will include

 

 

 

Year 12, 13 & 14

How to complete volunteering

Navigational skills (map reading)

Camping skills (fire building, outdoor cooking)

Practice walks

First aid

Expedition training

Compass work

Tent erection

Route planning

Home Learning

Students will be expected to complete some of their sections outside of the Academy.  This may include attending an existing or new club, taking up a new hobby, or practising skills such as cooking at home.  Students' participation may need to be documented with photographs and/or a diary. 

Prince’s Trust

Sixth Form (Option)

Entry Level 3 & Level 1

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students will need to be prepared to get involved in all discussions and activities suitable to their ability.  Students will need to be able to complete written work to the required level to provide evidence for the units required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This qualification seeks to:

  • Develop important character skills through relevant, engaging and informal learning.
  • It will connect young people with the world of work and equip them with the transferrable skills and knowledge they need to succeed, focusing particularly on literacy, language and Numeracy.

ASSESSMENT

The successful completion of each unit enables students to gain credits leading to an Entry Level 3 or Level 1 qualification. There are no exams for this course.

WHAT NEXT

This qualification can lead to:

  • Award Qualification – 6 credits
  • Certificate Qualification – 21 credits

These qualifications provide a platform for learners to progress onto further education opportunities and/or employment, as they develop personal development and employability skills.

 

Units students study will include

1 Year Course

Career planning, Community impact, Customer Experience, Digital skills, Managing money, Teamwork skills, Undertaking an Enterprise project, Wellbeing, Presentation skills

Work Experience & Vocational Study - Work Experience

Sixth Form

Work Related Learning Days – Entry Level 3 & Level 1

Students Work Related Learning Days will provide an opportunity to develop skills for working life through Extended Work Experience placements. These days are designed to build students confidence, develop new skills and meet new people.

Most students will be able to attend a work placement for 2 full days each week. The students can use this experience towards gaining the BTEC WorkSkills qualification at an appropriate level.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Workskills qualification is designed to develop the students Employability Skills either to start work immediately or in the future.

To enable students to experience the World of Work, Bradfields endeavours to allocate the students Work Placements, however, some families prefer to find their own placement. All placements are Health and Safety checked before students are allowed to start work.

Great care is taken to allocate work placements that are most suitable for the individual young adult’s needs and are close to the young adult’s home. Young adults are expected to make their own arrangements to get to and from their placements.

ASSESSMENT

The BTEC Work Skills course is an Entry Level 3 or Level 1 qualification and the students will be entered at the level most suited to them. The qualification will be achieved through completion of a workbook and reflective diary linked to their work experience.

To gain the BTEC qualification students must complete a minimum of 1 unit and currently students are completing a unit on Preparing for a work placement.

Home Learning

If applicable

Vocational Study

Sixth Form

Work Related Learning Days – Entry Level 2 & 3

For those students who are not able to access a work placement off site it is intended that the Students Work Related Learning Days will provide an opportunity to develop skills for working life through creating an Enterprise Project. These days are designed to build students confidence and develop new skills.

Most students will be able to use this experience towards gaining a BTEC qualification in either Pre-Vocational or Vocational Studies at an appropriate level.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

These courses are designed around practical skills and tasks that place the emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. The qualifications give learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic transferable skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning.

To gain the qualification students must complete a minimum of 1 unit for the entry 2 qualification and 2 units for the entry 3 qualification. Some of the possible units are listed below. The units will be selected to suit the students and the enterprise project being undertaken.

 

Students will study some of the following topics

Year 12, 13 & 14

Skills for learning Using Guidance Creating a product

Contribute to an enterprise activity Communicating with people Responding to a situation

ASSESSMENT

The method of assessment for this qualifications is through a portfolio of evidence. A wide range of evidence such as worksheets, video and audio recordings, witness statements, observations records, photographs and artefacts can be used.

WHAT NEXT

The Work Related Learning Days provide students with valuable experience which can be used on CV’s or job applications.

F2E Pre-Internship Pilot Scheme

Year 14

F2E are offering a pre-internship year, for a limited number of students, who want to transition to a more work based environment. It is envisaged that the pre-internship year will look and feel different from Bradfields and will follow the full Supported F2E Internship model but will give the student the opportunity to continue to be supported over two years rather than one.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Pre-internship students will work towards greater independence and eventually will be responsible for getting themselves to their work place and to the Joiners building at Chatham Dockyard. Students will still study for English, Maths and Workskills qualifications at the Joiners but the rest of the week should be based in a work environment.

ENGLISH, MATHS and WORKSKILLS

Students will complete 4 days in a work placement each week. One day a week the students will complete their education day at the Joiners where they will study English, Maths, Workskills and Lifeskills.

English and Maths are currently delivered by the Head of Maths and English, supported by the Job Coaches.

SKILLS FOR ADULT LIFE

Students will work on skills for adult life such as travel training, budgeting, cooking, and this will be off-site or at the Joiners building.

Workskills is delivered by Job Coaches as they are then able to support the students in linking what they are learning to what is happening in their work placement.

The Job Coaches also lead the Lifeskills sessions as they have good understanding of what is needed for each individual student through conversations and observations throughout the working week.

WHAT NEXT

Students who embark on the F2E pre-internship year are expected to continue on to the full Supported F2E Internship the following year.

Proposed format of the week for students on the F2E Pre-Internship

Monday & Tuesday

Work Placement

Wednesday & Thursday

An Education Day and a Work Placement day

Friday

Work Placement

Home Learning

If applicable

Awards and Accreditations

What accreditations has your department achieved?

The ‘Bradfields Curriculum’ is based around 3 themes:

  1. Developing academic potential and the ability of students to transfer those skills to everyday life and work situations. This will include increased access to externally accredited courses on-site in KS4 & 5 and off-site at local schools and colleges.   
  2. Developing social and emotional skills and levels of emotional intelligence to enable students to present and conduct themselves with confidence and independence in a range of ‘real-life’ situations. This will include targeted learning of social skills to develop the student as a more confident and positively engaging member of their family, academy and local community.
  3. Developing an understanding and awareness of recreational and work-related settings and providing learning opportunities for engagement in both. This will include teaching: the skills for working life; the value of continued learning; the skills for independent and group/family living; the opportunities for engaging in sporting, recreational, artistic, musical, daily travel and adventurous travel ‘real-life’ opportunities in the South East of England and beyond.

In addition within the KS5 provision at Bradfields the curriculum is being continually developed to provide a real-life context to the academic and social development of each academy student to successfully prepare them for independent living, local community engagement, continued learning, access to recreational opportunity and workplace employment.

Our curriculum model is totally committed to the principles of the former ‘Getting a Life’ Government Initiative for students and young adults with learning disabilities.

Students will be able to transfer out of Bradfields to full-time vocational courses or work-placed careers when appropriate opportunities have been identified and secured.  As is the case for the former student from the Blue Zone in the photo above.

 The emphasis being on:

Excellence & Enjoyment

Extending use of Pupil Premium to aid Curriculum Provision

We are continually looking for new and innovative ways to spend the Pupil Premium. We welcome suggestions from parents, carers, staff and students themselves.

We are currently looking into the following areas:

  • Setting up a lending library of equipment to make home learning more accessible to all.
  • Further developing our resource of careers material for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.
  • Repeating some of the recreational activities following requests from parents and carers so as to further enhance student social and emotional skills.  For example, where the funding has been used to allow students to access Extended Day Activities the parents and carers have been able to see an improvement in their social interactions, their collaborative working, and their communication. These skills are then transferable into the classroom to improve their learning experiences.