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Summer Term: 2018-19

Careers (and World of Work)

See Work-related Learning.


This term, part of Oak will continue with data handling and creating charts. They will explore different software applications such as spreadsheets and how these are used in the outside world, before continuing to enter data into their own spreadsheets and creating formulae. The group will learn about the importance of accuracy in data before creating charts.

Other members of Oak will work towards an NOCN unit in planning and then building a website and using website software tools to format web pages. They may also begin a different unit exploring presentation software. They will use text and other information in slides before editing and formatting the slides and ensuring they are fit for purpose.


This term, Oak will be focusing on their writing skills in preparation for the Edexcel Functional Skills reading paper. They will be completing a variety of writing tasks and considering purpose, tone and audience. Students will be creating informative and persuasive texts, developing an understanding of how different texts are presented. The pupils will develop their writing by completing a range of literacy activities aimed at developing their functional literacy skills and improving their vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure/grammar.

Life Skills

For the first part of this term Oak will complete some activities on shopping for the home before beginning a new unit on skills for independent life. This aims to encourage students to think about living independently and what it means to them (positive and negative). They will look at their responsibilities and the landlord’s responsibilities when living in a home of their own. They will look at skills needed for independent living  and difficulties they may face and how to deal with these difficulties.


Edexcel Functional Skills

Oak are working towards their accreditation in Mathematics Functional Skills. The course is designed to provide learners with the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. The students will be applying their maths knowledge to problem solving activities, developing their ability to complete multi-step problems and to independently select the maths skills they need to solve the problem.

Students in Oak are working towards their Edexcel functional skills at either Entry 1 level or Functional skills level 1.  This term the students will be studying some of the number topics, including fractions and decimals. These will be covered in relation to real-life contexts such as measures involving problem solving.  Students will also be studying sequences and patterns, and applying this knowledge in problem-solving functional questions. Later in the term, Oak will be reviewing all of the topics they have covered and practising exam technique.

AQA GCSE foundation

GCSE students will be focusing on the same topics as the Functional Skills students, but extending their understanding further to work with more complex handling of data including analysis statistics. GCSE students will be developing their understanding of the number system and how to manipulate numbers using the 4 operations, and then extending their understanding further to work with more complex number operations such as indices. They will also work extensively with negative numbers and investigate the effects of multiplying and dividing by a negative, fractional or negative fractional number.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

This term our work in PSHCE will focus on relationships. We will begin by identifying and discussing the relationships that the pupils have with the people that are currently in their lives. We will discuss the importance of other people to us and identify why we are important in the lives of our friends and family. The learners will learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships and the dangers of being in an abusive relationship. We will identify the warning signs of abusive relationships and discuss where we can get help if we find ourselves in an abusive situation. As part of this module we will cover Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), including raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM). There will also be opportunities this term for the pupils to experience some of the pressures of parenting through the use of our baby simulation models.

As part of the PSHCE curriculum we work closely with a range of professionals including the local police, the NSPCC and the school nurse. On occasion it is important that the pupils’ curriculum changes to meet their needs or in response to a large event.

Physical Education (PE)

This term Oak will be attending the gym at Northgate Arena and using its equipment. They will also be given the opportunity to develop their ball skills by taking part in different games as part of their accreditation unit, for example: basketball, boccia and table tennis. Learners will be encouraged to review each activity they take part in and decide whether or not they would like to try it again. We will be learning how to make the most of our leisure time by having fun!

Transition to College

Moving on to a college or new setting is something that proves very challenging for many of our students.

The transition to college course is designed to reduce anxiety and build confidence when attending/visiting a local college. Oak will be visiting Northop College (Coleg Cambria). They will begin by gradually getting used to the new environment, viewing and accessing different facilities. They will then take part in a weekly lesson led by a college tutor in the DT workshops. The group will have use of the college facilities for the day, where alongside their lesson they will complete paperwork for their accredited course with school staff. Throughout the year, students will also have the opportunity to practise their life skills through visits to local amenities alongside the college visits.

Work-related Learning

Work Experience

Oak will undertake work experience during the school year. Work experience aims to provide all young people with an opportunity to:

  • Obtain a wider awareness of the world of work as part of their general education
  • Learn outside the classroom
  • Relate their studies to the world of work and training
  • Increase their practical skills, confidence and independence

Oak will complete accreditations in the classroom to support their placements.

Oak will be looking at different careers and jobs and discussing the opportunities available. Outside speakers may also visit school to educate students on different occupations and job opportunities.

World of Work

This term, Oak will be completing the final sections of the ‘Carrying Out Tasks at Work’ unit from the OCR Life and Living Skills qualification. The unit aims to equip the learners with the ability to carry out different tasks at work, follow appropriate health and safety procedures and confirm that each task has been carried out to the standard required.

They will then move on to their final unit of the OCR Life and Living Skills qualification, ‘Effective Communication for Work’. The unit aims to develop communication skills to allow appropriate communication in the workplace, to choose a suitable method of communication, how to share information with others and to follow simple instructions accurately.