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Autumn Term: 2018-19

Careers (and World of Work)

See Work-related Learning.


This term some of Oak will continue working towards their OCR unit ‘Displaying Information Using ICT’, which involves working with files and creating documents. Students will then work towards the unit ‘Using ICT to Find Information’. This involves recognising different sources of information and knowing how to use ICT information sources such as the Internet, apps, social media, USB drives and SD cards. The group will also look at look at using appropriate search techniques such as key words, and begin to evaluate the information found before selecting and presenting information. Other members of Oak will work towards an NOCN unit which involves planning and then building a website and using website software tools to format web pages.


This term, Oak will be focusing on their reading skills in preparation for the Edexcel Functional Skills reading paper. They will be looking at a variety of texts and considering purpose, tone and audience. Students will be finding information in various texts and developing an understanding of how different texts are presented. The pupils will develop their reading 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.

This term the students will be developing their problem solving using their skills with numbers, place value and the 4 operations. They will also be working on their understanding of time, and problem solving with time.

AQA GCSE foundation

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 Live! New Scene Youth Centre to access their sporting activities (such as using the bikes). 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) in the first instance. 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. 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
Oak will be working to complete the ‘Health and safety procedures at work’ unit from the OCR Life and Living Skills suite. The unit aims to equip the learners with the skills to identify health and safety measures in their workplace and the procedures they can follow to keep safe in an accident or emergency.