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Autumn Term 2018-19

Art and Design



As part of accreditation work Elm class will cover Desktop Publishing by creating a tri-fold leaflet. The publication will advertise India and contain appropriate text and images which have been correctly formatted and edited. It is also very important that the publication shows the contrasting cultures of India and is fit for purpose. Students will check for spelling mistakes and think about how copyright effects their work.


This term, Elm will be looking at the topic of ‘Celebrities’ as they work towards completing AQA ELC Step Up to English. All students will take part in group discussions and make an individual presentation. They will read a selection of non-fiction texts and use the texts to learn how to infer and to comment on language and structure. Students will learn how to plan, write, edit and proof-read a piece of informative writing.

Life Skills

Elm will be completing modules from the NOCN Independent Living course. Over the course of the year, pupils will work on different units to support the development of their life skills. They will look at home management and food preparation. They will begin with a unit based around clothing and shopping followed by a unit on heathy eating and a unit on drug awareness. Pupils will have the opportunity to visit local amenities to support their learning. They will begin to learn about budgeting to increase their numeracy skills.


AQA entry level certificate

Elm will be completing work towards their entry level accreditation in Maths which aims to provide them with opportunities for investigative and practical maths, embedding the key skills required for everyday life.

This term Elm will be focusing on the properties of number; they will be extending their knowledge of the number system, and increasing their ability to manipulate numbers and complete all 4 operations with increasingly complex numbers.

They will also be studying ratio and fractions; they will learn to find fractions of a quantity, compare fractions and work with fractions containing different denominators.

AQA GCSE foundation

GCSE students will be focusing on the same topics as the entry level students, but 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.


The students will work towards an NOCN unit in musical ensemble skills. They will explore the process of preparing work as part of a group for a presentation to an audience. The students will be exploring music performance skills and discussing styles of music they would like to perform as a large group or in smaller groups. They will take part in some carousel lessons in which they have a session on an instrument learning the chords or notation of their preferred choice. The students will choose their favourite instrument and they will put the instrumental parts together to create their own cover version.

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 Elm will be further developing existing skills on how to play football and High 5 netball. The focus will be on developing ball control, attacking and defending, being a team player and analysing skills performed in the lesson using video records to enable further progress. Elm will be completing OCR units in physical education.

Learners will also be given the opportunity to be sports leader, which involves leading a warm-up and cool-down session, learning how to referee a game and taking part in school tournaments.

In swimming this term the main focus will be practising and refining their water safety skills, which involves learning and performing simple survival and rescue techniques, in deeper water at Dee Banks School.


Elm are working towards their Pearson BTEC Level 1 qualification in Applied Science. Their first unit will be ‘Healthier Living. This unit will develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key elements needed for a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living is crucial to physical, social and mental wellbeing. The class will explore key issues such as healthy diet, fitness, personal hygiene, personal safety and the positive and negative effects they have on health. They will be encouraged to examine their own daily activities and demonstrate ways in which they can contribute to their own healthy lifestyle.