In KS4 we are always working towards gaining qualifications and increasing our independence to help us prepare for the next stage of our lives. In Maths we are working on using numbers, measures, shape and handling data in a way that relates to real life in order to gain our Edexcel Functional Skills Mathematics qualification. In English we are preparing for our Edexcel Functional Skills English qualificaiton where we will be assessed on our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Our English lessons help us with all of these skills through studying texts with more grown up themes such as Holes by LouisSachar, The Elephant Man and The Titanic. We have lots of discussions about the wide ranging themes that these books introduce and we work on our literacy skills based on tasks around these books.
In ICT we are enjoying the challenge of using our new Google system and learning how to create and edit documents, slides and sheets as well as building our confidence with using the internet and emails safely. Our lessons are project based so we have a different project to work on each half term that allow us to prepare for our Edexcel ICT Functional Skills Assessment. Science, PE, Art, Food Technology and Wood Technology are all practical lessons that are liked to the AQA Unit Award Scheme which means we can gain certificate recognition of every unit we complete in these subjects. Horticulture lessons help us to learn practical skills including how to care for plants and how a seed can grow into something that can be harvested, cooked and eaten in just a few months. At the end of KS4 we will have earned our BTEC Level 1 Land-Based Studies qualification. Our PSE lessons allow us to talk openly and honestly about our thoughts, feelings and opinions on range of topics. We are learning skills and having discussions about topics that will help us be healthly, happy and safe now and in the future. We are working towards our AQA PSE qualification.
We have settled into Fiennes class really quickly, we love having the responsibility of using our kitchen to make breakfast, hot drinks and snacks for ourselves. We enjoy coming in early in the morning especially when it is cold, we are becoming more independent. We like working towards our qualifications because we know they will help us succeed in life. We understand that it is ok to get things wrong because we learn from our mistakes. We are treated in a much more grown up way. We can be prefects!