Curriculum


Maths

Maths is such an important part of our daily lives therefore a large part of our pupils timetables is allocated to the teaching of maths. From Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 4 the maths curriculum covers number, measurement, geometry and statistics as prescribed by National Curriculum.

What this means for our pupils is that our maths curriculum prepares them for life after school with a large emphasis placed on the maths skills they need going into adulthood such as time and money.

We ensure that our teaching of maths is as practical and hands on as possible providing real life experiences and activities. Our pupils understanding of maths is also enhanced through cross-curricular opportunities in all subjects; community visits; maths focused software and apps such as Success Maker.

English

English at KS3

Pupils in KS3 at The Endeavour have 6 lessons of English per week. Over the course of an Academic Year students will study at least 1 class novel, learn about a variety of Poetry styles, appreciate the wide range of Media which surrounds our current everyday lives and examine some non- fiction writing. Through these topics, students will develop their Literacy skills, basic writing skills, comprehension skills and communication skills.

Our range of activities include character analysis, story writing, creating newspaper front pages, mini projects and creating poetry.

Within our English Curriculum we use a variety of software to support our students’ learning : BugClub, Nessy, Success Maker and Clicker 7. We also use ipads and a number of interactive APPs in our lessons which the children thoroughly enjoy.

English at KS4

In English at KS4 most students are entered for Functional Skills English (Edexcel) and Entry Level English (WJEC).

In Functional Skills students will learn about the practical elements of English such as reading timetables, filling out forms and communicating when in public places such as shops and restaurants.

In Entry Level we cover the 3 strands of English: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. For Reading we study novels such as Holes, Goodnight Mr Tom and The Elephant Man. We also study poetry and the Media. In Writing we write letters, book reviews, newspapers reports and design leaflets. In Speaking and Listening the pupils have to do a presentation to their peers and also interact in a group and paired situation.

Science

Science at KS2: This year Key Stage 2 pupils are being introduced to the Science lab and the equipment found there. Each week they will be given the opportunity to explore different pieces equipment and shown how to use them safely. They will learn the importance of following instructions and working cooperatively with others. By the end of the school year it is hoped that they will have gain confidence and some independence when working in the Science lab.

Science at KS3: This year Key Stage 3 will be developing their Scientific Enquiry and Critical thinking skills. They will be learning how to plan investigations, collect data, present data using graphs and how to write conclusions about their practical work.

Science at KS4: This year Key Stage 4 will be working on a Modular based course. Students will be awarded individual modules or an Entry level qualification. The course is completed over 2 years with some students sitting a written exam at the end of each module and a final exam at the end of the second year.

Technology

In Design Technology we are very lucky have had a makeover during the summer holidays. Pupils get to use a variety of materials including wood, metal and plastic. They learn how to use lots of tools and machines! In Key stage 3 this year we are making toy cars from wood. The pupils have chosen what type of wood they want to use, and will be sawing, piercing, filing, sanding and finally, painting. Key stage 4 pupils are looking at the different ways to join wood and will be making some storage which will hold their projects for the rest of the year.

We have a fully equipped food technology room containing everything you would expect to find in a modern kitchen. During food technology lessons pupils are taught the importance of quality food hygiene and preparation. This is mainly done via practical activities that see the pupils making anything from salads, to wraps, baking cakes and biscuits as well as cooking a good old fashion ‘English Breakfast’. Our pupils certainly leave their food technology lessons believing they can give Jamie Oliver a run for his money.

ICT

ICT is such a big and important part of modern life and is constantly changing and evolving. We are very lucky to have a dedicated ICT room, computer access in all classrooms and a class set of iPads.

Our curriculum is designed to cover a variety of different areas. Our pupils learn and develop skills utilising Microsoft products such as Word, EXCEL and PowerPoint.

At all levels our pupils are encouraged to use and explore the internet to gather information and carry out research, underlining this is the importance of staying safe online. E-safety is taught both directly and discreetly at all times to all pupils.

During Key stage 3 and 4 pupils are introduced to basic programming using specialist software.

The use and teaching of ICT like all subjects at The Endeavour is supported by additional learning experiences and cross-curricular opportunities as often as possible.

Forest Schools

Forest School is a new addition to The Endeavour curriculum from September 2016. Forest School is a process of learning and development that takes place in a local woodland, usually as part of a programme of regular visits, offering children and young people the freedom to flex their imagination and learn in an exciting, natural environment.

Both Drake and Ride classes are participating in weekly Forest School sessions at Thriftwood Scout Campsite with a qualified Forest School instructor. The overriding aim of Forest Schools is to:

  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improve motivation and encourage cooperation.
  • Encourage responsibility, independence and the management of risk.
  • Improve language, communication and social skills.
  • Improve gross and fine physical motor skills.
  • Increase understanding of the natural environment and of seasonal change.
  • Encourage a positive attitude to learning.

Horticulture

Another big change to the curriculum this year at The Endeavour is the introduction of horticulture lessons. We have constructed an ‘allotment’ area in the school; have a number of raised beds, plus plenty of space around the school grounds that we plan to develop and nurture over the coming months and years.

Our allotment area is situated next to the food technology room which means pupils will be able to get a real ‘fork to fork’ experience which is one of the many benefits of putting horticulture onto our curriculum. Here are a few other benefits:

  • Enhance literacy and numeracy via different means.
  • Improve motivation and encourage cooperation.
  • Encourage responsibility & independence.
  • Improve language, communication and social skills.
  • Increase understanding of the surrounding environment and the effects seasonal change.
  • Encourage a positive attitude to learning.
  • Develop life and employability skills

Topic

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest

From The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem is the inspiration for this element of the curriculum and his six ‘honest serving men’.

  • Who
  • What
  • Why
  • When
  • How

In topic we look at a variety of different things, from outer space, to the Amazon Rainforest as well as our local environment. The basis of everything we look at is questioning to learn. We also take the approach that if there is a story or event of interest or importance to the pupils then that can also be integrated into the curriculum.

Creative & Performing Arts

Creative & Performing arts is a great way for pupils to express themselves as well as develop social skills and confidence. Through the drama element of this subject pupils are learning mime, freeze frame and still image through a range of practical activities, making use of iPads to record and review their work. A variety of apps including ‘Garage Band’ are used to teach music, the pupils can readily be seen composing their own music to express emotions and feelings using a variety of sounds.

Creative & Performing Arts

Creative & Performing arts is a great way for pupils to express themselves as well as develop social skills and confidence. Through the drama element of this subject pupils are learning mime, freeze frame and still image through a range of practical activities, making use of iPads to record and review their work. A variety of apps including ‘Garage Band’ are used to teach music, the pupils can readily be seen composing their own music to express emotions and feelings using a variety of sounds.

Work Experience

All pupils in Key Stage 4 participate in work experience in the summer term. The type of work experience arranged depends on the pupil’s level of independence and confidence. In the past pupils have worked at hair salons; Kennels; Marks & Spencer and other retailers. Some of the pupils have participated in a group session working on an agreed project at DIS (Disability Inclusion Society), a charity based in Billericay.

New this year at The Endeavour we have a group of pupils on an extended work placement one day per week over the course of the academic year. This has been arranged in conjunction with DIS. The difference between this and the summer work placement is that these students are working as ‘employees’ of DIS, rather than working on a pre-agreed project. They will be carrying out the same work as the staff who work there on tasks from general maintenance to making and laying paving. Even though it is early days for this new venture the feedback is really positive from all sides.

Art

Each term pupils look at a different type of art or the work of particular artists. From here they experiment and produce work with their own take on the style they have been studying. The focus this term will see the pupils exploring graffiti art, looking at famous artists and creating their very own graffiti writing.

PE

Physical activity is very important for the pupils of The Endeavour and PE forms an integral part of our pupils development. Activities and sports are changed on a termly basis to ensure that pupils are exposed to as many different sports as possible, whilst being given the chance to develop their skills in the sports they do.

This term in our primary phase PE lessons we will be working on individual ‘game skills’ as well as fitness through fun running games and activities. Every Friday our primary phase pupils travel to a local swimming pool for swimming lessons.

This term in our KS3 and KS4 PE and Games lessons we will be working on fitness including circuit training and Boxercise. Our main game activity will be uni-hoc and hockey.

Social Skills

This is a part of our curriculum aimed at developing the pupil’s social skills and interactions, something that is reflected in many of our pupils EHCP outcomes. During these lessons pupils participate in activities as part of small groups or a whole class. The pupils are encouraged to listen to each other; work with each other, and to become more confident.

PSHE / Citizenship

Through the PSHE/Citizenship programme of study our pupils learn about personal development and the changes they face growing up. At Key Stage 3 we use the 1Decsion scheme which covers Keeping / Staying Safe; Keeping / Staying Healthy; Relationships; Being Responsible; Feelings and Emotions; Computer Safety; Money Matters; Hazard Watch, and Fire Service. As pupils move into Key Stage 4 they develop a deeper understanding of the areas covered in Key Stage 3, as well as look further into relationships and financial awareness. The regular community visits that all classes participate in embed the classroom learning be providing pupils with ‘real life’ experiences.


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