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Key Stage 3 students follow a programme according to the National Curriculum. Teachers liaise with mainstream schools to provide teaching in line with what a student’s class is covering. Students who have missed a significant amount of time or who are unable to access their mainstream curriculum will follow The Nightingale Centre’s own provision.
For key stage 3 students there is a focus on reading, writing and speaking and listening. Currently, in English, we are following a project based learning approach and during the autumn term the project is Habitats. There are strong cross-curricular links between our English provision and a newly introduced subject area of Culture and Society in our curriculum offer. Using this approach enables English skills including comprehension and composition to be embedded within a topic.
We understand that Key Stage 4 is an important time in English. We liaise with student’s mainstream schools to provide suitable support for their GCSE English Literature and Language courses. Students who have missed a significant amount of time or who are unable to access their mainstream curriculum will follow The Nightingale Centre’s own provision. We deliver the following courses:
Eduqas GCSE English Language
Eduqas GCSE English Literature
Students in Key Stage 4 will also study for their Functional Skills English qualifications provided by OCR. Students will study a range of materials that will enable them to gain basic literacy skills.
Each stage of the Functional Skills course covers Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. Students will be entered for their Functional Skills throughout the year in Year 10 and 11. The course starts at Entry Level 1 and finishes at Level 2.
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Functional Skills Level 1
Functional Skills Level 2
The aim of all Maths learning and teaching at The Nightingale Centre is to ensure that all of the students we teach are able to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us.
In the first instance students will follow the scheme of work from their mainstream school.
In other circumstances students will follow The Nightingale Centre scheme of work that will be adjusted to the needs of individual students and their timetables.
It therefore becomes very important to find the level of functioning of every student so that an appropriate, interesting and challenging curriculum can be put into place. This can range from basic numeracy skills to preparation for the new GCSE 1-9 examination.
Through our mathematics KS3 curriculum at Nightingale, our intention is to provide all of our young people with a foundation for understanding number, reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving with resilience for them to understand that maths is essential to everyday life, found within many careers paths and employment. Our hope is for each young person to be able to develop as confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks and ensure that they go on to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us.
Essential number work lays the foundation for the other strands of the National Curriculum 2020 for mathematics: algebra, ratio, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. Students in Year 7 - 10 have a wide range of starting points in terms of the maths content they have studied and the academic levels they have reached; planning for lessons is adapted to account of this. We follow White Rose mathematics schemes of learning, and each unit is differentiated to take account of the differing starting levels. Young people also follow the Renaissance Accelerated Maths programme and in addition they access Maths Watch and Times Tables Rock Stars resources to supplement their onsite maths lessons and their extended learning tasks. As part of induction, each student is assessed using BKSB online assessment tool.
The main aim of all maths teaching and learning at The Nightingale Home and Hospital Service is to ensure that all of the students we teach are able to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us.
Where possible and appropriate, students will follow the scheme of work and examination board followed by their mainstream school. Other circumstances might mean that students follow our scheme of work, particularly if they are with us on a long term basis. It is therefore important to quickly assess every student's needs so that an appropriate, interesting and challenging curriculum can be put into place. This may mean being able to provide work pre Level 1 of the National Curriculum, right through to Grade 9 at GCSE. Students who have missed a significant amount of time or who are unable to access their mainstream school's curriculum will follow Nightingale's provision. This has a particular emphasis on ensuring students have a sound understanding of basic numeracy skills as well as being sympathetic to issues that may have incurred in their previous educational establishment. We deliver the following courses:
The Key Stage 4 mathematics curriculum follows programmes of study stipulated by exam boards for GCSE. This can be at foundation or higher level as well as qualifications such as entry levels and functional skills which will run parallel to GCSE teaching, therefore maximising the chances of all students to gain nationally recognised qualifications.
Examination Courses and Levels of Entry
In mathematics, we provide courses that run from the most accessible entry level, Entry Level 1, to the highest level course we offer, which is GCSE Higher with the Edexcel exam board.
Entry Level 1 Numeracy
Entry Level 2 Numeracy
Entry Level 3 Numeracy
Level 1 Functional Skills
Level 2 Functional
Full GCSE Foundation course in Mathematics
Full GCSE Higher course in Mathematics
By providing a range of courses at different levels, we aim to ensure that not only does every student have the opportunity to take and pass a Maths course, but that they can also carry on achieving higher qualifications post 16 if they choose to do so. Therefore providing all Nightingale students the same opportunity they would have had in their mainstream school with the additional support they may need at this specific time in their lives.
Courses will be decided on an individual basis according to a student’s needs and following an initial period of assessment. This may mean a formal assessment on entry or formative assessments over a time period which is sensitive to a students' needs.
We want our students to become future scientists and engineers who enjoy and value the learning opportunities provided for them here at The Nightingale Centre.
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”
Our science curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of all our students. We offer a range of progression routes which enable students to close the gap between an interrupted educational career and their mainstream goal. The curriculum not only develops students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of science topic areas, it enables them to develop the skills required to become more independent, creative and innovative learners in order to make other links between their subject knowledge.
KS3 students are taught as a mixed Year7-9 group following a general science course that is centred on creating a foundation of basics in biology, chemistry and physics. The science curriculum is balanced and relevant to the needs of the students with an emphasis on supporting learners make progress before moving onto new content and skills. Participation in some Project Based Learning encourages engagement and curiosity and provides a local context relevant to everyday life.
In Biology students will cover;
· Health and the human body (including cells and organisation, reproduction)
· Ecosystems and interdependence
· Photosynthesis and respiration
In Chemistry students will cover;
· Atoms and the Periodic Table
· States of matter
· Chemical reactions
· Materials and recycling
In Physics students will cover;
· Electricity and magnetism
· Energy changes and transfer
Building up of Key Skills
Maths, literacy and skills in working scientifically are embedded throughout, with progression of skills carefully planned, and supported by tasks and assessments to help monitor progress.
Our philosophy: Science for all
We believe that science has something to offer every student. That's why we have two science qualifications for Key Stage 4 ‒ to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations.
At The Nightingale Centre, we offer the OCR Entry Level certificate in Science or AQA GCSE in Biology at KS4.
OCR Entry Level Certificate in Science will inspire and engage students by providing a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. This qualification is designed so that it can be co-taught alongside GCSE (9-1) qualifications.
There are 36 teaching items in total, 12 for each of biology, chemistry and physics. In all three sciences, students develop their understanding of how scientific principles and concepts help describe complex and diverse natural phenomena in terms of a small number of key ideas. They also develop relevant practical skills.
There is no terminal examination, and assessment is by means of a combination of short end-of-item tests, can-do tasks and a practical task. All assessments are centre-based, are supervised by the learner’s own teacher, and are carried out at times determined by the centre. All assessments will be subject to standard moderation procedures by OCR.
AQA GCSE Biology is the second section of our science suite, developed to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. The core content follows a coherent and logical story through biology. The list below itemises the content students need to know and to be able to do, alongside opportunities for skills development within that area. Further sections outline the requirements for skills in working scientifically, maths and practical assessment.
Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and bioenergetics.
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 50% of GCSE
• Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 50% of GCSE
• Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Our science curriculum aims to be relevant to the needs of all our students. We offer progression routes which enable students to bridge the gap between an interrupted educational career and their mainstream goals. The curriculum develops students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of science topic areas and it enables them to develop the skills required to become independent learners who are able to apply their subject knowledge as they proceed through their educational journeys.
PE: Physical Education
Since the completion of the sports' barn provision, Nightingale’s KS3 students have accessed this new facility each week for PE lessons. During autumn term, Invasion games and Net/wall games units have been completed. Spring term focus will be health and fitness. Students approach the lessons with a very positive attitude and they make encouraging progress.
In addition, students regularly participate in a group well-being walk.
Students develop their teamwork and communication skills as well as improving their overall levels of fitness.
Alternative Curriculum Enhancement (ACE)
This academic year, autumn 2019, has seen the launch of our new Alternative Curriculum Enrichment (ACE) programme as part of the Nightingale Centre’s revised curriculum offer.
ACE encompasses a wealth of non-core subjects and topics including enterprise, travel training, recycling, preparing for college and further education applications and interviews. In addition, ACE aims to provide opportunities to support students to develop effective and essential life skills, often referred to as ‘soft’ skills, e.g. independence, communication, positivity, resilience, perseverance, motivation, collaboration and reflection while at the same time nurturing their self-esteem and confidence.
Through ACE, we also aim to provide relevant guidance and coping strategies in order to promote positive mental and physical health and well-being, in preparation for those times when our young people could be facing challenges such as anxiety, disruption to their sleep patterns or low mood.
Community links form an important element of our ACE programme too and a number of students will be invited to participate in placements in a variety of setting including local primary schools and charity organisations.
Accreditation for ACE is through a combination of Asdan short courses (https://www.asdan.org.uk/) and AQA unit awards, where applicable, in order for students to receive accreditation for their achievements.