Learning for Life
3S is one of the four KS3 classes and is part of the Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are ten students within the class; 7 boys and 3 girls who are aged between eleven and fourteen years.
The students in 3S are working within the following ranges:
English Level 2Cto 4B Maths Level 2B to 4C Science Level 3c to 4a
3S are the most able of the four key stage 3 classes. Diagnosis include Specific learning Difficulties, ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, hearing and visual impairment and Cerebral Palsy. The students in 3S are a lovely mixture of personalities, we all enjoy each other’s company and support each other regardless of difficulties. Each pupil is supported in their own learning styles and adjustments to the curriculum are made to enable each pupil to learn to the best of their ability.
There are three members of staff in 3S: Mrs Janet Smith, Mrs Janet Brian (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Sophia Lephard (Classroom Apprentice).
Our students access most of the curriculum in different areas of the Academy, similar to a mainstream secondary school, however they have tutor time every morning and some lessons in their tutor room. This year we have introduced a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. Classes are small and the group is accompanied to every lesson by Janet and Sophia, 3S’s support staff. All students follow a differentiated National curriculum preparing them for accredited courses when they move into the 14-19 Department.
We start each day in a positive way, greeting each student and discuss things that have happened since we last saw them. If they are worried about anything, students will have time to discuss issues with staff who know them well. Reading is an integral part of our morning routine at tutor time. Hopefully any problems are sorted out at the beginning of the day allowing everyone to go to their lessons in a good frame of mind.
The majority of our students are fluent readers, one or two have problems with comprehension. Our students read every morning and have a reading lesson on Thursday afternoon. This will include the use of the library, when they will choose books to enjoy from the shelves. Staff regularly monitor student progress and choice of books
Depending on need we work closely with a range of other professionals including (in the Academy) an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapists, input from CaMHs and our Physiotherapist who visit Foxwood. Individual students may have sessions with other professionals outside of the Academy environment. Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students’ planners are checked each morning for information and, when necessary, a note is written by staff to inform parents of any important or interesting issues. However, if parents wish to talk to any member of our class team about issues relating to their child, staff will be only too happy to oblige.
On transition into our 14-19 Department, usually most of our students will move into either Group 1 or Group 2.