Learning for Life
Group 2 is one of the six KS4/KS5 classes and is part of the Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are ten students within the group; 8 male and 2 female who are aged between fourteen and eighteen.
The students in Group 2 are working within the following ranges:
English: Entry Level 3 to Level 1 Maths: Entry Level 2 to Level 1 Science: Entry Level 3 to Level 2
Most of the class have learning needs related to communication, social interaction and self-help skills; and several of the class have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. The students in Group 2 have a great sense of humour, and have a range of interests both in and out of the Academy, which include art, modes of transport, space travel, football, pets, extreme weather, swimming and music.
The members of staff in Group 2 are Susan Porter (Teacher), Karen Hicklin (Teaching Assistant), Rosie Cotton (Learning Support Assistant - Weds to Friday) and Sue Farnsworth (Learning Support Assistant - Monday and Tuesday)
The students access the curriculum in standard teaching rooms as well as specialist teaching rooms such as the Art room, Science laboratory, Food Technology room and ICT suite. Many students access off-site facilities, which have included Social Mobility, Flora Lands Far, Beeston College and work experience in a care home in the last year. All of the students follow accredited courses in English, Maths, Science, ICT and PSD. This year we have introduced a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. In addition they make choices from a range of vocational options, leisure activities and ½ a day work placement with various staff within the Academy.
We start each day with our registration time – a chance to catch to get to know each other better as a group. We get to establish the daily timetable and welcome everyone to the Academy. The register is taken, before students access morning registration activities. On Mondays we discuss the weekend, Tuesday and Friday are taken up with reading. On Wednesday there is an “Handprint” assembly for the older students in the Academy. On Thursdays students take it in turns to tell us about something they are interested in. We call this “Group 2 – over to you”
Students in Group 2 have the opportunity to choose options during the week. This includes Construction at Beeston College, gardening and maintenance skills at a care home and employment skills within the academy.
Students are encouraged to take every opportunity to improve their reading skills and to read fiction and non-fiction in the form of magazines, books, leaflets and information on-line. On Tuesdays there is a more formal class reading session where students are encouraged to read and share their own reading material with the class. Science and Humanities sessions also contain reading opportunities, which include language comprehension exercises and sets of written instructions to follow.
We work closely with a range of other professionals in Group 2, and the professionals in question depend upon the individual needs of the student. Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students’ planners are checked each morning and parents are encouraged to communicate with the class staff through the planner or by telephone contact.
For those students who make excellent progress can transition from 14-19 Group 2 into 14-19 Group 1. Others may choose to move on to a local college or to complete an internship through Project SEARCH.