Key Stage 3 Foundation Course at Newhaven School

This curriculum seeks to offer students who have previously had negative experiences of schooling (e.g. refusal to attend, behavioural concerns), or a significant amount of missed schooling, an opportunity to re-engage with primary style learning within a secondary school environment.

The curriculum covers 2 years. Year 1 offers a more project-based approach to learning, and more informal and embedded opportunities for learners to work on key skills needed (e.g. literacy and numeracy). Year 2 prepares students for a reintegration back into the main school, with more opportunities for independent and traditional learning and assessment. Each week, learners will have 4x Maths lesson, English lessons (divided into 1x SPAG, 1x Writing, 1x Comprehension and 1x Speaking and Listening), 4x Topic lessons, and then a variety of RSHE, Forest School, Art, Performing Arts and Pastoral lessons.

This curriculum has been developed on the understanding that learning happens within a context for students, and pays particular attention to cultural and experiential opportunities.

Differentiation is met through a variety of self-assessment checklists specifically picked for each learner, which aim to provide sufficient challenge. An understanding of learners and flexibility on topics covered is also essential to ensure achievement and enjoyment throughout the duration of the course.

What we learn – Year 1

Year 1TopicMathsEnglish SPAGEnglish Reading and Comprehension
Autumn 1Living things and their Habitats 1Number 1 (Place Value and the Four Operations)Week 1: Proper Nouns
Week 2: Adverbs of Possibility
Week 3: Converting Nouns and Adjectives into Verbs –Suffixes –ate, -ise, -ify
Week 4: Tenses: Past and present progressive, and present perfect
Week 5: Possessive Plural Apostrophes
Week 6: Expanded Noun Phrases
Soul- Disney
Noughts and Crosses (Yr 7)
Born a Crime (Yr 8-9)
Autumn 2ForcesMeasurementsWeek 1: Adverbs
Week 2: Degrees of possibility- Modal verbs
Week 3: Verb prefixes dis-, de-, mis-, over-, re-
Week 4: Verb inflections and Standard English
Week 5: Using Inverted Commas
Descriptive writing and Comprehension focus
Spring 1Properties and Changes of MaterialsFractionsWeek 1: Prepositions
Week 2: More prefixes
Week 3: Coordinating Conjunctions
Week 4: Using Inverted Commas
Week 5: Parenthesis- Brackets
Week 6: Commas for Meaning and Clarity
Wonder- AJ Palacio (All years)
Spring 2Animals including Humans 1StatisticsWeek 1: Determiners
Week 2: More suffixes
Week 3: Subordinating Conjunctions
Week 4: Linking Paragraphs with Adverbials
Week 5: Direct & Indirect (Reported) Speech
Inside Out- Disney
Madame Doubtfire- Anne Fine (All years)
Summer 1Earth and SpaceGeometryWeek 1: Pronouns & Possessive Pronouns
Week 2: Word Families
Week 3: Subordinate Clauses
Week 4: Writing Cohesive Paragraphs
Week 5: Parenthesis- Commas
Week 6: Homophones
Poetry and Non-fiction texts (Fact Files)
Summer 2Energy and the EnvironmentNumber 2Week 1: Adverbials/ Fronted Adverbials
● Dictionary Work
● Relative Clauses
● Editing and Evaluating
● Parentheses- Dashes
Wall:E- Disney
Non-fiction texts (Newspaper articles)

What we learn – Year 2

Year 2TopicMathsEnglish SPAGEnglish Reading and Comprehension
Autumn 1Light and ElectricityNumber 1Week 1: Noun Phrases
Week 2: Modal Verbs and Subjunctive Mood
Week 3: Suffices- Nouns and Adjectives to Verbs
Week 4: Relative Clauses
Week 5: Commas
Week 6: Assess and Review
Autumn 2World War IIFractionsWeek 1: Pronouns and Possessive Pronouns
Week 2: Adverbs to Show Frequency
Week 3: Prefixes
Week 4: Colons in Lists
Week 5: Subordinating Conjunctions and Clauses
Week 6: Assess and Review
Personal Writing (Diary entry, Postcard, Letter writing)
Case Study: Anne Frank
Fiction: Goodnight Mr Tom
Spring 1The TudorsGeometryWeek 1: Synonyms and Antonyms
Week 2: Adverbs to Show Possibility
Week 3: Root Words
Week 4: Hyphens
Week 5: Coordinating Conjunctions
Week 6: Assess and Review
Significant Author: Shakespeare
Play Scripts
Spring 2Animals including Humans 2MeasureWeek 1: Subject and Object
Week 2: Ambiguity
Week 3: Hyphenated Compound Words
Week 4: Bullet Points
Week 5: Perfect Form of Verbs to Mark Relationships of Time and Cause
Week 6: Assess and Review
Descriptive Writing
Matilda- Roald Dahl (optional study)
Summer 1Evolution and InheritanceStatistics Week 1: Direct and Reported Speech
Week 2: Active and Passive
Week 3: Semi-colons, Colons and Dashes to Mark Clauses
Week 4: Formal and Informal Speech and Vocabulary
Week 5: Layout Devices
Week 6: Assess and Review
Story Writing
Life of Pi- Yann Martel (optional study)
Summer 2Living thing and their Habitats 2AlgebraWeek 1: Verb Tenses
Week 2: Editing and Evaluating
Week 3: Parenthesis- Brackets, Commas and Dashes
Week 4: Formal and Informal Writing
Week 5: Cohesion Across Paragraphs
Week 6: Assess and Review
Non-Fiction Texts (Writing to persuade)