The English Department at Cranbury College is committed to raising standards in Literacy by creating stimulating, engaging and enjoyable lessons tailored to meet the needs of all individual learners. Pupils are encouraged to try to learn independently but are also given continual support where needed in order to ensure achievement and progress, both in English itself, and through “literacy across the curriculum”.
At Key Stage 3, students have a daily literacy lesson in addition to topic based English lessons which can lead to an Entry Level Certificate in Step Up to English. Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimuli and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop reading and critical thinking skills that encourage enquiry into different topics and themes. The content of Step Up to English also prepares the students for the demands of GCSE at Key Stage 4.
At Key Stages 4 and 5, we offer a range of courses to suit each individual student’s needs. Students can study for exams in Functional Skills English as well as GCSE English or Step Up to English. Step Up to English is offered to students who are not yet ‘GCSE ready’. This specification will encourage students to read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of spoken English and write grammatically correct sentences.
It is very important that students have the skills and abilities to be able to clearly express what they learn through good written and verbal English. Functional Skills allows students to research and present information well and will also prepare them for the future as they communicate and use English in everyday and working life.
Functional Skills at Level 1 and Level 2 are a modular qualification, the three units covering: Speaking & Listening; Reading; and Writing. It is used to boost confidence in English examinations and as a stepping-stone towards GCSE.
At GCSE students will draw upon a range of texts which will give them the opportunity to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills. It will also encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. Students who sit the GCSE will achieve a grade between 1 and 9.
GCSE Literature is also available as an optional subject.
The aim of the English Department is for all students to achieve a qualification in English appropriate to their ability and to excel from starting points upon entry.
Mathematics at Cranbury College
The Mathematics department at Cranbury College endeavours to give every student the opportunity to realise their full potential.
The primary objective is for students to pass GCSE Mathematics, and achieve/or improve to, a grade 4 or 5. To support this, we simultaneously offer the suite of qualifications:
• Pearson Edexcel Awards in:-
• Number and Measure, at Level 1 and 2;
• Statistical Methods, at Level 1 and 2;
• Algebra, at Level 2.
• Functional Skills Mathematics (Entry Level 1, 2 and 3; Level 1 and 2);
• Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)
These are all delivered within the applicable GCSE Scheme of Work, and not taught separately. Some students will already have achieved Number and Measure at Level 1 in KS3.
Where appropriate, from the analysis of yearly Baseline testing, interventions are targeted at weaknesses or gaps in the student’s Mathematical knowledge, and progress in monitored through the use of Personal Learning Checklists and termly progress analysis. Various intervention tools are used e.g. 10 Ticks; MyMaths Smart Interactive (Numeracy & Maths Warm-up and Workout); and “Catch-Up Numeracy” (Primary and KS3).
Across the curriculum, Mathematical methods and techniques are intrinsic to a number of qualifications, for example, but not exclusively:
• Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills BTEC;
• NCFE vCert in Food & Cooking; NCFE vCert in Business & Enterprise;
• the Prince’s Trust qualification in Personal Development and Employability;
• ICT both Functional Skills and the BCS ECDL.
The Qualifications explained
Pearson Edexcel Awards in:-
• Number and Measure, at Level 1 and 2;
• This award allows students to gain confidence and ‘fill in the gaps’ in their knowledge of basic numeracy skills.
• Statistical Methods, at Level 1 and 2;
• The second of the awards allows students to obtain a qualification that demonstrates their confidence in Mathematics.
• Algebra, at Level 2.
• This award is only for students who have an aptitude in Mathematics and would benefit from the challenge.
Functional Skills Mathematics (Entry Level 1,2 and 3; Level 1 and 2);
• The FS Maths qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They do not include algebra, but have been revised to test problem solving from real life situations.
Edexcel Mathematics GCSE
The Mathematics GCSE (1MA1) is only sat in the June exam series, with resits only available in the autumn for those who sat the full exam in the June. The exam comprises three papers of 1hour 30 minutes each, with the second and third papers allowing calculator use. It uses the 9 to 1 grading system, where 9 is the highest grade.
The Learning Ladder explained
Key Stage 3
The primary goal at KS3 is to get students ready to learn. This involves engaging in a variety of activities beyond maths to enhance transferrable skills such as teamwork, and attitude to learning.
Through the Learning Ladder approach, we initially pursue numeracy, and gradually have regard for the GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) Access to Foundation Scheme, comprising 24 units that are expected to be “prior Knowledge” by the end of KS3.
It is expected that the Learning Ladder will provide:
(a) through Pearson Active Teach, the context of the expected learning and reinforcing the learning experience for each of Year’s 7, 8, and 9
(b) Entry Level Functional Skills is the initial exposure to the regime of external testing.
(c) Year 9 will be able to sit the Award in Number and Measure at level 1 (if appropriate)
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we encourage Year 10’s to attempt Level 1 Functional Skills and the Level 1 Number and Measure Award (if not already attained), thus allowing the progress to Level 2 in Year 11. This Learning Ladder approach has been successful in nurturing confidence in Mathematics concepts, methods and practice, and the sitting of exams.Functional Skills can be sat several times during the year, facilitating progress and confidence building, whilst the Awards can be sat twice a year, in Spring and Summer.
The culmination of Year 11 is the sitting of the Mathematics GCSE (1MA1).
Post 16 students are required to study Maths and resit the GCSE, if they did not achieve a Grade 4 previously. For those who struggle to achieve, we revisit the Learning Ladder at an appropriate level to rebuild confidence in Mathematical concepts, practice and problem solving abilities.
Information& Communication Technology is a subject aimed at equipping learners with the skills required to engage with computer technology and its application and use in real life. With the rapid pace of technological development, it is more important than ever that students are aware of how to use computer systems, software and hardware. Students are encouraged to explore the safe and effective use of emerging technologies, such as smart phones, tablets and interactive whiteboards. Online security and safety are key topics which are covered by all learners, linking with aspects of PHSE and SEAL.
All KS3 pupils at the NTA site enjoy two sessions of ICT every week. Each session is 40 minutes long.
The Year 7 and 8 ICT program of study follows cross-curricular themes that enhance pupils' knowledge in diverse subjects such as science, geography, history and citizenship, whilst also supporting their numeracy and literacy skills.
The National Curriculum ICT strands of planning, developing, evaluating, handling data and communicating information are taught and reinforced through cross-curricular contexts. Topics being offered this year include: Global weather systems, empathy and cultural celebrations. Achievement in Key Stage 3 is currently mapped against the National Curriculum Level Descriptors.
KS4 & KS5
A range of courses are currently offered, and the level and selection of courses is tailored to the needs and ability of individual students. Courses being offered this year include:
Functional Skills in ICT (level 1 & 2); BCS (British Computer Society) European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) can be taken as individual units, or as a group to achieve a Level 2 Certificate in ICT.
The ICT department is driving improvements in the use of ICT across the curriculum, offering support to staff in other subject areas with the creative delivery and use of ICT in lessons.
Online security and safety will be a key topic over the next academic year, with plans for teaching and learning events for staff and students to raise their awareness of current issues and concerns.
This is linked with the Prince’s Trust Achieve unit “Digital Skills - including Online Safety” that forms part of the Personal Development & Employability Skills qualification.
The students learn a range of basic skills based on topic themes especially related to festivals such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and Easter. Literacy and numeracy are woven into the lessons and all the students are proud to take home the items they have made.
KS3: The Princes Trust
The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to ways in which they can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and to encourage them to plan activities which will improve their own lifestyle such as a balanced diet e.g. food groups, risks of over/under eating; sufficient sleep; taking regular exercise; alcohol and drug awareness. The aim of cooking supports the other aspects of the unit, and encourages learners to develop independent living skills including making a healthy cooked meal. The students will learn the importance of budgeting and the hazards in the kitchen. All students will prepare and cook a range of dishes for their portfolio and will build up their skills & competencies to help their re-integration to school
KS4 Yr 10
The NCFE V Cert Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery a complementary Technical Award- the vocational equivalent of a GCSE qualification.
This Level 1 qualification is appropriate for learners looking for an introduction to the skills needed for food and cookery.
What will the learner study as part of this qualification?
This qualification shows learners how:
• to prepare themselves and the environment for cooking
• factors affect food choice and selection
• important a balanced diet is and reference intake • to adapt recipes to make them healthier
• to plan and produce dishes for a purpose.
What knowledge and skills will the learner develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?
Learners will know about:
• safe and hygienic preparation of the cooking environment
• the main food groups and nutrients • how food labels inform healthy eating • cooking for a purpose.
They will develop skills:
• in creating menus to meet a brief
• in selecting ingredients to cook dishes
• in adapting recipes for health
• in reviewing their own work
• in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
• that are essential for the modern workplace, such as planning, research skills, communication, problem-solving skills and health and safety.
KS4 Yr 11
Jamie's Home Cooking Skills provides the students the opportunity to learn a wide range of cooking skills
• Consists of two single unit BTEC qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2
• Both qualifications are fully funded on the QCF and contribute to Performance Points
Contributes to Foundation Learning provision
Focuses on giving young people the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food - using fresh ingredients - as well as an understanding of the value of passing on cooking knowledge
Equivalent to half a GCSE
Develops the student's ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically
Jamie's Home Cooking Skills provides the students the opportunity to learn a wide range of cooking skillswhich are accredited but also prepare young people for independent living.
We aim to broaden student’s experience of the arts through workshops with outside practitioners, trips to galleries and making links with arts organisations and potential employers in the arts. We offer both vocational and academic qualifications in the arts.
All students have access to creativity and the arts through workshops, visits to galleries and through our links with the wider arts community. We have established links with: Readipop; African Activities; Jelly;OpenHand OpenSpace; Hands-on Company and Culturemix.
GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Fine Art
Following the AQA syllabus students are given creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests. Students complete a coursework unit and exam unit. Students opting for GCSE Art have been able to achieve some good grades in Art and we have high expectations.
Arts Award enables young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Students engage with textiles, digital art, photography as well as fine art. They can also study some elements of music, drama and film within their individual projects. Arts Award is a vocational Arts qualification and is an accredited award. We offer Explore (accredited Entry Level 3), Bronze (Level 1), Silver (Level 2) and Gold (Level 3 worth 35 UCAS points).
Art at Primary
Art at KS1 and 2 is cross-curricular and theme-based. Students enjoy practical skills-based sessions where they learn how to use a variety of media. Group work in art really helps some of our young students with their still developing social skills. Students enjoy art at Primary and are proud of their achievements
Art at Pathways
Art at KS3 forms a central part of a holisticcurriculum, it’s where everything they have learnt comes together and is expressed, often in the form of a stunning wall display. As well as learning and developing traditional drawing and colour-working skills students explore mask-making, carnival arts, glass-painting, mural-making and much more. They benefit from workshops from outside practitioners in the arts such as African drumming and story-telling.
Qualifications at Pathways: There is an opportunity for some students to gain an ‘Arts Award’ at Year 9.
Art at Futures
KS4 students access the Arts through an exciting range of workshops ranging from Adinkra printing to Special Effects Make-up. Art at KS4 caters for a broad range of abilities and personal interests in the arts. Alongside the traditional skills of drawing, painting and sculpture students develop their creativity through mosaic work, glass painting, textiles, print-making, digital photography and animation.
Qualifications at Futures: GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Fine Art and Arts Award all levels.
Art at Vision
At Post 16 our main focusin Art is to explore pathways into employment in the creative industries. To this end we help provide students who are interest in a career in the Arts with relevant work experience. Students can also engage in a Creative Enterprise project that forms part of the Princes Trust Achieve Program.
Art Therapy lessons are available for students who may not necessarily want a career or qualification in the arts but would like some kind of creative outlet. These lessons are not traditional Art Therapy but were originally developed by the Art Department with relevant members of our safeguarding team and are suitable for all students.
All Vision students benefit from a variety of workshops and trips. Our most recent trips have been to Clothes Show Live, The Stanley Spencer Gallery and Reading Museum.
Qualifications: We offer Art ‘AS’ Level, GCSE Art & Design and all levels of Arts Award to suitable candidates.
Art at the Hospital
Hospital have a vibrant and thriving Arts provision with outside workshops including the regular puppet-making workshop with Jo Bryant’s Hands-on Company. There is a strong focus on Art Therapy and creative self-expression. Students have lots of opportunities to exhibit their work to the general public around the hospital where they always get fantastic feedback.
At primary level we see sport as a hugely valuable part of the curriculum allowing the children to begin channelling their energy and aggression into something productive. We provide multi sports sessions delivered by skilled coaches from Reading Rockets who are qualified to lead sessions on numerous sports and activities. During the school year we cover a wide variety of sports and activities as an introduction to exercising, being active and healthy eating. We are also in contact with Reading FC Community Trust over the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
KEY STAGE 3
We see Key Stage 3 as a time to nurture, develop and encourage our young people to play sport and be active as much as they can. Our sports sessions at this level are delivered by coaches from RAW Health & Fitness and cover activities such as football, badminton, athletics, boxing and gym. Students are also offered the chance to take part in drama sessions delivered by the skilled staff from RAW H&F. Throughout their time on the KS3 site, staff will promote and model healthy eating and drinking during the school day to help keep the young people in the best place to help them stay focused and learning.
KEY STAGE 4
On the Key Stage 4 site we provide our young people with regular opportunities to exercise and get active throughout their school week. During the school year we deliver multi sports sessions including sports and activities such as gym, football, boxing (pad/bag work), basketball, tag rugby, badminton, athletics and rock climbing. At Cranbury KS4 site we also provide young people with opportunities to join our new football club and our gym group. Students also have opportunities to gain various recognised sports and coaching qualifications from organisations such as The Princes Trust and AQA. The KS4 sports curriculum and sessions are delivered by a combination of Cranbury College Sports Coaches, RAW Health & Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers from TNT Gym.
KEY STAGE 5
Not currently offered sports as part of their package.
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLANS
Our students who are on individualised learning plans also gain access to 1:1 or small group sports sessions via Cranbury College Sports Coaches, RAW Health & Fitness Coaches and/or TNT Gym's Personal Trainers.
Reading Rockets http://www.readingrockets.co.uk/
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. While there is no official qualification in STEM itself, it forms a part of The Prince's Trust PDE (Personal Development & Employability Skills), which is a hugely valuable qualification.
A Science GCSE is offered to those students who want a more formal science qualification. The course requires two years and additional lessons. Those transferring from mainstream schools, and those who are on dual role, could be provided with a transition into GCSE Science with a specialist teacher. Cranbury offers AQA GCSE Combine Science: Trilogy, but we are able to provide tuition on selected alternative examination boards if required.
Business and Enterprise
Cranbury College offers KS4 and Post 16 students the option to study Business & Enterprise.
This is done both through the appropriate units within the Prince’s Trust Personal Development and Employability Skills qualification. And also through our accreditation by NCFE to deiver:
vCert Level 1/2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise
This qualification is designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. Pupils will be expected to be creative, organised and efficient.
The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to either set up their own business, move into employment or progress onto further study.
-Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence
-Externally set and assessed question paper and practical assessment.
Child Development and Care
Childcare is offered as an option to KS4 and Post 16 students, through the NCFE accreditation of Cranbury College to deliver:
vCert CACHE Child Development & Early Years Level 1/2
This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the childcare sector.It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings.
It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.
The Award is graded from A* to D.
The qualification is achieved via:
-Two internally assessed graded Assessment Tasks
-Externally assessed Synoptic Assessment unit, which is sat via a Multiple Choice Paper.
The Prince’s Trustis offered to all pupils in KS3, KS4 and post 16, at Cranbury College.
The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme is run in schools and centres across the country, and supports young people who are facing barriers in education, so they can reach their full potential.It is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
It follows two complimentary pathways:
Firstly, the accredited Personal Development and Employability Skills, qualification of the Prince’s Trust, which comprises 15 units based on the topics:
Skills for School: Planning for Personal Development
Personal Development: Interpersonal and Self-Management Skills; Teamwork; Participating in Exercise; Personal Project
Life Skills: Managing Money; Preparing for a healthy Lifestyle; Digital Skills (including Online Safety)
Active Citizenship: Community Project
Enterprise Project: Undertaking an Enterprise Project
Preparation for Work: Presentation Skills; Practicing Leadership Skills; Customer Service; Work Experience; Career Planning (including CVs and Interviews)
The Qualification is portfolio based, allowing progression from Entry Level 3 to Level 1 and thence Level 2 Within these levels the portfolios can be Award, Certificate or Diploma depending on accumulated credits.
Secondly, the Extension activities, which do not count towards a qualification, but support the wider development of the students.These comprise 18 units covering the following topics:
Emotional Wellbeing: Managing Feelings; Confidence; Constructive use of Time; Making Successful Transitions
Sex and Relationships: Communicating (including Body Peer Pressure and Building Relationships; Sexual Health; Parenting Skills; Managing Behaviour;Breaking Habits; Gang Culture; Communicating (including Body Language)
Personal Finance and Employment: Budgetting; Employment vs Self-employment; Write a Covering Letter; Job Searching
Enterprise and Community: Achieving and Contributing; Supporting others in the Community; Reliability
Personal Finance: Budgetting
Psychology has been described as a “soft science” as it has a scientific approach to learning about human behaviour.
We currently offer as an option to KS4 and KS5 students:
AQA Full course GCSE Psychology, in which grades are currently awarded A*- G.
The academic year beginning in September 2018, will follow the 9-1 GCSE grading system being rolled out to all subjects.
The GCSE course is in 2 sections-
i. Making sense of other people, and
ii. Understanding other people.
Biological facts about the brain and nervous system are investigated alongside philosophical questions about ethics and values.
The topics range through various areas of psychological study always combining scientific enquiry with speculation about the implications and interpretations of findings.
*The development of personality,
*Prejudice and discrimination,
* Sex and gender,
The study ofResearch methods underpins every topic as we explore how research is carried out, the development of a code of ethics and the value of individual studies.
We also encourage students to evaluate different approaches to psychology- namely biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist and evolutionary. This facilitates analytical thinking as well as giving the opportunity to learn about key thinkers in the development of psychology- such as Eysenck, Freud and Skinner.
Practical application of research findings from each topic are explored, with some surprising revelations about well-known practice in advertising and the armed forces!.
We encourage students to explore their opinions in discussion, learn about theories and key studies as well as develop critical thinking through discussion, active learning and practical research. The evaluation of theories and research is a key component of gaining a good grade.
Psychology GCSE is a useful foundation for A level Psychology. It is also highly relevant for students whose career pathway involves work in many different fields, including:,advertising, business, education, health care, marketing, the armed forces , the caring professions, the police.
New roles using psychology are being created in less traditionally predictable areas as the world of enterprise appreciates the need to understand both its workforce and its competition.
The subject is challenging but highly worthwhile. Students will develop their confidence in discussion, independent study, using mathematical and scientific skills in different contexts.
We expect students to be willing to step out of their comfort zone to explore the subjects but they will be supported at all times. Students of psychology gain a great deal - expanding their mind with the subject, developing study skills with the emphasis on evaluation and application as well as a practical understanding of how people behave.