About our school

Curriculum

Students in years 7 to 9 follow the programme of study for Key Stage 3 and In years 10 and 11 students follow a personalised learning curriculum which includes GCSE’s, vocational and public examination syllabuses, college link courses and work experience.

At Cornfield School we aim to provide access to a variety of educational opportunities, which offer students challenge, enjoyment and success.  Students are admitted to the school with a wide range of experience, ability, knowledge and understanding. It is the school’s task to build upon this.  We also believe that every student has an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, thus equal access and opportunity, regardless of background, ability, gender or race, is ensured.

We recognise that the curriculum needs to be well matched to individual students’ needs and also that it needs to be personally challenging.  Students are helped to make progress at a pace appropriate to their abilities and needs.  Those experiencing difficulties in English and maths are given support in these subjects; students who are particularly able also have the opportunity for extra support.

In KS4 we offer Maths, English, Media, Art & Design, Science, Biology and Humanities at GCSE, and Functional Skills at all levels in ICT, Maths and English. Our students also study BTEC qualifications in Home Cooking, Work Skills, Sport and Engineering and Land Based animal care, plus a wide range of AQA unit awards in a variety of outdoor learning and sports activities.

Care has been taken to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to students’ present and future lives.  Work experience and college links are actively promoted in Key Stage 4, together with opportunities for Vocational awards and GCSE examinations.

 

The Cornfield Curriculum

 

English
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss
Our learning pathways in English are tailored to the interests and individual needs of the pupils that we teach. Our aim is to ensure that each student leaves us with the literacy skills they require to be successful in their future lives. We offer a diverse and exciting range of texts, media sources and interactive activities, which both enrich and enthuse student’s subject knowledge and help them understand the world outside of school.
We strive to help each pupil develop and secure their confidence in communicating in the key areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing and to ultimately find pleasure in and inspire a life-long love of all these things.

These aims are embedded across all of the key-stages at Cornfield school and embraced by the wider whole-school curriculum. Our detailed and directed English curriculum ensures each student is explicitly taught the skills required to read and write effectively through whole class teaching and individual targeted learning and intervention. In KS2 students are taught literacy foundations that are embedded in KS3 and further extended throughout KS4 where students are learning to apply their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills for specific context, purpose and audience. In all key stages a variety of authors and texts are studied including literary heritage. In KS4 media studies elements are incorporated into the curriculum to engage students and to allow them to explore modern communication. Examination literacy techniques are also taught in KS4 to support students in their GCSE and functional skills qualifications which are also offered. To ensure our students are reaching their full potential year 7 are currently taught in a primary model with extra time assigned to literacy and intervention.
In addition to their English lessons all students are involved in our DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) scheme four sessions a week where they are encouraged to widen their reading though accessing a wide variety of books which motivates and inspires them to develop pleasure in reading. Students get to explore and use these skills outside of the English classrooms during whole school opportunities such as focus weeks.

As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. Students are keen to be involved in the running of the school library and discovering new books for themselves and others and are willing and able to support each other in learning new skills. Students across all the key stages have shared and demonstrated their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills to members of the public during focus week by researching, creating written evidence and presenting. KS4 students have also transferred these skills whilst on work experience. Our impact is also evident in the success of KS4 who have attained a variety of accreditations from this subject that include GCSE English, FS English and GCSE Media.

English

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss
Our learning pathways in English are tailored to the interests and individual needs of the pupils that we teach. Our aim is to ensure that each student leaves us with the literacy skills they require to be successful in their future lives. We offer a diverse and exciting range of texts, media sources and interactive activities, which both enrich and enthuse student’s subject knowledge and help them understand the world outside of school.
We strive to help each pupil develop and secure their confidence in communicating in the key areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing and to ultimately find pleasure in and inspire a life-long love of all these things.

These aims are embedded across all of the key-stages at Cornfield school and embraced by the wider whole-school curriculum. Our detailed and directed English curriculum ensures each student is explicitly taught the skills required to read and write effectively through whole class teaching and individual targeted learning and intervention. In KS2 students are taught literacy foundations that are embedded in KS3 and further extended throughout KS4 where students are learning to apply their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills for specific context, purpose and audience. In all key stages a variety of authors and texts are studied including literary heritage. In KS4 media studies elements are incorporated into the curriculum to engage students and to allow them to explore modern communication. Examination literacy techniques are also taught in KS4 to support students in their GCSE and functional skills qualifications which are also offered. To ensure our students are reaching their full potential year 7 are currently taught in a primary model with extra time assigned to literacy and intervention.
In addition to their English lessons all students are involved in our DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) scheme four sessions a week where they are encouraged to widen their reading though accessing a wide variety of books which motivates and inspires them to develop pleasure in reading. Students get to explore and use these skills outside of the English classrooms during whole school opportunities such as focus weeks.

As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. Students are keen to be involved in the running of the school library and discovering new books for themselves and others and are willing and able to support each other in learning new skills. Students across all the key stages have shared and demonstrated their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills to members of the public during focus week by researching, creating written evidence and presenting. KS4 students have also transferred these skills whilst on work experience. Our impact is also evident in the success of KS4 who have attained a variety of accreditations from this subject that include GCSE English, FS English and GCSE Media.

Mathematics

Maths at Cornfield is changing.

In KS3, students are learning to improve their thinking and problem solving skills through investigations and embedding of key skills.  Throughout KS3, students will be studying the following topics:

Algebraic Thinking / Place Value & Proportion / Application of Number / Directed Number / Fractional Thinking / Lines & Angles / Reasoning with Number / Proportional Reasoning / Representations / Algebraic Techniques / Developing Number / Developing Geometry / Reasoning with Data

Students will also be earning their coloured belts each week in their Numeracy Ninjas challenge, answering 30 questions in 5 minutes on Key Maths Life Skills.

In KS4, students are preparing for their Functional Skills Maths Level 1 and 2 and GCSE according to age and ability.  Functional Skills Maths gives them the opportunity to see Maths being used in real life contexts and gives students a stepping stone towards completing their GCSE Maths at the end of Year 11.

Science

 

Science is a subject which excites, inspires and engages students at Cornfield School. As a subject it can open the door to more confident and informed interaction with the world, especially in this era of fast paced technological change, environmental issues and media packed with scientific claims and headlines. The Science curriculum at Cornfield School enables students to become critical thinkers and develop ideas creatively through hands-on investigation, analysis and questioning; building the skills and knowledge required for students to be scientifically literate both at school and in their adult lives thereafter.

 

Lessons are taught in a fully equipped, purpose built laboratory. Teaching focuses on the four key areas: ‘Working Scientifically’, ‘Biology’, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Physics’ and is delivered through a mixture of relevant practical investigations, discussion based activities, individual and group work. Alongside this, students are able to develop their literacy and numeracy skills as both are integral to planning, investigating and communicating scientific ideas effectively.

 

At Cornfield School students fully access the National Curriculum at KS3 and GCSE accreditation routes are matched to student needs at KS4.

Lower School

Within the Lower school department, every day begins with a relaxed breakfast during which the students are encouraged to develop both their independence and their social and emotional skills. They are responsible for making breakfast, eating appropriately and clearing away afterwards. Throughout breakfast, conversation is encouraged with an emphasis on reflection and target setting. The students discuss the

previous day in a positive way, highlighting any areas that were not as good as they could have been and making suggestions as to how, as a group, they can improve on these. This discussion enables the group to decide upon a tally target for the coming day.

A phonics scheme is followed by those students that are not confident with reading and writing. This will provide these students with the skills to recognise letter sounds, blend sounds and build words when reading and spelling.

The entire curriculum is taught in an environment that both inspires and enthuses students with good examples of work being celebrated within displays. Staff ensure that students are constantly supported and motivated whilst presenting them with an element of challenge to further develop skills. A large focus is put on students beginning to take responsibility for their own learning and encouraging them to ‘want’ to learn. As they enter KS3 it is important that the students realise the importance of their education and implications that a lack of effort will have on this.

Within the lower school department, we ensure that students have access to a wide and varied curriculum which enables them all to identify their own specific skills and talents, whilst striving to develop the areas that they find more challenging.

Group One

Our aim is to

  • Develop the social and emotional skills to function effectively in a classroom environment that encompasses the school expectations.
  • Analyse and develop basic reading and writing skills to ensure an accelerated rate of progress to enable them to access the curriculum.
  • Analyse and develop numeracy skills to create an individual learning program that advances the students understanding and application of mathematical ideas.
  • Encourage a love of learning across the curriculum and an appreciation of the wider world in which they live.

The curriculum is currently based on the National Curriculum for years two and three with an understanding that there may be many areas that need revisiting from earlier years. Topic areas will be focused on science as the students need more exposure to this area.

Maintain the emphasis on reading and extended writing through individualised interventions in the classroom. Encourage independent learning within the classroom.

Impact will be measured using summative assessment approximately every six weeks, this enables the department to focus on formative assessment from lesson to lesson. Our formative assessments are designed to support students in achieving fluency in each subject area whilst we provide individual support with an aim to independence. The lessons will be designed to provide opportunities to challenge their reading and writing.

Art

The intent in the Cornfield Art Department is to help the students celebrate creativity, grow in self-esteem and belief and produce the most amazing Art Work. Students are influenced by exciting and stimulating examples of Modern Contemporary and classic Artworks. The students achieve great results by making personal and meaningful responses to Fine Art from around the world. Students develop confidence through experimental use of materials and develop independence and resilience.
Students use a wide range of materials but are encouraged to make their own informed choices, appropriate to their intentions. Projected images are used to gain confidence and support students to get amazing results by using technology productively. Students celebrate their work around the school with displays and interactions with school corridors and walls. Moving round the school is like walking through a gallery.
As the students move up through the school they grow in confidence and produce outstanding work culminating in students gaining a range of accreditation including AQA Unit Awards and achieve great success in GCSE Art and Design.

 

Design and Technology

The aims of the Design and Technology Department at Cornfield School are to design and manufacture original, well made, quality products, promote Health and Safety, and to use technology, tools and equipment safely and confidently. Reduce, re-use, recycle is a strong theme throughout, where pre-used materials are sourced, gathered and re-made into a range of products across the curriculum and incorporated into most activities.

Students research commercial products to stimulate design ideas then use imagination and creativity to personalise designs. Recycled materials are used alongside modern electronics to promote carpentry skills and contemporary technology. Low energy electronics products are very much the focus with the thought to the environment. Students are strongly encouraged to solve design and production issues independently. All students are trained to use workshop equipment, power tools and hand tools. This is a great confidence builder as this can be quite challenging. Materials and processes are learnt about and then this knowledge is used to underpin design and manufacture processes. All students who use the workshop should leave Cornfield School with the confidence to solve problems and use appropriate machinery and tools and practical skills in life after school.

If students follow a Design Technology curriculum in Key stage 4 they will use prior learning to design and manufacture products which gain them a range of AQA Unit Awards focussing on Health and Safety, workshop practices and designing, making and evaluating products.

Ethics

Ethics is a vibrant subject at Cornfield School and covers all six major religions of the world with a particular focus on Christianity, in line with the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus, as well as looking at secular and Humanist viewpoints.  The new curriculum at KS3 sets aspirational AWL targets to enable students to build on their skills and knowledge with a view to studying external exams at KS4.  The curriculum has British Values at its core and seeks to develop students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding; questioning and reflecting on their own viewpoints; the viewpoints of others and how this impacts on wider society.

The lessons are designed to engage and support all students in their learning to cater for students’ diversity of preferred learning styles and learning needs.  We strongly believe that Ethics should allow students to explore cultural and religious diversity, understanding the ideas of meaning and purpose and how these beliefs seek to answer ultimate questions whilst developing values of respect, tolerance and understanding of others’ beliefs.

Ethics will be offered as a GCSE option at KS4.  The course offers students the opportunity to study one religion in depth which is then complimented with a moral issues and ethics paper.  Ethics is 100% written work exam with no coursework, key literacy skills are embedded into the learning and more time can be allocated to teaching the course content and developing the skills needed for success.

Food Tech

“Good food provision in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but to improve attainment.’ (Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, authors of The School Food Plan).

 

The Food Tech department at Cornfield have designed a curriculum with practical skills at its centre, building resilience and independence in the students as they progress through the core competencies.  Students are invited to take ownership of their learning by choosing their recipes each week with a focus on healthy, seasonal and local eating.   Food Tech provides an ideal opportunity for students to apply their literacy and numeracy skills and develop their confidence in being able to do practical everyday dishes for themselves.Students in key stage 3 are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and   healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the   great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that   enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

The aims of the curriculum are for students to:

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  • cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  • become competent in a range of cooking techniques
  • understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

Students in KS4 may opt to study the new and exciting Pearson BTEC Home Cooking Skills.  The main focus is practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials  At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition and a love of cooking.

Topics covered include:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food preparation
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
Humanities

The department aim is to provide an excellent education for all our pupils; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Our curriculum is designed to provide children with the core knowledge they need for success in education and later life, to maximise their cognitive development, to develop the whole person and the talents of the individual and to allow all children to become active and economically self-sufficient citizens. By drawing on the best that’s been thought, said and done in each subject area, we hope that our curriculum enables children to appreciate and participate in the full richness of the human experience, beliefs and values.

The curriculum in each subject area can be accessed by via the links specific to the year group (AWLs). Subject specialism is at the heart of our curriculum and you will see differences in the way that the curriculum is constructed and assessed in different subject areas.
Key Stage 3 provides pupils with the time and space to gain this secure understanding. In our lessons you will typically see all pupils grappling with the same challenging content, with teachers providing additional support for pupils who need it. Rather than moving on to new content, our higher attainers are expected to produce work of greater depth and flair.
Our approach to teaching and learning supports our curriculum by ensuring that lessons build on prior learning and provide sufficient opportunity for guided and independent practice.

The department has used Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction (2012) to develop teaching practice:

1. Begin a lesson with a short review of previous learning
2. Present new material in small steps with student practice after each step
3. Ask a large number of questions and check the responses of all students
4. Provide models
5. Guide student practice
6. Check for student understanding
7. Obtain a high success rate
8. Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks
9. Require and monitor independent practice
10. Engage students in weekly and monthly review

Summative assessment allows pupils to demonstrate their growing understanding of each subject and teachers to assess the impact of their teaching. These summative assessments are typically taken once every six weeks, this enables the department to focus on formative assessment from lesson to lesson.
Our formative assessments are designed to support students in achieving fluency in each subject area. This means that in lessons pupils are quizzed on prior knowledge in order to embed this knowledge in their long-term memory. This frees up their working memory to attend to current learning. We are particularly conscious of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. Our teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific language, and we expect lessons to contain challenging reading and writing.

ICT

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.”
– Steven Hawking.

At Cornfield school we believe that computing is an essential part of the national curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum areas. Through the study of computing, students are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need as computing has become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technologies are essential at home and work. Computational Thinking is a skill which students must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.

The National Curriculum defines three clear aspects of the computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area. We teach computing to all students, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all students. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of students with learning difficulties. Within computing lessons students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with each other. We encourage students to reflect and evaluate on their ability to work together and to discuss how their communication has an effect on their learning. The cultural and social impact of computing and digital technology are made clear in the ability to share, add to and create content in a connected way with others. Alongside this, students sit ICT Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 with OCR, from both of these qualifications, students can see results within a matter of months. This is really useful for building student confidence with ICT as they are given constant feedback. This also works extremely well with students who have only been with us for a short time, which ensures all students make progress.

 

Outdoor Learning

At Cornfield we give the students an opportunity to undertake Outdoor Pursuits each week as part of their curriculum. Outdoor Pursuits can promote active learning through direct personal experience and offer excitement, fun and adventure within a framework of safety.
Use of the outdoors makes a major contribution to physical and environmental education and enhances many other curriculum areas. It contributes to personal growth and social awareness and develops skills for life and the world of work. Qualities such as a sense of responsibility and a purpose in life are nurtured. There is also a great deal of intrinsic enjoyment and satisfaction to be experienced from participation in outdoor activities.

Building self-confidence and self-esteem is fundamental to any young person’s development.

Outdoor activities provide valuable alternative, often non-competitive, avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance. Through successfully facing up to the challenges which outdoor activities provide, overcoming fears and apprehensions along the way, young people make major strides in confidence, with implications for all aspects of their development.
A positive attitude to learning is essential if young people are to make the most of their education.

Participation in exciting and enjoyable outdoor activities with Cornfield teachers and students reinforces a positive attitude to education and contributes significantly to the general ethos of the school. Direct experience out of doors stimulates and reinforces learning across many areas of the curriculum, and the use of the outdoors encourages young people to take greater responsibility for their own learning.

Cornfield students can expect to be challenged in a safe and controlled manner undertaking a variety of Outdoor Pursuits such as rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, bushcraft skills, archery and air rifle shooting. The students will be working towards a variety of external accredited awards such as AQA’s, National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme, John Muir Award, Paddle Power Scheme and in 2019 we will be introducing the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to the Key Stage 4 students.

 

Physical Education

The PE Department aims to provide our students with a curriculum consisting of a wide range of activities. These encourage pupils to engage in, acquire and develop skills in a variety of different areas. At the forefront of the department is the introduction, teaching and embedding of many different sports such as cricket, hockey and basketball. In offering and supporting the learning of these sports it allows students to improve their basic skills set but also increase their teamwork, social skills and ability to deal with the demands of competition settings and their expectations.

In addition to this students increase their physical fitness in both practical and theoretical teaching sessions by learning how to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle inside and outside of the school community. A real success of the department is the enrichment of students as sports leaders. Students across the key stages share their knowledge and excel in demonstrating leadership and mentoring skills to their peers and lower down in the school. This provides them with core skills that are then transferrable in everyday life and as they move on their educational journey.

Qualifications

Within the PE Department there are plenty of opportunities to gain qualifications to enhance future options for our students. Throughout lower school and upper school, each activity that students take part in counts towards an AQA accreditation. Within KS4, PE BTEC is offered, which allows students to achieve an award that not only celebrates their achievements but also contributes to future employment and qualifications.

As a PE department we have developed a range of links with Littlehampton boxing club, Sussex cricket club and Brighton and Albion football club which offer students workshops that advance their learning. We also challenge those who excel, hopefully leading to these students joining clubs outside school. Pupils also have opportunities to represent the school in fixtures with other local and regional schools.

 

Personal Development

In order to function in society safely and responsibly, young people must be given opportunities to discuss their beliefs and experiences in an environment which is safe and nurturing, and where they can be challenged on the views in a way that supports their personal development. For some young people, knowing how to look after themselves, how to behave in social situations with others, and being aware of the expectations within an adult world does not come easily. This subject explicitly teaches our young people how to manage themselves, and others, in a range of lifelong scenarios.

Personal Development (PD) is a progressive subject that focuses on 5 main topics which are taught each year. As students progress through their academic years, the content of each topic changes to suit their age. The Drug and Alcohol Use schemes of work consists of learning sessions ranging from what is a drug to the effects of drug and alcohol on the individual user, families and the greater community. The E-Safety schemes of work range from knowing who their online friends are, to dealing with cyberbullying and online grooming. Citizenship is taught throughout the years and starts with learning about basic politics and ends with understanding Third World issues and social injustices. Each of these topics are taught on a half termly basis, whereas Sex and Relationships Education units of work are taught over a whole term. The content of this topic ranges from how the body changes during puberty and personal hygiene practices, to learning about consent and positive sexual encounters. In addition to the topics, KS3 learn about healthy living and recognising their personal qualities and how they affect the relationships. KS4 participate in lessons based around personal safety, choices and consequences, as well as lessons which support their preparation for adult life post Cornfield School.

To support each learning style of individual students, and to develop confidence across a range of communications methods, PD lessons are delivered in discussion form and role-playing; whilst also using visual aids and written tasks. Students are expected to complete tasks independently, in pairs or small groups, or as a whole class. Discussion groupings are decided upon social communication skills, whereas reading and writing tasks are differentiated according to individual and group ability. Verbal feedback is provided regularly throughout the lesson, whilst written feedback is provided each week and students respond to that feedback at the start of each lesson.

The knowledge and skills developed in PD allows for our young people to be well-functioning, safe and respectful members of society. The honest nature of this subjects allows for students to express their concerns openly and without fear.

Work Experience

The Key Stage 4 curriculum offers students the opportunity to tailor their education to not only meet their individual needs but also to prepare them for their next step once they leave Cornfield School. The WRL curriculum is split into two components; College and Work Experience.

 

All Key Stage 4 students will complete a vocational College course. Students will gain an academic industry related qualification that will allow them to access a higher starting level College course once they leave Cornfield School. In addition to gaining a qualification, students will also develop an experience of college life, which will stand them in good stead for their post 16 education. Current students are completing courses in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Construction, Animal care and Farming (other courses are available)

 

 

All Key Stage 4 students are given five opportunities to experience the world of work. As student’s progress through the five work experience opportunities they are encouraged to develop their level of independence and become more self-sufficient. As part of the process students will undertake an interview, complete a self-reflection activity and receive employer feedback on their strengths and areas for development.

 

Students experience a wide range of work experience environments ranging from garages and fishing lakes to kennels and skate parks.

An additional pathway for students is to undertake work experience on a more regular basis, however this is dependent upon individual student needs and desired career and progression destinations.

Careers

 

 

Cornfield School Overview

Principle How we Meet It
   
1.    A stable careers programme All students receive a careers programme as part of the Personal Development curriculum; Key Stage 4 receive extra focus work as part of the Work Related Learning curriculum.
2.    Learning from career and labour market information As part of the structured Personal Development curriculum students are able to investigate a range of labour markets that they are interested in, which can then be followed up through careers fairs and local network events.
3.    Addressing the needs of each pupil Careful consideration is given to each student to ensure a differentiated approach to careers guidance in order to meet the individual needs of students. Students take part in a number of activities that not only improve skills and qualities but also raise aspirations and self-esteem.
4.    Linking curriculum learning to careers All curriculum areas aim to support the development of skills and qualities that are needed for the wider world of work. Students in Key Stage 4 receive specific information, advice and guidance during the Personal Development and Work Skills curriculums.
5.    Encounters with employers and employees Students in Key Stages 2 and 3 experience a range of different employers and employees during ‘Focus Week’ activities, whilst Key Stage 4 experience this during the array of work experience placements, careers fairs and vocational college placements.
6.    Experiences of workplaces

Students across Key Stages 2 and 3 will visit numerous workplaces as part of dedicated ‘Focus Weeks’.

Students in Key Stage 4 will undertake 5 one-week work experience blocks throughout the key stage. Students requiring further support and skill development will have the option to attend extended weekly work experience placements.

7.    Encounters with further and higher education

Students will participate in a number of College visits, Careers fairs and local Network events.

Students in Key Stage 4 will take part in structured learning in College and Further Education environments in a variety of labour markets.

8.    Personal guidance Students in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 all receive on-going support through all curriculum areas. Students in Key Stage 4 have their work experience placements mapped against either the skill development requirements or against their future career ambitions.

The impact of the careers program at Cornfield is assessed through the 5 one week block work placements throughout KS4 where students demonstrate their skills including their social and emotional resilience to working with adults in an adult work environment, showing independence and confidence.

The Careers and Work Related Learning Lead is Ms E Nichols, assisted by Ms Harrison. Please contact either at school for further information.

Focus Weeks

 At Cornfield we have three Focus Weeks for KS3 students each year.  They are carefully designed to extend and expand the curriculum in different and exciting ways so that the students learn vital life skills and develop their social skills.

Focus weeks are based on three main themes; community, business and enterprise and lifestyles. Throughout these weeks students are developing literacy and numeracy  skills outside of the standard class setting and also using and enhancing their social skills through hands on learning.

In addition to these core elements the community week explores our   school community and also wider communities on a local and global   scale, exploring different cultures and improving their empathy for others.

 

 

In business and enterprise week students are learning about how businesses work by creating and running their own companies. This allows students to prepare for the world of work by developing vital communication skills and practising social interaction with members of the public during our business fair.

 

 

The final week of the year is based on life-styles. This focuses on introducing students to alternative activities that they may not have access to. These may include sports or various other outside activities. In addition to this students also experience a range of  cooking and arts. Past activities include kite surfing, disability sports and mountain biking.

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