The Secondary Department at Gosden House School takes boys and girls from years 7 -11. It consists of two key stages: Years 7, 8 and 9 which make up KS3 and Years 10 and 11 make up KS4. Pupils starting in Year 7 come from our own primary school and from a range of primary schools across Surrey and occasionally from out of county.
Our curriculum aims to develop 10 ESSENTIAL “Life Tools” that we believe are key to preparing our future Gosden Graduates for life Post 16. These “Life Tools” continuously drive forward and mould our curriculum. Please see the Toolbox document below for further details.
Contact the Head of Secondary, Emily Mainwaring, for more information about our relevant and exciting curriculum.
In KS3 students are able to access a modified national curriculum which is exciting, practical and creative. Small teaching groups, with a teacher and learning support assistants, enable students to reach their individual potential. In addition to the National Curriculum core subjects; Literacy, Numeracy and Science, our students also study ICT, Religious Education, Careers, PE, Design Technology, Food Studies, Art and Design, Music, Drama and PSHE. Many of these are delivered through our wonderful outdoor learning spaces including our Forest School, working allotment and garden shop.
In KS4 the main focus is on a vocationally oriented and individually tailored curriculum which prepares our students for life after Gosden, at their local FE college or a Specialist Post 16 provision. All our learners are working at a variety of levels, so our KS4 curriculum provides a menu of courses at different levels that take into consideration our student’s areas of strength, interest, areas for development and post 16 pathways.
Courses offered ranges from Entry Level 1 – Level 1 (GSCE 1-4) (please see KS4 Exam Courses and Curriculum 2019/20 Document in our Careers and Qualifications page for further details ).Careers & Qualifications
In Year 10 and 11 students also take part in a College Link programme at Farnborough College giving them an insight into college life and also gaining experience in a chosen vocational area, including Catering, Hairdressing, Care and Media.
For our ‘More Able and Talented’ students we have also created positive links with local colleges where students can access their higher level vocational courses. Students with areas of strength are also able to access our partner school, Broadwater, to access GCSE’s.
All Year 11 students take part in a two week Work Experience placement both offsite and onsite depending on student’s individual needs and interests. Work Experience is a very much anticipated experience for our students allowing them to gain a greater understanding of the world of work and promote independence and self-esteem. Each year it is a real pleasure for the Secondary staff involved in work Experience to see our students grow in confidence and maturity during this time.
All Secondary students take part in weekly Social Skills sessions which are delivered in partnership with our speech and Language therapy Team. These sessions enable students to develop the skills needed to initiate and maintain positive relationships for now in their future.
The Department also offers students a range of additional learning opportunities through our Day programme of enrichment activities, which include:
- Riding for the Disabled
- Jewellery making
- First Aid
Please feel free to contact the Head of Secondary, Emily Mainwaring. for more information about or exciting and relevant curriculum.
Maths at Gosden House School
This guidance outlines the purpose, nature and management of the mathematics taught and learnt in our school.
Gosden House uses a variety of approaches in supporting the teaching and learning of mathematics, including Numicon. This is a multi-sensory approach to children’s mathematical learning that focuses on three essential elements; doing mathematics, communicating mathematically and exploring relationships to enable generalisation. We aim to facilitate learners’ understanding and enjoyment of mathematics through using visual imagery to support comprehension of abstract number ideas.
Numicon, was introduced as an approach to teaching at Gosden House School, in September 2017, following extensive training for all teachers and support staff. Regular training updates are provided on an on-going basis for new / existing staff and each class has appropriate resources.
The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all teaching staff.
Mathematics is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem that we have to solve in our everyday lives. The early concepts of Mathematics grow out of concrete and practical experience. As a school, we are aiming for learners to develop the flexibility and fluency required for confidence in mathematical literacy, so that learning is functional and contributes to their daily success. This aim demands learners are enabled to make connections between learning experiences, supporting later problem solving and independence.
Through the Mathematics curriculum, adapted from the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure:
- Learners are taught the key content, in a creative, cross-curricular way with significant practical activity, allowing children to work at a level appropriate to their ability rather than their age, to improve outcomes and raise standards of achievement.
- Learners develop the flexibility and fluency required for confidence in mathematical literacy, so that learning is functional and contributes to their daily success. Children’s future chances of adult independence rely on their ability to use mathematics for modern life.
- Learners are encouraged to develop the use of mathematical language and use talk to support thinking mathematically, recognizing the importance of dialogue, between both pupils and teachers and between peers, in making meaning.
- Learners are provided with opportunities to generalise learning across the curriculum.
- Learners have the opportunity to use concrete images and structured apparatus to help discover patterns and make generalisations, of often-abstract concepts, supporting development of conceptual understanding alongside procedural competence.
- Learners have the confidence and opportunity to discuss and reflect on what they have learned.
- Learners enjoy their learning and celebrate their progress.
The principles guiding teaching and learning of Mathematics at Gosden House are:
- Mathematics is accessible for all pupils regardless of gender, race, cultural and social background
- All pupils have the opportunity to succeed through a personalised approach, whatever their individual needs, building the self-belief necessary to achieve in the face of challenge or difficulty.
- Action, imagery and conversation are implicit in ‘learning to do mathematics’.
- Staff have high expectations and provide opportunities for all pupils to progress
- Informal and formal assessment of pupils allows individual targets to be set, ensuring emergent skills are developed
STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING
A variety of teaching styles and approaches are used which ensure:
- Mathematical targets are broken down into small achievable steps
- Teaching and learning organised in one to one, pairs, small group or whole class lessons, responds to the needs of the learners.
- Teaching and learning activities are differentiated and individualised through the provision of diverse resources, contexts and teaching approaches, as required.
- Use of visual resources and Makaton support comprehension of language in the mathematics classroom.
- Use of ICT supports independent learning activity, of particular importance within the Secondary school.
Key Stage 3
Within KS3 learners continue to develop and embed early number and calculation skills from their primary experience. They will encounter teaching and learning activities designed to establish a secure understanding of the value of number, the four basic operations, in addition to measurement, geometry and statistics. KS3 looks at combining number skills and knowledge with life skills and the practical elements needed in day-to-day life. There is a heavy focus on both money and time. The curriculum includes:
- Linking quantities to numbers- learning that number words and numerals represent quantities
- Learning all the stages in developing secure counting skills: forwards, backwards and skip counting
- Using dienes and other resources to understand the value of place value in number
- Recognising the relative value of and relationship between numbers of varying value
- Learning quantity words and concepts and applying them to numbers – understanding the words used for the comparisons of sets – for example, same/different, more/less, bigger/smaller
- Understanding approaches to calculating and recording addition and subtraction
- Learning what the language in questions mean, in relation to which operation, e.g. altogether means the total so you will either add or multiply, less means subtract etc.
- Understanding time and timetables
- Understanding different shapes and how they relate
- Understanding basic statistics and read / create graphs and complete surveys
Specific teaching and learning of additional topics in mathematics will support pupils to develop skills and understanding of a variety of concepts, including:
- Daily and weekly routines, times, reading different timetables etc
- Money exchange and the value of coins, notes and calculating change
- Awareness of similarities and differences in shape, space and measures
- Understanding and purpose of graphs and tables
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 follows the Edexcel Functional Skills curriculum, predominantly at the Entry Level stages, however some pupils work up to level 1 (GCSE equivalent). We focus teaching around skills that will benefit our Gosden Graduates, in all aspects of life. The curriculum focuses on functional application of skills and understanding, with all pupils given the opportunity to take exams in both Year 10 and Year 11. Students have the opportunity to leave us with both recognised maths qualifications at their appropriate level, in addition to the relevant life skills to use maths in their day-to-day life.
The curriculum includes:
- Practical applications of number including fractions, rounding, money, percentages and number facts.
- Handling data including surveys, tally charts, graphs, spreadsheets, organising by category and reading different information sources such as prices in a holiday brochure or on a menu.
- Measure and geometry including weight, money, time and space.
PLANNING, RECORDING AND ASSESSMENT
Teachers will be responsible for:
- Medium term planning that is adapted and differentiated.
- Targeted lesson activities that clearly demonstrate individualisation for a range of abilities.
- Annotations and evidence gathering of pupil learning, including the use of Evisense.
- On-going formative assessment of pupils’ learning, used to inform next steps and planning, to include pupil self-assessment.
- Baseline sampling to determine starting points and progress tracking.
- End of year summative assessment, where appropriate, to supplement evidence gathered through formative assessment.
- Report on progress in parent meetings, Annual Reviews.
- Use agreed procedures for recording attainment (B squared).
- On-going moderation of assessment – both internally and through staff attending meetings with colleagues from schools across the county
In Key Stage 4, teachers will be responsible for all of the above in addition to:
- Delivering a Functional Skills curriculum, providing the opportunity to submit an examination entry at least once a year at their level of study.
- Regular Exam Technique Practice
- Communicate regularly with parents/carers regarding the level their child is working at within the Edexcel curriculum and how to support at home.
SECONDARY CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS
THE GOSDEN GRADUATE
|Year Group||Class Name||Teacher|
|Mixed KS3||Simmonds||Max Valentino|
|Mixed KS3||Parks||Katy Gidley and Anna Pohorely|
|Mixed KS3||Hawking||Sophie Head|
|10||Year 10||Hayley Butcher|
|11||Year 11||Sabrina Sterling-Dwen|