Key Stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to follow a range of differentiated pathways which meet the needs of all individual learners:
- ASDAN Transition Challenge Program
- AQA “stand alone” units for all curriculum subject areas
- AQA Entry Level Certificates
Students work in form bases according to ability across a range of subjects. There are 2 form bases in KS4, some with both Y10 & Y11 students.
In addition to the academic programs of study, all students take part in a variety of community based activities and experiences working with external providers.
- Fir Tree Fisheries, Appley Bridge (BTEC qualification for Students)
- DW stadium: Wigan Athletic Community Trust (OCR Business & Enterprise)
- My Life, Standish, Wigan (Working towards independence in the local community)
Students in the Key Stage 4 work towards earning merits on a daily basis. At the end of each week the total number of merits achieved by each student is celebrated during the key stage reflection assembly and displayed in their own form base. Any student with a total of 100 merits or more for a half term has the option of taking part in a bowling trip or receiving a £5 voucher of their choice.
Students are encouraged to keep their own record of personal achievements and time to record these is usually allocated on a Friday following the reflection time. Students will also take part in a Skills for Life Program during the Friday afternoon sessions and this involves a combination of practical life skills: Cooking, cleaning, ironing etc. alongside visits into the wider community. Students work in mixed ability groups for the community based activities.
M P Bullen - KS4 Dept Lead
Half of our class have been on work experience placements learning about the world of work. They have the opportunity to experience having a job and responsibilities for two weeks. Their placements include animal care, office work, gardening and café work and we can’t wait to hear about their experiences. While they are out the rest of the class are learning about jobs around school and have sent letters out to different members of the staff team to find out more about their roles.
Some of the pupils from KS4F have been reading Robinson Crusoe as part of their AQA English work. They have written adventure stories, discussed survival methods, used descriptive language to describe scenes and compared films. To combine all their skills they worked as a team to build shelters and make a fire before telling their stories to each other. They have been working extremely hard over the term and produced some fantastic work!