Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, which is differentiated and modified for pupils with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. Strong processes for assessment, planning, teaching and reviewing ensure that each pupil makes the maximum progress in learning.

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How we organise our classes

Key stage 3 classes are vertically grouped with classes consisting of pupils from years 7, 8 and 9. Classes are primarily based on pupils’ language comprehension skills, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs.

Across the key stage class sizes vary from eight to twelve pupils.

Each class has a core team of teacher, SLT and at least one learning support assistant. Specialist teaching is offered throughout the core subjects and specialist teachers lead the thematic learning team in the delivery of the foundation subjects.  

Approaches to Literacy

When a pupil is learning to read they are learning to convert the written words into spoken words and are then able to understand the meaning of what they are reading. If they are unable to read one or more of the words then there are different methods of helping them to de-code what the word is other than simply telling them. They may:

  • Find clues in the pictures and illustrations
  • Use their knowledge about the structure of phrases and sentences (grammar)
  • Use the context of what they are reading to identify the word
  • Use their knowledge of spellings and sounds in the words and keywords that they can already read and spell (phonics)

The approach we use to teach reading at Dawn House School follows the THRASS programme. It is a fun way of teaching literacy skills which engages all of the learners.

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Dawn House School Secondary Sessions

9.30 – 3.30 Monday
9.00 – 3.30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 – 2:00 Friday

Pupils have a 15 minute break each morning and a lunch break of 50 minutes daily. (2 lunchtime sittings)