Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 classes revert back to grouping according to year group. Classes are primarily based on students’ language comprehension skills, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs.

Across the key stage class sizes vary from eight to twelve students. Each class has a core team of teacher, SLT and at least one learning support assistant. Specialist teaching is offered throughout the curriculum delivered by subject specialists.

Academic rigour is facilitated by grouping students across the 14 – 19 age range for the core subjects of English and maths.

Students are taught within their class groups for the remaining subjects: science, ICT, PE, art, design technology, financial awareness, PSHE, citizenship and careers.

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Curriculum

It is our intention that at Dawn House School we will deliver a coherent 14-19 continuum that builds on students’ experience in previous phases.

Students will experience the full statutory range of subjects, including citizenship, religious education, sex and relationship education, other aspects of PSHCEe and careers education; provision which prepares students for adult life with access to  appropriate accredited courses throughout Key Stage 4 and FE.

We believe a coherent curriculum makes sense to learners, is relevant, engaging and interesting whilst enabling students to make good progress through effective differentiation according to need.

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop their ability to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

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Further Education

Students are organised in year groups. However, tutorials are primarily based on students’ language comprehension skills, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs.

Across FE tutor group sizes vary from eight to twelve students.

Each tutor group has a core team of teacher, SLT and at least one learning support assistant.

As at Key stage 4 academic rigour is facilitated by grouping students across the 14 – 19 age range for the core subjects of English and maths. Vocational options addressing students’ needs, interests and aspirations are delivered on site to all learners across the 14-19 age range.

Students follow one of three pathways and as such may be taught in varying tutor groups depending on students’ daily programmes.

The sixth form department is open to existing Dawn House students but also to other young people who wish to transfer at 16yrs.

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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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Transition

Students are supported through the transition period between school and future placement through a range of experiences including day release at a college of further education.