KEY STAGE 4

"Ready for my Future"

Our focus within KS4 is to ensure our young people are ‘Ready for the Future’. Using independence skills gained in KS3 they will be able, some with support, to make decisions to aid them in the future. Our young people will be building on strategies to support their own emotional and social well-being and using these skills to access work experience. 

 

The curriculum is designed to allow the choice of specialist options to assist them in moving forward, bettering skills and knowledge in different areas of the curriculum, to ensure they are ‘Ready for the Future’. They will continue to build on these skills moving forward to 6th form or college.

What Will I Learn in KS4?

The lessons that you have in KS4, some will be the same as year 9, and some will be different. Here is some information about the subjects you will have: 

 

English – We will have daily lessons, focusing on reading, writing and speaking and listening, working on a half term topic. We will have spelling tests, and you will be expected to do lots of reading, which will mean lots of points.  

 

Maths - Again, daily lessons building our maths skills in all areas, number, space and shape, measurement, geometry, statistics and money. We will start to work through the coursework, giving you slightly longer to complete this, again ready for the end of year 11.  

 

Functional Skills - Functional Skills contain the core elements of English,  Mathematics and ICT and students who take these qualifications will develop the transferable skills needed in everyday life and at work. The qualification mainly involves studying realistic and relevant scenarios to problem-solving skills in English,  Mathematics and ICT. 

 

Science – Weekly lessons with lots of experiments focusing on Biology, Chemistry and Psychics. Finding out how things work and why this is important to me?  

 

PSHCE – We have more of these lessons this year, building our life skills, social skills, and looking after our mental well-being. This year you will also be learning about ‘Personal organisation’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Safety and Anti-social behaviour’. You will have one lesson a week focusing on ‘Our world’ learning about current affairs and our environment. We also have some time each week to build on our ‘physical and sensory needs’.  

 

Careers – We will work together to identify your strengths and interests, looking at different job and career options there are for you in the future. Students will have the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience in October.  

 

PE – Every Tuesday afternoon you will have an afternoon of PE. You will have the opportunity to build skills in team games, and also access the facilities at the local leisure centre. You will need a plain white T-Shirt, shorts or joggers and trainers.  (This can be used from last year). 

 

RE – Throughout the year we have RE Days focusing on the main world religions, how they are practised and celebrated. In KS4 we learn about Christianity, Islam,  Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and British Values.

Options - We are Introducing a Carousel This Year...

We have our ‘option’ afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday. We are introducing an option 'carousel' system this year, to give you a range of experiences and skills,  accessing two different options every half-term (one on Wed and one on Thurs).  They are: 

 

Cooking, Rural studies, Art, Sewing, Computing, Child care, and Design  Technology. 

 

You will be told in advance which options you will be timetabled for, and there will be the opportunity to experience a vast range of skills.  

Behaviour and Rewards

We continue to expect good behaviour in KS4. You will gain reward points for attendance, equipment, uniform and effort. Green cards are rewarded for something ‘above and beyond’ what is expected. Points will be deducted for negative behaviours and plenty of warning is given before we issue a Red card, this results in a lunch or after school detention. 

 

Behaviour is rewarded – we organize a reward visit each term, for those with a  certain amount of points and beyond, past trips have been Laser Quest, safari park, Picnic and Pizza in the park. We all have a lot of fun, so it is worth behaving  for.  

Qualifications

All students in KS4 will be challenged at an appropriate level using a range of  qualifications which include:

 

● AQA Maths Entry level 1,2, and 3 

● Edexcel English and Maths Functional Skills, Entry level 1,2 and 3, Level 1 

● For a select few there is the opportunity to complete GCSE in Maths.  

● AQA unit Awards will be available in all ‘option’ lessons, PSHCE and RE.

A Few Extras...

Homework – Google Classroom and IXL

During the school closure, KS4 students accessed work on Google Classroom and  IXL. This is a platform I would like to encourage students to use to access their homework. If needed students will have a homework book, this will be organized with the tutor at the beginning of the term.  

 

Phones  

We understand that some students have a long way to travel in the morning and use devices to ‘entertain’ themselves. These will be handed into the ‘phone monitors’ in the morning and reissued at the end of the school day. Any pupil seen to not hand in their phone will have it confiscated and parents will have to collect.  

 

Uniform  

Students MUST wear the correct uniform to school. This does NOT include trainers or slogan hoodies. These can be worn at breaks and lunch, but they will be asked to change before lessons. In the colder months, students can wear a plain black or navy fleece jumper over their school jumper (no logos). 

 

Communication 

Regular communication with you will come in the form of newsletters and emails. If you have a concern or question please do contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. As you can expect the school day is quite busy, therefore email is the best form of contact. I am always available if you feel the need to contact me as Head of Key stage.  

 

Head of Key Stage 4 – Mrs Owen kowen@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk

Mr Leer - jleer@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk  

Mr Stackhouse - astackhouse@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk  

Miss Slough - aslough@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk 

 

The Key Stage 4 team very much look forward to working with your families over the next two years.

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Mr J Selmes

Headteacher

Weatherfield Academy

Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable

Bedfordshire

LU6 1AF

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