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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Advisory Curriculum

Our Advisory curriculum aims to ensure that our students have access to a range of learning opportunities. Our Advisory curriculum explores aspects of PSHCE/SMSC within a secure and safe setting. Learning takes place through weekly assemblies and character development sessions. In addition to this we utilize time to develop numeracy and literacy skills, not as an add on to Maths and English, but to build the foundation blocks for lessons to enable our students to achieve beyond their target levels.

Celebrating student success is a key driver behind our Advisory curriculum, PRIDE assembly forms an essential part of this culture of celebration and the OADV challenge allows time to reflect on achievements.

The Advisory curriculum is part of our promise to deliver ‘exceptional education in the heart of the community’ and to ensure that our students become the outstanding citizens we believe they can be.

Advisory Curriculum Timetable

Year 7

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

TTRS

Versatile

Vocabulary

Assembly

(Personal Development)

ERIC

TTRS

PM

OADV Challenge

ERIC

The Day

PRIDE Assembly

Character Development

 

Year 8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

Numeracy Ninjas

Versatile

Vocabulary

Assembly

(Personal Development)

ERIC

Numeracy Ninjas

PM

OADV Challenge

ERIC

The Day

PRIDE Assembly

Character Development

 

Year 9

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

OADV Numeracy Session

Assembly (Personal Development)

Versatile Vocabulary

ERIC

PRIDE assembly

PM

OADV Challenge

ERIC

The Day

OADV Numeracy Session

Character Development

 

Year 10 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

Assembly

OADV Numeracy session

Versatile Vocabulary

ERIC

PRIDE assembly

PM

OADV Challenge

ERIC

The Day

OADV Numeracy Session

Character Development

Character Development and Assembly programme

Assemblies and Character development sessions provide the core of our personal development offer. Both sessions will introduce themes and foci to encourage critical thinking. The program of assemblies and character development lessons are designed to cover a range of topics throughout the year ensuring that students have opportunity to explore aspects of SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship.  Through assemblies and Character Development sessions students will be provided with the tools and essential knowledge to become educated, well-rounded citizens.

OADV Challenge and PRIDE Assembly 

Every Monday, during OADV challenge students will have opportunity to reflect on their achievements from the previous week and explore how they have embedded the Academy values. Pride assembly forms an essential part of the Advisory curriculum, during this session student achievements are celebrated through pupil appreciations and our inter-advisory league. The pride assembly is an integral part of the Academy instilling the culture of celebration into our Academy.

ERIC

As part of the Advisory programme, teachers deliver two guided reading sessions a week, these are known as E.R.I.C sessions (Everybody Reading in Class).

Text choices for directed E.R.I.C sessions are ambitious and appropriate for our academies’ context in order to promote an enjoyment of reading and introduce our students to a range of tier 2 vocabulary.  The texts have been carefully selected to also appeal to our students’ interests as well as to widen their knowledge and understanding of different eras, cultures and beliefs.  We ensure that students experience modern and more traditional texts as well as those from writers of both genders and from different cultures in order to promote diversity, acceptance and tolerance. The novels our students access during ERIC time are shown below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

‘Boy’ – Roald Dahl

‘Ghost Boys’ – Jewell Parker Rhodes

‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – J.K. Rowling

‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ – Michelle Magorian

‘I am Malala’ – Malala Yousafzai ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ – C.S Lewis

‘1984’ – George Orwell

‘Diary of Anne Frank’ – Anne Frank

‘Small Island’ – Andrea Levy

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – Harper Lee

‘Lord of the Flies’ – William Golding

‘The Great Gatsby’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Versatile Vocabulary 

A large and rich vocabulary is the hallmark of an educated individual. Therefore, to enrich our student's knowledge of vocabulary OADV, all students are introduced and exposed to a KS3 and KS4 Versatile Vocabulary list. Versatile Vocabulary are words that can be used across the curriculum and applied to a range of contexts. The vocabulary is arranged in pairs or binary opposites (extreme opposites that contrast with each other). They are words that will help students express their ideas in a confident way if they are used carefully and correctly. They should be learned and used to help improve written expression in all subjects.

Students will receive a vocabulary list in their 100% booklet at the start of the year and will be included in every subsequent booklet throughout the year. This list contains of 30 pairs and will be highlighted throughout the year through the use of a ‘Word Pair of the Week’ (WPotW). Students will learn, practice and utilise new vocabulary every week.

Advisory Maths Curriculum 

The activities used in the advisory sessions dedicated to maths should serve two main purposes. The first is to enable students to secure a strong foundation in the basic numeracy skills that allow access to all areas of maths. The second is to develop an enjoyment of maths by celebrating the success and progress made by different students.

Year 7

Timetables rockstar is designed to work on both accuracy and speed of recall of the timetables. This knowledge is vital to accessing all areas of maths. Students complete questions independently on their iPads, with options of challenging other students or even teachers. The program differentiates for students, setting questions at the correct level following an initial set of questions to work out the level of the students.

Year 8

Numeracy Ninjas tests cover all the areas of numeracy that students require to be successful mathematicians. Students will self-mark the work and scores collected by the advisory teachers. These scores will be collated and reviewed by the maths department, so that they can be used to look into the deployment of additional intervention support.

Year 9 and 10

There will be a change in year 9 to a programme created in house. This will follow a similar format to the numeracy ninja’s, but with a significant increase in difficulty. This will also allow us to increase the use of spaced learning to revisit topics at a suitable point after they have been covered in lessons. As with the Numeracy Ninja’s programme, the data will also be used to inform advisory intervention sessions. The programme will continue to develop students’ speed and fluency in year 10 and year 11.

The Day

‘The Day’ is an invaluable resource that exposes our students to impeccable journalism. Each week students are introduced to clear, balanced, non-fiction articles to encourage our students to take an interest in and form their own opinion on the leading news stories from around the world. They see links between what is happening and their subjects in school; they see that it is relevant to them. This weekly session is aimed to encourage our students to engage in current affairs and make them well-rounded citizens.

 

KS3 Advisory Curriculum Learning Journey