At Lindsworth School, our aim as a KS2 team is to deliver a high quality curriculum that allow learner’s to both enjoy and achieve. Our key goals include:

  • A safe and positive learning environment where pupils feel secure in being able to express themselves.
  • A learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance and equality.
  • Developing social skills through a range of different experiences.
  • Achieving successful outcomes based on the individual needs of our pupils.
  • For pupils to be proud of both their own achievements and those of others.

 

In 2018-19, KS2 have achieved these goals. Student’s have flourished under our ethos, developing their social skills and confidence through appropriate challenge in lessons, positive promotion of respect and tolerance in school and opportunities for enrichment activities outside of school, including sledging, horse riding and water sports.

 

Curriculum

In KS2, our thematic cross curricular approach provides different challenges and learning opportunities for our pupils. Learning is interlinked, encouraging pupils to learn and apply different skills across a range of lessons and tasks. Our pupils also have the opportunity to take part in an educational trip each half term for each topic.

 

Below are our curriculum themes for 2019-20:

 

 

What you can do to help at home

Reading: It is vitally important that our pupils are reading as much as possible. Reading diaries will be sent home to encourage pupils to read and log the amount of time they have spent on this. An encouraging ear for this is so important. Further reading interventions that can be accessed at home include Bug Club, an online resource to support development of reading and spelling. Each week, pupils will be sent home with key spelling words for their age group; it is vital they practise these so that they can be successful in class!

 

Maths: As a school, we have access to multiple online platforms that allow learners to develop all aspects of their numeracy skills, including My Maths, Manga Maths and Times Tables Rockstars. Using these at home can only help your child progress further in Maths.

 

Useful Links

 

At Home

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

https://ttrockstars.com/login

 

Literacy

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf

https://www.educationumbrella.com/reading-schemes/bug-club-homepage

 

Numeracy

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/sols/primary/Year-5-2018-19-Autumn-Term_v3.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Year-5-2018-19-Spring-SOL-Full-Term.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Summer_Term_SOL/Year-5-Summer-Term_Full_Scheme.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Autumn_2018_from_Dropbox/Year-6-2018-19-Full_Autumn-Term_v2.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Year-6-2018-19-Spring-SOL-Full-Term.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Summer_Term_SOL/Year-6-Summer-Term_Full_Scheme.pdf

 

Topic

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

 

 

What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the
threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements on
CONTEST, the Government's counter-terrorism- strategy. It
aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting
terrorism.

The Prevent strategy:

    Responds to the ideological challenge we face from
    terrorism and aspects of extremism, adn the threat we
    face from those who promote these views:

    Provides practical help to prevent people from being
    drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given 
    appropriate advice and support; and

    Works with a wide range of sectors (including education,
    criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where
    there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal
    with.

Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some
aspects of non-vilent extremism.
The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of
government departments, and community organisations to 
deliver the Prevent strategy, The Police also play a significant
role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism
including:

    Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into
    terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel
    process

    Working with and supporting community groups and social
    enterprise projects who provide services and support to
    vulnerable people

    Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them
    in providing support and guidance to people who may be
    vulnerable; and

    Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies
    through engagement, advice and training.

Prevent is measured locally and nationally to make sure the
Prevent programme provides value for money.

The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming
terrorists or supporting terrorism

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and
providing early intervention to protect and divert people away
from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Prevent addresses all forms of terrorism, but continues to
ensure resources and effort are allocated on the basis of 
threats to our national security.

What is Channel?

Channel provides support across the country to those who may
be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism

Changing Behaviours through open conversation is the key to
removing the barriers that stand in the way of a unified
approach.

This information is sourced from the 'Let's Talk About It' website, a guide to
Prevent for Parents and Carers.
For more information about the Prevent and Channel Strategy please visit www.ltai.info
    

 

  1. Lindsworth School provides a comprehensive careers programme for pupils covering a range of post 16 options that has seen an increase in the number of student going into higher education. The programme covers local colleges, Sixth form options and Apprenticeships. Pupils are supported in their careers education by a specialist career advice agency that comes into school once per week for meetings with pupils on a one to one basis. At risk pupils are given priority for this service but all year 11 pupils will be seen on numerous occasions before the leave the School.

 

  1. Pupils have access to a range of different post 16 application options for them. They also have access to Birmingham Careers Service that liaises with a post 16 coordinator to target pupils with personalised information required for their needs and aspirations. This also includes personalising conversations for support.

 

  1. Each pupil will be seen on numerous occasions by Birmingham Careers Service  specialising in careers and post 16 options. Teachers of all years will flag pupils who they deem to have low aspiration post 16 to the lead coordinator who can then place support such as 1:1 meetings or communication with parents/carers. All pupils will be given support in a dedicated weekly lesson to complete their applications and write a personal statement to assist them in the working world.

 

  1. All years have a curriculum that pushes high aspirations and promotes post 16 and career options. Careers are explained to pupils so each has an understanding of what their options are and what they may desire to explore more upon leaving Lindsworth School.

 

  1. All years have access to a range of careers experiences through speakers visiting the school and sharing their experiences and pathways into a wide variety of different workplaces.

 

  1. Pupils have a range of experiences of post-16 educations, for example they visit Mathew Boulton College, South and City College and other providers in the local area. A range of speakers will visit the school and speak with pupils across the year groups about their range of career options. Every November pupils in years nine, ten and eleven visit the Skills show at the NEC, the nation’s largest skills and careers show.  This provides pupils opportunity to speak with employers and training providers and participate in a number of ‘taster activities.’  

 

  1. Guidance to the pupils is highly personalised with pupils each being seen on a 1:1 basis by both their class teacher and outside careers agencies making sure they get the right information and support for their own careers development. Lessons are differentiated for pupils so pupils of all ages and abilities can be taught about careers and aspirations within the area.

 

  1. The school will continually measure and assess the impact of these actions to ensure our pupils are accessing the correct career pathways and the guidance they receive reflects this.  All pupils have a dedicated pathways mentor as they start college or enter the workplace to support their success to make this a successful transition.

Usefull Links

General careers

www.icould.com – videos of people talking about their jobs.

www.plotr.co.uk – information on a range of jobs.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

 

Further Education and Training

www.getingofar.co.uk – find out more about apprenticeships.

www.ucasprogress.com – search for further education courses and work-based learning providers.

www.studying-in-uk.org

Employment

www.worksmart.org.uk – information on rights at work.

www.jobzoo.co.uk – CV and careers resources.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - information on apprenticeships

 

 

Higher Education

www.ucas.com – advice and information on university courses.

www.direct.gov.uk/unistats - student satisfaction surveys to help you compare subjects and universities.

www.universitycompare.com - a comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

 

Other useful information

 

www.ncsyes.co.uk – National Citizen Service programme, open to 15 to 17-year-olds to help build skills for work and life.

www.do-it.org.uk – search for volunteering opportunities.

 

  1. To design a stable careers programme from Year 8 to 11 providing all students with CEIAG.
  2. Learn from career and labour market information through targeted CEIAG and use of Labour Market Information (LMI) in the careers programme.
  3. To address the needs of each pupil through targeted information and advice guidance (IAG) depending on personal need and education and career intentions/aspirations.
  4. To link curriculum learning to careers by designing opportunities for Employability and Enterprise within faculties and departments and contact with employers, particularly within the vocational curriculum.
  5. To design encounters with employers and employees through opportunities within faculties and departments and within the enrichment curriculum.
  6. To enable experiences of workplaces through workplace visits, work experience (for selected students) in Year 10
  7. To design encounters with further and higher education through opportunities within the enrichment curriculum, particularly in Years 10 and 11.
  8. To provide personal guidance [independent and impartial] to all students, particularly those in Years 1o and 11.

Alongside timetabled lessons, Years 8 to 11 follow a careers programme that is based on five key areas. 

Moreover, our careers programme is delivered through our Theme Day provision whereby a part or full day off-timetable is used to cover elements of the programme e.g. employer interviews.

Lindsworth School works closely with Birmingham Careers Service. Their advisors are all qualified to QCF level 6 careers guidance and have enhanced DBS clearance. They work closely with local employers, training providers and voluntary organisations and use local knowledge to help pupils make informed decisions about their next steps.

 

Should you require further information please contact our Careers leader Katherine Beale by email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the school telephone number : 0121 693 5363

This information is due to be reviewed December 2019

Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Pupil premium funding does not follow each pupil but it is used in two ways:

  • To support school wide change and improvements in the quality of teaching and learning
  • Supporting those children through targeted interventions

In the academic year 2017/18 the school received the following funding: £75016

No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational needs experienced by our pupils and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that must be adopted, which will offer our pupils  the best opportunities for our pupils to succeed.

The key to closing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring and tracking of our pupil attainment and progress. The tracking can then inform effective interventions.

In the academic year 2017/18 the school spent the pupil premium in the following ways:

Improvement Initiative

Description

Improving literacy and numeracy

 

 

Purchased Bug Club and resources

Bug Club intervention targeted to year 7 pupils

Targeted 1:1 interventions in maths and English

Interventions planned by English and maths teachers in conjunction with Directors of Learning and delivered by Pastoral and Learning Support Worker.

My maths licence renewal

Continue use of the programme to consolidate maths knowledge and provide weekly opportunities to further personalise the learning to fill the gap for pupils through a different media.

Improving academic outcomes

 

Revision materials for GCSE pupils and staff training on new specifications

Knowledge of curriculum developments will aid staff ability to teach curriculum content. Additional revision sessions improve academic outcomes for pupils.

Easter and May half term revision sessions for year 10 and 11 students.

Range of subjects to be offered for focused revision sessions prior to the examination period.

Extending arts program in the school

Finds allocated to introduce external professionals to work with pupils in a range of mediums including the ability to show case work at external exhibitions

Careers advice and guidance

Support from Birmingham Support and Guidance Service which will include 40 days of careers support. Initially targeting year 9 - 11 pupils as part of their transition. Attendance at Annual reviews and EHC transfer for identified pupils.  Monitoring of outcomes for the 2017/18 year 11 leavers cohort. 

Visit to Careers show at the NEC

Day visit to the NEC careers show at the NEC in November for year 9 – 11 to support pupil’s knowledge of career choices and pathways needed to reach identified career option.

Rewards

To support the rewards for our school merit system which pupils earn through positive engagement in lessons, high standards of behaviour and attendance above 90%.

 

 

Pastoral and pupil support

 

Support for transition to post 16

One day a week for a Pastoral and Learning Support Worker to aid pupils in securing post 16 placements and support for pupils in maintaining the post 16 placements

Celebration of Black History Month

To raise awareness and focus for Black History Month a range of activities will be available for pupils to participate in, including a special lunch, samples of different food snacks at break times, music from a range of different cultures at break and lunchtime and activities for completion in form time focusing on music and art.

Year 11 activities post exams

Positive engagement of year 11 pupils in a variety of activities post exams until the end of June to further support their preparedness for post 16 life.

NCS three week program.

Malachi

Support for individual pupils and families to help address barriers to learning and success.

Enrichment Program

To extend pupils experiences and encourage positive engagement at school.

 

Major impact and outcomes:

 

Impact

Evidence

Reading progress

 

Pre and post assessment tests.

Increase in English GCSE outcomes

 

Maths progress

Increase in GCSE Maths outcomes

 

Increase in pupils selecting Art and Design Technology at GCSE level

Most popular subject chosen, additional class was provided to accommodate pupils first choices.

Improved outcomes for year 11 pupils

The percentage of pupils gaining at least five GCSE qualifications increased. The percentage of pupils gaining grades at levels above C/4 increased. The percentage of pupils leaving with at least one GCSE qualification increased to 100%

Increase in pupil engagement in lessons.

The number of 5’s gained per week by pupils increased with from an average of 785 5’s to 1282 5’s gained.

 

Arts and Cultural Success

A huge congratulation to the Arts Team as Lindsworth School is awarded an ArtsMark Silver Award. Being  an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, our students have the opportunity to develop character and talent, increase their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them as they go through adult life. The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.

Bronze Arts Award

 Level 1 Qualification

 

We have had huge success in delivering arts award to students during key stage 3 art, music and English lessons. We entered 25 students for moderation and ALL students entered successfully gained their level 1 qualification. The moderator stated “this is best work I have seen from a SEMHC school in the last ten years!”

 

‘We WON’ - (Science stem challenge day)

‘We WON’ - (Science stem challenge day)

We are proud to announce that three year 7 boys (the smallest group of the day) participated in a full day science stem event, at Bishop Challenor Catholic college, and won the competition, against seven mainstream schools.

Their brief, was to build a garden village, that would enhance the community’s health and well-being. The students used skills such as investigation, analysis, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, reflection, self- management and team work, with tips from various representatives from industry. They had to choose one of five roles; an archaeologist, ecologist, developer, engineer and transport manager (two of the boys had two roles each). They then worked collaboratively to research, analyse, and choose a site, justify their choice, and then plan, design and calculate the cost according to a set of criteria. The final task was to name and build their village and give a presentation to judges.