Pendlebury Centre – KS3 Curriculum (Yr7, Yr8, Yr9)

The Pendlebury Centre provides an inclusive curriculum that is predominantly skills based to ensure engagement, interest, and enjoyment in learning. Many of our students will have experienced periods away from the classroom setting and our staff are highly skilled in identifying individual strengths and weaknesses within an ever changing and diverse cohort.

Our curriculum aims to counter the effects of cumulative dysfluency, through a synoptic and scaffolded framework – building on prior knowledge whilst being ambitious for the young people under our care. Within the classroom staff will prioritise the individual which often means that there are several different teaching strategies being utilised at any one point. Through subject content and pedagogy, The Pendlebury Centre aims to build self-esteem and confidence within each subject area, in order to prepare the student for their next phase. Students’ understanding and progress is routinely monitored and checked, and this is formally reported on each half term.

In KS3, students in Year 7 and Year 8 are placed together in the same form and Year 9 are in a separate form. These form groups are mixed ability teaching classes also. Students attending our Key Stage 3 programme attend on a 4 / 1 basis – that is, four days with the Pendlebury Centre and one day with their designated mainstream school; the time in mainstream is gradually increased as the placement progresses. This placement lasts 12 school weeks from the date of admission.

Students at Key Stage 3 attending The Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):

Art

Students are given the opportunity to develop 2D and 3D drawing skills in a variety of media. Students are encouraged to use contextual references whilst developing their own art response. Students work within the 4 main assessment objectives in preparation for KS4.

Cultural Capital, Enrichment Supporting Wellbeing and Enrichment

Every week, students have the opportunity to select one of a plethora of activities for them to enjoy individually or in groups as part of the Cultural Capital and Enrichment Supporting Wellbeing offer. These activities are designed to be accessible both at the Pendlebury Centre and at home as the fully resourced package is accessible via Google Classroom which can be reached by students at home. Examples of these activities include: fitness activities, origami, cross stitch, first aid and many more. On a Wednesday, students follow a thematic programme involving offsite visits, cooking, gardening and art projects. Organisations also provide workshops for the pupils during this session such as Stockport Homes, Mosaic and Secondary Jigsaw.

English

Students study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including short and longer narratives, poetry, plays, media, articles, and websites. Texts include modern authors and writing from English and American literary heritage and other cultures.

Authors can include William Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, William Carlos Williams, Malala Yousafzai, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou and Charles Dickens.

Lessons develop discussion, problem solving, cooperation, thinking skills, explanation and review as well as developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The sessions look to both address any fundamental gaps in learning and to broaden each student’s English skills.

Get Moving
Get Moving is a lesson that provides our students with the opportunity to develop their overall fitness, fine motor skills, confidence and wellbeing through physical activity in an accessible environment. Research suggests that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety and ADHD. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood. Furthermore, by incorporating these sessions at The Pendlebury Centre will help to reduce any potential anxieties students have when they return to their mainstream school. KS3 have a weekly session which is student led with the focus of promoting a sense of play and wellbeing through physical activity.
ICT

Students study a variety of ICT skills utilising software creatively and professionally. The schemes of work builds confidence and problem solving skills, which in turn will prepare them for progressing onto a variety of different GCSE and Vocational courses in KS4. The centre offers one ICT lesson a week for each year group and content crosses different curriculum areas such as Geography and Science. KS3 follow a rolling programme, meaning that no matter when they join The Pendlebury Centre they start at the beginning of the programme, not half way through.

Mathematics

Students follow a scheme of work which develops their mathematical understanding and aims to re-engage those students who have previously struggled with the subject. Students work on tasks which involve problem solving and lateral thinking as well as taking further their existing mathematical knowledge. Topics include Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry and measures and finally, Statistics and probability. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their ‘Functional Maths’ skills by working on real-life problems.

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Topics include physical and emotional wellbeing, relationship education and personal finance. Students have one lesson per week.

View Here: RSE Secondary Schools guide for parents

Science

Students study biology, chemistry, physics, topic and practical skills. This is to develop confidence in “How Science Works” in preparation for the 9-1 GCSE science curriculum. The schemes of work are designed to encourage students to be enthusiastic about science and to develop higher-level thinking skills. The centre offers two Science lessons each week.

Wellbeing Interventions

On a Wednesday, students participate in sessions that aim to boost self esteem and promote their overall wellbeing. The sessions involve activities to develop self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. These sessions also include being able to recognise and adapt to the feelings of other people, whilst at the same time, learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. This is helpful to developing good communication skills and the enhancement of our relationships with other people. Upon arrival, students have the opportunity to select which offer would suit their needs best. These sessions are run by members of staff as well as outside agencies Secondary Jigsaw, Mosaic and Stockport Homes.
Some examples of these sessions include: mental toughness, living life to the full, therapeutic gardening, dramatherapy, fitness activities, artistic opportunities and LGBT support.

If you wish to find out more about the Centre’s curriculum, please contact us.

Pendlebury Centre – KS3 Curriculum (Yr7, Yr8, Yr9)

Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are placed together in the KS3 Group. Students attending our Key Stage 3 programme attend on a 3 / 2 basis – that is, three days with the Pendlebury Centre and two days with their designated mainstream school. This placement lasts 18 School Weeks from the date of admission.

Students at Key Stage 3 attending the Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):

Art

Students are given the opportunity to develop 2D and 3D drawing skills in a variety of media. Students are encouraged to use contextual references whilst developing their own art response.

Emotional Interventions

These sessions, delivered by the Jigsaw Team and Pendlebury staff and focusses on the ability to understand and express feelings.

The sessions involve activities to develop self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. These sessions also include being able to recognise and adapt to the feelings of other people, whilst at the same time, learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. This is helpful to developing good communication skills and the enhancement of our relationships with other people.

Emotional Intervention activities help students to learn to relate to each other in truthful and enjoyable ways, while providing a much-needed listening system.

English

Students study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including short and longer narratives, poetry, plays, media, articles, and websites. Texts include modern authors and writing from English and American literary heritage.

Authors include William Shakespeare, E.E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Harold Pinter, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens.

Lessons develop discussion, problem solving, cooperation, thinking skills, explanation and review as well as developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The sessions look to both address any fundamental gaps in learning and to broaden each student’s English skills.

Forest Schools and Enrichment

The enrichment programme is organised by Miss. Jones and by Mrs Waters who is a qualified Forest School Leader. It is also supported by staff from the Pendlebury Centre.

On a Wednesday, students follow a thematic programme involving offsite visits, Forest school, cooking, gardening and art projects.

The Forest School ethos is based on a basic respect for children and young people and for their capacity to investigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. Forest School sessions give children and young people the opportunity to build positive values and attitudes about themselves through self-led exploration and learning.

They are given appropriately challenging and achievable tasks that build their confidence, skills and independence.
Tasks include – den building, rope swing building, woodland art and crafts, camp fire lighting and cooking, scavenger hunts and nature walks.

Mathematics

Students follow a scheme of work which develops their mathematical understanding and aims to re-engage those students who have previously struggled with the subject. Students work on tasks which involve problem solving and lateral thinking as well as taking further their existing mathematical knowledge. Topics include Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry and measures and finally, Statistics and probability. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their ‘Functional Maths’ skills by working on real-life problems.

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. There is also a new element, as of September 2014, focusing on personal finance. It runs for one lesson per week.

View Here: RSE Secondary Schools guide for parents

Science

Students study units each year which comprise of biology, chemistry and physics practical skills. This is to develop confidence in “How Science Works” in preparation for the 9-1 GCSE science curriculum. The schemes of work are designed to encourage students to be enthusiastic about science and to develop higher-level thinking skills. The centre offers two Science lessons each week.


If you wish to find out more about the Centre’s curriculum, please contact us.


Pupils make outstanding progress from their different starting points. the vast  majority of younger pupils return to their Ofsted outstanding logomainstream school successfully. Most Pupils achieve this within a relatively short amount of time.” (Ofsted 2017)