As a core subject Maths is taught to all learners during their time at Homewood College. It is taught by a variety of staff led by Numeracy Coordinator, Sarah Painter. During Key Stage 3 pupils follow the National Curriculum and in Key Stage 4 the relevant exam courses. We plan for all pupils to leave with a maths qualification which could be an Entry Level, On Demand or GCSE. Teachers and learners use a range of resources including Mymaths which can be accessed at home for homework and maths games. Recently we have had university students and a ‘mathsmagician’ into classes to bring a bit more variety to our learning. Learners also have the opportunity to complete the weekly maths puzzle for a small prize. If you would like to know more about maths at Homewood or have some good ideas to offer please get in touch with Sarah.
The English Curriculum at Homewood College offers a wide variety of learning tools and accreditation. Students can access a diverse range of schemes of work and teaching styles which incorporate Literacy programmes. The Hackney Reading Programme is used to boost reading attainment at Key Stage 3 and Literacy tools such as Lexia and SNIP offer extra support to students who need it. The curriculum has been modified to keep up with the KS3 curriculum changes for 2014. In KS4 we offer a range of accreditation including Functional Skills, Entry Level and GCSE English/ English Language and English Literature so that all students have an achievable goal. We strive to enable students to reach their true ability in reading, writing and speaking and listening, through topics and projects that focus on their areas of interest and strengths. Every day we have a half hour session of reading, called Drop Everything and Read, where students can request their own reading material.
Key Stage 3 Science
At key stage 3 science offers opportunities for pupils to:
- build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from key stage 2 and make connections between different areas of science;
- use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events;
- understand a range of familiar applications of science;
- think about the advantages and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments for the environment and in other contexts, considering the reasons for different opinions;
- carry out investigations of different types, on their own and in groups, making use of reference sources and evaluating their work;
- communicate what they did and its significance;
- learn how scientists work and the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
We have welcomed our new Science teacher, Miss Comas to Homewood this term. Miss Comas has joined us all the way from Canada and has been working with Key Stage 3 students developing their knowledge and understanding in Science. Hawthorn have been learning about Acids and alkali and states of matter and have done some fantastic work turning indicator solutions different colours.
Yew class have been working hard this term looking at the Rock cycle and Pine class have been conducting experiments on the properties of materials.
Key Stage 4 Science
At Key Stage 4 was have launched a new qualification, GCSE Environmental and Land Based Science (ELBS)
This course looks at the science involved in protecting the environment and working with plants and animals.The course is assessed through:
- 2 written exams making up 40% of the marks
- A coursework portfolio making up 60% of the marks.
Students will learn, understand and apply scientific theory to environmental and land based issues, using practical skills in investigations. There are plenty of opportunities to work outside, hands on with animals and plants in our new garden area.
We aim to build animal enclosures and keep chickens and bees and manage a large greenhouse producing fruit and vegetables.
We have recently had a new addition to Homewood College in the way of a school dog and hope to use her as part of the small animal care curriculum in Science.
Homewood year 11 students are working hard preparing for their GCSEs. The Environmental and Land based Science course is vocational and our students complete 6 controlled assessments. The last in their assessments is a “Work placement report” and each student is going on a science related assignment to experience how science is used in the work place. We are grateful for the generosity of local businesses and the hard work of Mick Petrovic to make this possible. Our students are going to placements including dog groomers, vets, kennels and parks and gardens
Humanities is taught in KS3 by Ms Lecky . It is a very broad subject as it includes both History and Geography. There are of course links between the two as we discovered recently when we were looking at the slave trade. We used historical documents and maps to trace the journey of the slaves from Africa to America. Discovering how wealthy our nation became as a result of this slave trade was very thought provoking.
All the topics we cover include a great deal of Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum. In geography, learners have collected weather data and drawn graphs of the temperature as it increased over the term, a ‘real life’ example of just how practical maths skills can be used.
Humanities contributes to our three school improvement targets reading, PSHE & cultural enrichment by improving outcomes for reading by offering opportunities to read textbooks; PSHE by collaborating to complete tasks and cultural enrichment for example by studying other places & people. Learning about other countries, societies and times throws light on the way we live today. Women’s rights in many countries do not match our own, for example, and when we looked at the industrial revolution all our learners were shocked at the way children used to be treated. This led to discussions about other countries which are experiencing their industrial revolution now and a debate about whether our clothes were made by children abroad.
Our learners often make a powerpoint presentation of the topics studied. The smartboards are an invaluable aid when showing learners images and presentations about the topics covered. A current favourite with both students and staff is the website ‘geoguessr’ which provides images of places around the world culled from Google’s Streetview. Students have to look for clues in the landscape to decide where in the world they are. Clues include the landscape and vegetation, which tells us whether a place is hot or cold, and of course any languages visible on signs or shops. We have all learnt how common Spanish is across the world – but we still need to sort out our Chinese from our Japanese!
History at Homewood College is taught along with Geography in Yr 7, 8 and 9 as part of the Humanities lesson each week. This year we have learned about many historical times ranging from the stoneage to the 9/11 events in America. The pre-history project looked at Brighton and the local area in the past, using sources such as old maps to discover that there is an ancient site just behind the school called Hollingbury Castle. We also found out that the school site used to be a farm. Thus history helps us understand why places are built where they are and also helps us connect the past with the present. In Key Stage 4 history is delivered across the other subjects, in particular English, art and science.
An example of the long term plan can be found here. The subject leader is Ms Lecky.
Personal, social, health & economic education (PSHE) is a core subject at Homewood College. It is taught to all learners during their time at the College. It is discretely taught by Ms Lecky who also coordinates it. In addition form tutors deliver one lesson a week and PSHE messages are delivered in all lessons, too. At Homewood we teach using Brighton & Hove’s PSHE Programme of Study. The Programme of Study informs curriculum planning to reflect the needs of learners. We plan for all learners to leave with a ASDAN PSHE Short Course certificate .
Lessons are taught in a variety of ways with an emphasis on active learning. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their learning and the progress they have made. The expertise of outside speakers, such as dental nurses, enriches and enhances the subject. The themes include health and wellbeing’; healthy relationships and living in the wider world.
PSHE contributes to our three school improvement targets which are reading, PSHE & cultural enrichment. Outcomes for reading are improved by offering opportunities to read & discuss information from handouts and cultural enrichment for example by studying different cultural values.
Ms Lecky – subject leader for PSHE
Religious Education is a statutory subject for all learners in all schools. At Homewood we choose to deliver this subject across all subjects rather than as an individual subject on the timetable. Religious Education follows the Brighton and Hove locally agreed syllabus. In RE we learn about the six main world religions and we also learn from them. These religions are: Christianity , Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. We also reflect that many people are agnostic ( not sure ) or atheist ( non-believer ). The school does not propound or support any one viewpoint ; we encourage respect for all faiths . RE seeks to help our learners explore some of life’s big questions such as: why are we here ? ; what is a good action ?
” As we move to introduce elements of the International Middle Years Curriculum in Key Stage 3 we will ensure that RE is fully covered through this Global approach to the curriculum. In Key Stage 4 RE is delivered across the non-vocational subjects , especially in PSHE .
” The school is currently investigating accrediting RE through the AQA Unit Award programme and as part of the PSHE and Citizenship accreditation. The subject leader is Mr. Charleton and a copy of the locally agreed syllabus can be obtained from him at the school.
Food technology is taught to all learners during their time at Homewood College, our aim is to teach learners how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.Learning how to cook is a crucial skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordable and well,now and it later life. learners will become competent in a range of cooking techniques, cooking a range of dishes and understanding the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
In Key Stage 3 Homewood learners study for Sainsbury’s Chef Award gaining certificates when they complete each award. Once they have completed theses Awards, learners have the chance to gain an AQA Entry Level in Design Technology.
In Key Stage 4, City College work alongside Homewood staff to offer a Laser vocational qualification in Catering on site.
Learners are offered a broad Secondary National curriculum supported by a range of other activities to develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills. These include allotment work, mentoring, tutor time and after school activities. In Key Stage 3 we teach learners in mixed age groups depending on their needs. Each group has a tutor and each learner a keyworker, learners are taught by specialist subject teachers, but with an emphasis on providing a small nurturing team of adults .
From September 2014 we will be trialling the International Middle Years curriculum with our younger groups which will link all subjects under a cross curricular theme. Towards the end of KS3 learners who are ready will have opportunities to take external exams in some subjects.
PE & ICT
Our Art department is expanding and we are delighted at Homewood to have Mr Hoten teaching Key Stage 3 Art. Students are working with multimedia on a variety of topics engaging well and producing some beautiful work.
Our Year 11 students are hard at work on their exam projects. In preparation for their 10 hour Art exam, the Art department and the students went on a photography trip into Brighton to take pictures of landmarks.
For lots of information about the curriculum visit Mr Carlo Site below