Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, which is differentiated and personalised for pupils with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. Strong processes for assessment, planning, teaching and reviewing ensure that each pupil makes the maximum progress in learning.

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How we organise our classes

Key stage 3 classes are vertically grouped with classes consisting of pupils from years 7, 8 and 9. Classes are primarily based on pupils’ language comprehension skills, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs.

Across the key stage class sizes vary typically from six to twelve pupils.

Each class has a core team of form tutor, SLT and at least one learning support assistant. Specialist teaching is offered throughout the core subjects and specialist teachers lead the teams in the delivery of the foundation subjects.  

Approaches to Literacy

When a pupil is learning to read they are learning to convert the written words into spoken words and are then able to understand the meaning of what they are reading. If they are unable to read one or more of the words then there are different methods of helping them to de-code what the word is other than simply telling them. They may:

  • Find clues in the pictures and illustrations
  • Use their knowledge about the structure of phrases and sentences (grammar)
  • Use the context of what they are reading to identify the word
  • Use their knowledge of spellings and sounds in the words and keywords that they can already read and spell (phonics)

Beginning readers are taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme at. All KS 3, 4 and 5 pupils have access daily literacy lesson in addition to their English lessons which includes reading for pleasure and spelling. Where students may benefit from additional intervention approaches include Shape Coding (to support development of grammar), Reciprocal Reading (to support development of reading comprehension and inference) and Precision Teaching.

Dawn House School Secondary Sessions

9.20 – 3.30 Monday
8.50 – 3.30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8:50 – 2:00 Friday

Pupils have a 15 minute break each morning and a lunch break of 50 minutes daily. (2 lunchtime sittings)