Curriculum

We value academic subjects and vocational learning, alongside the development of personal skills which are vital for successful adult functioning. The school supports learners to develop their personal skills, with sessions aimed specifically at developing emotional literacy, social skills, problem solving and team work. The school offers accreditation from Unit Awards to GCSEs, as well as a range of vocational and experiential learning qualifications. 

Student timetables are individually tailored with the lesson being suited to each young person’s needs at any particular time. Programmes are made up of academic lessons, personal skills, outdoor education, vocational training and work experience.

To find out more about these subject areas click on the links.

It is sometimes asked ‘why is English so important?’ An English education is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world; it is fundamental to a child’s cross-curricular success.

At the Evolution Centre, all pupils develop skills in spoken language, reading and writing - skills they need to fully participate in society and future employment. English is about pupils learning to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as well as communicating with others confidently and effectively. Whatever the level a student is working at, functional literacy skills are imperative to their future success: English is the language of global communication.

English Literature is also rich and varied, providing insight into different cultures, traditions and experiences. It is important to develop critical and informed readers of a range of texts, so pupils are comfortable in engaging and analysing what they read. At The Evolution Centre we deliver a varied curriculum, from Entry Level, Functional Skills up to GCSE to stretch and challenge all learners.


 

 

 

Maths at the Evolution Centre is made as fun and practical as possible, making connections with real life situations.

Short topics are taught over a two week period incorporating the use of computer games and practical activities to consolidate and extend pupils’ knowledge.  A wide variety of problems are used to ensure that pupils can apply their knowledge in different ways. The focus is one of real understanding of maths topics that can be applied to real life.

The school follows the National Curriculum for Maths and offers a range of qualifications for pupils to progress towards. Students complete Adult Numeracy papers at Entry 1 to 3, Edexcel Functional Skills from Entry 1 to Level 2 and Edexcel Linear GCSE.

 

In Science it is important for students to make their own scientific discoveries. Practical work and experimentation is a vital tool for engaging students and this is at the core of Science at the Evolution Centre. We study Biology, Chemistry and Physics by thinking about how Science works and by applying Science using investigative skills and recording findings in a variety of ways, including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs.

Whenever possible Science is observed outside the classroom with field study or outdoor activities. Topics are taught over each half term using an extensive range of equipment to demonstrate scientific concepts. Students follow the National Curriculum at KS3 and KS4 with qualifications ranging from Entry level to Edexcel GCSE.

AT Key Stage four I.C.T is important because it enables students to be able to relate their skills to real life situations ready for work, training or college life. Practical application of their new skills is the foundation for work linked to the AQA Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in ICT, which pupils have the opportunity to complete during years 10 and 11. During these years it is also possible to work towards a GCSE in ICT which looks at how technology is altering society as well as the more practical skills.

During Key Stage three pupils follow the National Curriculum for Computing. They focus on a number of different elements from "Scratch" programming and the "BBC micro:bit" to trends in computing. For some pupils it is possible to complete an Entry Level Certificate in Computing during year 9, in preparation for qualifications in Key Stage four.

 

The development of the physical body is as important as and goes hand in hand with the development of the mind and intellect. Students are therefore offered a wide variety of experiences across a number of different sports and outdoor activities, in the hope that they will find something they enjoy to take forward into adult life.

Students develop their skills, game knowledge, tactical understanding, team work and aesthetic appreciation through the study of activities such as volleyball, rounders, athletics, skiing, trampolining, football, basketball, badminton, rounders and cricket.

In Outdoor Education students have the opportunity to participate in canoeing, white water rafting, climbing, mountain biking, walking, kayaking, gorge walking and orienteering.

 

Modern Foreign languages at the Evolution Centre is structured to encourage students to continuously build on previous learning, giving plenty of opportunities for reinforcement via differentiated activities.  Pupils are able to access their chosen language (currently French, Spanish and Italian) at a level appropriate to their ability, with the opportunity to work on all of the main skill areas - speaking & listening, reading, writing and grammar. Content is geared towards their own interests and preferred learning styles, wherever possible.

The school follows the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages and pupils undertake AQA MFL Levels 1 to 3, FCSE and GCSE qualifications. There is also provision available for the most able students to have the opportunity to access A-Level qualifications.

 

PSHE isn’t like any other subject at school, some people would say it is the stuff everyone really needs to know about.  Essentially the lesson explores those choices that make the difference between a positive, meaningful life and something far less purposeful.

PSHE is about things that happen to individuals, YOU!  Whether it is relationships, drinking, smoking or having a heated debate about an issue.  It helps you to explore life choices and consider the best way to make decisions about your future; it is about knowing and avoiding life’s pitfalls.

Accross the school PSHE is taught in three main areas; health and wellbeing, relationships and the wider world.

 

Art is about actively engage students in the process of Art and Design and encouraging them to become creative and reflective thinkers. Students are required to develop manual skills, their own ideas, cultural knowledge and investigation skills through analysis, task resilience and commitment. 

Students are encouraged to produce work from an advised starting point and with guidance, to address all the assessment objectives before presenting work for marking. They can use a wide range of mediums such as clay, textiles, paint, photography etc.

If entered for GCSE Art, students are required to present a portfolio of one or more projects, these begin from a set examination board stimulus but allow individual creativity and imagination to develop.

Technology

The skills explored within technology prepare students as consumers and develops the ability to evaluate products, consider materials and to think about the impact of design on our lifestyles.

Food Technology

The Evolution Centre offers students the opportunity to explore seasonal produce, traditional British foods and a mix of cuisines from around the world, whilst enahncing their practical experience, knowledge and creativity.  A significant focus is placed upon skills for life/independance including; nutrition, budgeting, health, hygiene and safety.  Accreditation is offered from Entry Level to GCSE.

Design Technology

We encourage students to problem solve, plan, hand craft and then evaluate products.  Entry Level subjects offered through Design and Technology include; Resistant Materials, Electrical Products, Graphical Products and Textiles.

Music is a language that connects with people regardless of their background, culture and upbringing.  Music is a great medium to engage and inspire students, to build their confidence and encourage creativity.  Music also has a great therapeutic benefit.

Students learn to perform, compose and analyse music using a variety of skills ranging from: singing, rapping, playing instruments such as keyboard, drums and guitar through to the use of music technology.

Music is taught broadly in line with the National Curriculum and where a student shows particular interest and ability on a specific instrument, then a specialist musician is brought in for tuition.

 

History is a subject that helps us to understand where we come from and how individuals and communities fit into the wider world.  History can inspire a curiosity to know more about the past and how these events affect today.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and think critically to inform their own opinions and arguments.

Units of work are usually taught over a half term and have included such themes as: The World at War; Medicine through the Ages and Social Reform.

History is broadly taught in line with the National Curriculum and Entry Level Qualifications are currently completed by students during Key Stage three.

 

We live in an increasingly multicultural and pluralistic society.  The teaching of Religious Education helps to increase awareness and understanding of the beliefs and practices of others in society whilst encouraging tolerance and respect and also allowing students to explore their personal spiritual and moral development.

Units of work are usually taught over a half term and have included such themes as: The Philosophy of Religion; Christianity; Judaism and Islam.

RE is broadly taught in line with the National Curriculum and Entry Level Qualifications are currently completed by students in Key Stage three.

 

Geography brings students towards a closer understanding of the world they live in; it offers the opportunity to consider issues which will impact on future global sustainability.

Geography allows students to explore physical and human topics, including units such as the study of rivers, coasts, earthquakes and volcanoes, tourism, globalisation and climate zones. The development of skills relating to maps, graphs and diagrams, the use of subject specific vocabulary and the development of reasoned opinions occur throughout the topics and ensure students have the necessary skills for adult life and further study.

Students often study for an Entry Level qualification during Key Stage three and GCSE is available should they wish to pursue their studies further.

 

Child Development offers students an opportunity to learn about development in the under fives, providing a grounding in studies which can lead to a variety of careers within the health and social care sector. The course also encourages an understanding of children which is an excellent basic grounding for future parenthood.

The study of this subject includes topics on pregnancy, diet, health, child development, safety and special education needs children. Students can begin with an Entry Level qualification, which is assessed through practical tasks and coursework and then progress onto the GCSE qualification. At GCSE students carry out significant research tasks and an in depth child study, before completing an examination.

 

Many people didnt know what they wanted to do when they left school, even as adults, some still aren't completely sure if they are doing the right thing. Confusion or uncertainty about your future career is completely normal, everyone experiences it at somepoint in their lives.  

The Level 1 Preparation for Working Life course provides a way of exploring the options available after you've left school, so whether you already know what job you want to do, or if you want to start training for a career, or maybe continue with your education at college, this lesson can show you ways to reach your goals. 

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

ASDAN's purpose is: “The advancement of education, by providing opportunities for all learners to develop their personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through ASDAN awards and resources.”

ASDAN Personal qualification programme is aimed at developing a student’s thinking and skills in these six areas:

• Working as part of a group or team

• Learning something new or doing something better

• Coping with problems

• Use of English

• Use of Maths

• Use of Information Technology

Personal Development Programmes – Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards are certificated awards. The programmes once completed can also be used in conjunction with qualification based programmes like the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) and the Award in Personal Effectiveness (AoPE).

Vocational qualifications are ‘job related’ courses, which can be tailored to the needs of individual students.

The Vocational Centre and the Evolution Centre offer an increasing variety of opportunities including:  Travel & Tourism, Office Administration, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Rural Skills projects and Hairdressing.  Vocational Education provides students with a unique opportunity to explore work related learning within a supported and practical environment. 

Courses range from Entry Level Certificates through Level 1 and on to Apprenticeships.


The Evolution Centre and Vocational Centre link with a wide range of local training providers to offer courses which develop practical skills. Our current providers can offer the following areas of work:

  • MOTaTEch Garage offering motor vehicle mechanics
  • Rural Skills Project, Red George providing ASDAN qualifications and offering tractor driving and CBT testing
  • Lower Bush Rural Skills Project offering land management and animal husbandry qualifications
  • County Training hairdressing and barbering
  • Wyldwoods creative and practical life skills training
  • Local Colleges offering a range of part time courses for 14 - 16 yr old learners

If a young person has a particular interest we actively seek to find appropriate local provision for them to pursue their intetests.

Preparing students for life beyond school means developing a well rounded, resiliant and tolerant individual. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development opportunities exist across our entire curriculum day to day, but we also run special activities to promote these areas of development. For example the school held a "Cultural Day" with activities such as Taiko Drumming from Japan, Aztec Art Printing and Cuisine from across the globe. Students are encouraged to celebrate and embrace diversity and difference.