Pendlebury Centre – KS3 Curriculum (Yr 7, Yr 8, Yr 9)


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):


Emotional Literacy / Therapeutic

These sessions, delivered by the Jigsaw Team, focus 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 Literacy / Therapeutic activities help students to learn to relate to each other in truthful and enjoyable ways, while providing a much-needed listening system.


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

Forest School is delivered by Mrs Waters, a qualified Forest School Leader, supported by staff from the Pendlebury Centre. The Forest School runs for one day each week.

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.


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.


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.


Students study units each year which comprise of biology, chemistry and physics topics. There is opportunity provided for a mix of theoretical, investigate and practical work. The schemes of work are designed to encourage students to be enthusiastic about science and to develop higher-level thinking skills.

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