Year 12 & 13 - Spring

Year 12/13 Curriculum overview - Spring term


The four English groups will continue to work on their programs of study so that the needs of girls with different abilities can be met. Some students will work towards OCR Functional Skills at Entry 1, 2 and Level 1. This will involve in-class assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Tasks will be set with an emphasis on language structure, format, spellings, punctuation and grammar. Some girls will practise working under timed exam conditions in preparation for exams.

Non - exam students will be working on basic literacy skills through communication, reading and writing, drawing on strategies learned in Speech and Language Therapy.


We will be working on the curriculum for Functional Skills Maths at Entry Level. There are awards at Entry 1,2 and 3. These qualifications build on the knowledge of number, money and time in functional contexts.

Also the pupils will continue to develop their everyday functional maths to help understand money, finance and time.


Post 16 students will continue with BTEC Sport and Active Leisure units to gain further credits, through leadership and healthy lifestyles; Unit 21-Managing your health at work and Unit 23-Learning from a work placement. A wide range of activities will be offered to ensure a broad curriculum is accessible to students.


Post 16 Students will be working on the following topics this term:

Families, issues Relationships Contraception, conception HIV and STIs Pregnancy and birth – including diet, exercise, effects of drugs Medicines, legal and illegal drugs including solvents Consequences of taking drugs Keeping safe around drugs

Pupils will work in small groups according to their needs and abilities.

Community Experience

Groups of Post 16 students will visit a range places of interest out in the Community. These visits will take place on Mondays and Fridays. The aim of these visits is to develop Independence Skills; to improve numeracy and skills using money and time; to develop skills in literacy including reading, writing, speaking and listening and to improve social skills

whilst building confidence. Students will work towards increasing their knowledge of the world of work and further education at local colleges. They will have opportunities to learn about and practise travelling independently.

Home Management

A group of Post 16 students will take part in a range of practical activities to develop their Independent Living Skills. They will contribute ideas to discussions and then plan to make simple lunches each Friday. Girls will go shopping to buy ingredients, prepare the food and enjoy developing their social skills as they eat lunch with their friends. They will work in a team to clean and clear up the cookery room following their sessions.

Work experience

Some girls will continue to attend work experience every Monday, travelling independently from home. The girls will have made some choices about the kind of work they would like to try out. There may be an opportunity to change placements in February so they may prepare for and attend an interview with an employer so that they can find out as much information about the work placement as possible. They will be encouraged to keep a detailed diary of their activities at work throughout the year.


There will be several groups of girls attending different colleges as part of our Link Course Program. These College links will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Initially, girls will be accompanied by Alfriston's support staff. Whilst at College the girls will be involved in a variety of activities, including Literacy and Numeracy. They will gradually feel more comfortable in the college environment and this will aid them in their transition from Alfriston to college in the future. The school will ensure that the girls are developing new skills and making progress whilst at college through close liaison with college staff who will report back regularly to school.

Social skills

Pupils will be split into two groups.

Group 1 will be working on the group skills by completing challenges such as planning stalls for the Christmas Bazaar and helping arrange the Pupil Prom. The pupils will develop their communication, negotiation, and motivation skills in working on a project as a team and seeing it through to success at the end.

Group 2 will be developing their opinions, reasoning, and decision-making skills. Following this they will practise verbalising this to others, disagreeing with others, accepting those who disagree with their opinions, and finding evidence to back up their thoughts. Lessons are delivered in an informal and partially pupil-led format.

Skills for Life

Post 16 students will work in three groups completing one of three units per term.

The units will be as follows:

Unit 1: Drama

During these lessons students will be exploring the use of role-play and drama techniques using situations they may find themselves in during their transition from Alfriston to work or college.

Students will consider and discuss social pressures that may arise, finding tools to deal with dilemmas and developing the resilience they will need to respond to peer pressure. Girls will have a chance to discuss any concerns they have and, as a group, we will help develop solutions.

Students will prepare for interviews for both work and college. They will consider how to show interest in a course or a job, responding to and asking relevant questions. The girls will work on body language and eye contact to encourage confidence and making a good first impression.

Unit 2: Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness. This helps us to not only appreciate what is going well but to respond more skilfully in the here and now to life's inevitable challenges.

Thousands of research studies have evaluated the effects of mindfulness training in many contexts, and they identify consistent potential benefits to adults’ psychological health and wellbeing, including: Feeling calmer and more positive; helping cope with stress and anxiety; improving concentration and focus; getting on better with others.

Post 16 girls will follow a ten week .b Mindfulness course and be encouraged to use their training to support their daily life.

Unit 3: Careers

Students will be involved in developing skills needed to complete application forms and CVs. They will look at their own skills and qualities and find out more about different jobs, especially those they are interested in. They will meet with the Connexions Advisor at school and take part in Work Shadowing Exercises.

Option blocks

In years 10, 11 and Post 16 students are timetabled together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. During this time, they work on a range of termly or half termly activities for which they can express a preference. Some of these activities are accredited and some are unaccredited. For the accredited units the specifications used include BTEC Vocational studies (Entry 3 and Level 1), BTEC Skills for Independence and Work (Level 2) and GCSE Art and Design. The units cover subjects including Art and design, Performing Arts, PE (including sports leadership), outdoor activities, Caring for Children, Land Based Studies, Travel and Tourism, Creative Media Production and History.