Year 7 Parents’ Introduction to SAIL

17th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope the new school year has started well for your child, and their transition to secondary school has been a positive experience for your family. I am writing to give you details of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum for Year 7 pupils and give you some information on the learning expectations for your child.

Pupils in Year 7 have started a new curriculum this September. Schemes of learning have been designed to ensure all pupils begin to develop the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to succeed at GCSE and beyond.  

At Brannel we believe that pupils are most successful when they are independent learners who can take responsibility for their learning. To support their development, there are a number of key components to the organisation of their learning;

  1. English, Maths, Science, Computing and Languages are timetabled and taught as distinct subjects. Online resources in ‘Show My Homework’ have been developed to allow students to access work independently and lets them see the full learning journey for each topic.
  2. Humanities, Arts and Technology subjects are taught in ‘Themes’ over ten weeks. This is known to the pupils as the ‘SAIL’ curriculum (Student Agency in Learning).
  3. Each theme begins with a ‘Kick off’ phase designed to engage pupils in the themes and finishes with a ‘Mission’, requiring pupils to apply what they have learnt in different subjects throughout the course of the theme.
  4. In all subjects’ pupils will experience a mixture of traditional teacher led lessons and workshops.
  5. Workshops are lessons where pupils work independently on tasks they have agreed with their teachers. During workshop lessons a teacher will be available to facilitate and support their learning.
  6. All pupils have regular coaching meetings with their tutor, which are designed to support them to organise their work, reflect on what has gone well and plan the next steps.
  7. Pupils are given access to all course materials, learning goals and tasks at the start of each theme. They are expected to complete all independent learning tasks to help consolidate and extend their learning, through ‘Show My Homework’.  
  8. Independent learning tasks may be completed in workshop time and at home, breaking down the notion that ‘homework’ is something distinct from learning in the school day. At Brannel pupils refer to this as Extended Learning.

All courses and themes are designed to draw students into the learning and give them the bigger picture. As parents you are able to access the material through ‘Show My Homework’ by clicking this link and using your child’s login.  Courses in all subjects are currently under construction so more information will be added as they are developed throughout the year.

To support your child to reach their full potential, we have set up two events that we hope you will attend.

Firstly, we wish to invite you to an ‘Expectations & Curriculum’ Meeting, at 6pm on Tuesday 25th September, where we will introduce the new curriculum. You will also have an opportunity to meet the team that are supporting your child, through this important year, and ask any questions that you may have. Please complete and return the reply slip below.

Secondly, we wish to invite you to a ‘Goal Setting and Progress Day’ on Friday 30th November. This will be an opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor and celebrate your child’s progress so far. We hope you will see what they have learnt in the first ‘theme’ and to take part in an important goal setting session, that will help support and motivate your child’s learning journey, throughout Key Stage 3 and beyond. You will be able to book your appointments through our parents evening platform, from the 25th September, which you can find on the schools website or by clicking this link.

Please note that the 30th November is an INSET day for staff and your child will only be expected in school for your allotted appointment time.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr M Cooper

Deputy Headteacher

 

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Please return this reply slip to your child’s tutor.

 

Event: Yr 7 Curriculum & Expectations Evening        Date:  Tuesday 25th September 2018, 6pm – 7pm.

 

Student’s name: ………………………………………………………….…………….……Tutor group: .………………….

 

We/I will be attending the Curriculum & Expectations Evening.

 

Parent/Carer signature: …………………………………………..…………………….    Date: …………………………….

Multi-Academy Trusts to Merge!

Newquay Education Trust and Peninsula Learning Trust have received authorisation from the Regional Schools Commission to merge into a single multi-academy Trust to be known as Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT).

The merger is due to be completed by 1st September 2019 and this new cross-phase Trust will be working with young people aged from 3 to 19 in schools located across mid-Cornwall.

Sarah Karkeek, CEO of NET said, ‘We are delighted with the merger approval. We believe CELT will provide unique opportunities for advancing pupil progress, achievement and wellbeing, collaboration and staff development. We believe CELT will be a champion for young people’

CEO of PLT, Paul Towe added, ‘One thing that will not change as our two Trust become one is our absolute commitment to achieving the very best outcomes for all our young people, preparing them all to lead happy, positive and purposeful lives.’

The Directors of both Trusts have spear-headed the merger seeing it as the way forward to achieve best value and best outcomes for pupils, staff and the local communities their schools will serve.

Chairs Michael Cooper and Geoff Brown explained, ‘Although children and parents will see little physical change at their individual schools where staff, pupil uniform and the school day will remain the same, they will notice the additional opportunities available and the positive impact these will make’.

Note:
CELT will comprise of:
Mevagissey, St Mewan, Carclaze, Mount Charles, Luxulyan, Penrice, Lostwithiel, Fowey.
Brannel, Newquay Junior, Newquay Tretherras.