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Key Stages 4 & 5

We would like to welcome you to Enterprise, Atlantis, Endeavour, Apollo, Pioneer, Challenger and Discovery - our KS4 and KS5 phase, for pupils in Years 10 to 14. Our goal is to ensure that all pupils are fully equipped and prepared for life beyond Riverside School and that they continue to have every possible opportunity to 'Be All That They Can Be'. All pupils within KS4 and KS5 are young adults and, therefore, the opportunities and  curriculum provided to them reflects this. We ensure pupils have a rite of passage into the final years of their Riverside Careers.

Within KS4/5 we follow the Equals Moving on Curriculum. The EQUALS Moving on Curriculum is structured in five, one year programmes; Adventurer, Explorer, Traveller, Voyager and Globetrotter. Literacy, Numeracy and ICT courses are also available. These allow pupils to be assessed and awarded certificates that are externally moderated and nationally recognised. These curriculum specifications form a comprehensive package appropriate to the needs of young people aged 14+ and adults with additional needs. They comprise a breadth of relevant and stimulating learning opportunities, which can be used to address pupils' individual objectives and prepare young people for adult life. Courses of Study include: World Studies, Independent Living and Vocational Skills as well as Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, where appropriate. The Moving On curriculum also offers a breadth of experience within which pupils' Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) can be focused on.

In addition to the Moving On Curriculum, we offer an ‘Options’ model to allow our pupils and their families to choose which subjects they take, thereby individualising their own learning programmes, whilst taking into account their motivations, passions and interests. This also helps to prepare those pupils who may transition to a college environment where they may take different subjects taught by different teachers in different settings. These options could include Food Technology, Switch Skills, Community Trips, Art, Music Exploration, PE, Health and Wellbeing, Woodwork and Sensory Experience. Pupils are able to work through the Unit Awards at their own pace and have their individual achievements recognised.

A key focus within KS4/5 is on community experience. All pupils have opportunities to engage in meaningful community experiences, these include trips into our local community, formal work experience opportunities such as going to the local florist, sandwich shops and hairdressers. We have also welcomed many different professionals into school to lead workshops.  We are continually looking to extend our links further to enable pupils to participate in more community experiences throughout the entire school year. We are also extending our enterprise schemes to enable pupils to learn more about the world of work.

Transition to the next provision is a focus area within KS4/5. We have a Teaching Assistant assigned to KS4/5 who supports with a range of curriculum opportunities as well as transition. Along with key teachers she visits colleges to help support families in feeling informed about life beyond Riverside School. During 2019-2020, eight of our Year 14 pupils will be attending Bromley College on a weekly basis to take part in a Forest Schools link course. This will provide pupils opportunities to learn about Bromley College and become familiar with the staff and environment there. All of this helps to support our pupils and families to leaving Riverside in a position where they feel fully prepared for the next stage in their journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read all about our phase. We are always looking for exciting and meaningful opportunities for our young adults. If you would like to support us in any way please do not hesitate to contact me.

Clare Collett
Assistant Headteacher