Key Stage 3

KS3 follow the Kaleidoscope Learning Programme (KLP), a specialist curriculum that has been devised and implemented at New Horizons AP over the past year and has had extremely successful results.

Our school day starts at 8.45am for any pupil who would like Pastoral support time. This is available by drop in or appointment and pupils will be able to see our Pastoral manager or a member of their staff team.

The school day begins at 9am for most pupils with Informal Learning Time. During this session pupils order lunches, speak to relevant staff regarding any issues or concerns, hot drinks and food are available for all.

We then have Nurture for Learning (NfL). This is topic or subject based and focuses on Social and Emotional regulation, building transferable skills and behaviours for learning. These sessions are a mixture of child led initiatives, curriculum based themes and SEAL activities/ objectives that are delivered in a variety of ways.  Pupils may learn manners by sharing drinks or a meal; learn turn taking and resilience by playing games or gain confidence in and develop a love of reading by sharing books, internet items or magazines.  Everyday there are 1:1 reading interventions ensuring every child reads 1:1 at least once a week.

Next is Action for Learning (AfL). Pupils access planned activities including an indoor and sport/outdoor option. We focus on other SEAL objectives, for example exercise and healthy eating, resilience and perseverance that can be linked to during other parts of the day that may be challenging to the pupils. Praise is given for values such as being a good team player, sportsmanship and being collaborative. Pupils are assessed on a daily objective and targets are set in Behaviour Journals as appropriate. At the end of AfL pupils are provided with food and drink  to refuel ready for their academic sessions.

The following sessions are called Steps for Learning (SfL) and are when pupils complete all their academic lessons. Pupils are taught in a number of ways, either as a whole group, 1:1 or in small groups or pairs. This is planned by staff to best suit the topic, pupil group and behaviour plans and can differ day to day. Pupils work on Maths, English and have their Behaviour Journal to hand to reflect on or add to.

All pupils are expected to complete all activities before they are able to move through to their social time at lunch. If any pupil is off task staff use a number of planned strategies to support the child and enable them to get back on track. They may take pupils away from the group and work with them on using better strategies. In this situation we as a team we always aim to have the pupil back within 10-15 minutes although staff use their discretion as to whether the issue is beyond the child’s control and whether it is not appropriate to encourage a pupil to return to class so soon;  pupils know they need to complete their tasks in lost learning to catch up.

During SfL skills developed in NfL and AfL are identified and referred to, to encourage pupils transfer these skills to the classroom.

After SfL pupils move through to Team Nurture, lunch, as they complete their tasks. At this time of the day staff and pupils sit together as a group to share their meal. Again, SEAL objectives such as Healthy eating and Manners are focused on and praised. Staff hold conversations and discussions with the pupils and positive relationships are build and strengthened. There are planned activities for all to take part in and also independent options available if pupils choose.

The afternoons are filled with enrichment opportunities through a variety of ways. Food Technology lessons are taught, Art and Design, PE, work experience and peer mentoring across key stages, Science provides Awe and Wonder and reward trips and experiences are offered for pupils achieving an average of A and B grades for their behaviour.

We ensure SMSC opportunities and focuses are planned in to every day; pupils share local and personal stories and often as a group the news is discussed, national and international events are recognised and celebrated, religious holidays are explored and respected, daily and weekly focuses are displayed throughout lessons and on planning and trips out to develop social skills.

Woven through the day, staff discuss and develop pupils own personal targets and achievements, using all incidents as a learning opportunity for the children. We believe in encouraging successful reflection, reparation and progression, over the duration of each placement with us at New Horizons.

It is important for us that pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences at KS3 and we have many opportunities to enrich the curriculum for our pupils. We have regular trips to places such as Alton Towers, Go-Karting, Laser Quest and Chill Factore, which are always popular. We also take pupils on trips that extend their knowledge and understanding such as visiting museums, art galleries and theatres. On a recent ‘forest school’ trip pupils learnt how to make a shelter, light a fire, carve wood and make their own lunch in a safe environment.


We begin each day with breakfast: pupils and staff come together to eat toast and play games. The pupils then go to their re-group time where they will engage in discussion about events that are in the news or important local issues that they want to explore.

All our pupils are seen as individuals and we make sure that we give them the support they need to make progress. We assess each child when they join us and design individual intervention programmes to enable them to access the curriculum and get the emotional support that they need.

Each pupil in KS3 is allocated a key worker who is the first line of support for that child. The key worker will make regular contact with parents / carers and will make time each week to speak to the child in order to catch up on any important issues that might have arisen during the week.14


For more information on our curriculum, please contact our Teaching and Learning Lead, Charlotte Healey on 01925 818 516.