Subject Information

Curriculum
We provide a learning programme that is broad, balanced, motivating, engaging and challenging. A programme relevant to young people living in the 21st Century.
In the first three years, pupils will study a wide range of subjects incorporating: Religious Education, Maths, English, Science, History, Product Design, Geography, French, German or Spanish, Computing, PSHEe, PE, Drama, Music, Art and Dance. Some pupils also study Astronomy and Latin.

All pupils begin GCSE Science and/or Astronomy from Year 9 onwards.

 

Dedicated pastoral time is set aside each week for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education including Citizenship. Pupils with Special Learning Needs are assisted by members of the Learning Support Team in the classroom or are occasionally withdrawn to be involved in special programmes that includes literacy, Word Shark, Sound and handwriting.

 

Key Stage 4

 

In Years 10 and 11, the pupils are offered an entitlement curriculum. This curriculum has been revised to embrace the key themes of opportunity and excellence.  Enterprise and Work Related Learning opportunities form a further strand of the entitlement curriculum.  All pupils follow a common core of subjects which include:

  • Religious Education
  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • PSHEe  including Citizenship and Work Related Learning

For some pupils, a bespoke curriculum and modified timetable will be provided where appropriate.

The remaining two learning pathways have subjects that present an element of choice within that curriculum area:

Pathway 1

Option A Subjects: Geography, History

Option B Subjects: Art (Design), Art (Fine), Business Studies, Classic Civilisation, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphics, Media Studies, Music, Textiles

Option C Subjects: French, German, ICT, Media Studies, Resistant Materials, Sports Studies

Pathway 2

Pupils continue with the Modern Foreign Language option made at the end of Year 8; either French or German.

Option A Subjects: Geography, History

Option B Subjects: Art (Design), Art (Fine), Business Studies, Classic Civilisation, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphics, Media Studies, Music, Resistant Materials, Sports Studies, Textiles

 

This series of learning pathways enables pupils to study a combination of subjects all of which include elements of the QCA nine point framework for Work Related Learning.   The Key Stage 4 curriculum is shaped in such a manner to reflect flexibility, challenge, breadth, balance, coherence, relevance and differentiation, leading to a GCSE standard and the development of high order transferable skills to support individual pupil progression and future lifelong learning. The curriculum is also designed to maximise outcomes under the new Progress 8/Attainment 8 assessment system.

 

Our work experience programme is firmly established and Year 10 pupils participate in and gain from a work experience placement. We also encourage pupils to access and become involved and responsible for their own learning and to challenge their ability to solve problems, develop team skills, initiative and entrepreneurship.

CURRICULUM MODEL - 2016-2017
7 8 9 10 11
ENGLISH 5 5 4 5 4
MATHS 5 5 4 5 4
SCIENCE 4 4 4 6 6
RE 2 2 2 3 3
PE 2 2 2 1 1
PSHEe 1 1 1 1 1
MFL 2 3 3 4 3
HUMANITIES 3 3 4 3 3
PRODUCT DESIGN 2 2 3 OPTION 3 OPTION 3
ART 1 1 1 OPTION 3 OPTION 3
MUSIC 1 1 1 OPTION 3 OPTION 3
DANCE 1 period a week in termly carousel with Drama 1 period a week in termly carousel with Drama
DRAMA 1 period a week in termly carousel with Dance 1 period a week in termly carousel with Dance 1 period a week in termly carousel: Drama & Computing OPTION 3 OPTION 3
ICT OPTION 3 OPTION 3
COMPUTING  2 1 1.5 OPTION 3  OPTION 3
BUSINESS STUDIES OPTION 3 OPTION 3
MEDIA STUDIES OPTION 3 OPTION 3
SPORTS STUDIES OPTION 3 OPTION 3
STATISTICS OPTION 3
CLASSICS OPTION 3 OPTION 3

 

 

Core Curriculum:

Year 10 Year 11
English 5 4
Maths 5 4
Science 6 6
MFL 4 3
Humanities 3 3
RE 3 3
PE 1 1
PSHEe 1 1
Options 3 6
Total 31 31