KEY STAGES

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The purpose of the key stage 3 curriculum is to give students the experiences they need to discover where their interests and abilities lie. KS3 should be seen as a broad core entitlement of subjects spanning Maths, English, Science, humanities, performing arts, creative arts, languages, technology and physical & personal development. There are thirty 50-minute lessons per week and at KS3 these are divided between the different subjects as follows:

YEAR 7

SUBJECT LESSONS PER WEEK
English 4
Maths 4
Science 4
French 3
Geography 2
History 2
Technology 2
ICT & Computing 2
PE 3
Art 1
Drama 1
Ethics & Philosophy 1
Music 1

YEAR 8

SUBJECT LESSONS  PER WEEK
English 4
Maths 4
Science 4
French 3
Geography 2
History 2
Technology 2
ICT & Computing 1
Learning to Learn 1
PE 3
Art 1
Drama 1
Ethics & Philosophy 1
Music 1

Technology is taught on a carousel curriculum model, with students studying Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Music Technology and Control over the key stage.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is differentiated, to provide opportunities for those students who join behind in English and Maths to catch up. An integrated literacy curriculum is delivered to students joining the school on English NC Levels of 4C or below. This replaces the programmes of study in English, History, Geography and MFL. In year 7 it is made up of 4 periods of literacy in English, 4 periods of literacy through Humanities, one period of SEAL and a reduced MFL timetable. In year 8, it is made up of 4 periods of literacy through English, 2 periods of literacy through Humanities and one period of SEAL.

Once year 7 students are able to produce NC level 5C work regularly, they are re-integrated into the mainstream curriculum. The PSHE curriculum (Life Choices) is taught in tutor times and through curriculum days. There are two and half hours of tutor time per week – half an hour each morning.

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YEAR 9

The year 9 curriculum enables students to move away from the National Curriculum of Key Stage 3 to the GCSE and BTEC courses of Key Stage 4. Although students won’t start their GCSE & BTEC courses until year 10, they will make provisional choices about what these courses might be while they are in year 8. This is because a large percentage of the year 9 curriculum allows students to undertake preparation work for GCSEs in subject areas they are thinking about doing in years 10 and 11. So year 9 should be seen as a transition year where students begin to develop GCSE skills without actually starting their GCSE courses. Because students experience these GCSE foundation units in year 9, they are in a strong position in the spring term of year 9 to then review the provisional choices they made in year 8. This will mean that students in year 9 will have a highly personalised curriculum which will be based on their individual interests and abilities and one that will be unique to them.

The year 9 curriculum is made up of 8 learning areas: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Languages, PE, Creativity and Humanities. In order to ensure that all students continue to experience a broad curriculum, all students will study all 8 learning areas. However, in order to personalise their experience, they will be able to choose the courses they do in some of these areas. This will allow them to study courses that relate to their individual interests, abilities and plans for further study in years 10 and 11.

This approach will mean that students will be able to:
Drop some of the subjects that they are certain they do not want to do a qualification in when they get to years 10 and 11 so that they can…Spend more time on the subjects they are thinking about doing qualifications in when they get to years 10 and 11. Continue to experience a broad range of subjects, which keep their options open about what they will continue to study in years 10 and 11.

YEAR 9

SUBJECT LESSONS  PER WEEK
English 4
Maths 4
Science 5
French 3
Humanities 1 2
Humanities 2 2
Creativity 1 2
Creativity 2 2
PE 3
Life Choices 1
Ethics & Philosophy 1
ICT 1

Key Stage 4: Year 10-11

The KS4 curriculum aims to pair a rigorous core curriculum of essential academic subjects with a personalised curriculum which students can create from a rich array of optional courses that appeal to their interests and aspirations. The purpose of the KS4 curriculum is therefore to prepare students for life, work, citizenship and further study.

The thirty 50-minute lessons are divided up between subjects as follows:

YEARS 10 & 11

SUBJECT LESSONS PER WEEK
English Language & Literature GCSEs 5
Maths GCSE 4
Combined Sciences GCSE 6
Foreign Language GCSE 3
Guided Study 1
Core PE 2
Option 1 3
Option 2 3
Option 3 3

Invited students can replace a Foreign Language and Guided Study for either Geography or History GCSE. Students can choose to use Core PE time and Guided Study time to complete the OCR National in Sport & Fitness. A programme of optional subjects are offered.
A span of wide range subjects: so that all students are able to access courses that relate to their interests and which prepare them for their desired futures.
Provide a choice of assessment frameworks: so that students can achieve well because the way they are assessed matches the way they personally prefer to work (whether this is through exams, coursework, projects, portfolios, practical’s or a combination of these).
Give students the opportunity to: specialise in curriculum areas they care most about. The core and compulsory element of the curriculum provides students with six academic qualifications (English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Sciences and either a MFL or EBacc Humanities). This offers breadth as well as academic rigour. Therefore students are given a high degree of freedom in choosing their 3 optional subjects.