THE CURRICULUM OFFER

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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 in 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
Computing 1
PE 3
Art 1
Drama 1
Ethics & Philosophy 2
Music 1

Technology is taught on a carousel curriculum model, with students studying Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Music Technology and Control over Year 7 and 8.

The Year 7 & 8 the curriculum is modified for students who join the school behind their peers in literacy skills. In addition to support outside of the curriculum time, these students have 2 discrete literacy lessons timetabled in their week and experience learning Spanish in one lesson (this replaces three French lessons). Reading for pleasure is encouraged for all our students as such in KS3 one lesson a fortnight is timetabled into our Learning Resource Centre.

The PSHE curriculum 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.

YEAR 9

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 allows students to pick up Spanish as an additional language, start a BTEC in Performing Arts and have greater depth in two creative options (which they chose) as they will study these all year rather than be on a carousel.

To find out more information, view the Year 9 curriculum options page: https://www.ringwood.hants.sch.uk/academic-curriculum/year-9-curriculum-options/

YEAR 9

SUBJECT LESSONS  PER WEEK
English 4
Maths 4
Science 4
French 3
Geography 2
History 2
Creative Option 1 2
Creative Option 2 2
PE 3
PSHE
Ethics & Philosophy 2
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 variety of academic options enables students to tailor their choices to their preferred academic route. Advice is always available to ensure the best combinations of subjects in selected, as students move up through the school.

All KS4 students study English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science. They all have an entitlement to 2 periods of CORE PE which they may opt to replace with a qualification in Performing Arts. The majority of students will read French but students can change this as long as they are taking either Geography or History in a different option block. Students are able to select from 4 options.

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

YEARS 10 & 11

SUBJECT LESSONS PER WEEK
English 5
Maths 5
Science 6
Physical Education or Performing Arts 2
Option A 3
Option B 3
Option C 3
Option D 3

This programme of optional subjects is offered to:

1) Span a wide range of subjects so that all students are able to access courses that relate to their interests and which prepare them for their desired futures.

2) 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).

3) 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.

The option blocks are crafted so that students can combine courses within a curriculum area, such as performing arts (Music, Drama), creative arts (Art, Media), Technology (Resistant Materials, Engineering, Graphics), Humanities (e.g. Ethics & Philosophy, Geography, History), Languages (French and Spanish). The discounting codes from the Department of Education do apply to students choosing options to ensure that specialisation does not become duplication.

Students’ PSHE is taught through the 2 and a half hours of weekly tutor time and through curriculum enrichment days.

All students will be able to access the full E-bacc if they and their parents choose to. No student will be compelled to study the full E-bacc. The school strongly recommends that students who might want to keep open the possibility of studying at a Russell group university should complete the full Ebacc by choosing Geography or History GCSE in addition to the core subjects of English, Maths, Foreign Languages and Science.

To find out more information, view the KS4 options page: https://www.ringwood.hants.sch.uk/academic-curriculum/curriculum-options-at-ringwood-school/