Curriculum

 

Curriculum Statement  2013/14

The school week is divided into 50 periods, each 30 or 35 minutes long.  The general curriculum structure for Years 8 to 10 is set out below.  The Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities are infused throughout the subjects.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Area of Study

Subjects

Year 8

Periods

Year 9

Periods

Year 10

Periods

Total

Periods

Language &
Literacy  (12%)
English

6

6

6

18

Mathematics and
Numeracy (12%)
Mathematics

6

6

6

18

Modern Languages (9.33%) French

Spanish

4

0

4

0

3

3

11

3

The Arts  (10.66%) Art & Design

Music

3

3

3

3

2

2

8

8

Environment and
Society  (13.33%)
Geography

History

3

3

3

3

4

4

10

10

Science and
Technology  (17.33%)
Science

Technology & Design

6

2

6

3

6

3

18

8

Learning for Life
and Work (9.33%)
Food Technology

LLW

3

2

3

2

2

2

8

6

Physical Education  (8%) PE & Games

4

4

4

12

Religious Education  (5.33%) Religious Education

3

3

2

8

Other  (2.66%) ICT

Form Period

1

1

1

 

1

 

4

Totals   (100%)  

50

50

50

150

Pupils entering the School in Year 8 are placed in one of four mixed ability classes. The subjects studied at Key Stage 3 include: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Art & Design, Music, Design & Technology, Food Technology, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Religious Education, Spanish, Physical Education and Learning for Life and Work (LLW). In Years 9 and 10 pupils remain in their original classes for most of their lessons but are occasionally placed in different teaching sets for some classes to allow for work at an accelerated pace and to provide opportunities in practical subjects. In Years 8, 9 and 10 Learning for Life & Work (LLW) will be delivered in a carousel covering Citizenship, Employability and Personal Development, along with a Drama module.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All pupils in Years 11 and 12 study English (7 periods) and Mathematics (7 periods) for examination at GCSE level.  These subjects are taught in 4 streamed classes.  Pupils also study at least one Modern Foreign Language for examination at GCSE level and this is selected through the option system.  In addition pupils in the top two English Classes (approximately 55% of the year group) study English Literature (1 extra period), and those in the top two Mathematics classes (approximately 55% of the year group) study Additional Mathematics (1 extra period).  Pupils in the 4th Mathematics class (which is normally smaller than the others) will study a reduced amount of the Higher Tier material and will be able to achieve grades in the range A – D.  It is generally the case that the level of Mathematics reached by pupils in the 4th set would not be considered suitable for progressing to A Level Mathematics.

Pupils elect to study either Double Award Science (10 periods in Year 11 and 9 periods in Year 12) or each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (4/5 periods each alternating between Years 11 & 12).

Depending on their Science choice, pupils select either three or four optional subjects (5 periods) including a modern language from the following list:

Art & Design                      Food Technology              History                         Physical Education

Business Studies                  French                              ICT                             Religious Studies

Design & Technology          Geography                        Music                          Spanish

Pupils who do not study English Literature study a Short Course (½ a GCSE) in Religious Studies (2 periods).

Non-examination subjects taken by all pupils include: Religious Education (1 period); Careers Education (1 period in Year 12 only); Learning for Life and Work (1 period); and Physical Education & Games (2 to 4 periods depending on subject choices).

Sixth Form (Key Stage 5) Curriculum

Year 13 pupils have the choice of studying either three or four subjects at AS Level.  In Year 14 pupils have the option of either continuing with all four subjects at A2 Level or dropping down to three subjects.  In exceptional cases it may be possible to arrange for a pupil to take two A Levels and one or more AS Levels in Year 14.  The subjects offered at Advanced Level are:

Art & Design                      English Literature                 History                           Physics

Biology                               Food Technology                ICT                                Politics#

Business Studies#                French                                Mathematics                   Psychology#

Chemistry                           Further Mathematics*         Media Studies#               Religious Studies

Design & Technology          Geography                          Music                             Spanish

Economics

*  Depending on interest and teaching resources and only available as an AS in Year 14.

#  These subject are taught in St Patrick’s Academy through our partnership with them.

In addition Year 13 pupils may elect to study Motor Vehicle Studies (GCSE).

Non-examination subjects taken by pupils include: Religious Education, Careers Education, Physical Education and Games.

At Key Stages 4 & 5, it may be possible to arrange other educational pathways to meet the specific needs of a small number of individual pupils through collaboration with other local education establishments.