Our curriculum is focused on delivering the three core values of the school – respect, aspiration, and dedication.
These are the subjects we currently offer at Key Stage 3 and 4. At KS4 courses may vary according to uptake.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Core qualification subjects:
- Financial literacy
Options subjects (students to select three of these):
- Child development
- Computer science
- Film studies
- Food technology
- Resistant materials
- Triple science
At our academy we believe that Key Stage 3, Years 7-9, should focus on teaching rather than testing; where we focus on learning and enthusing our students with the joy of our subjects rather than making them simple sit endless tests. We believe that our teaching is for the purpose of learning rather than to complete an assessment at the end of the unit. These three years of school should allow students to have a broad and balanced education, introducing them to the widest variety of subjects and engaging them with education. Specialist teachers who put the passion into their subjects will lead our students and ensure they have the knowledge required to take the next steps in their education, and beyond.
What does this mean for our students?
All of our Key Stage 3 subject departments will be thinking about what we teach and what the important knowledge that we want students to know is. Working alongside our Curriculum Centre, staffed by the expertise of the subject specialist leaders (SSLs), we will undertake a full review of the curriculum to ensure students have the knowledge and understanding they need.
This will include the production of “knowledge organisers” - sheets produced by each subject which lists the core knowledge required for that unit, or half term, of study. This is the essential knowledge which is then built on in class. Students should learn these sheets and will spend some form time going through them and doing activities based upon the organisers.
As part of the knowledge organisers, some subjects will indirectly support the new English curriculum. PE, art, music, drama, and technology will all provide additional sections of their knowledge organiser dedicated to how their subjects support the understanding that pupils will require to access our new, more challenging, reading schemes at Key Stage 3. History, geography, and religious studies will contribute to this through their lessons.
Our lessons will be based around continuous low-stakes assessment which gives students the chance to show off what they have learnt. Using simple quizzes at the start and end of lessons, students will be reviewing their knowledge in an increasing domain. We will use high leverage activities in class to ensure they can use what they have learnt.
The knowledge learnt in both the lesson and as part of the knowledge organisers forms the basis of the termly tests. We believe this knowledge will give our students both the cultural capital and the academic underpinning they require to make them exceptional learners at GCSE and beyond.