Many of our students enter Year 7 with depressed literacy and numeracy levels, consequently our intent focuses on a literacy and numeracy rich curriculum. The English department follow an Ark mastery Programme, whilst Maths follow the White Rose Scheme. The students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum, with some changes this year, including: enhancing the Technology provision with 2 hours a week timetabled in years 7 and 8, Computing as a bespoke lesson for 1 hour a week in years 7 and 8 and languages now delivered to all students regardless of ability to encourage the Ebacc pathway.
The curriculum in Years 8 & 9 provides opportunities for students to make informed decisions and take ownership of their learning. In year 8, students are given the chance to select a micro option of either; Music, Dance, Computer Science or French to allow them to explore subjects in more depth or try something new. In year 9, they are given 3 mini taster pathways to choose from based around: performing arts, Ebacc and technology. In all cases, students can decide after their year of studying this choice whether to continue with it the following year or change and try something different. This enables students to feel empowered over their learning and inform the relevant decision for their GCSEs in year 10.
Please see the document on the main curriculum page for hours delivered within each subject at Key Stage 3.
The following documents provide the rationale and process of the curriculum offered in years 7-9: