Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum

We define our curriculum as ‘the articulation of the knowledge, skills and values we intend our students to learn’

Intent

Our curriculum has been designed to be ambitious, rich, diverse and sensitive to our context. It is carefully sequenced to ensure that key aspects are revisited and built up over time. Departments produce curriculum plans which detail what is to be delivered and when. These are regularly reviewed so that any adjustments can be made. The intent includes lesson planning, so that teachers are aware of what they intend for the students to learn and are able to plan lessons accordingly to ensure that this happens, using information from previous lessons to inform this planning.

Implementation

This is the delivery of the curriculum. The time we spend working with teachers to improve their own practice ensures that time is not wasted. The quality of our teaching is the single most important factor in ensuring that our curriculum is successfully taught.

Impact

This is the extent to which the curriculum has been successfully learned by our students. It is evidenced through key summative assessment tasks as well as through formative assessment, including regular low stakes testing and retrieval practice that informs planning.

Life Programme

All students follow the ‘Life’ programme which encompasses PSHE, RSE and Careers Education. This is delivered in form time, through drop-down mornings and, where relevant through subject areas.

Key Stage 3

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, RE, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Computer Science, Business Studies, PE and French. In Year 8 Spanish is also studied.

Key Stage 4

All students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science (or triple if taken as an extra option) and Religious Studies, as well as Core PE.

All students will study a GCSE in either History or Geography and will then choose 3 further options (or 2 if taking triple science) from:

Art

Electromechanical Systems

History

Business Studies

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Music

Computer Science

French

Physical Education

Designing the Built Environment

Geography

Spanish

 

Key Stage 5

Our A level programme is extensive – please see our curriculum booklet here:

In order to support our students, we offer a broad enrichment programme which includes electives, a Scholars programme, careers and next steps advice and a ride range of visits and sporting opportunities.

Curriculum Allocation 20-21

Number of periods

Subject

7

8

9

10

11

English

9

8

8

8

10

Maths

8

8

8

8

9

Science

9

9

9

12

10

MFL

6

8

8

 

 

History

4

3

3

 

 

Geography

4

3

3

 

 

Art

2

2

2

 

 

Music

2

2

2

 

 

Design

3

4

3

 

 

Computing

3

3

3

 

 

PE

6

6

4

4

4

RE

2

2

3

4

3

Option 1

 

 

 

6

6

Option 2

 

 

 

6

6

Option 3

 

 

 

6

6

Option 4

 

 

 

6

6

Business

1

2

4

 

 

Critical Thinking

1

 

 

 

 

Total

60

60

60

60

60

 

In the 6th form, each subject is allocated 14 periods per fortnight, 2 of which are subject study. Wednesday afternoon is allocated for enrichment and electives. Students in Year 12 attend supervised study during their non-contact time.

Subjects

Key Stage 5/ Post 16 study

A joint, collaborative sixth form with Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is offered for post 16 students.

Visit the WG6 website

The majority of our students take 3 A Levels with an EPQ or 4 A Levels.  We have extensive links with industry partners and have an excellent track record of supporting students into University and onto Higher Level Apprenticeships.  A Level subjects offered in 2017 are as follows:

  • Art
  • Photography
  • English Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • French
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Design, Engineer, Construct (L3 Industry A Level equivalent)
  • Electronics

Year 10 Option Choices 2021

Subject Video link
Yr 10 Option Process Explained https://youtu.be/m99hPHoFe7U
English https://youtu.be/Q5lwr6L_nwc
Mathematics https://youtu.be/anvOP_mcD18
Religious Studies https://youtu.be/Ka6rW_d9l9A
Science https://youtu.be/ogPBCXB_g5o
Geography https://youtu.be/YKv_D9dPIRU
History https://youtu.be/IIp38cNfts0
Fine Art https://youtu.be/IymW_9MkUlM
Business https://youtu.be/o34_oanDdgM
Computer Science https://youtu.be/erHuRkrkgA4
Design & Technology (DBE, DT & Food Tech) https://youtu.be/tsutpoOoGW0
MFL (French & Spanish) https://youtu.be/nm0IxoEe3Y8
Music https://youtu.be/mFX7GaKyCmE
Physical Education https://youtu.be/NmxUKGcsenI

 

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