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Curriculum

Curriculum Structure (2016/17)
Introduction

The National Curriculum for England at key stages 3 and 4 was first published by QCA in 2007, and implementation in schools started in September 2008. It has been developed to enable schools to raise standards and help all their learners meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world.

Purposes

The statutory curriculum should establish an entitlement for all children and promote high standards.

What is statutory?

The national curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and voluntary controlled schools.

Key stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The statutory subjects that all pupils must study at key stage 3 are art and design, citizenship, design and technology, English, geography, history, information and communication technology, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music, physical education and science. The teaching of careers education, sex education and religious education is also statutory.

Key stage 4 (Years 10-11)

The statutory subjects that all pupils must study at key stage 4 are citizenship, English, information and communication technology, mathematics, physical education and science. The teaching of careers education, sex education, work-related learning and religious education is also statutory.

What is not statutory?

The curriculum also includes non-statutory programmes of study for:

  • religious education, based on the Framework for Religious Education
  • personal wellbeing, which includes the requirements for sex and   relationship and drugs education
  • economic wellbeing and financial capability, which includes the   requirements for careers education.

Pupils are taught on a weekly timetable made up of 30 x 50 minute lessons or periods. There are six 50 minute periods in a day. Some lessons are taught in a single 50 minute period and others in double periods (2 x 50 minute periods). Some lessons are fixed and are the same all year whereas others are part of a carousel. This means pupils rotate half-termly providing them with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects.

When pupils start in Year 7 they are placed in a tutor group (sometimes referred to as form group). Most of the lessons are taught in form groups in Year 7. Some setting takes place and by the time the pupils reach Year 9 they are rarely taught in forms. * indicates where setting takes place.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Subject No of periods No of periods No of periods
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Religious Education 2 3 3*
English 3 4 4*
Maths 3* 3* 3*
Science 3 3* 4*
Art 1.5 1 1.5
Dance 0.5 0.5 ~
Drama 0.5 0.5 ~
French 2 2 1.5*
Food Tech ~ 1 1
Geography 2 1.5 2*
History 2 1.5 2*
ICT (Information and Communication Tech) 1 1 1
L2L (Learn to Learn) 1 ~ ~
Library 1 ~ ~
Music 1.5 1.5 1.5
PE 2 2 2
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) 1 1 1
Spanish ~ 1 0.5*
Textiles 1 1 ~
Technology 2 1.5 2

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Subject Year 10 Year 11
Core Subjects#    
Religious Education 3* 3*
English 4* 4*
Maths 4* 4*
Science 6* 6*
PE 2 2
PSHE/CEG (Careers Education and Guidance 2 2
     
Options# 3 x 3 3 x 3
Art    
CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)    
Catering    
College Placement    
Drama    
French    
Food Technology   
Geography    
Graphic Products    
History    
ICT    
Music    
PE    
Resistant Materials    
Spanish    


#Please click on the relevant tab to find out more about the courses at Key Stage 4
 

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